- Annual Meeting
|28th Annual Meeting Pre-Meeting Sessions|
All sessions take place on October 19, 9am-4:30pm.
Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: Best Practices in the Current Environment (6 CME/CEUs)
This six-hour program is intended to provide education on the optimal management of chronic pain, particularly using opioids appropriately and managing patients’ risk for harm. Our distinguished faculty, led by pain expert Paul Christo, MD and Jen Bolen, JD, will discuss the elements of appropriate opioid prescribing for chronic pain and engage the program attendees in interactive discussions of two illustrative case studies. The program will provide the primary care perspective on proper assessment for pain; strategies for assessing a patient’s risk for opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction; initial considerations in selecting an opioid; and alternative treatment options. Safe prescribing and ongoing monitoring and surveillance using available tools such as urine drug testing and prescription databases will be discussed. Dr. Christo will discuss the various opioids, including abuse-deterrent formulations, the use of naloxone, opioid interactions, and opioids in patients with complex issues such as addiction. Lastly, the program will provide the legal and regulatory perspective on opioid prescribing and will discuss how clinicians can best protect themselves and their practices from regulatory action and litigation.
Upon completion of the activity, practitioners will be better able to:
Certificate in Nutritional Pain Management Workshop (CNPM) (6 CME/CEUs)
This 6-hour workshop is a practical clinical program covering the importance of food as a pain management intervention. This program, chaired by Robert A. Bonakdar, MD, and Nancy Cotter, MD, will include a discussion of where to start the conversation with patients about using diet and supplements to treat pain. It will also include the five components necessary in a diet for those in pain. Evidence and case studies will show participants how to incorporate this vital intervention into their practices.
Other interventions include:
The faculty will discuss nutrition and supplements for common conditions, including:
Emerging data from ongoing VA-funded research on Autonomic Self-Regulation, case studies, and clinical experiences, will show how ASR can help manage centrally sensitized chronic pain, and how heart rate variability (HRVB) brings about “left foot braking at the sino-atrial node” for pain reduction. We will dive into the basic science of HRV and its relationship to ASR; identify HRV parameters and how to incorporate it into a therapeutic practice model; and explore many pain chronic pain conditions that can benefit from ASR such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal and dental pain, with a particular focus on fibromyalgia.