The ASAM Criteria & ASAM Criteria Software Course

The ASAM Criteria and ASAM Criteria Software: What's New and How to Use the Criteria - A Live Course

April 10, 2014, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm


Overview: What's New and How to Use the Criteria

The ASAM Criteria is the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for assessment, service planning, placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addictive disorders.  A new edition was released in October 2013.  This day-long workshop will inform participants of what is new and how to use The ASAM Criteria book and software.  It will review the underlying concepts of the ASAM Criteria in general and the goals of this new edition. 

Besides updating participants on the new edition, this workshop will also help participants apply the criteria across a wide variety of settings with different populations – older adults, criminal justice settings, parents with children and persons in safety sensitive occupations.  There will be discussion on how to use the criteria and software in working effectively with managed care and payers

Educational Purpose

Physicians and other health care professionals will incorporate the diagnostic tools, classifications and standards for patient care detailed in The New ASAM Criteria and the companion software tools in order to develop specific treatment plans that will enhance patient outcomes

Learning Format and Methodologies

Content will be presented with lecture, case presentation, live software demonstration and audience discussion.  Attendees are encouraged to purchase The ASAM Criteria in advance and bring the book to the session to enhance the learning experience.  Copies will also be available for purchase on site prior to the course. Participants of the Pre-Conference Course who purchase the ASAM Criteria on-site will receive 90-day access to the web-based version FREE. 

Who Should Attend

All levels of those interested in The ASAM Criteria - counselors/clinicians, addiction specialist physicians, state and county administrators, funders and managed care, national professional organizations.

Course Topics

  • Underlying Principles and Concepts of The ASAM Criteria
  • What is New in The ASAM Criteria
  • Overview of ASAM Criteria Research and The ASAM Criteria Software
  • How to Organize Assessment Data to Match Level of Care
  • How to Use The ASAM Criteria Software
  • New and Updated Sections
  • How to Apply the ASAM Criteria
  • Interactive Faculty/Audience Discussion


David Mee-Lee, MD
David Gastfriend, MD
Susan Blank, MD
Paul Earley, MD, FASAM
Marc Fishman, MD, FASAM
Lori Karan, MD, FACP, FASAM
Michael Miller, MD, FASAM
Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Review the underlying concepts of and goals of the new edition of The ASAM Criteria and the ASAM Criteria Software
  • Identify what is new and how to use ASAM criteria in different settings with various clinical populations
  • Apply The ASAM Criteria in the context of outcome-driven versus program-driven treatment, integrated services and healthcare reform
  • Identify how The ASAM Criteria Software can implement a standardized assessment for adults
  • Discuss how to determine that providers and payers are fidelitous to the spirit and content of The ASAM Criteria

Live Course Program Planning Committee

David Mee-Lee, MD, Co-Chair
David Gastfriend, MD, Co-Chair
Susan Blank, MD
Paul Earley, MD, FASAM
Marc Fishman, MD, FASAM
Lori Karan, MD, FACP, FASAM
Michael Miller, MD, FASAM
Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA

CME Committee Reviewers

Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM, CMRO and John C. Tanner, DO, FASAM


Continuing Medical Education Credit

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This live activity, The ASAM Criteria and ASAM Criteria Software: What’s New and How to Use the Criteria—A Live Course, has been approved for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABAM Maintenance of Certification Program

Application has been made for the Annual Medical-Scientific Conference and its pre-courses to be an approved CME Activity by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program for the CME requirement for Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Many of the sessions have been identified as of interest and value to primary care physicians. Application has been made to the American Academy of Family Physicians for Live Prescribed and/or Elective Credit.


Online Course Preview 

Slide presentations and handouts for Med-Sci educational sessions will be available to registrants through ASAM’s e-Live Learning Center after April 1, 2014.  Attendees are encouraged to download and print, or upload these course materials to their laptops or hand-held devices prior to the course.  No printed copies of presentations will be made available on site.


Course Staff


Alli Unger, REMS Education Coordinator