In response to JCAHO’s new pain assessment and management standards, ACHT announces event to combat the opioid crisis, discuss effective non-pharmacological treatments.

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Mid-November conference on Integrative Approaches to Pain Assessment and Management: Solutions to the Opioid Crisis will take place at the American College of Surgeons in Washington, DC. Registration is now open and several exciting sponsorship opportunities are available. CME and CEUs will be offered.

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The American College of Healthcare Trustees (ACHT) is conducting an important conference to help combat the opioid crisis and to discuss non-pharmacological treatments of pain. The conference, titled Integrative Approaches to Pain Assessment and Management: Solutions to the Opioid Crisis, will include the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ (JCAHO) new standards for the adoption of integrative techniques for the evaluation and management of pain. The 1.5-day conference will take place on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17 at The American College of Surgeons’ Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

This effort is part of ACHT’s mission to support good governance, management, and decision making in healthcare. The goal of the conference is to provide health facility executives, medical and nursing leadership and staff involved in pain assessment and management with the latest knowledge and processes for pain assessment and the integration of non-invasive, non-pharmacological modalities for effective treatment of pain to ensure the new standards are met. The conference will also include sessions on opioid abuse and the medical use of cannabis. Participants will be offered Continued Medical Education (CME) credits and Clinical Education Units (CEU).

An article by Lawrence O. Gostin, James G. Hodge Jr, and Sarah A. Noe, in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that opioid abuse was one of the most serious preventable public health issues in America with over 600,000 deaths occurring at the time of publication and another 180,000 deaths predicted by 2020. Authors pointed out that about one-third of the United States population report chronic pain. They opined that although pain relief is an important aspect of healthcare, the dramatic increase in overdose deaths, including among teenagers and the dangers of spreading hepatitis and HIV by sharing drug paraphernalia, and the addictive nature of opioids, show that we are at a crisis level. The magnitude of the problem and the need for innovative solutions provided the impetus for The American College of Healthcare Trustees’ decision to hold this conference.

Pillars of the American College of Healthcare Trustees curriculum include quality and safety, ethics and compliance, health law, information technology management, human resources, healthcare innovation, and business decision making. The venue for past conferences included the Johns Hopkins Mt. Washington Conference Center, Georgetown University, Asilomar on the California coast, and the Westin Hotel in Philadelphia. More information about last year’s Healthcare Innovation Conference can be obtained here.

ACHT offers remote learning resources for which people can earn badges, consistent with the modern trend of nano-credentialing.

About ACHT
The American College of Healthcare Trustees (ACHT) is a national professional association dedicated to promoting high performing, competent, qualified, ethical governance and leadership in healthcare that is person-centered and accountable by providing continuing education, resources, and networking. ACHT’s upcoming conference Integrative Approaches to Pain Assessment and Management: Solutions to the Opioid Crisis will be held at the American College of Surgeons in Washington, DC on November 16-17, 2019. For details, conference registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit: http://bit.ly/ACHTconf.

For more information or to become a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Trustees visit: http://www.facht.org/aws/FACHT/pt/sp/membership_howto.

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