Buprenorphine Telehealth: Audio-only Telehealth to Improve Buprenorphine Access and Linkage to Care

This talk will give an overview of changes to federal telehealth regulations permitting buprenorphine telehealth and describe implementation and outcomes of the Rhode Island Buprenorphine Hotline, an audio-only buprenorphine telehealth program in Rhode Island.

Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe barriers to buprenorphine treatment and access inequities
    2. Understand the role of telehealth in an addiction treatment system
    3. Review changes to federal regulations permitting the use of telehealth for addiction treatment
    4. Describe the design, implementation, and outcomes from the Rhode Island Buprenorphine Hotline

Prescribing clinicians and their teams

Continuing Medical Education
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 Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Nurses and Nurse Practitioners will be awarded a certificate of participation with a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Contact Hours
1 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals.
1 Category I contact hours for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hours for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
1 contact hours CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.


  • Elizabeth A Samuels
    Elizabeth A Samuels
    MD, MPH, MHS

    Dr. Samuels is an emergency and addiction medicine physician and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine. She completed her emergency medicine training at the Brown Emergency Medicine Residency Program, a health service research and health policy fellowship at the Yale National Clinician Scholars Program, and is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine. From 2018-2021, she served as the consulting Assistant Medical Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Drug Overdose Prevention Program. Her work focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of social emergency medicine and health equity initiatives, including community health worker/peer recovery programs, low barrier substance use disorder treatment initiation, harm reduction services delivery, and emergency department programs to address health related social needs.


Apr 25 2024


8:00 am - 6:00 pm