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  • 1. What if I forgot my password, or need to reset it?

    To reset your password:

    1. Click this link or copy and paste www.asam.org/login into your browser bar
    2. Underneath the login boxes, click the link that says "forgot password" 
    3. Enter your email address in the box provided, and click "continue"
    4. If you have an account with ASAM under the email address you have submitted, a link to reset your password will be sent to that email box with the next hour. *Please note that these emails often end up getting caught in Spam filters.  Please check your spam or junk folders if you do not see the email in your inbox.  

    If you have forgotten the email address associated with your ASAM account please contact the ASAM offices at 301.656-3920 between the hours of 9 pm - 5 pm, Mon - Fri Eastern Time. DO NOT create a new account as this can disrupt your e-Learning Center transcripts and membership status.

  • 2. When I clicked "login" it took me to the login screen, but there are no boxes to enter my email and password. What do I do?

    Don't panic!  There are two, easy solutions to this problem.

    1. First, look at the top right corner of your screen next to the ASAM search bar.  Does it say "logout"?

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    If you see "logout"; click on it, then click on "login" at the top right corner of the screen and try again.  If this doesn't work, move on to step 2.

     

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  • 3. How do I login to the ASAM e-Learning Center?

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

    Use ASAM's online physician directory feature. If you would like to see all the physicians in a state, type in the two-letter state abbreviation in the box labeled "Business Address State Code", if you would like to see all the specialists in a particular zip code, enter the desired zip code in the box labeled "Business Address Postal Code"; there is no need to fill in any of the other boxes unless you are searching for a specific provider. 

    *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.

  • 5. How can I find out if my doctor is Board Certified in addiction medicine?

    You can visit the webpage for The Addiction Medicine Foundation (formerly ABAM)'s verification portal, type in you'r physician's name and location information in the provided boxes on the right-hand side of the screen, and click "find".

    You can also visit the American Board of Preventative Medicine's Physician Verification Page, type in your physician's name, and click "verify." Please note that the ABPM is still in the process of adding certified physicians to their new, online database; until October of 2021, it's best to check both portals.

  • 6. How do I become a certified addiction specialist?

    For MD's: To view the available pathways to the official American Board of Medical Specialties ADM certification, visit ASAM’s Certification Hub or contact the American Board of Preventive Medicine for more information.

    For DO's: To view the available pathways to addiction medicine certification, visit the American Osteopathic Association for more information.

    For NP's and RN’s: To view the available pathways for advanced certification medicine and nursing for licensed Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses, view the Center for Nursing Education and Testing, the International Nurses Society or the Addictions Nursing Certification Board.

  • 7. 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?

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

  • 8. What CME activities does ASAM offer?

    Yes, if you are interested in buprenorphine training, you may be interested in ASAM's Treatment of Opioid Uses Disorder Course: Includes Waiver Qualifying Requirements.  ASAM offers live courses, blended courses, and online courses for:

    Physicians (8-hour course)

    Nurse Practitioners (24-hour course accredited by AANP)

    Physician Assistants (24-hour course accredited by AAPA)

  • 9. Where do I register for ASAM's Waiver Training?

    Click here for a step-by-step Visual Guide for registering for the AANP accredited, 24-hour waiver training course for NP's. 
  • 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 Buprenorphine Waiver Management webpage.

  • 11. 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.

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

    The easiest way for jobseekers to search for physician positions, broken down into 4 easy steps:

    • Login to your career center account (if you already have one established); otherwise go to http://careers.asam.org/jobs
    • Click on the 'discipline' link in the search section (screen shot below):
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    • This will open up the disciplines section – you can now click on 'physicians/surgeons' discipline – which will then move it up to the 'active filters' section (screen shot below):
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    • This will narrow it down to only positions posted under that discipline. You can narrow it down more by using 'state'province' / 'education' etc. When selecting 'MD' under 'education' this will narrow it down to results for the jobseeker.
  • 13. 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.

    The Medical Professional Liability Association is the insurance industry trade association that represents a full range of entities doing business in the medical professional liability (MPL) arena. These include domestic and international MPL insurance companies, risk retention groups, captives, trusts, and other entities.

  • 14. 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
    dmeelee@changecompanies.net
    5/15/2011

  • 15. What is ASAM's LOC (Levels of Care) Program?

    As of October 15, 2018, ASAM has partnered with the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) to offer an ASAM level of care certification for addiction treatment programs. After refinement of ratable elements during a two-step pilot process in 2019 and early 2020, The ASAM Level of Care Certification™ was launched nationwide on June 1, 2020. Following the development of the ASAM Criteria and CONTINUUM Decision Engine, certification is the next critical step to support the implementation of standardized care based on nationally established standards. The ASAM Level of Care Certification™ supports federal and state initiatives to increase access to safe and effective residential addiction treatment, including the 1115 Substance Use Disorder Demonstrations and pending federal legislation.

    This partnership links ASAM’s addiction treatment expertise with CARF’s accreditation knowledge to certify that treatment centers can offer care in line with The ASAM Criteria for a given level of care (at this time only levels 3.1, 3.5, and 3.7). Levels of care have been included in the recently passed federal opioid legislative package. This certification ensures that The ASAM Criteria are properly applied to achieve the best patient outcomes possible. It also allows patients, their families, and payors to identify addiction treatment programs that will best support treatment and recovery. For more information, please see ASAM's LOC page

  • 16. 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.

    See our Distinguished Fellows page for more information, including the criteria for becoming a Distinguished Fellow and a list of current ASAM Distinguished Fellows.

  • 17. What is ASAM’s Policy on the use and maintenance of the DFASAM designation?

    In January 2019, the ASAM Board of Directors approved a policy on the Use and Maintenance of the Distinguished Fellow (DFASAM) Designation which will serve to provide clear direction and be the authoritative reference to consult when questions or issues arise.  Click here for more details.

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

    Click here to go to ASAM's Public Policy page on the "Definition of Addiction".

  • 19. I cannot move forward in my ASAM course. How do I fix it?

    Our website works best while using the web browser Google Chrome. Our learning management system uses cookies to track your progress while you are taking a course. Most people have their internet browsers configured to store all the cookies they generate while surfing the web. This creates cookie-build up, and can confuse our site. To fix the problem, simply clear your browser cache.

    1. Click on the 3 vertical dots in the top right corner of Google Chrome, Click 'History' and then click 'History' again
    2. Click 'Clear Browsing Data'
    3. Click on 'Cached images and files' and click 'clear data'
  • 20. Videos will not work for me while taking an ASAM course. How do I fix it?

    If videos will not play, please ensure you disable pop-up blockers while on our site. The steps below show how to disable pop-up blockers while using Google Chrome:

    1. Click on the 3 vertical dots in the top right corner of Google Chrome, then click 'Settings'
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  • 21. How do I check my waiver application status?

    SAMHSA reviews waiver applications within 45 business days of receipt. If approved, you will receive a letter via email that confirms your waiver and includes your prescribing identification number.

    Waiver applications are forwarded to the DEA. DEA regulations require your prescribing identification number to be included on all buprenorphine prescriptions for opioid dependency treatment, along with your regular DEA number.

    If you have not received confirmation of receipt of your application, or if it has been more than 45 business days since submitting it, contact CSAT by email: infobuprenorphine@samhsa.hhs.gov or call 866.287.2728.