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Recognizing and Responding to Addiction During Chronic Pain Treatment with Opioids 1.00 Online
Unintended deaths due to prescription drug overdose, not including drug-related suicides, continue to exceed deaths due to motor vehicle accidents. In 2009, nearly 1 million Americans reported using pain relievers nonmedically for 200 days or more. Many patients who obtain prescription opioids for nonmedical use typically receive their prescription from a physician, or indirectly from someone who is getting a prescription from a physician.

This one-hour e-learning module was planned and produced in accordance with the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Essentials. It will illustrate how to identify patients at risk for substance-abuse disorders, and what to do about it. It was first introduced in 2009 and has been updated to reflect changing standards and newer tools such as statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring programs.

The Medical Quality Assurance Commission Pain Rules: What Washington State Physicians Need to Know... and All Prescribing Physicians Will Benefit From 1.00 Online
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported in April 2014 that unintentional deaths from prescription pain relievers continue to soar, having more than quadrupled since 1999. In response to this public health emergency, the Washington state legislature passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2876, to guide prescribers of opioids towards safer treatment practices.
This 1-hour e-learning module will guide you through the pain rules, provide practical suggestions on how to assimilate opioid-prescribing best practices, and point you to resources for delivering safe, effective care to patients with chronic, non-cancer pain.

While the rules pertain to Washington State prescribers, Physicians Insurance recommends the guidance provided by the rules to all physicians who prescribe opiate medication, as well as affiliated providers involved with management of patients with chronic pain.

Shared Decision Making in Chronic Pain Management: Achieving Goals and Positive Health Outcomes 1.00 Online
A 2011 Institute of Medicine panel concluded there are 100 million adults in the United States with chronic pain. Developing skills to navigate evolving pain care standards can make a big difference to your patients health, your professional satisfaction, and the needs of your medical community. One such skill, shared decision making, relates to having conversations with patients about care decisions. In pain care, discussions of likely outcomes, goals of therapy, and unexpected consequences of care decisions can be complicated by factors specific to chronic pain and opioids. Nevertheless, well-developed skills around shared decision making for pain care can reliably generate clinical encounters that are safe, productive, and satisfying. This one-hour e-learning module addresses the challenges of shared decision making from the standpoint of managing chronic pain.

This 1-hour e-learning module was planned and produced in accordance with the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Essentials. It includes reading material, online resources, and case examples that illustrate different approaches to collaborating with patients.

Prescription Monitoring: Time-saving Strategies for Using a Life-saving Resource 1.00 Online
A CDC report released in mid-2014 details a continuing upswing in overdose deaths from prescription pain killers in the U.S.—with the greatest increase in 55-to-65 year-olds! Why is this epidemic continuing? What is your role as a physician in curbing it?

Your state Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) offers an essential answer. Enhanced technology has made for much easier use in the course of a busy day! This one-hour live webinar will show you how the PMP fits into the context of a thoughtful care plan, and how your office staff can facilitate the process. You’ll get pointers on talking with patients to gain their acceptance and increase rapport.

Transitioning Care in the Face of Painkiller Addiction or Abuse 1.00 Online
“I’ll be going out of town next week,” says Mrs. Johnson, “so I’m hoping you can refill my prescription today.” Mrs. Johnson is a long-term patient whom you trust, but this is her second request for an early refill of oxycodone. How should you evaluate her request in light of the 16,000 unintended deaths each year from prescription opioid analgesics?
Every touch point with a patient is an opportunity to consider risks of opioid therapy and to realign management towards best health outcomes. This one-hour webinar offers an ethical framework for evaluation that will also help you to engage patients in conversations that build partnership. You’ll hear examples of dialogue that squarely addresses high-risk situations and options for tapering or alternative treatment.

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