Provider Tools and Guides

MAT Provider Tools and Guides

Resource Name

Brief Description

TIP 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD)—methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine—and the other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people with OUD.

National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use

This 2015 guideline by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) addresses all the FDA-approved medications available to treat addiction involving opioid use and opioid overdose - methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone and naloxone - in a single document. It aims to help clinicians make evidence-based clinical decisions when prescribing pharmacotherapies to patients with opioid use disorder. Please also see here for the pending release of the updated 2020 guideline https://www.asam.org/Quality-Science/quality/npg.

Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Pocket Guide

This guide is for physicians using medication-assisted treatment for patients with opioid use disorder. It discusses various types of approved medications, screening and assessment tools, and best practices for patient care.

ASAM Appropriate Use of Drug Testing in Clinical Addiction Medicine

The American Society of Addiction Medicine put together a webinar series to help build knowledge of the ASAM Appropriate Use of Drug Testing in Clinical Addiction Medicine document. The document was created to guide providers as they made decisions about drug testing. The webinar series features topics including talking about the process and settings for drug testing in addiction treatments, working with special populations, and principles and biological matrices in addiction treatment.

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (MAT for OUD) Playbook

AHRQ’s MAT for OUD Playbook serves as a comprehensive guide for implementing MAT in primary care and other ambulatory care settings. The online, interactive playbook contains the latest guidance, tools and resources to address MAT implementation. Released with the playbook is AHRQ’s Medication-Assisted Treatment Tools and Resources Collection, a searchable resource organized by topic to address a broad spectrum of patient and community needs. Materials in the collection were identified through systematic searches of published and gray literature, as well as searches for specific tools to implement MAT. 

Evidence Brief: Managing Acute Pain in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder on Medication-Assisted Treatment

This evidence brief details the Veterans Health Administration's best practice on acute pain treatment for patients undergoing medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Includes supplemental materials that highlight search strategies and evidence tables among other materials.