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  • 1. How can I find a physician practicing addiction medicine?

    Use ASAM's online membership directory feature. Please note that this feature only lists members who have given ASAM permission to list their names.

    Once you have identified a physician member, you should visit the AMA website or the yellow pages to get contact information.

    You can also access a list of ASAM Chapters around the world and their representatives through the ASAM's Chapter pages.

    ASAM members are offered expanded listings of other ASAM members using the directory feature.

  • 2. How can I find a Board Certified physician in addiction medicine?

  • 3. What percent of my dues goes to lobbying?

    You're probably asking about this because you're concerned about the percentage of dues that is not tax deductible. ASAM is a 501c(3) organization, therefore, the non-deductibility rules do not apply to our organization.

    To find out whether all or a portion of your dues are tax deductible, please seek advice from your accountant.

    Thank you for your membership with ASAM.

  • 4. Do I qualify to become a Distinguished Fellow of ASAM (DFASAM)?

    The respected DFASAM title is only granted every other year to select ASAM physician members for their significant contributions to the Society and to the field of addiction medicine. Join the distinguished ranks of some of your colleagues by receiving recognition for your considerable professional efforts.

    Applications for Distinguished Fellow status will be accepted again in the Fall of 2017. See our Distinguished Fellows page for more information, including the criteria for becoming a Distinguished Fellow and a list of current ASAM Distinguished Fellows.

  • 5. Does ASAM offer medical malpractice insurance?

    No, but many state medical societies offer medical liability policies. Please check your state medical association website to find out if they have a relationship with an agency that offers coverage.

  • 6. Does ASAM offer buprenorphine training?

    Yes, if you are interested in buprenorphine training, you may be interested in ASAM's online course Buprenorphine and Office Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence and education opportunities at our Annual Medical-Scientific Conference and other events. If you want further information or would like other bup training options, you can visit www.buprenorphine.samhsa.gov for a list of all agencies that offer training and links to upcoming trainings. Another great resource for bup trainings and information is the PCSS-MAT.

  • 7. How can I get a certificate for ASAM's buprenorphine online training courses?

    You can go online and print your certificate by clicking here. If you are unable to do it or need help, please send an email request to education@asam.org.  If you need a duplicate certificate for a live buprenorphine course taken in the past through ASAM, that can also be requested via email at education@asam.org.

  • 8. Where can I find information on ASAM's definition of addiction?

    Click here for a separate, complete FAQs document on the Definition of Addiction, and click here to go to ASAM's Public Policy page on the "Definition of Addiction (Long Version)".

  • 9. How can I search for physician positions on ASAM's Career Center?

    The easiest way for the jobseekers to search for physician positions would be to follow these steps:

    • Login to their career center account (if they already have one established); otherwise they can go to http://careers.asam.org/jobs
    • They can then click on the 'discipline' link in the search section (screen shot below):
    Discipline link screen shot
    • This will open up the disciplines section – they can then click the 'physicians/surgeons' discipline – which will then move it up to the 'active filters' section (screen shot below):
    Active filters screen shot
    • This will then narrow it down to only positions posted under that discipline. They can narrow it down more if they would like by using 'state'province' / 'education' etc. When selecting 'MD' under 'education' this will narrow it down to results for the jobseeker.
  • 10. Is there a limit on the number of patients a practitioner may treat with buprenorphine at any one time?

    Yes. DATA 2000, as amended in August 2016, specifies that an individual physician may have a maximum of 30 patients on buprenorphine therapy at any one time for their first year holding a buprenorphine waiver. One year after the date on which a physician’s initial waiver notification was approved by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the physician may submit a second waiver notification of the need and intent to treat up to 100 patients. After a year of having a maximum of 100 patients on buprenorphine therapy, the physician may submit a third waiver notification of the need and intent to treat up to 275 patients if they meet certain requirements.

    For information on applying for a buprenorphine waiver notification for 30, 100 and 275 patients, please visit our DATA 2000 Patient Limit webpage.

  • 11. Can you please provide some insight into how SBIRT and ASAM 0.5 are congruent?

    SBIRT and ASAM Criteria Level 0.5 are closely related though not fully congruent in the following ways:

    1. SBIRT is meant to encourage screening of all patients to rule out or in the possibility of a substance use disorder (SUD) regardless of whether there may be the appearance of a substance-related risk or problem.
    2. Level 0.5 was designed to provide education, risk advice and services to people who may be at more specific risk of developing a SUD because they may already have had a substance-related problem e.g., a DUI or may be at risk e.g., experimenting with substances and lives in a family with addiction issues.
    3. With SBIRT the person may have come for healthcare or mental health services for something unrelated to substance use, but because even people with some awareness of a substance problem have trouble reaching out for help; or may not even be aware of a substance problem, then SBIRT can help identify and prevent full blown addiction.
    4. Level 0.5 clients would most likely have been identified as having some risk for a SUD by virtue of some substance use already and other circumstances and vulnerabilities that brings them to the attention of a 0.5 provider e.g., a DUI, school or work problems, family history and their living environment.

    David Mee-Lee, M.D.
    Chief Editor, ASAM PPC-2R

  • 12. What is the official government agency that is responsible for managing the certification and registration of physicians using buprenorphine and what is the contact information?

    Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), CSAT Buprenorphine Information Center – 866.BUP.CSAT, info@buprenorphine.samhsa.gov,http://www.buprenorphine.samhsa.gov.