Adaptations During COVID-19 for Addiction Medicine Office-Based Practice
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Expires on Sep 14, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

The COVID-19 pandemic required office-based addiction medicine providers to rapidly shift clinical practices to accommodate providing care remotely and ushered in regulatory changes to facilitate clinical flexibility. This session will review the regulatory changes authorized under the COVID-19 public health emergency and their implications for office-based addiction medicine practice. Additionally, the session will review clinical best practices in delivering care remotely and best practices in medication management, including toxicology considerations, that balance the importance of patient access, treatment outcomes, and COVID-19 infection risks. 


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity.

This presentation was recorded on August 29, 2022.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the regulatory changes associated with the national COVID-19 public health emergency and their implications for addiction medicine office-based practice
  • Apply best practices in delivering addiction medicine office-based care remotely through telehealth platforms
  • Organize a medication management strategy that balances the importance of patient access, treatment outcomes, and SARS-CoV-2 explosure risks

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, other mental health professionals

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes
Begin Date: September 14, 2022
End Date: September 14, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing the course modules, participating in live group meetings, and completing the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the event dates and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

All financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this activity have been mitigated.

Program Presenters

  • Brian Hurley, MD, Addiction Psychiatrist, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

Program Planners

  • Sejal Patel, Senior Research Associate, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Robert Schwartz, MD, Senior Research Scientist, Friends Research Institute. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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Technical Requirements

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  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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