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

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Addiction Medicine Review Course and 
Certification Exam Preparation Track

August 24-27, 2016 | Anaheim Marriott • Anaheim, California

This will be the only Addiction Medicine Review Course and Board Preparation Course offered in 2016. The California Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine are offering the course in alternating years.

The Review Course consists of lectures presenting an overview of the core elements of addiction medicine. The Certification Exam Preparation Tracks consists of a interactive self-assessment test with more than 700 questions organized by topic, a study guide, and live lectures.

 

Continuing Medical Education

Available on the Online Education Center

Online Synapse to Society: Addiction Medicine State of the Art 2015

Held October 24-27 in San Francisco
27 lectures 16.5 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits
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Addiction Medicine Review Course and Certification Exam Preparation Track

Held September 3-6, 2014 in Anaheim
Review Course 16.5 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits
Certification Exam Preparation Track 17 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits
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Public Policy

CSAM Cannabis Policy Statements

An initiative to legalize cannabis is highly likely to appear on the 2016 California ballot. In the advent of policy changes that may increase availability of cannabis, an addictive drug, what are credible and evidenced-based positions that prevent addiction, prevent harm to vulnerable populations, and promote access to quality treatment? CSAM believes that it is not necessary to support an initiative to work toward ensuring that whatever initiative is presented or eventually adopted takes measures to mitigate public health harms associated with expanded access to and use of cannabis.

  • CSAM has established recommendations for cannabis policy in the prospect of possible ballot initiatives legalizing cannabis in California. [Read CSAM recommendations]
  • The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Initiative No. 15-0103) is one of several initiatives that are seeking a place on the 2016 ballot.  CSAM has submitted comments to the initiative's drafters through to the California Attorney General's Office. [Read CSAM comments]  

Minimum Insurance Benefits for Medically-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence

CSAM’s Consumer Guide and Scorecard rating Covered California health plans on coverage for addiction treatment, published last year disclosed that not a single health plan offered the minimum health insurance coverage for medically-assisted treatment of opioid dependence. In most plans physicians were not allowed to choose the appropriate medication, with plans offering either methadone OR buprenorphine. Many plans also required physicians to provide extensive paperwork every month for on-going treatment.  CSAM’s Committee on opioids will be advocating that ALL insurance plans meet these standards by meeting with insurance regulators and insurance companies.  As part of this Committee members Tauheed Zaman, MD and Joan Striebel, MD drafted a report that describes the minimum benefits insurance companies should provide to meet standards of evidence-based practice.