A resource recently introduced on the American Medical Association’s online Ed Hub will help physicians and other practitioners complete the new, one-time, eight-hour training requirement issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on treating and managing patients with opioid or other substance use disorders. DEA-registered physicians and practitioners can also earn required Continuing Medical Education credits for the training.
The new requirement is part of the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act that was passed as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023. (Information on the MATE Act and additional training can be found online at https://deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubs/docs/MATE_Training_Letter_Final.pdf).
The deadline for satisfying this new training requirement is the date of a physician or practitioner’s next scheduled DEA registration submission (initial or renewal) on or after June 27, 2023. If the training is done early, beginning on June 27, 2023, physicians can check a box on their DEA registration application or renewal form indicating that they have satisfied the training requirement.
The free courses offered on the AMA Ed Hub page can be taken in any combination to fulfill the eight-hour requirement and do not need to be completed in a single session. Past trainings on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders can count toward the DEA requirement. Additional information and training courses can be found at https://edhub.ama-assn.org/course/302.