Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) helps people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates. Qualified physicians, advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants are required to acquire a waiver (commonly known as the X-Waiver) and maintain certifications to legally dispense or prescribe opioid use disorder medications to more than 30 patients. Idaho desperately needs more providers to offer this important treatment in their practice.
Free X-Waiver Training hosted by ECHO Idaho
ECHO Idaho, in conjunction with Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS), hosts trainings for physicians, advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants who want to get their X-waiver to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine to more than 30 patients. Sessions are also open to non-waiver seekers who wish to audit the training.
Registration for our Sept. 19, 2022 X-Waiver Training has closed. Our next X-Waiver Training will be held in 2023. For exact dates and times, please check back later.
The two-part training includes:
- A live 4-hour training, which participants can join from anywhere in the state using Zoom. Participants must be able to join using a webcam.
- Online modules you complete on your own, either before or within 90 days of completing the live portion. To access the online portion of the training, you must create an account with PCSS. Following your registration for the in-person training, you will receive an invitation code that will permit you to access the online module. For step-by-step instructions, click here.
Physicians who complete the eight-hour training will be eligible to apply for the waiver to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine to more than 30 patients. Advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants will also be eligible to apply for the waiver after an additional 16 hours of training.
At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:
- Review addiction treatment in office- based practices
- Discuss the pharmacological treatments of opioid use disorder
- Determine what medical record documentation must be followed
- Discuss the process of buprenorphine induction as well as stabilization and maintenance techniques
- Describe how to take a patient history and evaluation
- Review safety concerns and drug interactions
Dr. Magni Hamso, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM
Medical Director, Division of Medicaid, Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
Core Faculty, University of Washington - Boise Addiction Medicine Fellowship; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington; Staff Physician, Boise VA Medical Center
Andrew Kloberdanz, DO
Addiction Medicine Fellow, University of Washington and the Boise VA Medical Center
Family Medicine Residency at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan
Dr. Todd Palmer, MD
Medical Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Full Circle Health
Assistant Professor in Family Medicine, University of Washington
The live, four hour training credit is commensurate with the extent of your participation in 0.25 credits. The online modules are not eligible for partial credit; completing all four hours is required to receive credit.
Accreditation – Online Portion
The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), American Psychological Association (APA) and Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The online portion of this training will receive 4 CE credits. CME will be provided not only to physicians, but also CE for nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants as well as interprofessional CE credits. No partial credit will be awarded.
Please see the Joint Accreditation flyer in the Related Links section for more information.
Accreditation – Live Portion
In support of improving patient care, University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program 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.
The University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program designates this regularly scheduled series session for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity is approved for a maximum 4.0 continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours.
The University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program 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 4.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.
Counselors, social workers, peer support specialists and others are encouraged to review ECHO Idaho’s continuing education page to learn about how ECHO supports continuing education.
AAAP is the Data Sponsor for this training.
ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program. Its X-Waiver Training program is 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.