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What is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.

Who is MAT Waiver Training For?

    • Physicians
    • Nurse Practioners
    • Physician Assistants

What is the Primary Purpose of MAT Waivers?

MAT Waivers’ primary purpose is the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD). Opioids include a class of drugs often prescribed for pain—morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, and hydrocodone—as well as illicit drugs, such as heroin. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved three medications for the treatment of OUD: methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.

MAT Waiver training will introduce to physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants a general approach to evaluation and treatment of patients presenting with problematic opioid use. Benefits and limitations of available medications and differences between them are described. An approach to choosing first and second line treatments is also presented.

Iowa MAT Waiver Training Opportunities


Iowa Medical Society 2019 Opioid Summit:
The Iowa Medical Society will host a whole day of comprehensive education on treating opioid use disorder for physicians and non-physician providers. National and local experts will provide practical and productive responses to Iowa’s rise in opioid use disorder, including MAT Training, CDC Prescribing Guidelines, Alternative Pain Management Treatments, Comparing and Contrasting MATs, and Opioids in Iowa.

Date: April 11 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @ Holiday Inn Dubuque
Register here.

Online MAT Waiver Training Opportunities


Cant make the dates? Consider this online Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) Training Opportunity:

Under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000), physicians are required to complete an eight-hour training to qualify for a waiver to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine. The following SAMHSA-supported continuing medical education (CME) courses can help physicians qualify to prescribe buprenorphine in an office setting (courses may require registration and include fees).

Find information about the eight-hour buprenorphine waiver training courses that are required for physicians to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine here.

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistant MAT Training Resources can be found here.