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0.75 CME CREDIT

Acute low back pain is a common reason for a patient to visit their primary care provider. Most back symptoms are usually self-limited. History and physical examination typically provide clues to the rare, but potentially serious causes of low back pain. The differential diagnosis will be explored and appropriate use of diagnostic testing, including x-rays, will be discussed. Participants will review current recommendations and treatment algorithms, and learn when it is appropriate to consider specialty referral.


0.75 CME CREDIT

Primary care providers frequently encounter various types of chronic non-cancer pain in their practice, including chronic low back pain, chronic headache, fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, osteoarthritis, and others. Best practices for the management of chronic non-cancer pain consist of a multimodal approach, with the optimal incorporation of non-opioid treatment approaches. This session will describe multiple approaches to non-opioid pain management for the primary care. Strategies include both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches as well as interventional approaches. Recognizing that some of these may require referral to a specialist, the primary care provider, with heightened awareness of multiple non-opioid pain management treatments, will be able to more comprehensively evaluate and treat their patients with chronic pain.


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This activity provides an update on the responsible management of chronic pain conditions. Dr. Atchison will discuss an interdisciplinary course of action in managing chronic pain conditions, consisting of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological means. This activity gives information about identifying patients with chronic pain and provides details about individualizing phases of treatment, using interdisciplinary care.


3.5 CME CREDITS

SAFE Opioid Prescribing

Up to 3.5 CME CREDITS

During this session you will learn about ER/LA Opioids - Perspectives on Patient Assessment and Therapy Management, Goals of Therapy, Monitoring and Patient Education of ER/LA Opioids, Assessing ER/LA Opioid Products: Similarities and Differences Prescribers Need to Know. This educational activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see http://ce.er-la-opioidrems.com/IwgCEUI/rems/pdf/List_of_RPC_Companies.pdf for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics REMS education requirements issued by the US Food & Drug Administration.


0.58 CME CREDIT

This program will discuss intrathecal therapy as an option for patients with severe chronic pain. Intrathecal pain therapy is a viable option for many patients suffering from severe chronic pain. This program will discuss the identification of potential candidates who may benefit from referral for this form of pain management, in addition to clinical data supporting its use, and monitoring of these patients.


1.5 CME CREDITS

Today, clinicians are faced with the challenge of adequately treating a large number of patients with acute and chronic pain, while mitigating the risks associated with treatment. Our ability to manage pain, now competes against the crisis of opioid abuse and adverse outcomes such as addiction, unintentional overdose, and death, resulting from inappropriate prescribing, abuse, and misuse of opioids. These complexities require clinicians to have a strong understanding of all options for pain management including non-pharmacologic and non-opioid options, as well as when to appropriately consider opioid agents when other non-opioid approaches have proven unsuccessful in alleviating pain and the benefits outweigh the risks. The SAFE Opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) symposium is designed to fulfill on specific requirements put forth by the FDA Education Blueprint for HCPs Involved in the Treatment and Monitoring of Patients with Pain. Six evidence-based CME modules will address topics such as; the fundamentals of pain management, assessment of patients in pain, identifying and mitigating risk factors for abuse and addiction, and how to appropriately integrate opioid analgesics into a pain treatment plan individualized to the needs of the patient. Additional topics to be covered include, tools to manage patients on opioids analgesics in pain settings, including initiating therapy, titrating and discontinuing use, as well as strategies to counsel patients on safe use, disposal, and ways to identify and manage opioid use disorder or addiction. Complete the entire SAFE Opioid Prescribing activity to receive your training completion certificate!


1.5 CME CREDITS

Today, clinicians are faced with the challenge of adequately treating a large number of patients with acute and chronic pain, while mitigating the risks associated with treatment. Our ability to manage pain, now competes against the crisis of opioid abuse and adverse outcomes such as addiction, unintentional overdose, and death, resulting from inappropriate prescribing, abuse, and misuse of opioids. These complexities require clinicians to have a strong understanding of all options for pain management including non-pharmacologic and non-opioid options, as well as when to appropriately consider opioid agents when other non-opioid approaches have proven unsuccessful in alleviating pain and the benefits outweigh the risks. The SAFE Opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) symposium is designed to fulfill on specific requirements put forth by the FDA Education Blueprint for HCPs Involved in the Treatment and Monitoring of Patients with Pain. Six evidence-based CME modules will address topics such as; the fundamentals of pain management, assessment of patients in pain, identifying and mitigating risk factors for abuse and addiction, and how to appropriately integrate opioid analgesics into a pain treatment plan individualized to the needs of the patient. Additional topics to be covered include, tools to manage patients on opioids analgesics in pain settings, including initiating therapy, titrating and discontinuing use, as well as strategies to counsel patients on safe use, disposal, and ways to identify and manage opioid use disorder or addiction. Complete the entire SAFE Opioid Prescribing activity to receive your training completion certificate!


1.25 CME CREDITS

Today, clinicians are faced with the challenge of adequately treating a large number of patients with acute and chronic pain, while mitigating the risks associated with treatment. Our ability to manage pain, now competes against the crisis of opioid abuse and adverse outcomes such as addiction, unintentional overdose, and death, resulting from inappropriate prescribing, abuse, and misuse of opioids. These complexities require clinicians to have a strong understanding of all options for pain management including non-pharmacologic and non-opioid options, as well as when to appropriately consider opioid agents when other non-opioid approaches have proven unsuccessful in alleviating pain and the benefits outweigh the risks. The SAFE Opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) symposium is designed to fulfill on specific requirements put forth by the FDA Education Blueprint for HCPs Involved in the Treatment and Monitoring of Patients with Pain. Six evidence-based CME modules will address topics such as; the fundamentals of pain management, assessment of patients in pain, identifying and mitigating risk factors for abuse and addiction, and how to appropriately integrate opioid analgesics into a pain treatment plan individualized to the needs of the patient. Additional topics to be covered include, tools to manage patients on opioids analgesics in pain settings, including initiating therapy, titrating and discontinuing use, as well as strategies to counsel patients on safe use, disposal, and ways to identify and manage opioid use disorder or addiction. Complete the entire SAFE Opioid Prescribing activity to receive your training completion certificate!


1 CME CREDIT

Management of Chronic Pain

Up to 1 CME CREDIT

In this webcast, Nancy Chang, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, reviews the pathophysiology and management of chronic pain, with a focus on overcoming patients’ psychological barriers to controlling pain.


Pain Management Elderly

This activity will include discussion of the sources and severity of pain in older patients. The pharmacology of the drugs available to treat pain in the elderly will be examined. Additionally, Dr. Conolly will review aspects of the aging body which make treating pain in the elderly different from treating pain in younger patients.


middle aged hispanic woman with shoulder pain
0.25 CME CREDIT

Somatic Symptom Disorder

Up to 0.25 CME CREDIT

In this Clinical Coffee Break, Dr. Nancy Chang discusses the diagnosis and management of somatic symptom disorder, a common and debilitating condition in which patients present with a myriad of chronic physical symptoms that appear disproportionate with the patient’s general physical condition.


0.25 CME CREDIT

Dr. Ehrlich will discuss the practical aspects of using medical marijuana by patients and how to best advice a patient who is headed for a marijuana dispensary. He will discuss the differences between the strains of medical marijuana and the forms of marijuana available for consumption.