2021 MAT Waiver Training Workshop

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Sep 28, 2021

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10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Start and end times are subject to change

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Considered the gold standard for the care of patients suffering from opioid use disorder, Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is in high demand nationwide. To help meet this demand, the Physician Assistant Education Association, in partnership with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, is offering PA faculty and preceptors the opportunity to participate in 8-hours of live MAT waiver training free of charge while earning up to 8 AAPA Category 1 CME credits.

By completing the first 8 hours of the 24 training hours required for PAs to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in office-based settings to more than 30 patients, PAs will be able to:

  • Screen and identify patients with OUD and define evidence-based treatments.
  • Discuss the pharmacology of opioids as it relates to treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) patients.
  • Describe the fundamentals of office-based opioid treatment including the treatment of the co-morbid patient.
  • Explain the process of buprenorphine induction as well as stabilization and maintenance.
  • Discuss all FDA approved antagonist and agonist medications to treat OUD.
  • Discuss basic office protocols including medical record documentation and confidentially.
  • Utilize evidence-based resources to ensure providers have the confidence to prescribe buprenorphine for patients with OUD.
  • Recognize the importance of obtaining a waiver to begin treating patients with OUD.

For more information on MAT waiver training or resources on chronic pain and opioid use disorders (OUD), visit https://pcssnow.org/ or contact pcss@aaap.org. AAAP is the DATA 2000 sponsor for this training.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information

Joint Accreditation Statement: In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and Physician Assistant Education Association.  American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Designation Statement: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 8 (eight) Interprofessional Continuing Education credits for learning and change.

Physician Designation Statement: American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry designates this live course for a maximum of 8 (eight) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Designation Statement:  American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry is an approved provider of nursing continuing education through AAAP’s Joint Accreditation provider # 4008192.  This program is approved for up to 8 Nursing Contact Hours.

PA Designation Statement: American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 8 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Registration is Free

Registration/cancellation deadline: September 21

This event is for all PAEA members. If you are unsure whether you are a member, please email us at membership@PAEAonline.org as soon as possible.

Registration for this event has ended.

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September 28, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Richard Bottner

Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C

Richard Bottner is a physician assistant in the division of hospital medicine at Dell Medical School. He is also the Director of Support Hospital Opioid Use Treatment (SHOUT) Texas, a program seeking to increase access to opioid use disorder treatment in hospitals across the state. Richard was the first PA in the country certified to teach the buprenorphine waiver course through the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and is the co-PI on a grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges to develop online modules to reduce stigma of patients with opioid use disorder.

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, please refer to the workshop descriptions for the specific registration deadline for each workshop.

Before you begin the registration process, please make sure that you have your NCCPA ID number and ZIP code associated with the NCCPA account (if applicable) to successfully complete the registration. If you do not have an NCCPA ID number, you can still register for the workshops, but you won’t be able to claim CME credits.


No, we recommend that you register yourself for the workshop. Some workshops require you to answer questions during the registration process. These questions are intended to provide the facilitator(s) with information to enhance your workshop experience, such as particular learning goals for the workshop. Since the answers to these questions are unique to you, please register yourself so that you can provide the most helpful answers to these questions.

Yes, and there is no additional charge to transfer your registration. Please email us with your name, email and program name, and the name, email, NCCPA ID/ZIP code associated with the NCCPA ID (if applicable) of the person to whom you are transferring your registration.

There is a 10% administrative fee if you cancel your registration before the stated cancellation deadline for the workshop. Cancellation requests received after the deadline will not receive a refund. “No shows” will be charged the full registration amount. Refunds will be processed within two weeks of the workshop date. Please refer to the full cancellation information in our Workshop Policies section.

If you wish to change or add a workshop or cancel, or have any questions, please email us at workshops@PAEAonline.org.

Yes, absolutely! Simply select the check payment, and the confirmation email will serve as an invoice.

When you attempt to register, make sure to use the member registration link. It will prompt you to log into the member community. If you do not know your password, you can use the Forgot Password link to set up a new one. After logging in, you should see the form with the correct prices.

Experience and Equipment

The workshop registration fee includes access to the online course materials and participation in live virtual sessions where you will engage with the facilitator(s) and your colleagues. Depending on the workshop, you will participate in a combination of presentations, large group discussions, breakout sessions, and interactive guided activities. To make the most of the interactive virtual sessions, attendees should plan to complete 30-60 minutes of pre-work prior of each weekly session.


Workshop materials will be shared via PAEA’s Digital Learning Hub and you will also have access to a dedicated Professional Learning Community for your workshop group. Click here for more information about the Digital Learning Hub. To access your account, please login or reset your password here.


You will need a desktop or laptop computer with internet access and a headset (or a microphone and speakers) to communicate with the facilitator(s) and your fellow workshop participants. You are also strongly encouraged to use a webcam during the workshop. Please note that it is not recommended to use a tablet or mobile device as this will limit your ability to fully participate.


Participants will use Zoom to join the live virtual workshop sessions. We recommend that you install Zoom on your desktop or laptop computer prior to the workshop. You can test your computer’s connection to Zoom at https://zoom.us/test. If you have any difficulty, please consult with your IT department for assistance setting up your computer.

You will need an active Zoom account using your program email address to join the live virtual sessions. If you already have a Zoom account through your program, simply use that email address to log in to Zoom. If you do not already have a Zoom account, you can create a free account using your program email address on this webpage: https://zoom.us/signup. Please make sure you are able to log in to Zoom prior to your first live virtual session.


PAEA encourages all PA faculty and staff to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accessibility accommodation or have questions about the physical or virtual access provided, please contact workshops@PAEAonline.org at the time of registration or at least one week in advance of the event.

CME and Attendance

Yes. Event organizers plan to apply for AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Please refer to the workshop descriptions for the specific CME information related to each workshop.


For live virtual workshops, active participation in all originally scheduled sessions of the program is mandatory to receive full CME credits. Active participation in live virtual workshop sessions includes, but is not limited to, completing required pre-work ahead of each session, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, and breakout sessions.


Certified PAs who meet the attendance policy requirements and complete the workshop evaluation survey will receive a certificate showing their CME credits after the workshop.


We understand that there may be circumstances that require you to change your plans. If this happens, here’s what you need to know:

  • PAEA encourages you to designate a substitute in your place if you cannot attend. Substitutions will be honored at any time up to the start of the workshop. No-shows are not eligible for refunds. To substitute one registrant for another, please email us at workshops@PAEAonline.org.
  • Cancellations must be received by email (workshops@PAEAonline.org) by the stated cancellation deadline for the workshop in order to receive a refund (minus a 10% administrative fee). Refunds will be processed within two weeks of the workshop start date.
  • No refunds will be issued for any reason for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.
  • If you need assistance, you can contact us at workshops@PAEAonline.org.

These policies apply to all registration types.

PAEA reserves the right to cancel any programming or session. In the unlikely event of cancellation of the workshop, PAEA will refund registration fees but is not responsible for any costs, damages, or other expenses of any kind.

Facilitators and speakers are subject to change without notice.

PAEA Workshop attendance is intended for and limited to those directly involved in PA and/or medical education. Vendors and third-party representatives will be prohibited from attending any of the workshops. If a vendor or third-party representative registers for a workshop, PAEA reserves the right to cancel the registration without reimbursement of registration fees.


For virtual workshops, you may choose to participate in the workshop visually or with audio only. If you participate visually, your image will be received by and available to all participants, and you are agreeing that your image may be used at any time, without further notification, in PAEA printed materials, websites, social media, and for other marketing purposes.

This code of conduct outlines the expectations for all attendees and participants, including all members, facilitators, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers. Cooperation is expected from everyone throughout the workshop and at all workshop events, whether or not officially sponsored by PAEA.

PAEA Workshops are offered to a national audience and are intended to provide education, networking, and collaboration in the PA education community. We value the participation of each member of the PA education community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. PAEA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees.

Violations are taken seriously, and event organizers will actively enforce this code.

Expected Behavior

PAEA expects workshop participants to communicate professionally and constructively, whether in person or virtually, handling dissent or disagreement with courtesy, dignity, and an open mind, being respectful when providing feedback, and being open to alternate points of view. Likewise, PAEA expects that any sharing of information about the organization or any event, attendees, or participants via public communication channels be shared responsibly and in a way that clearly distinguishes individual opinion from fact.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for any PAEA event.

Unacceptable Behavior

PAEA does not tolerate harassment of workshop participants, facilitators, speakers, or PAEA staff in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments and negative behavior, either in real or virtual spaces, including those that are related to or are based upon gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Harassment also includes display of sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention. Workshop participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

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Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for PAEA events.

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund.

Thank you for helping to make PAEA Workshops welcoming, friendly events for all.

Reporting Inappropriate Behavior

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a PAEA staff member.

For in-person events, you may also contact venue staff and ask to be put in touch with the PAEA event manager. Event staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to help them feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.


Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about this workshop.