PAINWeek 2016: The Medical Stasi, Rational Opioid Prescribing, and 26 Other Riveting Special Interest Sessions

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Here’s a sampler of the timely and relevant Special Interest Sessions presented at the 2016 PAINWeek National Conference

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Nearly overshadowing all other aspects of pain management has been the significant attention focused on whether or not chronic opioid therapy can be safely and effectively prescribed for people experiencing severe chronic noncancer related pain

PAINWeek®—the largest US pain conference for frontline practitioners—is celebrating its 10th annual meeting. Every year PAINWeek strives to keep the conference vital and energized to provide the best in pain management education. The 3 Special Interest Sessions highlighted below will provide attendees with thought-provoking information on hot button topics presented by key PAINWeek faculty members and opinion leaders.

“The Medical Stasi: Is Risk Management for Controlled Substances Destroying the Provider-Patient Relationship?”
The moderated panel will include Jennifer Bolen, JD; Douglas Gourlay, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FASAM; Howard Heit, MD, FACP, FASAM; and Paul Christo, MD, MBA, who commented, “Managing risk has become a more essential part of medical practice given the reports of increased morbidity and mortality associated with opioid use. Anecdotal data indicate that more and more physicians and healthcare providers are refusing to manage patients on opioid therapy due to the ‘opioid crisis.’ Patients are told to find another doctor. This is leading to an increased likelihood that healthcare providers will inherit patients on opioid therapy. The course at PAINWeek will provide an open, panel discussion about the many clinical, legal, and ethical challenges linked to inheriting, terminating, and managing patients on opioids.” This session will be presented Thursday, September 8.

“Can Opioids Be Rationally Prescribed for Chronic Pain?”
This promises to be a lively interactive session. Copresenter Charles Argoff, MD, CPE, commented, “Nearly overshadowing all other aspects of pain management has been the significant attention focused on whether or not chronic opioid therapy can be safely and effectively prescribed for people experiencing severe chronic noncancer related pain. This interactive course will describe the recently published CDC guidelines for chronic opioid therapy in noncancer pain for primary care providers and will, in addition, cover the broader topic: when is it rational to treat a person with chronic noncancer pain with chronic opioid therapy?” Joining Dr. Argoff on the panel are Roger Chou, MD; Brett R. Stacey, MD; and David J. Tauben, MD. This session will be presented Friday, September 9.

"If 6 Were 9: The CDC’s Opioid Prescribing Guidelines and the Veil of Secrecy"
Course chair Stephen J. Ziegler, PhD, JD, commented, “The CDC’s prescribing guidelines have been shrouded in mystery from their inception and continue to raise concerns not only in terms of procedure and substance, but their impact on clinicians and people in pain.” This timely course will be copresented by Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD, FCCP, and Jennifer Bolen, JD, who will join in airing their personal concerns, both procedurally and substantively, about these guidelines and discuss the history of guidelines. This session will be presented Wednesday, September 7.

As at prior PAINWeek conferences, the 2016 curriculum will feature a wealth of course concentrations, including acute pain management, behavioral pain management, chronic pain prevention and care, health coaching, interventional pain management, master classes, medical/legal, neurology, palliative care, pain management in the ED, pain and chemical dependency, pharmacotherapy. Other special interest sessions include Stop the Carousel I Want to Get Off: Pressures of Managing Chronic Pain Patients in Clinical Practice; Managing Pain in Workers’ Compensation Claims; Low Pressure Headaches: What Are You Missing?

The PAINWeek curriculum now encompasses over 140 CE/CME course hours, enabling attendees to earn up to 36.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Additionally, approximately100 exhibitors will be participating at the Exhibit Hall, commencing with the traditional Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening.

Registration discounts are available at http://www.painweek.org.

PAINWeek® is provided by Global Education Group.

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