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Initiating Medication-Assisted Therapy for OUD in Diverse Settings: Clinical Pearls for Navigating the Process

Participate NowThe opioid abuse epidemic has resulted in an alarming increase in opioid-related overdoses and deaths; however, the severe and lethal consequences of opioid misuse are preventable with the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which is a proven, effective tool for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). This CME Outfitters Snack features expert faculty expanding on best practices for MAT initiation particularly in diverse care settings such as the VA system, criminal justice settings, hospitals, and outpatient clinics, by examining the neurobiology of opioid addiction and the efficacy of opioid agonists and antagonists in reducing illicit opioid use.

Putting Pressure on Opioid Prescribing: Novel Approaches to Pain Management

Participate NowOpioids continue to impact all corners of the United States and its communities, a burden that continues to grow at a rapid pace. The current opioid crisis is incredibly challenging for both patients and health care providers (HCPs). There has been a 30% increase in overdoses among men and a 24% increase among women, with all ages affected. While changing these current trends is important, it cannot be accomplished by policy changes alone. There is no one size fits all model for communities to address this crisis. Participate in this activity via video or tune into the podcast>>

Risk for Opioid Overdose: Identifying At-Risk Patients in Your Practice Hidden in Plain Sight

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What is the profile of someone at risk for overdose? The 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain recommends co-prescribing naloxone for patients at risk for overdose, including patients with a history of overdose or substance use, patients taking benzodiazepines, and patients taking ≥ 50 MMEs of opioids daily. Yet, in a CME Outfitters Risk Evaluation and Mitigations Strategies (REMS) webcast, among 477 MDs, NPs, and PAs, 73% co-prescribed naloxone in patients receiving high dose opioids (≥ 50 MME/day) less than 50% of the time, and 37% never co-prescribed naloxone in these at-risk patients.

The objective of this webcast is to raise awareness about the risk of overdose among patients with chronic pain in everyday practice and actionable changes to practice that are needed to mitigate that risk.

Curbing the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic: Arm Yourselves with the Latest Tools and Strategies to Manage OUD

Participate NowThis video is a replay of a plenary session from the 12th Annual Chair Summit Master Class for Neuroscience Professional Development held in Las Vegas, NV from February 27 - 29, 2020.  At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:
  • Analyze the latest clinical evidence on the use of MOUD and its various formulations and routes of delivery to promote long-term recovery and relapse prevention.
  • Apply collaborative care strategies to optimize the management of OUD in patients with Comorbidity psychiatric illness.

Team-Based Strategies to Address Patients’ Pain Needs

Register NowWhile team-based care is the best approach to managing patients with pain, it is not always easy, with lack of communication and education often being the biggest concerns. Here, we examine the role of pharmacists in educating patients about their pain to optimize safe and effective treatment plans. In this CMEOCast podcast about team-based strategies that address patients’ pain needs, expert faculty discuss the management of pain from acute injury, dental procedures, and minor surgery as well as that of patients with chronic pain, including strategies that promote improved communication among the treatment team and educating patients about their pain.

Treating Incarcerated Individuals with OUD

Most individuals do not receive treatment for their opioid use disorder when incarcerated resulting in significant rates of relapse, overdose, and death upon release. Dr. Tobias Wasser discusses barriers and opportunities for treatment in correctional facilities. Download Slides Here - PDF

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Shared Decision Making

Dr. Mark Ballow talks about strategies for patients and their caregivers to improve communication with their doctors and healthcare teams.

Whiteboard Animation: Primary Immunodeficiency Disorders

  PID Whiteboard:  An animated guide for patients and caregivers on what PIs are, and what to expect from clinical visits during the diagnostic phase and treatment planning.

Animated Look at Prior Authorization in AMD

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An Animated Look at Acute and Chronic Pain Pathways

Download the Animation Guide here (PDF)

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Resource Links

Brief Adherence Rating Scale (BARS)

Medication Adherence Rating Scale (MARS) The total score ranges from 0-10 with a higher score indicating better adherence

Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) Comprehensive 24-item symptom scale

Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) has proven useful for many years as a way of determining a patient’s level of depression before, during, and after treatment.

Geriatric Depression Scale Short Form (GDS-SF) 15-item screening tool used to identify depression in older adults

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) Proven to be an effective screening tool to identify patients at risk for “perinatal” depression. Mother asked to check the response that comes closest to how she has been feeling in the previous 7 days.

Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2) Use the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2) to screen for depression.

Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) The Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II): 1996 revision of the BDI 21-item self-report multiple-choice inventory ~ 10 minutes to complete. Widely used indicator of the severity of depression.

Bipolar Spectrum Diagnostic Scale (BSDS) The Bipolar Spectrum Diagnostic Scale (BSDS) is a descriptive story that captures subtle features of bipolar illness.

Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology-Self-Report (QIDS-SR-16) Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (Self-Report) (QIDS-SR-16) has proven useful for many years as a way of determining a patient’s level of depression before, during, and after treatment.