Finding Balance: Optimizing the Treatment of Patients with Pain


Johnathan H. Goree, MD
Director of Chronic Pain Division
Neurosciences Service Line Director
Chief of Staff - Elect
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
Little Rock, AR
Johnathan H. Goree, MD

Johnathan Goree, MD, is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where he is the Director of the Chronic Pain Division, Program Director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship, and Chair of the Opioid Stewardship Committee. Dr. Goree completed medical school and residency at the Weill College of Medicine at Cornell University. He completed a Pain Fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta prior to joining the faculty at UAMS. Dr. Goree considers himself a quality-of-life physician who is focused on improving function through opioid-sparing interventional care. His research interests include the effects of opioid education, racial disparities in chronic pain care, and implementation science.

Melissa J. Durham, PharmD, MACM
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
USC Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Clinical Pharmacist, The USC Pain Center
Los Angeles, CA
Melissa J. Durham, PharmD, MACM

Melissa J. Durham is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and an Associate Dean at the University of Southern California (USC) Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Dr. Durham received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, completed a residency in Community-based Pharmacy Practice, and has a Master of Academic Medicine degree, all from USC. She has been a clinical pharmacist at the USC Pain Center since 2008, where she runs a pharmacist-led pain medication management service for patients with a variety of complicated chronic, nononcologic pain conditions. She is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with chronic pain through patient-centered and compassionate care. The value of her unique practice model has been recognized and published both nationally and internationally. Dr. Durham is also a practicing community pharmacist and provides a valuable and unique perspective of a clinician who is both a prescriber and a dispenser.

Carrie Hyde, MD
Regional Medical Director & National Supportive Care Director
Monogram Health
Internist and Palliative Care Physician
Physician Acupuncturist
Little Rock, AR
Carrie Hyde, MD

Carrie Hyde, MD is a dynamic medical professional known for their expertise in pain management, opioid prescribing, and holistic patient care. With a background in internal medicine, specialized training in palliative care, and formal education in acupuncture, Dr. Hyde offers a unique blend of traditional and integrative medicine.

As the West Regional Medical Director and national supportive care director at Monogram Health, Dr. Hyde plays a pivotal role in optimizing patient care on a larger scale. They are a compassionate advocate for individuals dealing with complex health challenges and continues to see patients in her local community.

Statement of Need

The 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), effectively changed opioid prescribing with a decrease in the number of high-dose opioid prescriptions. Since then, however, there has been misapplication of the recommendations and increasing disparities or inequitable access to effective pain management, which necessitated the 2022 update to the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline. In order to incorporate the strategies suggested in the new Guideline for creating safe and effective pain management treatments for patients, providers need to understand the differences between acute, subacute, and chronic pain pathways and the biopsychosocial factors that impact pain manifestations and affect treatment options.

In this live, CME Outfitters webcast entitled, Finding Balance: Optimizing the Treatment of Patients with Pain, a panel of expert faculty will discuss the 2022 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, changes made since the last Guideline published in 2016, and ways to utilize the new Guideline in the management of pain. Emphasis will be on the need to individualize treatment to the needs of the patient, use of multi-modal pain management strategies, understanding the different pain pathways and biopsychosocial factors individual patients face trying to manage pain.

Learning Objectives

  • Utilize knowledge of acute and chronic pain pathways, underlying mechanisms and biopsychosocial factors to clinical assessment and appropriate management of pain.
  • Incorporate strategies from the 2022 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids into the development of safe and effective pain management plans for patients with acute, subacute, and chronic pain.

Financial Support

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies.

Please click here for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Target Audience

Physicians, dentists, physician associates (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses, psychologists, and optometrists

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Physicians (ACCME) 1.0 (Meets MATE Act Requirements)

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Family Physicians (AAFP) 1.0

The AAFP has reviewed Finding Balance: Optimizing the Treatment of Patients with Pain and deemed it acceptable for up to 1.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 10/25/2023 to 10/25/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

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Pharmacists (ACPE) 1.0

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Activity UAN: JA0007185-0000-23-099-L01-P

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Optometry (COPE) 1.0

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Dr. Goree reports the following financial relationships:

Consultant: Abbott; Saluda Medical; and Stratus Medical, LLC

Research Support: Mainstay Medical (to UAMS) and SPR Therapeutics (to UAMS)

Dr. Durham reports no financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. Hyde reports no financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosures were obtained from the following peer reviewer and CME Outfitters, LLC, staff, with no disclosures to report:

  • Joshua Caballero, PharmD, BCPP, FCCP (peer reviewer)
  • Thomas Heinrich, MD (planning committee)
  • Mary Gleason, PhD (planning committee)
  • Kellie Busby, PharmD, BCPP (planning committee)
  • Kasey Brandt, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (planning committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

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Finding Balance: Optimizing the Treatment of Patients with Pain
Event Date: 10/25/2023 at 6:30 pm ET