What is the MATE Act?
The MATE Act requires increased training for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered physicians and practitioners, specifically, fulfillment of education totaling eight-hours on treating and managing patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.
The DEA recently provided guidance on how DEA registrants can meet those requirements. Click here for the letter to practitioners.
Who is affected?
Any practitioner applying for or renewing their DEA number on or after June 27, 2023.
What is required?
The MATE Act is a one-time only requirement. Practitioners must attest that they have completed 8 hours of education on the treatment and management of substance use disorders.
What educational content satisfies this requirement?
SAMHSA recommends that content should be related to the prevention, recognition, and care of people with substance use disorders including those with concurrent pain and/or psychiatric and medical co-morbidities. Recommended core curricular training elements could include the categories of substance use disorders, effective treatment planning, and pain management and substance misuse.
What clinicians are deemed to have already satisfied this training requirement?
- Physicians who are board-certified in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry.
- Practitioners who have graduated from their professional school within 5 years of June 27, 2023 or 5 years of their license renewal following June 27, 2023, and completed a curriculum that included at least eight hours of coursework regarding substance use disorder during that time.
- Practitioners who completed eight hours of past training on substance use or opioid use disorder from various accredited groups (listed below) or those previously took training to meet the requirements of the DATA-2000 waiver to prescribe buprenorphine can count this training towards the eight hour training requirements.
How can practitioners demonstrate compliance with this requirement?
Attest to completion of the educational requirement when renewing/applying for your DEA number. If you feel that you have not participated in eight hours of education surrounding SUD/OUD, KMA has compiled a partial list of educational opportunities. Other educational offerings may be available.
Accredited Groups Who Can Provide Training:
- The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
- The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or any organizations accredited by the AOA to provide continuing medical education
- The American Dental Association (ADA)
- The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)
- The American Psychiatric Association (APA)
- The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
- The American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA)
- The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
- Any other organization accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (AACCME) or the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition (CCEPR), whether directly or through an organization accredited by a State medical society that is recognized by the ACCME or CCEPR
- Any other organization approved or accredited by the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, the ACCME, or the CCEPR