May 2020: Michigan Opioid Collaborative (MOC): Free Buprenorphine Wavier Training

Key Points1

  • Opioids were involved in 2,033 overdose deaths in 2017
  • Michigan has a death rate of 21.2 deaths per 100,000 persons compared to the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 persons
  • In 2017, Michigan providers wrote 74 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Initiative: Team-Based Care

The Michigan Institute for Care Management and Transformation (MICMT) is working with MOC on the MAT Initiative to improve patient care and outcomes for patients who have opioid use disorders (OUD). In 2020, team-based support systems will be established for waivered physicians and specialists who have direct patient care. The MAT champion will provide outreach and support to affiliated practice sites as guided by the MAT champion expectations. In an effort to support this initiative, the MOC is offering free buprenorphine waiver training.

Buprenorphine Wavier Training2

Buprenorphine also referred to as Suboxone, Zubsolv, and Bunavail, is a commonly used drug in the treatment of OUDs. Buprenorphine works by only partially activating opioid receptors making this a safer choice then methadone. In order to prescribe buprenorphine, a provider must attend an eight-hour training session. Once completed, waivers can be obtained within 24 hours.

Free Wavier Training Site Locations and Registration2

References:

  1. https://www.drugabuse.gov/opioid-summaries-by-state/michigan-opioid-summary
  2. https://www.bcbsm.com/content/dam/microsites/corpcomm/provider/VPU/2020/mar/0320b.ht
Kelly White
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