In an effort to help providers with the waiver to prescribe medications and to enhance their comfort level, the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), an ORN partner organization, hosted a pilot project using standardized patients. The intent was to help prescribers feel more confident in prescribing medications to treat opioid use disorders.
The training was held on January 25, 2020 and included a small group of physicians, a physician assistant and a nurse practitioner. All were waivered, but have not yet prescribed. Participants were asked to run an assessment for opioid use disorder and then develop a treatment plan. The training provided an opportunity for the prescribers to ask the standardized patient/actor questions and learn from an experienced prescriber.