Activity ID



March 24, 2021

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine


As noted in our explication of Professional Practice Gaps for Addiction Medicine ECHO Programs , there remains a significant gap between physicians who are DATA-waived to prescribe buprenorphine in Oregon and those who are actively prescribing it. According to a 2004 study in Biological Psychiatry, “Contemporary addiction treatment: A review of systems problems for adults and adolescents,” many of the most common barriers to prescribing buprenorphine need to be addressed on a systems level. For prescribers, these barriers included: “…payment issues, insufficient nursing support, insufficient office support, lack of institutional support, and pharmacy issues. The more common barriers for non-prescribers were insufficient office support, insufficient nursing support, lack of institutional support, insufficient staff knowledge, and low demand. About half of prescribers reported at least one barrier, whereas two-thirds of non-prescribers reported at least one barrier.”

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Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this program, learners will be able to:
1. Learn to screen for and care for substance use disorders in an acute inpatient settings.
2. Understand successful models of hospital-based addiction care
3. Understand medications used to treat opioid use disorder (buprenorphine and suboxone).
4. Develop an approach to collaborating to treat addiction in hospitals and improve systems with a multidisciplinary team (General medical providers, nurses, social workers, and pharmacists can collaborate).
5. Learn to support linkage to treatment after hospitalization.
6. Understand harm reduction and its role in the treatment of substance use disorders


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

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Inpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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