Half & Half MAT Buprenorphine Waiver Training

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The Doordan Institute

2000 Medical Parkway

Belcher Pavillion, 7th Floor

Annapolis, MD 21401

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PCSS MAT Waiver Training

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Anne Arundel Medical Center
The Doordan Institute

2000 Medical Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21401

Cost: FREE, breakfast included

Hosted by:

Maryland Addiction Consultation Service (MACS)

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health

Half-and-Half Course

The PCSS-MAT Half-and-Half Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) waiver training course provides an overview of the FDA-approved medication buprenorphine prescribed for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). The course meets the required 8-hour training to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of OUD. The course trainer will conduct an overview of prevention, identification, and treatment of substance use disorders emphasizing OUD.

The buprenorphine waiver 8-hour training is offered in a ‘half- and-half’ format - 4 hours of in-person training followed up by 4 hours of online training through PCSS-MAT. Upon completion of the required training, providers will meet the requirement of the DATA 2000 to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid-dependent patients.

Physicians are required to complete the standardized buprenorphine waiver 8-hour training.

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician's Assistants (PAs) are required to complete the standardized buprenorphine waiver 8-hour training as well as an additional 16 hours of online training as established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).
NPs: 16 hour online training
PAs: 16 hour online training

CME Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AAAP and Maryland Addiction Consultation Service (MACS). AAAP is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry designates this Other activity (“Half and Half” - Half face-to-face live course and Half online course) for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Method of physician participation in the learning process: Credit will only be awarded for completing both the “first” and the “second” half of the training. To be awarded a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and a Buprenorphine Training Completion Certificate you must complete 4.25 hours of the first live half and 3.75 hours of the second enduring half and receive a minimum cumulative score of 75% on the examination. No partial credit is awarded for this training.


At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Review addiction treatment in office-based practices

  • Discuss the pharmacological treatments of opioid use disorder

  • Determine what medical record documentation must be followed

  • Discuss the process of buprenorphine induction as well as stabilization and maintenance techniques

  • Describe how to take a patient history and evaluation

  • Review safety concerns and drug interactions

Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Institutes for Behavior Resources/REACH Health Service
Maryland Addiction Consultation Service (MACS) Consultant

Event contact:
Tracy Sommer, MACS Behavioral Health Consultant

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is the Data Sponsor for this training.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 5U79TI026556-03 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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