Caring for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Caring for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the leader in developing clinical guidelines and standards in addiction medicine, ASAM takes its responsibility very seriously. Many providers and programs are urgently working to mitigate risks related to COVID-19. ASAM convened a COVID-19 Task Force comprised of national experts recognized in the field of addiction medicine to rapidly develop comprehensive resources tailored to addiction treatment within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This session provides an overview of the resources available to help you adjust your practices during this challenging time.

Original Recording Information

Date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm ET / 3:00 pm CT/ 1:00 pm PT


  • Paul H. Earley MD, DFASAM
  • Yngvild K. Olsen MD, MPH, DFASAM
  • Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, DFAPA, DFASAM
  • Anthony P. Albanese MD, DFASAM

Learning Objectives

By completing this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the types of guidance and resources that ASAM has available to help its members
  • Describe steps treatment programs can take to protect patients and staff from coronavirus infection while maintaining provision of services
  • Explain the national and state challenges providers are dealing with during the COVID-19 emergency
  • Recognize patient-centered best practices for improving addiction treatment during the COVID-19 emergency
  • Identify ASAM’s recommended guidelines for addiction medicine practices

Paul H. Earley


Dr. Earley has been an Addiction Medicine Physician for 36 years. He treats all types of addictive disorders and specializes in the assessment and treatment of health care professionals. As a therapist, he works with patients already in recovery, providing long term therapy for those who suffer from this disease. His professional expertise extends to advocacy for professionals before agencies and licensing boards.

Dr. Earley is a dynamic speaker and educator; he speaks and trains on topics of addiction, its treatment and addiction among health care professionals. In addition, he trains therapists about the neurobiological basis of psychotherapy. In his travels, he has provided training in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Switzerland.
He is the author of three books and numerous articles on addiction and its treatment. He is a contributing author to the ASAM Textbook: Principles of Addiction Medicine, as author of the chapter: Physician Health Programs and Addiction among Physicians. He is a contributing author to the ASAM Criteria. His two most recent books Recovery Mind Training and The Implementation Guide to Recovery Mind Training are published by Central Recovery Press.

His work was featured in the documentary series on addiction entitled Close to Home by Bill Moyers. Dr. Earley is a Distinguished Fellow of ASAM and has been on the board of ASAM for over 20 years in several capacities. He is the current president of ASAM. He has been the Medical Director of two nationally acclaimed addiction programs specializing in the care of health care professionals who suffer from addiction illnesses. Currently, Dr. Earley is the Medical Director of the Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc., the Physicians Health Program (PHP) for the state of Georgia in the U.S. With Earley Consultancy, LLC, he works with numerous treatment facilities, providing training in cohesive care, treatment effectiveness and staff development.

Dr. Earley is the recipient of the ASAM Annual Award in 2015. ASAM states the award is presented “For outstanding contributions to the growth and vitality of our Society, for thoughtful leadership in the field, and for deep understanding of the art and science of Addiction Medicine” and “For expanding the frontiers of the field of Addiction Medicine and broadening our understanding of the addictive process, through research and innovation.”

Yngvild K. Olsen


Yngvild K. Olsen, MD, MPH, DFASAM graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1997, from the residency training program in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center in 2000, and from the Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2001. Dr. Olsen also serves as the Medical Director of the Institutes for Behavior Resources Inc/REACH Health Services in Baltimore City. Dr. Olsen currently serves as Vice President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is a member of the Public Policy Committee. She is the Immediate Past President of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine, Immediate Past President of the Maryland Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, and a Board member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-MD (NCADD-MD). 

Kelly J. Clark


Immediate-Past-President 2019 - 2021 

Louisville, KY 

Councils: Nominations & Awards, Executive 

Committees: Finance, Legislative Advocacy 

Biography: Click Here

Anthony P. Albanese


Director-at-Large 2019 - 2023 

Mather, CA 

Councils: Nominations & Awards 

Committees: Annual Conference Programming 

Biography: Click Here

Credits and Disclosures

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this internet live course for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCME Accreditation Statement

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

Faculty and Planning Committee Disclosure Information

Name Commercial Interest Compensation Role
Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM 1. DynamiCare Health, Inc (Clinical Condition: All addiction variants)
1. Ownership Interest
 1. Employment
Anthony Paul Albanese, MD, DFASAM 1. AbbVie Pharmaceuticals
2. Gilead Sciences
3. Merck Pharmaceuticals
4. Agape Family Ministries
5. Sac Valley Teen Challenge Recovery Center
1. Honorarium
2. Honorarium
3. Honorarium
4. NA
5. NA
1. Speaker Bureau
2. Speaker Bureau
3. Speaker Bureau
4. Board Member
5. Board Member
Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH, DFASAM None NA NA
Maureen Boyle (ASAM employee) None NA NA
Shawn Ryan, MD, MBA, FASAM 1. BrightView
2. Orexo
3. Adapt Pharma
1. Honorarium
2. Consulting Fee
3. Consulting Fee
1. Speaker/Content expert
2. Speaker/Content expert
3. Speaker/Content expert
Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, DFAPA, DFASAM 1. Indivior
2. ASAM’s immediate past president
1. Salary
2. Consulting fees
1. Chief Medical Officer
2. Immediate Past President

ASAM CME Committee Reviewer

Name Commercial Interest Compensation Role
Edwin A. Salsitz, MD, DFASAM None NA NA


On-Demand Session
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This webinar was recorded on March 27, 2020.
CME Evaluation
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Credit and Certificate
Up to 1.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available This webinar has been approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.