Ordering and Prescribing: Responsibilities and Liabilities

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Ordering and Prescribing: Responsibilities and Liabilities

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Virtual-Live Course


This 1-hour webinar will identify current high-risk areas of addiction medicine practice, describe underlying principles to help you manage your risk, and identify where to obtain further information on the issues addressed. Addiction medicine practitioners have patients, not clients, and therefore must recognize and satisfy a host of medical-legal requirements. By ordering or prescribing medical care (or neglecting to do so), you accept clinical responsibility and risk legal liability. Whether diagnostics or treatment, and regardless of whether insurance is billed for your services, it is critical to understand that if “you sign it, you own it”.  Failure to do so can put your finances, license or liberty at risk.

The target audience for this introductory level activity includes: physicians and other prescribers of medications to treat addiction.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify areas of elevated risk in their prescribing/ordering practices
  2. Assess the underlying principles and any need for further information on mitigating the risks related to prescribing/ordering in their practices
  3. Locate the resources they require to better manage their prescribing/ ordering related risk

Registration Rates

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Registration Open: 06/12/2024 - 07/10/2024

Close Access Date: 07/10/2027


  1. Click on the Contents tab to begin this activity. 
  2. Click Complete Post Test to answer multiple choice questions. Participants will have 10 attempts to pass and must answer 2 out of 3 questions correctly.
  3. Click Complete Evaluation to provide valuable activity feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window. 
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Michael C. Barnes


Michael C. Barnes is the managing partner at DCBA Law & Policy in Washington, DC. He has served as a strategic advisor to executives at multinational corporations, primary legal counsel to national health care service providers, and compliance officer for multi-state providers of behavioral health care. Mr. Barnes has authored more than 10 scholarly articles, presents frequently at conferences nationwide, and performs legal analysis for radio and TV networks, including CNN, HLN, and FOX News. Mr. Barnes is also the executive director of the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD), a national non-profit working to reduce prescription drug abuse. He previously served as confidential counsel in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Kelly Clark


Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, has a long history of working to improve the quality of mental health and addiction care, which is matched by her efforts to decrease the provision of Fraud, Waste and Abuse in behavioral health care, especially in addictions care. She supported the Special Investigations Units of two payers (Capital District Physicians Health Plan and CVS Caremark), and with expertise in utilization management, utilization review, and quality of care standards, she has served as litigative consultant /expert witness in over a dozen federal criminal cases of charges such as conspiracy to commit health care fraud and prescribing outside of legitimate medical practice / distributing controlled substances. These have included high profile cases such as the Rural Hospital case and U.S. vs. Dr. Michael Ligotti. Dr. Clark has provided her expertise as both defense and prosecution consultant, as well as in multiple civil suits involving claims of wrongful death, malpractice, and billing disputes. She is a past president of ASAM.

Accreditation & Credits

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the American Society of Addiction Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credits Available
  • Physicians: 1 Credit(s)
  • Certified Counselors: NBCC Contact Hours Not offered

Certificates for other professions

All participants may request a certificate of participation upon completion of the activity and an online evaluation confirming their participation. Learners are strongly advised to contact their professional licensing board or professional association to confirm this certificate will be accepted as evidence supporting continuing education requirements.

California Association for Drug/Alcohol Educators (CAADE)

This educational program is approved by CAADE: #CP40 999 1225.

California Association of DUI Treatment Centers (CADTP)

This educational program is approved by CADTP: #205.

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)

This educational program is approved by CCAPP: #OS-20-330-1224.

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the disclosure policies of ASAM and Joint Accreditation, the effort is made to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all accredited continuing education activities. These policies include identifying and mitigating all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for those involved in the creation and dissemination of accredited continuing education.

See the attached pdf for a list of disclosures.


  American Society of Addiction Medicine has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7062. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. American Society of Addiction Medicine is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

MOCA 2.0® is a trademark of the American board of Anesthesiology®.
This activity contributes to the patient safety CME requirement for Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment of the American board of Anesthesiology's (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®), known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website, https://www.theaba.org/, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.

The complete list of disclosures and designation statements are linked below.


Attend Webinar - Wednesday, July 10, 2024
07/10/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)  |  60 minutes
07/10/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)  |  60 minutes Learners may join 15 minutes prior to start time. Audio is available via computer or mobile device speakers/headphones only. There is no option to join via telephone.
Complete Evaluation
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Claim Credit & Certificate
Up to 1.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available Attendees should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.