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Opioid Education

With growing concern for the opioid abuse epidemic and a likely prescribing-related continuing medical education mandate by the Medical Examining Board, the education subcomittee of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Opioid Task Force has developed an opioid prescribing webinar series approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Presented by Wisconsin physicians who specialize in addiction and pain management, these webinars are designed to address the challenges faced by physicians and other prescribers and to improve opioid prescribing practices without compromising the quality of patient care.

The webinars can be viewed as a series or independently and will be recorded for on-demand access after the live broadcast.

Wisconsin Medical Examining Board Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
Michael McNett, MD, Medical Director for Chronic Pain, Aurora
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This two-hour webinar will provide a comprehensive review of the MEB’s newly-released Opioid Prescribing Guidelines. Clear understanding of these guidelines allows prescribers to be confident that their opioid prescribing protocols remain in compliance with state licensure statutes.

Legal Requirements for Opioid Prescribing in Wisconsin
John Rather, JD, General Counsel, Wisconsin Medical Society
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In this webinar, Attorney Rather will discuss the new regulations and the ways in which they impact Wisconsin physician practices including risk management strategies to reduce potential liability.

Drug Testing in Clinical Practice
David Galbis-Reig, MD, DFASAM, Medical Director of Addiction Services, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints
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By using appropriate risk management tools, including drug monitoring, physicians and other prescribers can minimize the risk associated with use of opioid analgesics for chronic pain. This webinar will provide prescribers with an introduction to the art and science of drug testing in clinical practice settings.

How to Decrease Prescription Drug Abuse: The What, Why and How
David Galbis-Reig, MD, DFASAM, Medical Director of Addiction Services, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints
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The opioid prescription drug epidemic and associated mortality is a growing concern that has been gaining significant media coverage. This presentation will provide a historical perspective and current epidemiological data, with a focus on evidence-based solutions to alter the course of this epidemic.

Identifying Opioid Abuse Risk in the Chronic Pain Patient: Techniques for Mastering Accuracy
Michael McNett, MD, Medical Director for Chronic Pain, Aurora
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This one-hour webinar provides a comprehensive review of the many ways to identify abuse risk factors and how to assign them appropriate importance. Some may be obvious, but for most prescribers, recognition comes from identifying a pattern developing over time.

Interacting With the Drug-Seeking Patient
Michael McNett, MD, Medical Director for Chronic Pain, Aurora
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After reviewing four functional pain disorder types (malingering, somatization, hybrid conditions and passive/dependent personality disorder) of the drug-seeking patient, this one-hour webinar offers scripts to help clinicians treat the patient’s actual underlying problem.

Opioid Physiology and Effectiveness
Michael McNett, MD, Medical Director for Chronic Pain, Aurora
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In this webinar, Dr. McNett provides evidence about the inappropriateness of chronic opioid therapy and discusses how to optimize the use of opioids for acute pain.

Pharmacological Approaches to Pain
Michael McNett, MD, Medical Director for Chronic Pain, Aurora
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With the mindset that opioids should be used only as a last resort, this webinar provides a review of both narcotic and non-narcotic pain treatments.

Risk Management Tools in Opioid Prescribing: Pain Agreements and the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
David Galbis-Reig, MD, DFASAM, Medical Director of Addiction Services, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints
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Review of the Wisconsin prescription drug monitoring program (WPDMP), along with other risk management tools and pain management agreements are several strategies physicians and other prescribers can use to minimize risks associated with use of opioid analgesics for chronic pain. This webinar will provide an introduction to appropriate use of pain management agreements and demonstrate how to sign up and use the WPDMP.

The Opioid Epidemic and the Clinical Prescriber: Responses to Opioid Over-Prescribing
Michael Miller, MD, FASAM, FAPA, Medical Director, Herrington Recovery Center, Rogers Memorial Hospital
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Pain and addiction are both commonly experienced conditions that are under-recognized in general medical settings. This presentation takes a societal view of the opioid epidemic addressing the policy and regulatory landscape to ensure adherence to safe prescribing practices and prescribers’ roles as promoters of public health with respect to opioids. Registration information coming soon.

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