MAT Guidelines and Protocols: Contextualizing Drug User Health in Iowa

September 13, 2019

This is a private course and registrations are not being accepted.

Target Audience

Primary care providers, clinical behavior health specialists and behavior health directors.

Medication Assisted Treatment ECHO

This interactive web-based program provides essential guidelines and steps to implementing and integrating a successful MAT program into an outpatient primary care setting. The MAT program aims to improve access for patients suffering from opioid use disorder.

  • Diagnosing Opioid Use Disorder
  • Types of medications (naltrexone vs. buprenorphine) and requirements for each (labs, monitoring, etc.)
  • Buprenorphine induction maintenance, relapse and tapering protocols
  • Referral process, clinic flow
  • Opiate withdrawal-treatment
  • Drug screens
  • Controlled substance agreement
  • Multi-party consents
  • Prior authorization requirements for buprenorphine (documentation, barriers, etc.)
  • Clinic and community integration


The purpose is to inform clinic members (admin, providers, nursing, etc.) on how to successfully integrate a MAT program into an outpatient primary care setting. The mission is to help centers and clinics set up primary care based MAT to improve access for patients suffering from opioid use disorder across the state of Iowa. 

Learning Objectives

  • Integration of MAT within a primary care outpatient setting.
  • Explore work-flows, clinic agreements, prior authorization for medication requirements and example protocols. 
  • Learn the different phases of outpatient MAT care including induction, titration, maintenance and taper.


Gagan Lamba, MA, MS, MBA, CSM (Moderator)
Behavioral Health Manager, Primary Health Care, Inc.

Joe Caldwell
Drug User Health Coordinator, Iowa Department of Public Health

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, the planning committee, speakers, and moderators indicated they have no financial relationships with commercial interest companies to disclose.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/13/2019 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
09/13/2019 - 1:15pm CDT

Continuing Education Credit

1.0 continuing education hour(s). 

Educational Grants

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON


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