Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Webinars (1 hour)

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, 12:00 noon PDT
Transitioning High-Dose Opioid Chronic Pain Patients to Buprenorphine

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 12:00 noon PDT
Medication Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder

Pre-Recorded MAT Webinars

The webinars below include a small fee and provide CME credit (free for CSAM members).  The webinars are available for free without CME credit on the Califirnia Health Care Foundation website.

Office-Based Buprenorphine: Patient Selection, Induction, and Management (Recorded 10/28/2016)
The first in a series of 12 monthly webinars designed to support the implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in primary care. We will address the spectrum of needs including clinician needs, systems of care and regulatory/legal milieu. Our first webinar will focus on practical issues of induction on buprenorphine, including evaluating if the patient is appropriate for office-based opioid treatment (OBOT), factors that inform the decision around home or office-based inductions and the basics of inductions from methadone and other long-acting opioids. This webinar is designed to dovetail with an earlier CSAM webinar covering buprenorphine induction basics.
Presenter: Soraya Azari, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine


Patient Confidentiality and Medication-Assisted Treatment in California Primary Care Settings (Recorded 11/18/2016)
As California's primary care (PC) clinics work to integrate medication-assisted treatment (MAT) into services, they will encounter questions around legal regulations governing privacy of patient records. What is 42 CFR Part 2? What does it mean & how does it apply to PC? Can certain PC program design elements allow unified medical charting by not activating this regulation? How can you recruit patients w/out “putting yourself out?” This webinar is an introduction to these issues (without giving any formal legal advice). |
Presenter: David Kan, MD, UCSF Clinical Faculty, Private Practice, Medical Director, Addiction Treatment Unit, Bright Heart Health
Presenter: Harry Nelson, JD, Managing Partner, Nelson, Hardiman LLP


Expanding Access to Medication Assisted Treatment Utilizing Nurse Care Managers 
The third in a series of 12 monthly webinars designed to support the implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in primary care. This webinar will review the role nurses can play in building a team based model, assisting waivered primary care physicians provide high quality care, supporting the complex needs of patients with substance use disorder and the expansion of treatment. Elements that will be covered will include:  clinical care, coordination of services among team-members, regulatory compliance, office workflow. Recorded 12/16/2016
Presenter: Colleen T. LaBelle, MSN, RN-BC, CARN


Effective Strategies for The Non-Adherent Buprenorphine Patient: Rational Monitoring and Contingency
Worried about prescribing buprenorphine for addiction? ...about patient misuse or diversion? In this webinar, we provide a simple framework to conceptualize the doctor-patient relationship which can empower you to remain in a compassionate stance toward risky or non-adherent patients, while also helping them modify their behavior toward safer and more appropriate use. You will learn how to interpret the prescription drug monitoring database, and urine toxicology tests, and integrate them in your practice. More importantly, you will find out what to do when these screening tests come up positive … without having to resort to rejection or retaliation, or experiencing feelings of burnout." Recorded 1/27/2017
Presenters: Anna Lembke, MD and Greg Skipper, MD


Psychological/Behavioral Strategies for Pain Management: Tools for PCPs to Use in a 20 Minute Visit
Many primary care providers who work with chronic pain patients have limited or no access to psychological resources to help patients struggling with daily pain. This webinar will include psychological and behavioral techniques PCPs can use during their brief visits with patients to facilitate coping strategies and adherence. Case examples and techniques to help manage provider burn out will also be covered. Recorded 2/24/2017.


Managing Acute and Perioperative Pain in Patients on Medication-Assisted Treatments (Recorder March 24, 2017)
This webinar will discuss the best evidence for management of acute and perioperative pain for patients on buprenorphine, methadone and  naltrexone formulations for substance use disorders. We will cover strategies for patient preparation and communication with the perioperative team. 
Presenter: Andrea Rubinstein, MD 


Tapering Chronic Opioids (Recorded April 28, 2017)
With recent changes in guidelines designed to improve the safety of long-term opioid therapy, many prescribers have initiated opioid tapering programs though little is known about the risks and benefits of opioid tapering.  Possible risks of opioid tapering include worsened pain or function as well as identification of previously undiagnosed opioid use disorder. This webinar provides a brief background and review the available evidence to guide patient-centered tapering of long-term opioid therapy. We will provide strategies for clinicians to discuss tapering with their patients and get patient buy-in as well as resources to help implement opioid tapers.
Presenter: Joseph Frank, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, VA Eastern Colorado Health System


Naloxone Prescribing in Primary Care: Why, Who, and How / Diana Coffa, MD   (Recorded May 19, 2017)
Opioid overdose deaths rates are climbing and primary care physicians are on the front lines. Naloxone has revolutionized overdose prevention among people who use heroin but is underutilized in people who use prescription opioids. In this webinar, we will examine the history of naloxone, evidence for prescribing it in primary care, tips for getting patient buy-in, and strategies for implementing prescription programs in resource-limited settings.
Presenter: Diana Coffa, MD, Associate Professor, Residency Program Director, Family and Community Medicine UCSF 


Complex Chronic Pain, Opioid Prescribing and Opioid Use Disorder: Pitfalls, Pearls and New Directions / William C. Becker, MD (Recorded June 23, 2017)
Chronic pain is widely prevalent and often treated with opioids, which can be complicated by low efficacy, safety issues, misuse and opioid use disorder. In this case-based webinar, we will discuss practical approaches to diagnosis and treatment with a special focus on communication tips to support patients, providers, and staff as they navigate challenging clinical scenarios.
Presenter: William C. Becker, MD, Core Investigator: Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities & Education (PRIME) Center of Innovation, VA Connecticut Healthcare System; Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine


How to Build a Controlled Substance Review Committee in Your Primary Care Clinic: Why? Who? How?  (Recorded July 28, 2017)
Is your primary care clinic struggling to navigate cultural changes around chronic pain and opioid management? Why not look into creating an internal peer-review committee for complex pain cases? If done right, it can improve the experience of both patients and providers. This webinar will use a case-based format to review the basic structure and composition of such a committee, the operations, and the benefits to its use. 
Presenter: Soraya Azari, MD


Strategies to Increase Your Confidence with Buprenorphine Prescribing in Primary Care (Recorded June 2, 2016) 
An estimated 30-70% of providers with the DEA waiver to treat opioid addiction with buprenorphine do not use it.  The goal of this webinar is to review common problems encountered in buprenorphine prescribing via case vignettes.  Approaches and strategies for these common challenges will be provided.
Presenter: Soraya Azari, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine
Presenter: Scott Steiger, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine


Buprenorphine Formulations and  Clinical Challenges in Prescribing Buprenorphine
Participants bring up for discussion questions pertaining to the prescribing and implementation of buprenorphine therapy. An update on the FDA's approval of new formations of buprenorphine for both opioid use disorders and pain is provided.
Presenter: Matt Torrington, MD, Dr. Torrington's work combines of clinical research, community outreach, education and the practice of medicine. He has over a decade of clinical research.  Dr. Torrington serves the community by directly providing care to those without financial means and as the founder and primary addiction specialist of the End Dependence-Common Ground free clinic. Dr. Torrington maintains a private practice specializing in the management of difficult addiction and pain disorders.

Online Workshop

From X to Rx: Confronting Real World Obstacles to Buprenorphine Prescribing (Recorded October 21, 2015)
This 3.5 hour course will address the challenges of managing patients on buprenorphine in different practice settings​​. Participants will be provided with a toolkit which they can begin to use immediately to jump start their own buprenorphine practice.  Experts in the field will discuss :

  • successfully navigating DEA visits,
  • obtaining reimbursement,
  • managing inductions,
  • urine drug testing,
  • preventing diversion.

David Kan, MD: Workshop Chair, Chair, CSAM Committee on Opioids, General, Addiction and Forensic Psychiatry, Walnut Creek, CA; Ken Saffier, MD: Family and addiction medicine; Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Centers Family Medicine Residency: Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Karen Miotto, MD: Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UCLA; Medical Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Service and the Medical Director of the Opioid Treatment Program at the Downtown Los Angeles Ambulatory Care VAMC; Matthew Torrington, MD: Medical Director at the Common Ground/End Dependence Free Clinic in Santa Monica, California; Principal Investigator and Research Physician with Friends Research Institute in Torrance, CA; Addiction Medicine Research Physician with the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) in Los Angeles; Primary Addiction Medicine Physician/Consultant at Avalon Malibu in Malibu; Consulting Addiction Medicine Physician at Cri Help in North Hollywood; Margaret Haglund, MD: Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; Soraya Azari, MD: Assistant Professor, UCSF Department of Medicine

Selected Lectures from Essentials of Addiction Medicine 2016 (Recorded August 25-27, 2016