Mission Statement Physicians dedicated to improving the treatment of substance use disorders. A State chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Addiction Medicine Review Course & Board Exam Preparation Track

August 24 - 27, 2017 
Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

This Course presents an overview of the core elements of addiction medicine, presented by top experts in the field. It can serve as a broad review for clinicians, a review of the basics for newcomers, or a starting point for those preparing to sit for the Board of Addiction Exam. Participants sit at tables with a facilitator to guide case discussions. Participants receive a course syllabus on a USB drive with copies of all lecture handouts and selected articles and have the opportunity to purchase a print syllabus. Up to 19 units of AMA/PRA Category 1 Credit. Friday: 7 units; Saturday: 7 units; Sunday: 5 units

CSAM joins ASAM and AMA in opposing Senate Health Reform Proposal

CSAM added its voice in opposition to the proposal by the U.S. Senate that, if passed, will have a devastating impact on access to health insurance coverage. The proposal would cause millions of people who obtain health insurance from the individual insurance market either through Medicaid or the Exchanges to lose their coverage and would permit states to opt out of the essential health benefit for prevention and for substance abuse treatment. Both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) vigorously opposed the legislation on June 23, 2017. [AMA Opposition] [ASAM Opposition]


CSAM Survey on Insurance Barriers to Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders 

CSAM conducted a statewide survey in September 2016 to assess insurance barriers in California to the treatment of patients with opioid use disorders. The survey documented that insurance-imposed barriers to medically-assisted treatment of opioid dependence continue to exist. Among the survey's findings: 62% of physicians whose patients have insurance coverage find it difficult to access medication-assisted treatment (MAT); 46% experience barriers to maintenance treatment, 47% are unable to prescribe, due to coverage limits, the formulations that they believe are best for the patient, and 35% experience difficulty prescribing the dose needed by their patient. [Report]

Continuing Medical Education

CSAM Webinar Series

CSAM is sponsoring a series of 12 monthly webinars designed to support the implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorders in primary care.   

 Friday, June 23, 2017, 12:00 noon PDT
 Complex Chronic Pain, Opioid Prescribing and Opioid Use Disorder: Pitfalls, Pearls and New Directions

Friday, July 28, 2017, 12:00 noon PDT
How to Build a Controlled Substance Review Committee in Your Primary Care Clinic: Why? Who? How?