The ASAM Criteria Utilization Management Course

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The ASAM Criteria Utilization Management Course

Updated Certificates: February 2024
On-Demand Course

Overview

This 8-hour, on-demand course is designed to help managed care payers develop a holistic understanding of The ASAM Criteria and their role in constructing a full range of services for patients with substance use disorders (SUD).

Through interactive and case-based activities, the course covers the process of conducting objective clinical case reviews, evaluating treatment plans, and determining the appropriate level of care in accordance with The ASAM Criteria. The course also explores the importance of implementing a collaborative process between treatment providers and payers to ensure patient-centered care. Participants will explore the payer’s role in anticipating and adapting to implementation challenges to meet patient needs.

The target audience for this introductory level activity include: managed-care medical directors, licensed health professionals conducting medical necessity reviews for SUDs, and providers of SUD treatment.



Learning Objectives

Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  1. Examine the guiding principles of The ASAM Criteria and the payer’s role in its system-wide implementation
  2. Evaluate patient risk ratings across the six dimensions, as defined in The ASAM Criteria
  3. Evaluate treatment plans and clinical assessments in accordance with The ASAM Criteria to determine if the requested level of care is appropriate
  4. Conduct objective, comprehensive clinical case reviews (and re-reviews) based on The ASAM Criteria to drive ongoing evidence-based care
  5. Implement a collaborative process between treatment providers and payers using common terminology of The ASAM Criteria to ensure patient-centered care
  6. Examine implementation challenges and develop strategies to provide appropriate treatment for patients with substance use disorders

Registration Rates

ASAM Learner TypeRate
ASAM Member$149
Non-Member$199
Associate Member$99
Resident Member*$99
Student Member*$99

*Residents, Fellows-in-training, Interns, and Students must join ASAM to receive a discounted registration rate. Click here to become an ASAM member. National and Chapter membership dues apply. There is no charge for Students to become a Member, but verification of student status is required.

Membership Question?  Call ASAM at 1.301.656.3920, email us, or view the ASAM website for more information.

Refunds & Cancellations

All ASAM e-Learning Center refund requests must be made in writing to Education@ASAM.org within 90 days of purchase. Those requesting refunds for courses that are in progress will receive partial refunds or e-Learning Center credit. Automatic full refunds will be made for any course with a live-course component that has been cancelled.

Registration Deadline: 01/31/2025

Close Access Date: 02/28/2025

Instructions

  1. Click on the Contents tab to begin this activity.
  2. Click Complete Post Test after each module to answer multiple choice questions. Participants will have 10 attempts to pass and must answer 4 out of 5 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.
  4. Click the button Claim Credits in the box titled Claim Credits & Certificate. Choose the type of credit and click submit. Click the button View/Print Certificate to save or print your certificate. You can view/print your certificate at any time by visiting the ASAM e-Learning Center, clicking Dashboard, and clicking Transcript/Achievements.

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Alvin D. Pelt

MD, FASAM

Alvin Pelt, MD, FASAM is an addiction psychiatrist in the Central Ohio area, where he began his practice in 1989. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University and Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Pelt is Board Certified with the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, with additional certification in Addiction Psychiatry; he is also a Diplomate of the American board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM).

Alvin Pelt, MD, FASAM has over twenty years of experience in treating addictions; with specialization in the areas of alcohol and opiate addiction-recovery. He is currently the Behavioral Health Medical Director for Buckeye Health Plan, a Centene corporation affiliate. He has previously served as Medical Director for several addiction treatment programs in Central Ohio.



No relevant financial disclosures

Wendy Welch

MD, FASAM

Wendy Welch, MD, FASAM is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist. Her clinical career has been in treating both adults and children with addiction and co-occurring psychiatric illnesses. She is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, a specialty behavioral health plan that serves Medicaid recipients in about 20 counties across the state of North Carolina.

With 24 years of experience, Welch is a Certified Physician Executive and is also certified in Health Care Quality and Management. Welch received her Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Florida in 1990. In 2019, Welch received an MBA in Business Administration, Management and Operations from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

No relevant financial disclosures

Accreditation & Credit Designation Statements 

Joint Accreditation Statement
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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.

Physicians

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses

This activity awards 8 Nursing contact hours.

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PAs

ASAM has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 8 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until 02/28/2025. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Social Workers

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, ASAM is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 8 general continuing education credits.

IPCE Credit

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 8 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

National Board for Certified Counselors ACEP

The 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. The American Society of Addiction Medicine is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

Upon completion of the activity and online evaluation, all other participants may request a certificate of participation. Participants may submit this certificate of participation to their professional organization/institute as documentation for completing this accredited continuing activity.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) or Continuing Certification Programs (CCP)

This activity meets the requirements for MOC/CCP for the following primary physician boards and for state licensing CME requirements. MOC Credit is only reported for ABA, ABP, ABIM, and ABS. By completing the online credit application and evaluation, the learner permits ASAM to report credits to the appropriate Board. Learn more.

  • American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)
  • American Board of Surgery (ABS)
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
  • American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
    • Through an agreement between the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada, medical practitioners participating in the Royal College MOC Program may record completion of accredited activities registered under the ACCME’s “CME in Support of MOC” program in Section 3 of the Royal College’s MOC Program.

Disclosure Information

In accordance with disclosure policies of ASAM and Joint Accreditation, the effort is made to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME/CE activities. These policies include mitigating all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for the Planning Committees and Presenters. All activity Planning Committee members and Presenters have disclosed all financial relationship information. The ASAM CE Committee has reviewed these disclosures and determined that the relationships are not inappropriate in the context of their respective presentations and are not inconsistent with the educational goals and integrity of the activity.

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Complete Module - Course Overview
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. This activity will take approximately 60-80 minutes to complete. This activity was last reviewed and updated in August 2021.
Complete Module 1 - Using The ASAM Criteria in Utilization Management
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. This activity will take approximately 60-80 minutes to complete. This activity was last reviewed and updated in August 2021.
Complete Post Test - Module 1
5 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  4/5 points to pass This post-test has 5 questions and requires 4 out of 5 questions to pass the test.
Complete Module 2 - Conducting Initial Case Reviews
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. This activity will take approximately 60-80 minutes to complete. This activity was last reviewed and updated in August 2021.
Complete Post Test - Module 2
5 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  4/5 points to pass This post-test has 5 questions and requires 4 out of 5 questions to pass the test.
Complete Module 3 - Individual Treatment Plan (ITP)
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. This activity will take approximately 60-80 minutes to complete. This activity was last reviewed and updated in August 2021.
Complete Post Test - Module 3
5 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  4/5 points to pass This post-test has 5 questions and requires 4 out of 5 questions to pass the test.
Complete Module 4 - Continued Service and Transfer/Discharge Criteria
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. This activity will take approximately 60-80 minutes to complete. This activity was last reviewed and updated in May 2023.
Complete Post Test - Module 4
5 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  4/5 points to pass This post-test has 5 questions and requires 4 out of 5 questions to pass the test.
Complete Module 5 - Becoming Proficient in Utilization Management Using The ASAM Criteria
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. This activity will take approximately 60-80 minutes to complete. This activity was last reviewed and updated in August 2021.
Complete Post Test - Module 5
5 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  4/5 points to pass This post-test has 5 questions and requires 4 out of 5 questions to pass the test.
Complete Presenter Evaluation
4 Questions
4 Questions Scroll down on evaluation, there may be questions that expand past the size of the window.
Complete Evaluation
14 Questions
14 Questions Scroll down on evaluation, there may be questions that expand past the size of the window.
Claim Credit & Certificate
Up to 8.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 8.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.