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  • Addiction 60/60: All of Addiction Medicine in 60 Slides and 60 Minutes (1.5 CME)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session offers an ultra-fast-paced, “state-of-the-art” review of 2017 Addiction Medicine in the context of our current understanding of the addictive process. We will review how current neurobiology approaches craving and control, and how these novel concepts inform our treatment options, both pharmacological and psychosocial.

    Addiction specialists these days do much more than treat patients. Educating people about addiction and helping them understand the disease from a medical perspective is a ubiquitous request. From giving a Grand Rounds presentation to seasoned attending physicians to training hospital staff through in-service programs to responding to the media, we are often called on to talk about addiction and its treatments. In this workshop, we will attempt to refine a one-hour PowerPoint lecture that covers the essentials of Addiction Medicine in 2017. We will strictly use 60 slides with no more than 60 words per slide to deliver the lecture. The first part, the Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine will cover (1) the Neurobiology of Addiction; (2) Alcohol; (3) Sedatives; (4) Opioids; (5) Stimulants; (6) Nicotine; (7) Cannabis; (8) Dissociatives, Hallucinogens, and Steroids; and (9) the Behavioral Addictions. The second part, Assessments and Treatments will address (1) the Epidemiology of Addiction; (2) Public Policy; (3) Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), ASAM Patient Placement Criteria (PPC), and other Assessment Tools; (4) Toxicology Examinations; (5) 12-Step Programs; (6) Cognitive Behavior Therapy; (7) Motivational Interviewing; (8) Medical Co-Morbidities; and (9) Psychiatric Co-Morbidities. Finally, the third part, Special Populations and Topics will look into (1) Pain and Addiction; (2) Maternal/Child Issues; (3) Adolescents; (4) the Elderly; (5) Impaired Professionals; and (6) the Future of Addiction Medicine. This 24-part review of our field can also serve as a basic template for the development of full-day or multiple-day courses in Addiction Medicine. During the second hour of the workshop, the presenters will invite participants to critique the presentation; change, add, or delete topics and slides; and discuss the usefulness of such an admittedly ambitious undertaking. This is the second time that we will try this approach-- the first time we attempted the 60/60 was at the 2013 ASAM Med-Sci Conference in Chicago. We have refined the presentation since then, based on feedback we have received from students, trainees, and fellow addiction specialists.

    Petros Levounis


    Dr. Levounis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University where he studied chemistry and biophysics before receiving his medical education at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. During medical school, he received an MA degree in sociology from Stanford before moving to New York City where he trained in psychiatry at Columbia University. He graduated from Columbia receiving the National Institute of Mental Health Outstanding Resident Award and went on to complete his fellowship in addiction psychiatry at New York University. From 2002 to 2013, he served as director of the Addiction Institute of New York.
    Dr. Levounis has written numerous articles and monographs; has lectured extensively on addiction topics throughout the United States and abroad; and has been interviewed by all major television networks. Dr. Levounis serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and from 2005 to 2009 chaired the national Committee on Addiction Treatment of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Levounis is a Betty Ford Scholar, a recipient of a U.S. State Department Speaker and Specialist Award, a distinguished fellow of the APA and ASAM, and an honorary member of the World Psychiatric Association. 

    Dr. Levounis has published thirteen books including the self-help paperback “Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister—and Not Lose Yourself,” the textbook of “Substance Dependence and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders,” “The Behavioral Addictions,” “Motivational Interviewing for Clinical Practice,” “Becoming Mindful,” and the “Office-Based Buprenorphine Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder,” now in its second edition. His books have been translated into German, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. 

    Dr. Levounis is married to actor Lukas Hassel and lives in New York City.

  • Engaging Healthcare Practitioners to Address the Opioid Crisis (1.5 CME)

    Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will review: Survey data of NPs interest in treating OUD and obtaining a waiver to prescribe MATs; Potential barriers for NPs related to prescribing MATs and Current status of number of NPs that have registered for the required 24 hours of education for waiver application.

    Despite substantial efforts to encourage adoption of evidence-based practices, the use of medications to treat substance use disorders is still low in both primary care and specialty addiction treatment settings. In this presentation the status of efforts to implement buprenorphine prescribing in primary care and other settings will be described. Barriers to treatment for opioid use disorders and potential strategies to address them such as collaborative care models will be discussed. Successful strategies and lessons learned from efforts to encourage the provision of buprenorphine in specialty and general medical settings will be identified in order to inform future efforts to expand access to medication for opioid use disorder. The Massachusetts Collaborative Care Model for the delivery of opioid agonist therapy with buprenorphine, in which nurses working with physicians play a central role in the evaluation and monitoring of patients, holds promise for the effective expansion of treatment for opioid use disorders. The Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) initiative to implement the office-based opioid treatment with buprenorphine (OBOT-B) collaborative care model in fourteen community health centers (CHCs) will be described. With the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA), significant changes to federal policies will ultimately increase states' capacity to provide medication-assisted treatment. Representatives from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Medical Education Council will describe stakeholders' interest in providing treatment for substance use disorders and identify needs of their constituencies. Each speaker will provide recommendations regarding the messaging needed to address stigma and to engage healthcare professionals. Speakers will also identify potential pitfalls or barriers to consider in efforts to encourage healthcare practitioners to identify and treat substance use disorders. After brief didactic presentations, a panel discussion with addiction medicine experts and representatives from nursing, NP, and PA communities will be held. Through interactive discussion speakers will address questions most relevant to attendees and discuss factors influencing the engagement of healthcare practitioners in local settings to increase access to appropriate, evidence-based treatments for opioid use disorder across the country.

    Kristen Huntley


    Kristen Huntley, Ph.D., is a Health Scientist Administrator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Center for Clinical Trials Network (CCTN) where she oversees research studying the effectiveness and implementation of interventions for the treatment of substance use disorders in multi-site, nationwide studies that enroll large samples of diverse participants in general medical settings and community-based treatment programs. Dr. Huntley also manages activities conducted through NIDA’s Blending Initiative. This initiative supports collaboration between clinicians, scientists, and experienced educators to facilitate the adoption of evidence-based practices in front-line clinical settings. During her tenure at NIH Dr. Huntley has served as a Scientific Review Officer at NIDA and as a Program Director at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) where she administered a portfolio of pain management research grants and led efforts to build collaborations with other federal agencies to encourage research on the use of integrative models of care in military and veteran populations. Prior to working at NIH, Dr. Huntley was on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, a project director at a research and consulting firm, and has worked in a variety of healthcare settings. Dr. Huntley has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and has over 20 years of experience in academic, research, and clinical settings.

    Jeffrey Samet

    MD, MA, MPH

    Dr. Samet is a graduate of Brandeis University and Baylor College of Medicine. He trained in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), and in a research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been a primary care physician in Boston since 1983. Dr. Samet is a Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. In 2002, he became the Chief of General Internal Medicine at BUSM/Boston Medical Center and Vice Chair for Public Health in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Samet has a longstanding commitment to educating physicians about substance use disorders. From 1995-2012 he served as Medical Director of Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services for the Boston Public Health Commission. He was President of the Association of Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (1999- 2001), co-chair of the Substance Abuse Task Force of the Society of General Internal Medicine (1992-2002), and a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Addressing the Quality Chasm in Mental Health and Addictive Disorders. Dr. Samet chaired the ASAM Medical-Scientific Annual Conference Program Committee 2004-2010 and 2012-2013 he served as President of the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and the ABAM Foundation.

    Colleen LaBelle


    Colleen LaBelle has certifications in addiction nursing and HIV with over 20 years of clinical experience in HIV and addiction, and co-authored a publication in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, “Treating Homeless Opioid Dependent Patients with Buprenorphine in an Office-based Setting." She was instrumental in the start up of the OBOT Program in the BMC Primary Care Clinic, which manages over 450 active patients with buprenorphine. This program provides buprenorphine treatment for patients in primary care, homeless, HIV, Family Medicine, OB, and support to the affiliated community health centers. She is the program director of the STATE OBOT B (State Technical Assistance, Treatment Expansion of Buprenorphine) working with 14 community health centers implementing a nurse care manager model for the expansion of buprenorphine. Since 2003, Ms. LaBelle has served as Faculty for the buprenorphine certification course of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She frequently gives presentations on buprenorphine and provides consultation and technical assistance on- and offsite and by telephone. She oversees the MDPH buprenorphine list-serve and provides liaison for MDPH supported buprenorphine training, education and start-up in Massachusetts. She speaks on a local and national level, and has been a part of the SAMHSA Summit on Buprenorphine. Ms. LaBelle has served as a member of the Scientific Study (Study Section) Review Committee for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Since 2004, she has served on the National Advisory Committee on Buprenorphine for the Health Resources and Services Administration and participated in professional editing of TAP 30 Technical Assistance Publication for Nurses with SAMHSA, 2009. Co-author : Five Year Experience with Collaborative Care of Opioid Addicted Patients using Buprenorphine in Primary Care, published Archives of Internal Medicine. In May 2011 she was the recipient of Individual Leadership Award, for Innovation In Health Care from MA Bureau of Substance Abuse Services as well as a NIATX award recipient 2011 Innovations in Behavioral Health Services award for Process Improvements. She is a board member of the Addiction Nurses Certification Board, and recently started a MA Chapter for addiction nurses.

    Andrew Saxon


    Andrew J. Saxon, M.D. Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington Director, Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education, VA Puget Sound Health Care System Director, Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program, University of Washington Preceding his entry into psychiatry, Dr. Saxon completed an internal medicine internship and worked for 4 years as an emergency room physician. Subsequent to his general psychiatry residency at the University of Washington, Dr. Saxon has more than a quarter century of experience as a clinical and research addiction psychiatrist. Dr. Saxon is board certified with added qualifications in addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Saxon sits on the editorial boards of the journals, Drug and Alcohol Dependence and General Hospital Psychiatry. Dr. Saxon's current research work is supported by the VA, the Department of Defense, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse and involves pharmacotherapies and psychotherapies for alcohol, cocaine, tobacco, and opioid use disorders as well work in co-occurrence of substance use disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder and on reducing homelessness.

    Marie-Michele Leger

    MPH, PA-C

    Ms. Léger a PA for 33 years is director, clinical education at AAPA.  She obtained a  Bachelor’s of Science, Physician Assistant Program, George Washington University (GWU), Washington DC in 1983 and completed her Master in Public Health, (International Health, Concentration: Health Promotion/Disease Prevention), from GWU in 1996.  
    She monitors, advises AAPA’s leadership on issues in clinical medicine, public health, coordinates activities that relates to continuous professional development, translate best available evidence which leads to PA practice improvement.   Ms.  Léger is the AAPA’s liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  She has published extensively; written editorials on raising the awareness of emergency preparedness and raising the rate of adult immunization.  Ms. Léger has given presentations in the United States and internationally addressing the PA profession, disparity in healthcare, immunization, and other infectious disease topics.  Ms. Léger retains a faculty appointment at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and at the Shenandoah Physician Assistant Program.

    Anne Norman


    Dr. Anne Norman is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the Vice President of Education and Accreditation at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  She received her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Huntsville in 1994 and her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010.  Dr. Norman has practiced in primary care and held leadership positions in various settings including: a multiple disciplinary medical school health center, rural health, college health, retail health and workplace/occupational health.  At AANP, she serves as the primary organizational resource on continuing education (CE) and education-related standards, recommendations, and requirements.  Her responsibilities include directing the grant, education, and accreditation activities of the association by overseeing and guiding the planning, development, and implementation of educational activities and programs to meet strategic goals.

    Daniel P. Alford


    Dr. Daniel P. Alford is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean of CME and Director of the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program at Boston University School of Medicine. He is a diplomate in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM).

    He is director of the Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit medical director of the Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) program and of the Massachusetts Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment Training and Technical Assistance (MASBIRT TTA) program and former program director for the Addiction Medicine Fellowship program at Boston Medical Center (BMC). Since 2001 he has served as the course director of the Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) Program in Addiction Medicine: Improving Clinical and Teaching Skills for Generalists funded by NIDA. He is president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA). In 2011, he was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House. In 2014 he received the Health Education Award from the American Medical Association.

  • Interventional Pain Management: A Pain Control Strategy for the Patient in Treatment (1.5 CME)

    Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The presentation will include vignettes of treatment options for problems that are commonly seen in both the pain management office, and the addiction treatment setting. A brief overview of the type of available procedures, and their risks and options will be discussed. We will then allow time for questions. Drs. Hansen and Silverman are both active and Board members of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, which is a group of physicians and extended care providers that train and provide resources to treat our patients in pain. Their experience in pain medicine and addiction medicine allow them to present a perspective that is unique to the complex patient in treatment and pain.

    The patient in treatment presents in many complex forms, often with a complaint of pain. The pain may have been the origin of the addiction, or might be a process that shares a relationship to the purpose driven seeking of controlled substances, particularly opioids. Pain and addiction are often seen together, and an item of significant risk in both the pain management population, and the substance abuse arena. The overlap of symptoms is common. The practitioner often searches for alternative care strategies, to minimize opioid load, and improve function and quality of life. It is the purpose of this presentation to demonstrate a very powerful therapeutic pathway, with emphasis on pain control, without escalating controlled substances. Many examples of success have eliminated controlled substances and reduced pain. These interventional techniques that are performed are both diagnostic and therapeutic, and assist in an overall strategy of independence from opioid management of pain. Discussed will be spinal procedures, musculoskeletal procedures, and vignettes apply these therapies to a practical world. Interventional procedures are often very cost effective, that enhance positive benchmarks in a timely fashion. Interventional pain medicine is the application of target specific medication therapy to a pain generator. Interventional pain medicine also includes advanced technology such as spinal cord stimulation, and radiofrequency ablation that addresses pain refractory to common therapeutic approaches. An interventional pain physician might come from neurology, anesthesiology, or physical medicine and rehab, as a primary specialty, with added training and credentials to demonstrate proficiency. In proper hands these procedures are safe, cost effective, and afford very specific populations control of one of the most common complaints in American medicine, pain. As new technologies emerge, an exciting emergence of cutting edge thought, even rejuvenative medicine can return an individual to an active and functioning vital member of society. The fragile pain population of those in treatment for addiction can ill afford the setbacks of those suffering from pain with no hope. These techniques and the promise of new advances in development, lend to an important academic discussion that is timely for those who treat addiction.

    Sanford M. Silverman


    Sanford M. Silverman, MD, is in private practice; Institute of Pain Management, Pompano Beach, Florida. He is board certified in anesthesiology, with added qualifications in Pain Management from the American Board of Anesthesiology and a Diplomate in Pain Medicine from the American Board of Pain Medicine.  He is also a Diplomate in Addiction Medicine from the American Board of Addiction Medicine.  His practice consists of interventional and medical treatment of chronic pain, the treatment of various addictive disorders, and currently has an interest in treating complex chronic pain, addiction, and hyperalgesia.

    After receiving his bachelor and master degrees in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, Dr. Silverman earned his medical degree from New York Medical College. He then entered active duty military service with the US Army and completed a transitional internship at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, California. He then completed a residency in anesthesiology at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.  
    After completing his training, he served as Major, US Army and Chief of the Anesthesia and Operative Service at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas where he also was also the director of the pain clinic. 
    Dr. Silverman is the director of the Controlled Substance Management course, for the American Society of Interventional Physicians which is a core requirement for board certification in Interventional Pain Medicine.  In 2016 he co-authored a text book titled: Controlled Substance Management in Chronic Pain; A Balanced Approach. 
    Dr. Silverman is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University,  Boca Raton, FL., 
     Dr. Silverman served on the stakeholder committee of the CDC Opioid Guidelines, representing ASIPP. 

    Hans C. Hansen


    Hans C. Hansen, MD 

    President-Elect, ASIPP 
    Executive Director, NCSIPP 
    Medical Director, 
    The Pain Relief Centers, PA  
    Conover, North Carolina 

    Hans C. Hansen, M.D. was raised in Denver, Colorado, where he received his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  He trained and completed his residency in anesthesiology and a subspecialty year in chronic pain management at Yale University School of Medicine.  Dr. Hansen is board certified and re-certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine, completed testing for the World Institute of Pain, assisted in administration of the second FIPP exam, and is credentialed with the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP).  He is on the Board of Directors, a past president, and current president-elect of American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). He is board certified in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Hansen’s practice is located in Central Piedmont North Carolina. 

  • Role of Pediatricians in the Prevention, Assessment &Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (1.5 CME)

    Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Nearly all substance use disorders (SUDs) can be traced to adolescence, when the vulnerable adolescent brain is first exposed to psychoactive substances. With a backdrop in brain biology, this presentation will present the clinical and policy implications for managing the highly prevalent chronic and serious problem of SUDs in this high-risk population. We will review the AAP guidance for pediatricians and discuss strategies for providing SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) in primary care clinical settings.

    Nearly all substance use disorders (SUDs) can be traced to adolescence, when the vulnerable adolescent brain is first exposed to psychoactive substances. Most adolescents have annual pediatric visits throughout their youth, presenting an important opportunity for pediatricians and adolescent medicine physicians to deliver prevention and early intervention messages in an effort to reduce substance use and SUDs. In June 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Substance Use and Prevention released a clinical report "Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment" to guide physicians in implementing substance use prevention, detection, assessment and intervention in settings in which adolescent receive health care. In this report, the AAP presents a new vision for physicians to routinely counsel their young patients about the medical impacts of substance use, stressing the importance of not using any alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs for reasons of health. This contrasts strongly with earlier more passive strategies for pediatricians. New analyses of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show the use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana is closely linked among young people. Use of one of these three substances significantly increases the likelihood of using the other two. Further, the no-use goal for health can be achieved as evidenced by data from the Monitoring the Future study showing a dramatically increasing percentage of young people refraining from using alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana or other drugs. Screening patients for substance use is only the first step. The goals of the brief interventions which follow screening range from providing positive reinforcement and prevention messages for patients who abstain from substance use, to encouraging patients with moderate and more severe substance use disorders to reduce their use and accept a referral to treatment with follow-up to ensure compliance with treatment. The ultimate health goal for adolescents is no use of any substance for health. With a backdrop in brain biology, this presentation will present the clinical and policy implications for managing the highly prevalent chronic and serious problem of substance use disorders in this high-risk population. We will review the AAP guidance for pediatricians and discuss strategies for providing SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) in primary care clinical settings.

    Robert L. DuPont


    For more than 40 years, Robert L. DuPont, M.D. has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. He served as the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and as the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977). From 1968-1970 he was Director of Community Services for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, heading parole and half-way house services. From 1970-1973, he served as Administrator of the District of Columbia Narcotics Treatment Administration. Following this distinguished public career, in 1978 Dr. DuPont became the founding president of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., a non-profit organization that identifies and promotes new ideas to reduce illegal drug use. He has been Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980. 

    A graduate of Emory University, Dr. DuPont received an M.D. degree in 1963 from the Harvard Medical School. He completed his psychiatric training at Harvard and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. 

    Dr. DuPont is a Life Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. His activities in ASAM include chairing the forensic science committee from 1995 to 2004, and serving as Co-Chair of the two White Paper writing committees that produced The Role of the Physician in “Medical” Marijuana in 2010 and State-Level Proposals to Legalize Marijuana in 2012. He served as Chair of the writing committee that produced Drug Testing: A White Paper of the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2013. He is also a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and was chairman of the Drug Dependence Section of the World Psychiatric Association from 1974 to 1979. In 1989 he became a founding member of the Medical Review Officer Committee of ASAM."

    Sharon Levy

    MD, MPH

    Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, is a board certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; she also has a Master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is the Director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program in the Divi-sion of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital where she has evaluated and treated hundreds of adolescents with substance use disorders. She has published extensively on the outpatient management of substance use disorders in adolescents, including screening and brief advice in primary care, the use of drug testing and the outpatient management of opioid de-pendent adolescents. She is the PI of the SAMHSA-funded medical residen-cy SBIRT project at Children's Hospital Boston and an NIAAA-funded study validating the youth alcohol screening tool in a population of youth with chronic medial illness. Dr. Levy currently serves as the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Abuse.

  • Designing Memorable Workshops: A Workshop for Presenters and Teachers of Addiction Medicine (1 CME)

    Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will use a combination of brief didactic teaching and a variety of interactive and participatory methods. We will introduce learners to the steps of workshop design and evaluation.

    People remember about 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see and 50% of what they see and hear. (Labonte, 1972) Most importantly, people remember how you made them feel. Therefore, when we teach we need to make it memorable by making the learning transformational. We need to create learning environments where in addition to cognitive learning, we promote affective and psychomotor learning ( Bloom's taxonomy, 1964). Workshops are brief small group learning activities which allow learners the opportunity to participate in problem solving to facilitate knowledge acquisition, attitudinal change or skill development. When properly designed based on adult and experiential learning principles it can be a time and cost efficient method of instruction. Moreover, it makes learning fun! This facilitated small group session will use a combination of brief didactic teaching and a variety of interactive and participatory methods. We will introduce learners to the steps of workshop design and evaluation. In addition we will have small groups co-create the development of an interactive exercise based on the competencies for Addiction Medicine. Techniques to enhance interaction and audience participation such as "pair and share" will be practiced. The workshop will conclude with a large group debrief and commitment by participants to submit a workshop for consideration at the next ASAM annual conference.

    Peter Selby


    Peter Selby MD is the Director of Medical Education and a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is a Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Psychiatry, and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is also a Clinician Scientist in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Selby is the Executive Director and creator of the TEACH project; a continuing education certificate program in Applied Counselling for Health with a focus on smoking cessation, through the University of Toronto. Dr. Selby' research, as a Principal Investigator at the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, includes smoking cessation especially in smokers with co-morbid conditions. As the Principal Investigator of the STOP Study, he investigates the effectiveness of NRT and counselling in different types of intervention settings. He is also the PI of CANADAPTT- a unique Canadian Smoking Cessation Guideline development and dissemination project. Dr. Selby also continues his clinical research with pregnant women who use substances and is the PI of a knowledge translation program (PREGNETS) to increase the adoption of evidence-based interventions with pregnant smokers. 

    He has received grant funding totaling over 80 million dollars from CIHR, NIH, and Ministry of Health and has published 130 peer reviewed publications. He has published 5 books (including 4 edited), is the author of 30 book chapters, and 32 research reports prepared for the government. He is the Co-Chair for the Ministry of Health Cessation Task force and the Chair of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse National Task Force on Treatment for Prescription Drug Misuse. Dr. Selby mentors Fellows in Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry, junior investigators and medical students. Dr. Selby a sought after speaker for various topics including addictive disorders, motivational interviewing, and health behavior change.

    Miriam S. Komaromy


    Dr. Komaromy is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the ECHO Institute (, which is a program based at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center that is aimed at expanding access to treatment for traditionally underserved populations. She is Director for the Integrated Addictions and Psychiatry teleECHO program, which engages and supports primary care teams in treating addiction and behavioral health disorders. Through this program she has trained more than 500 physicians to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder. She is board certified in Addiction Medicine through the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She serves on several national committees focused on addiction medicine.. She practices addiction medicine in a primary care outpatient clinic setting, and is a newly elected Board Member for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). She has served as medical director for the NM State Addiction Treatment Hospital. She lectures nationally on clinical and health policy issues related to integration of addiction treatment into the primary care setting, and on the use of the ECHO model to train primary care providers to treat common, complex diseases such as behavioral health and substance use disorders. 

    Michael Fingerhood

    MD, FACP

    Dr. Michael Fingerhood is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the Chief of the Division of Chemical Dependence and medical director of the Comprehensive Care Practice (CCP) at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The CCP integrates substance abuse treatment with primary medical care, including care for HIV and hepatitis C.

  • Implementing Tobacco-Free Policies in Residential Addiction Treatment Settings (1.5 CME)

    Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This workshop shares the experiences of three residential addiction treatment center implementing tobacco-free policies. We will review the epidemiology of tobacco use disorders with respect to patients with other substance use disorders. We will have small group discussion to facilitate how each workshop participant could implement tobacco-free policies at their respective programs.


    Discuss the prevalence of nicotine addiction and barriers to treatment among people in addiction treatment settings
    Review the data and outcomes of 3 residential treatment centers that transitioned to being tobacco-free 
    Each participant will be able to develop a Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis, Stage of Change Analysis 

    Historically, residential level substance use disorder treatment centers have allowed patients to continue to use tobacco on site and have incorporated only limited treatment for tobacco dependence into their programs. Beliefs associated with this failure to address tobacco dependence have included fears that individuals with tobacco use disorders would lose access to viable treatment because they would refuse to abstain, that treatment center census levels and completion rates could decline or that staff culture would not support such a change. Due to rising concerns about the number of patients and staff who were exposed to second hand smoke, the number of patients who were increasing their tobacco use during treatment, and the number of missed opportunities to treat tobacco dependence, three residential addiction treatment centers transitioned to being tobacco-free facilities between 2013 and 2015. This workshop will present data on how this change in policy had a positive effect on patient admissions and census data and did not reduce access to care for tobacco users. This workshop will then outline key partnerships during this transition, the steps followed during the transition, and lessons learned during this transition. We will conclude with interactive exercises that will allow participants to develop action plans for addressing tobacco use disorders within their own treatment settings.

    Contents and Methods:
    Powerpoint format for didactic review, presentation of outcomes and outlining key steps in the tobacco-free transition will be used for approximately one-third of the session. Active audience participation during the first third will be encouraged by the use of frequent questions and interaction with participants. The workshop will break into 3 smaller groups to develop individualized plans for the second third of the presentation. The last third of the workshop will be spent in large group discussion regarding potential obstacles to implementation of individualized plans.

    Laura Martin


    Laura F. Martin, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  She is a board certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist.  She has been recognized as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.   Her professional roles include serving as the Medical Director of the Center for Dependence, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR), Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and as President of the Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine.  She regularly works with individuals with both substance use disorders and other behavioral health disorders to improve their physical and mental health and has published peer reviewed research and clinical reviews regarding this work. 

    Brian Coon


    Brian Coon, MA, LCAS, CCS, MAC is Pavillon's Director of Clinical Programs. His duties include direction of the evaluation and treatment of the medical, legal, and other professionals served at Pavillon, development of organization-wide clinical programing, clinical staff education, internal and external training, outcome evaluation, research and publication.  Brian leads pre-admission clinical coordination and approval for admissions to Pavillon's residential programs.  Furthermore, Brian is responsible for development and integration of the use of technology within Pavillon's clinical services.  He received both his undergraduate degree in psychology and his master's degree in community-clinical psychology from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.  He began his full-time clinical work during his graduate internship in 1988.  Since that time he has worked in addressing co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders in roles ranging from clinician to clinical supervisor and manager of multiple treatment programs.  He is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and nationally credentialed as a Master Addiction Counselor.  His clinical background is in cognitive-behavioral psychology and evidence-based treatment of co-occurring disorders in various residential and outpatient modalities and levels of care.

    Jonathan C. Lee


    Jonathan C. Lee, MD, is currently the President-Elect for the Virginia Society of Addiction Medicine (VASAM).  He has served as the Secretary/Treasurer for VASAM from 2014 through 2016.  He has Co-Chaired the CME program for VASAM meetings in 2015 and 2016.  He organized an educational meeting for VASAM members in 2014 to revive chapter activities.  He represented VASAM at the ASAM Annual Meeting in 2016 and received our 20th Anniversary plaque.  He has collaborated with addiction medicine providers to work with the Virginia Department of Health and the Governor's Task Force and SAMHSA to address the opioid epidemic.  Dr. Lee is currently enrolled in an MBA program at the College of William & Mary.  He plans to utilize his organizational and management skills to lead VASAM in advocating for access to affordable and effective treatment for patients with addiction.

    Since 2010, Dr. Lee has served as Associate Medical Director at the Farley Center in Williamsburg Place to provide addiction treatment for the general adult population and professionals.  In 2015, Dr. Lee worked with the various department heads at the Farley Center to transition to a tobacco free program.  Dr. Lee is board certified in addiction medicine, internal medicine, and general psychiatry.  He completed training in combined internal medicine & psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.  He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  He completed his bachelors of science with a minor in music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • A New Landscape in Transitional Maintenance of Certification (Tmoc) for Addiction Medicine (1 CME)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Presenters will demonstrate how the Tmoc program will serve not only as a tool to assist addiction medicine certified physicians in meeting their Tmoc requirements, but also serve as a mechanism that will allow for continuous professional development during the ABMS transitional period. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the current Tmoc Program requirements and the new Practice Performance Assessment portion of the Tmoc program. It is an opportunity for addiction medicine certified physicians to understand the breath of the transitional period.

    The landscape of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs is rapidly changing though out medicine as well as addiction medicine. Addiction medicine certified physicians are becoming aware of the importance ABAM's Transitional Maintenance of Certification (Tmoc) program. Tmoc refers to the MOC process during the ABMS Practice Pathway period. Tmoc participation will allow diplomates to sustain their active ABAM credential during the transitional period and Practice Pathway into ABMS certification. Completion of ABAM Tmoc requirements will be an eligibility requirement for addiction medicine certified physicians who wish to utilize the qualifying pathway, which the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) is expected to offer to ABAM diplomates. This is consistent with past new subspecialty fields. In addition, the concept of Practice Performance Assessment (Part IV MOC) for addiction medicine will be introduced and roughly parallels Part IV of other boards. By attending this workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of the addiction medicine Tmoc program and the importance of participation. In addition, participants will learn how participation in this program may help them prepare for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), ABPM administrated certification examination. At the conclusion of this presentation, physicians will have gained a better understanding regarding of their current certification status and how it relates to participation in the Tmoc program.

    Lia Bennett


    Lia Bennett is an independent consultant serving as the Director of Maintenance of Certification for the American Board of Addiction. She was a quality improvement program coordinator for the American College of Physicians and brings to ABAM, over 10 years of experience developing and managing MOC compliant programs. She has worked in the field of internal medicine conducting continuing medical education research in the areas of adult immunization, cardiovascular risk and diabetes. Ms. Bennett received her Masters of Public Health with a graduate certificate in Integrative Health. She strives to provide superior guidance to ABAM Diplomates.

    Robert Sokol


    Dr. Robert J. Sokol currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Physiology and the John M. Malone, Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair and Director of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. Dr. Sokol graduated with the highest distinction in philosophy and from medical school with honors from the University of Rochester in New York. After residency training at Washington University/Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and after serving as Dr. Willard Allen's last executive Chief Resident, he served in the Air Force as a Major and then completed a fellowship at Maternal-Fetal Medicine, as well as joining the faculty, first at the University of Rochester and then at Metrohealth/Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. He worked his way up to Professor and Director of the Perinatal Clinical Research Center. Recruited as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine/Detroit Medical Center in 1983, he served as Dean and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs from 1988 until 1999. Dr. Sokol is an internationally recognized expert in the area of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. In 1986, he established and directed the National Institutes of Health-funded WSU Fetal Alcohol Research Center, the only center of its kind in the country at the time. He is currently focused on risk detection and prevention methodology. He is Project Manager II for services in support of the Perinatology Research Branch of the NICHD and was the founding Chair of a University Department of Clinical and Translational Science. He has about 335 referreed papers and about 1500 total publications. He is President Elect of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

  • Addressing Adolescent Substance Use: How to Recognize, Screen, and Communicate (1 CME)

    Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will feature a curriculum on addressing adolescent substance use and disorders in general medical practice, developed by a broad coalition of stakeholders with funding from the Hilton Foundation, featuring a substantial contribution by ASAM.

    This session will feature a curriculum on addressing adolescent substance use and disorders in general medical practice, developed by a broad coalition of stakeholders with funding from the Hilton Foundation, featuring a substantial contribution by ASAM. Curriculum components include: scope of the problem, adolescent risk and vulnerability, screening, assessment, communication with patients, communication with parents, monitoring by parents, specialty referral, and practitioner follow-up. The session will consist of presentation of the curriculum followed by an interactive discussion about implementation with emphasis on equipping participants to be presenters and trainers to disseminate the material to their colleagues.

    Marc J. Fishman


    Marc Fishman MD is board certified in addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine. A faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he is Medical Director and CEO of Maryland Treatment Centers, a regional behavioral health care provider, with inpatient and outpatient facilities for adolescents and adults. His clinical specialties include treatment of drug-involved and dual-diagnosis adolescents, opioid dependence in adolescents and adults, and co-occurring disorders. He has been principal investigator or collaborator for several NIDA- and CSAT-funded projects to improve and evaluate adolescent treatment, as well as pharmacotherapy trials in adults. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on addiction treatment, and lectures widely on a variety of topics including adolescent treatment, youth opioid treatment, placement and treatment matching strategies. Dr. Fishman served as a co-editor for the most recent editions of ASAMs Patient Placement Criteria, leading the adolescent section, and served as the chief editor for the ASAM PPC Supplement on Pharmacotherapies for Alcohol Use Disorders. He is the chair of the Adolescent Committee for ASAM. He is a Past President of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine.

  • Developing Effective Teams for Patient-Centered Care (1 CME)

    Product not yet rated Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In today’s healthcare environment, data continues to support an integrated, team approach to obtaining the best patient outcomes. This session will look at how to identify community resources as well as best practices in integration and team care.

    In today’s healthcare environment, data continues to support an integrated, team approach to obtaining the best patient outcomes. This session will look at how to identify community resources as well as best practices in integration and team care.

    Becky D. Vaughn


    Becky Vaughn has been working in the addictions field for 35 years.  She was a member of the founding board of The Georgia Association for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse (GAPTSA) in 1992 and became their first Executive Director in 1994. Her responsibilities included training and advocacy at the local, state, and national level.  In July of 2000 GAPTSA merged with an Atlanta coalition creating The Georgia Council on Substance Abuse where she served as President and CEO until 2007.  Her work continued there as an advocate at the Legislature and catalyst in the community on issues related to prevention, treatment, recovery, homelessness, and drug courts with the goal of reducing the impact of substance use on GA communities.  Her work included passage of many bills addressing addiction solutions as well as securing budget resources.  Beginning in 2008 she took over the helm of the State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS) as their CEO after serving on its Board since 2000.  After the merger of SAAS with the National Council for Behavioral Health, Becky served as the newly created VP for Addictions at the Council building the addiction presence and services there until 2016.  In addition to her work at the Addiction Policy Forum, her consulting focuses on public policy, training, and technical assistance to service providers and state provider associations. She has served on numerous state and federal committees and panels and speaks on the issue in a variety of settings.  Becky received her degrees from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University.  She grew up in Atlanta, but is enjoying being part of the DC community.  As a former teacher and the mother of four, she is passionate about preventing and finding solutions to the far-reaching problems caused by untreated addiction.

  • The Importance of Payer Relations: Collaboration, Evidenced-Based Treatment and Reimbursement in your Practice - A Panel Discussion (1 CME)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This is enduring material has been made available free of charge by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

    In the midst of an opioid epidemic and uncertainty with health care coverage, understanding the "how's" and "why's" payers function as they do is increasingly important. This topic is relevant to providers dedicated to evidenced-based treatment, participation in solutions, and improvement in patient outcomes. Panelists from ASAM's Payer Relations Committee will offer thoughts on the best ways to form working relationships with Managed Care Organizations, Health Plans, and Third-Party Payers. The purpose of this discussion is to conceptualize what payers do, to whom they are accountable, and the frameworks within which they must function. The ultimate goal is to provide perspective and emphasize the importance of building bridges, forming alliances, and collaborating with payers. Panelist would like provide participants a glimpse into the payer world which may have been unseen or unfamiliar to them in their practice. By shifting the current "Us vs. Them" to a collective "We" paradigm, panelist hope to lay a foundation for improved relationships that decrease burdens, improve access, and result in better experiences and outcome for patients.

    Shawn A. Ryan


    Shawn A. Ryan, MD, MBA is an Dual Board Certified Emergency Physician as well as Addiction Specialist.  He is currently an assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Cincinnati, and President & CMO of BrightView Health.  Dr. Ryan is currently practicing addiction medicine treatment in Cincinnati, is published on this issue, and also serves on many regional, state, and national committees addressing this complicated subject.  Dr. Ryan is President of the Ohio Society of Addiction Medicine and the Chair of Payer-Relations for ASAM and he spends a significant amount of time working with large commercial payers and Medicaid administrators on current and future payment strategies.

    Frank P. James


    Frank P. James, MD, JD, FASAM, FACLM

    Dr. James earned a Bachelor of Arts in Premedical Studies and Japanese Language from the University of Notre Dame.  He earned his Law and Medical Degrees at Southern Illinois University.  Dr. James is a member of both the Ohio and Illinois Bar.  Dr. James is a Veteran of the United States Army, having completed Residency in General Psychiatry at Walther Reed Army Medical Center.  He then completed Fellowships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.  He is Board Certified in General, Child and Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry as well as Addiction Medicine.
    Dr. James spent his clinical years providing inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services in underserved areas in the Ohio Valley.  He developed specialty clinics in ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, and developed an Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) outpatient clinic focused on the integration of group therapy, psychotropic medication management, and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). 
    Dr. James has over five years of experience in managed care with expertise in OUD clinical program development, provider network expansion, and quality improvement measures.  Through participation in peer case discussion, complex case coordination, fraud, waste and abuse investigation, and utilization management, Dr. James provides large behavioral health organizations guidance in drafting evidenced-based benefit guidelines and prior authorizations specific to OUD treatment and MAT.  With an emphasis on understanding member needs, collaborating with providers, and improving payer relations his current passion is medical/behavioral integration and alternative payment models. 
    Dr. James is a member of ASAM’s Finance Committee, Vice Chair of ASAM’s Payer Relations Committee, and Alternate to ASAM’s Board of Directors for Region III.

    Anne C. Fernandez


    Anne Carroll Fernandez, MD, MS, MBA is the Medical Director for Behavioral Health with Capital District Physicians Health Plan (CDPHP), a regional not for profit, physician run health plan in Upstate New York. She joined CDPHP in December 2012. Prior to joining CDPHP, she practiced psychiatry in the greater Albany Capital District, including over 10 years of direct clinical experience treating patients throughout the rural Leatherstocking Region of New York as an Attending Psychiatrist with Bassett Health Care System in Cooperstown, NY and more recently, as a Staff Psychiatrist with St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center in Albany, New York where she worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.  

    Dr. Fernandez was awarded her MD from State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY. She completed her medicine internship at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia and, her Psychiatry Residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, in Glen Oaks, NY.   She was awarded an M.B.A. in, Health Systems Administration from Union College, an M.S. in Science & Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.A. in Biology from Vassar College. 
    Dr. Fernandez is licensed to practice Medicine in New York and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She is a member of the APA and its Executive Committee for the NYS Capital District Branch.  She currently serves on Governor Cuomo’s SUD Treatment and Insurance Workgroup.  Dr. Fernandez is a member of ASAM and serves on its Payers Relations Workgroup
    Prior to attending Medical School, Dr. Fernandez held increasingly responsible positions in healthcare administration and policy as a Senior Budget Examiner with the NYS Division of Budget, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Unit.