New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association
Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Anesthetists working together for a healthier New Hampshire

MAT update (medication assisted therapies)

Posted 7 months ago by Mary Bidgood-Wilson

     

Good morning, please read the posting from AANP below. At this time the proposed requirements have not been finalized and published in the federal register. It remains unclear when this will happen. It is expected but not certain that the 8 hour physician currently approved AAAP course will count toward the 24 hr. requirement. We will continue to publish updates . Thanks for all you do. Mary

SAMSHA Public Meeting on CARA
As previously reported, on July 22, 2016, the President signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) legislation into law. This new law includes a section authorizing nurse practitioners and physician assistants, who meet certain criteria, to provide lifesaving treatment to patients battling heroin and other opioid addictions. On October 1, AANP was in attendance at a meeting with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to discuss the training requirements (that are outlined in the law) for nurse practitioners and physician assistants who have been authorized to prescribe medication assisted therapies (MATs) to their patients. While an implementation timeline was not solidified, this meeting was a critical step in that direction. During the meeting, AANP was able to provide education and implementation expertise and will continue to monitor and engage in the process going forward. AANP will provide updates to members on the implementation and regulation born out of the CARA law. Please stay tuned to AANP communications for the latest developments