Despite significant concerns about unintended consequences that the AMA expressed to the US Senate in 2022, the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, and will take effect in June 2023. The MATE Act requires increased training for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered physicians and practitioners—specifically, a one-time eight-hour training requirement on treating and managing patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.
The DEA recently outlined how DEA-registrants can meet the new requirements. In response, the AMA has pulled together resources on the AMA Ed Hub to help physicians comply with those requirements before they need to renew or apply for DEA registration. More information for physicians on the nation’s drug overdose and death epidemic also continue to be available on the End the Epidemic website.
Browse relevant CME activities on substance use disorder.
Following are some points about the new MATE Act training requirement and AMA resources:
On or after June 27, 2023, practitioners will need to check a box on their online DEA registration form—whether they’re first-time registrants or renewing—attesting that they have completed eight hours of training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.
Once you have completed the training, you don’t need to do so for future registration renewals. If you have already completed eight hours of training in the required topic, you do not need to complete another eight hours to satisfy the MATE Act.
Training can be cumulative across multiple sessions. Furthermore, practitioners can count past trainings from relevant providers (see the official DEA letter for a complete list), including the DATA-2000 Waiver training, toward their eight hours.
To make compliance easier for time-pressed DEA registrants, the AMA Ed Hub created a course page on Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Education. Here, you’ll find relevant CME activities on safe opioid prescribing and management, managing addiction in special populations, and more. Activities come from trusted sources such as JN Learning™ and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Learners can complete activities in any combination, at their own pace, to satisfy their eight-hour training requirement.
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