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UW ECHO in Rural/Frontier Care Transitions

Project ECHO is a model for lifelong medical learning and collaborative practice that links front-line healthcare providers with specialist care teams to manage patients who have chronic conditions requiring complex care.  It is transforming the way medical knowledge is shared and translated into everyday practice while enabling thousands of people in remote and medically underserved communities to receive care that was previously inaccessible. 

WyCOA has partnered with Mountain Pacific Quality Health to implement and facilitate the Rural/Frontier Care Transitions network.

Learning Objectives:

  • Encourage best practices, increased knowledge, and practice change in the field of care transitions
  • Decrease hospital readmission and admissions as well as emergency department use
  • Develop a community of hub team members and spoke sites to foster positive relationships and increased support for rural frontier providers
  • Increase provider participation in care coordination
Professional Education Credits are available, and participation is free.

Our Specialist Care Team:

Jane Brock, MD, MSPH Physician Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC): Denver, CO

Tonja Woods, PharmD, BCGP Geriatric Pharmacist UW Clinical Associate Professor: Laramie, WY

Pam Myrum, MS, RN Clinical Development Specialist WY Institute of Population Health: Cheyenne, WY

Marion Smith, MD Primary Care Physician QIN-QIO Wyoming Medical Director: Torrington, WY

Martha Hayward Public and Patient Engagement Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Cambridge, MA

Maya Pignatore, PhD Psychologist Cheyenne VA: Cheyenne, WY


May-August 2018 Schedule

Click Here to view the brochure.

 Module 4: End-of-Life in Care Transitions

Thursday as noted below: 12noon-1pm MST

Click Here to view each network

Please download the Statement of Collaboration and return upon joining the network.

DATE 2018



 May 17th

 Supporting End-of-Life in Rural Areas

 Jessica Carrasquillo

 May 31st

 Rural Palliative Care Model

 Sandy Kuhlman

 June 14th

 Advanced Care Planning

 Faith Jones

 June 28th

 End-of-Life:  The Family Connection

 Martha Hayward

 July 12th

 New Approaches in Rural Communications to End-of-Life:  Telehospice/remote hospice

 Sandy Kuhlman

 July 26th

 Advanced Planning Documents:  Advanced Directives, Living Will, Power of Attorney, POLST, etc

 Maya Pignatore

 Aug 9th

CANCELLED: join us at the Wyoming Quality Healthcare Conference 

 Aug 23rd

 Chronic Care Management/Transitional Care Model

 Faith Jones



Beginning August 30th, 2018 the UW ECHO in Rural/Frontier Care Transitions will merge with the UW ECHO in Geriatrics. This collaboration between Mountain Pacific Quality Health Foundation and WyCOA will enable the continuation of case consultation and best practices in the care of older adults, and the support of care transitions via the ECHO platform to the State of Wyoming and the region. We welcome and encourage your participation in this transition to the UW ECHO in Geriatrics. For more information in the UW ECHO in Geriatrics or this transition please visit the website or email WyCOA at with comments/questions.   

*You can view previous UW ECHO in Rural Transitions ECHO Networks via iECHO (our web-based partner relations management tool). WyCOA will provide your facility a user name and password to access the iECHO database upon request.

Seeking Patient Cases for Clinic

We welcome your presentations of patient cases for consultation at our upcoming networks!

Benefits of presenting a case: Free case consultation from care transition experts in their field including sharing of resources including evidence based practice strategies to assist you in your routine practice, increased care transition knowledge and outcomes, learn from others sharing similar challenges, Continuing Education credits, and networking with other professionals.

Quotes from participating spokes:

  • “I truly appreciated the excellent feedback during the session-what phenomenal resources!”

  • “Thank you. Please pass on to the team how beneficial their guidance has been. I’ve been able to utilize the info/recommendations to many of the professionals I work with. We are proceeding with their recommendations!”

  • “Thanks a million for the copy of the recommendations.”

  • “It really is for our benefit, for our residents, and what a wonderful opportunity!!”

Click Here to download the Case Presentation Form if you would like to present a case

Resources and powerpoint slides from previous ECHO Networks can be found on the iECHO Website with access via your iECHO ID and password provided by WyCOA. 
You can also request materials by emailing

Click Here to see more information on Mountain Pacific Quality Health.

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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2829

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