Chief Medical Officer, Yvette Poindexter, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Portrays Future of SUD Documentation to Community Health Centers at Annual Primary Care Association Conference

Posted on November 2, 2018

Community Health Network’s Chief Medical Officer, Yvette Poindexter, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., presented at the Texas Association of Community Health Center’s 35th Annual Conference in Austin on October 30th as part of a panel of speakers about Addressing Substance Use Disorders in Health Centers. Dr. Poindexter introduced the use of an integrated substance use disorder, behavioral health and primary care encounter from within the Center’s electronic medical record system for Medication Assisted Treatment. Speaking to a crowd of 100 plus community health center practitioners and executives from around the state, Dr. Poindexter demonstrated the consent, induction, maintenance, Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS), and prescription components of the form, and described the security levels applied to the form and documentation components for staff access. The other presenters on the panel were Ms. Eustacia Wagner, Certified Peer Support Specialist/Community Health Worker from Gulf Coast Health Center and Lisa Ramirez, Project Director Texas Response to the Opioid Crisis, Texas Health, and Human Services Commission.

Community Health Network’s (CHN) electronic medical record is an open source system, OpenFQ. Dr. Poindexter and CHN staff have worked extensively with OenFQ’s developers to design the integrated substance use disorder, behavioral health, and primary care encounter form. All behavioral health staff including the licensed chemical dependent counselors (LCDC), psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioner, counselors, and medical providers will use the form to provide integrated care to patients receiving services for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and behavior health services. Dr. Poindexter received her Data 2000 Waiver in 2017 and promoted medical providers at all sites to complete the training necessary to obtain the Waiver. Her goal is for SUD services to be seamlessly integrated into primary care services at CHN’s six fixed sites by the end of 2018. 

Dr. Yvette Poindexter 
Chief Medical Officer