SVMIC is aware of a recent letter sent to all DEA-registered practitioners outlining a new law, referred to as the MATE Act, that requires a one-time, eight-hour training requirement for all such practitioners on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders. Beginning June 27, practitioners must have completed the one-time education requirement before either an initial, or a renewal, DEA registration. Past SVMIC prescribing-specific CME courses count toward satisfying the requirement. SVMIC has created a short video, along with an FAQ page, to cover what is required to satisfy this new law, who is "exempt," and examples of organizations that are qualified to provide the training.
Jeffrey A. Woods is the Director of Risk Education in the Risk Education and Evaluation Services Department at SVMIC. Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee Martin and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Following graduation, he practiced law in Knoxville for almost 15 years, advising physicians and healthcare providers and defending them in malpractice claims. He is licensed to practice in Tennessee and all Federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association.
Jeff joined SVMIC in 2003 and was a Senior Claims Attorney until 2015 when he transferred to his current position.
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