Activity ID



September 8, 2024

Format Type


CME Credit




CME Provider: American Society of Addiction Medicine

Description of CME Course

Welcome to Using The ASAM Criteria Utilization Management Course online course designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced counselors, social workers, administrators, and other clinical staff 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. This interactive hybrid asynchronous course is comprised of reading based, some recorded video-based online delivery, and can be completed at your own pace. This is a beginner level course.

Begin the course by reviewing the Getting Started page that contains information about the structure and sequence of the course. From there, you can review the course introduction, faculty information, content modules, and different sections of the course to get acquainted with course navigation.

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NOTE: If a Member Board has not deemed this activity for MOC approval as an accredited CME activity, this activity may count toward an ABMS Member Board’s general CME requirement. Please refer directly to your Member Board’s MOC Part II Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Program Requirements.

Educational Objectives

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


Addiction, Addiction Medicine, Substance Use Disorder, Recovery, Opioid Use Disorder


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Practice-based Learning & Improvement, Professionalism, Systems-based Practice

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Physician Well-being activity

Organizational Culture of Wellness, Efficiencies in Medical Practice

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Physician Executives, Physician Scientists, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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