Massachusetts Medical Society: You Can Do It: Buprenorphine Prescribing in Primary Care

You Can Do It: Buprenorphine Prescribing in Primary Care

You Can Do It: Buprenorphine Prescribing in Primary Care

Course Overview

Given the scale of the opioid epidemic and the need to provide treatment for those suffering from opioid use disorder, the primary care setting is increasingly important as a venue for buprenorphine therapy. Many physicians in the ambulatory setting, even if already licensed to prescribe buprenorphine, may wish to provide this care but are unsure how to get started and what resources may be available to help support them when they encounter questions and challenges. This program aims to allow physicians in the primary care setting who have successfully made OUD part of their daily practice share their experiences, resources they have used long the way, and empower attendees to start prescribing life-saving buprenorphine therapy more regularly in their practices.

Part 1 - Prescribing Buprenorphine and Available Resources 
Part 2 - Models of Care for OUD
Part 3 - Buprenorphine Prescribing in Primary Care - Q & A

Intended Audience

Primary Care / Internal Medicine Physicians     


  • Cite what buprenorphine is, orient to waiver process, timeline for certification, and patient limits
  • Discuss challenges of starting to prescribe buprenorphine in various settings
  • Describe supports available to make prescribing buprenorphine easier for clinicians new to treating OUD
  • Recognize the many models of care & collaboration that can be utilized to treat OUD in the ambulatory setting and address common questions and issues surrounding the logistics of providing OUD care in the primary care setting


Audrey Provenzano, MD, FACP, Unit Chief, Adult Medicine, MGH Chelsea Healthcare Center
Dr. Provenzano is an internist passionate about caring for vulnerable patients and improving primary care. She trained in internal medicine and primary care at Brigham and Women's Hospital and then went on to complete the Kraft Fellowship in Community Health Leadership. She joined the adult medicine department at Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea Healthcare Center and then was appointed Unit Chief. Dr. Provenzano enjoys writing and podcasting about primary care on "Review of Systems," a podcast that she produces in partnership with the Harvard Center for Primary Care. Dr. Provenzano believes that strong, well-resourced primary care is the cornerstone of a patient-centered, value-based healthcare system and seeks to advocate for primary care generally and improve care for her patients through her leadership in her health center, her writing and advocacy.

Ian Huntington, MD, MPH, Provider Champion for Substance Use Disorder Services, Codman Community Health Center, FQHC in Dorchester
Dr. Huntington is an internal medicine physician at Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, MA. In addition to providing primary care, he has a focus on substance use disorders, and is the clinical champion of Substance Use Health Services at the health center. Dr. Huntington also oversees the population health and Medicaid ACP programming at the health center. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College (2009), did residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2012), and obtained an MPH from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (2014).

Paul Feiss, MD, Physician, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Dr. Feiss has been practicing primary care internal medicine at the Medford Center of Harvard Vanguard in Medford, MA since 1982. He has been treating patients with addiction with medication assisted treatment for substance abuse since 2008. Dr. Feiss graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1977 and completed internal medicine training in 1980 at the University of Minnesota hospitals.

Beth Eagleson, MD, FACP, Physician, Baystate Brightwood Health Center/Centro de Salud; Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Dr. Eagleson is an internal medicine physician at Baystate Brightwood Health Center/Centro de Salud in Springfield, MA. In addition to providing primary care, she has an interest in addiction medicine. She also serves as a learning community mentor for the University of Massachusetts Medical School – Baystate Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health Program. Dr. Eagleson graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine (2002) and completed residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (2005).

Course Fees: Free

Format & Estimated Time to Complete: Video/1.5 hours

Accreditation Statement for Joint Providership

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Chapter, American College of Physicians. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

MOC Approval Statement
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS
Member Boards:
Allergy and Immunology
Family Medicine
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry and Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.50 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

You must complete the exam at the end of the course to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term

Original Release Date: December 17, 2019
Review Date (s): N/A
Termination Date: December 17, 2022

System requirements:

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)
Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


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