Frequently Asked Questions
Using BupPractice and Getting Credit
After you create a (free) account you can use the PAY NOW button on the Program Steps page. This is secure credit card payment handled by Pay Pal. You will see a charge from Clinical Tools, Inc. on your credit card bill.
Please contact us using the Contact link if you want to use a check or discuss group payment!
If you start the program and are not satisfied for any reason, we will refund your training fee within 60 days of the original payment. Refunds will be in the original form of payment. After 60 days refunds will be only via PayPal(R) "Send Money" and there is a $45 administrative fee. If you complete the program, we will not issue a refund. No refunds will be issued after 12 months. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with requests or questions.
If you complete the survey, we will provide a $25 donation to support a local organization in NC related to addiction or may be eligible for a $25 refund on the cost of your training. To be eligible you must have paid for the training yourself within the past 50 days. Not applicable to coupon users.
To complete the Buprenorphine Training Program, you must take all 9 courses on the site, including a pre/post-test for each. After you complete all 9 courses you will be eligible for the waiver. You can also claim up to 9 credit hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (TM) after you complete the program.
You must complete the program within 1 year of when you start. We update the program substantially at least 2x a year and we want the program experience to be consistent and comprehensive for all users.
You can start and stop and resume as best fits your schedule and learning style. You can spend 20 minutes every day for a month, or complete the entire program in one day, Online training at BupPractice.com is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
No, the BupPractice program is designed to be used online, and includes the pre/post-tests, and interactive features that do not work well in "print". We also revise the website to make sure it is up-to-date throughout the year, and that wouldn't be possible with a print-able version.
Yes, but it is only possible to request continuing education credit for a single experience. If you want to learn more about substance abuse treatment and require additional credits, consider our other programs, OpioidRisk.com and SBIRTTraining.com.
Short version: If you complete this program you can apply for your waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.
Long version: This website offers an official training program that satisfies the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) training requirement for a DATA 2000 physician waiver. This means that now you can take the 10-course program on BupPractice.com to qualify for your waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. This training program is provided by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). The website is ASAM's online buprenorphine training program, which is presented in collaboration with Clinical Tools, Inc. ASAM also holds live buprenorphine trainings across the United States. Learn more about ASAM at their website.
You can receive up to 9 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (TM) for completing the 9-course training program on our website. This is the only credit type being offered at this time.
You are welcome to complete the training program for educational purposes, but at this time ONLY qualifying physicians with individual DEA numbers can prescribe buprenorphine based on the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000). SAMHSA explains it here.
Getting Your Waiver to Prescribe Buprenorphine
You can check with CSAT/SAMHSA at their hotline 1-866-BUP-CSAT (1-866-287-2728) to check on the status. That number is also listed under the Physician section of the SAMHSA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Allow 45 days for CSAT to review your waiver notification form.
NEITHER ASAM nor us (Clinical Tools) is involved in the CSAT or DEA review process.
For the waiver form, ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) is the official provider of this online training program. The program was developed by Clinical Tools, Inc.
After you complete the training, you will need to submit the "Notification of Intent" (AKA: SMA-167/waiver form/NOI) form by mail, fax or online. This form is reviewed by CSAT/SAMHSA and the DEA. The process is described at Buprenorphine.SAMHSA.gov . Be aware this may take several weeks. If you don't hear back within 45 days, you may begin prescribing, according to the SAMHSA website. However, in some states you will need to add additional information to your DEA number on the script in order for the pharmacy to fill it.
You can print the waiver form and mail it in or you can submit it electronically. Visit Buprenorphine.SAMHSA.gov to find the print and online version of the form. If you submit your form online, you do not need to submit documentation regarding your training. We submit to it SAMHSA weekly.
You should apply for the waiver if you want to prescribe buprenorphine. After you complete the 10-course training program you will be qualified to apply for the waiver. Visit Buprenorphine.SAMHSA.gov to see the other ways that physicians can become qualified to prescribe buprenorphine.
No, your DEA number and X number do not change when you move from state to state. However, some states have an additional CDS (controlled dangerous substance) number, which may change. If you move be sure to update your practice address with the DEA.
When you submit the online waiver form, you will see a line on the form that reads as follows: "I certify that I meet at least one of the following criteria and am therefore a qualifying physician (Check and provide copies of documentation for all that apply):"
If you wish your waiver form to be processed quickly, you can mail or fax in a copy of your DATA 2000 Training Certificate. However, it is not necessary to print and send this in, since CSAT will obtain confirmation of your training from the training organization. Some groups send this info to CSAT once monthly; we submit it weekly here at BupPractice.com.
About the Website
This site was developed for both physicians and clinicians who treat opioid-dependent patients with buprenorphine, and for physicians who manage and refer patients with opioid dependence.
Buprenorphine Practice was developed by Clinical Tools, Inc., funded by a contract with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (#HHSN271200555303C). Clinical Tools, Inc., is a small, physician-run business dedicated to harnessing the potential of the Internet to create scalable, usable, and broadly available tools for health researchers, clinicians, and consumers.
Clinical Tools will not share your personal information with any third parties. However, we will provide ASAM with a list of all physicians who have completed the training program.
All you need is a username, an email address, and a password. Creating an account on the site is free, and it enables you to participate in forums and groups, and to create a BupSite.
Go to your Account page and click on the Edit tab. There you can update your password, email address, and other aspects of your profile.