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Opioid Continuing Education for Nurse Practitioners

Opioid Education for NursesThis Opioid Education Hub is dedicated to the educational needs of nursing health care providers and their patients. Nurses and nurse practitioners are important stakeholders in responsible prescribing of opioids and compassionately meeting the needs of patients in pain. Key impact areas include taking a detailed history and assessing risk associated with family history of substance use, psychiatry illness, and history of sexual trauma or abuse. For individuals prescribed opioids, follow-up, monitoring, and referral to a pain specialist or for further follow-up if there is reason to believe an opioid use disorder has developed is essential. As with any chronic disease, evidence-based pain management must be central to nursing practice. Finally, as frontline health care provider, patient education about their medicine, safe disposal of opioids, and protections against diversion are best practices for patient care.

Heeding the Call for Safe and Responsible Pain Management in Our Communities

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This webcast features an expert faculty panel discussion on the underlying mechanisms of acute and chronic pain pathways and how to utilize this knowledge to implement appropriate pain management strategies and educate patients about their pain, thus optimizing safe and effective, multimodal treatment plans.

Completion of the post-test and evaluation is necessary to meet the requirements of REMS. CME Outfitters is responsible for submitting your completion information to the FDA.  This activity is also available as a podcast>>

 

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

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This 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.

A Grassroots Approach to Weed Out HIV and HCV in Special OUD Populations

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Injection drug use (IDU) has been fueled by the opioid crisis, resulting in a dramatic increase in hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. People with opioid use disorder (OUD) are 28 times more likely to contract HIV, and one in 10 new HIV infections is attributed to IDU. Further, the CDC reported a 233% increase in new HCV infections between 2010-2016.

Join the panel discussion as faculty discuss strategies for HIV and HCV testing in special OUD populations, applying evidence-based treatment approaches, as well as prevention strategies, including PrEP, for patients with OUD at high risk for HIV infection.  This activity is also available as a podcast>>

Putting Pressure on Opioid Prescribing: Novel Approaches to Pain Management

Participate Now Opioids 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. This activity is also available as a podcast>>

Time To Listen: What The Experts Have To Say About Safe Opioid Prescribing And Addiction Treatment

Participate Now This CME Outfitters activity features insight from this panel of experts on the challenges, consequences, and opportunities for the development of education to help meet the pain management needs of patients amid rising concerns of addiction and diversion.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Reducing the Burden of Pain in a Changing Treatment Landscape

Participate Now Developing actionable steps to promote appropriate prescribing for individuals with acute and chronic pain is imperative to curbing the impact of the growing opioid crisis facing our communities.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: New Approaches to Safe and Effective Pain Management

Participate Now In part 2 of this 3-part series, expert faculty focus on the four-step approach that follows the SOAP (Subjective-Objective-Assessment-Plan) approach to pain management, as well as principles of communication with patients experiencing pain in order to help clinicians appropriately prescribe the best therapy for pain management in each patient.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Principles of Communication and Recognizing Patient Needs

Participate Now The conclusion of this 3-part series features expert faculty focusing on a collaborative patient-centered approach in order to guide optimal pain management, which includes applying an evidence-based approach to chronic pain management and improving prescribing practices through pharmacovigilance.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: A Call to Action to Save Our Communities

Participate Now Join Dr. Gold and Dr. Stanos in augmented reality illustration of pain management strategies to optimize safe and responsible management of acute and chronic pain. This activity is also available as a podcast>>

It Starts with a Signal: Understanding Pain, Addiction, and Treatment

Participate Now The number of opioid related deaths in the US is on the rise and health care providers often struggle finding a balance between prescribing guidelines and the individual needs of patients with acute and/or chronic pain. Meeting the needs of patients begins with an understanding of the mechanisms of pain and addiction. In this 4-part activity certified for nursing, PA, and NP credit, faculty explain the connection between pain mechanisms and treatment decisions, and the importance of understanding the role of gender in pain and addiction. This activity is also available as a podcast>>

A Change of Plans: Adjusting Treatment and Prescribing Protocols to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Participate Now Nurses, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners are at the forefront of primary care, orthopedic surgery, and oral surgery patient care. Shifts in approaches to acute and chronic pain management that integrate biopsychosocial strategies and non-opioid medications require education for all stakeholders—clinicians and patients—to achieve success. This 3-part series about responsible prescribing for pain management will arm you with best practice strategies to implement in practice today.  This activity is also available as a podcast>>

Opioid Use Disorder in Special Populations: Making Recovery a Goal

Participate Now The opioid epidemic is ravaging many parts of the United States, resulting in drug overdose deaths emerging as the leading cause of injury death. The 2015 statistics from Health and Human Services on human and economic costs were staggering, reporting that 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids that year, resulting in $78.5 billion in economic costs. This CME Outfitters Live and On Demand initiative features expert faculty working to improve recognition of the risk of relapse or death among special populations with OUD and providing information about novel programs and how to integrate them into clinical practice with patients with OUD. This activity is also available as a podcast>>

Championing Change: Addressing Addiction in Our Communities

Participate Now In this CME Snack, Jessica Nickel, founder of the Addiction Policy Forum, and Dr. Mark Gold focus on community-based strategies to provide an effective care settings for those dealing with substance use disorder. This activity is also available as a podcast>>

A Way Forward: How Naloxone Saves Lives from Opioid Overdose

Increasing access to naloxone is essential to reducing overdose mortality. Strategies for increasing access must be thoughtfully developed and deployed to ensure that naloxone is available to any at-risk individual—whether that be an individual with chronic pain or someone with a substance use disorder—without the burden of stigma or judgement. CMEO convened an expert panel led by Dr. Mark Gold to discuss barriers and opportunities for distribution of naloxone to those at risk for overdose in the community. This white paper, A Way Forward: How Naloxone Saves Lives from Opioid Overdose reviews the data used by the panelists to establish their positions and recommendations for the way forward.

Conducting an ePain Assessment: Asking the Right Questions, Using the Best Tools

Participate NowCase-based learning is helpful in illustrating not just strategies for managing challenging patients, but also in sharing experiences and insights on maintaining quality care when facing changes in clinical workflow. To help clinicians adapt to virtual appointments, part one of this CME Outfitters BriefCase series features expert faculty presenting a case vignette that demonstrates tips for performing psychosocial and physical assessments via a telehealth appointment in order to educate clinicians on appropriate management of pain and the viability of Telehealth for pain evaluation and ongoing management

Are You Seeing the Big Picture?: A Multimodal Approach to the Management of Pain

Participate NowPart two of this CME Outfitters BriefCase series revisits the patient case from part one, with a focus on how best to handle prescribing, patient education, and shared decision-making via telehealth appointments.

Opioid Red Flags: Examining the Options and Taking the Next Steps

Participate Now The final episode of this CME Outfitters Briefcase series focuses on identifying the red flags of OUD and best options for taking the next steps to engage patients and develop appropriate treatment strategies.

Rethinking Standing Orders for Opioids to Manage Pain in Adolescents and Young Adults Requiring Third Molar Extraction

Participate NowIt has long been a habit of dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons to prescribe narcotics following surgeries such as third molar extraction, with many prescribing as many as 20-30 tablets.A recent study of 105 patients who underwent third molar extraction saw 8 surgeons prescribing 1,773 opioid units, with only 38.4% of those units being consumed during the study period. The first installment of this CME Outfitters Briefcase series on non-opioid pain management focuses on how to choose safe and effective pain management strategies for dental postsurgical pain by aligning pain management practices to evidence-based recommendations for a rational, multimodal approach to analgesia.

Keeping Pain at Bay: Strategies for Early Interventions and Safer Pain Management

Participate NowRisk assessment is critical to providing the best possible patient-centered outcome while mitigating unnecessary opioid exposure. Clinicians must carefully weigh risk vs benefit on a case by case basis to determine if an opioid is necessary, or if chronic pain can be prevented with use of a non-opioid alternative. Risk level can be determined with proper implementation of validated screening tools and by bringing patients into a conversation about their current health issues and drug use.  This CME Outfitters BriefCase features a case study focusing on musculoskeletal injuries, tools to apply for determining type of injury and assessing risk for addiction, including over-the-counter (OTC) non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and/or acetaminophen, as well as ways to supplement non-opioid pain management with cognitive and physical strategies.

Are You Seeing the Whole Picture? Assessing Pain and the Multitude of Factors that Influence Pain Perception

Participate NowKnowledge of acute and chronic pain pathways and their underlying mechanisms are imperative to the fundamentals of pain management and provide a comprehensive framework for appropriate clinical assessment and management of pain. The first episode of this CMEOCast podcast series on the treatment and monitoring of pain features faculty focusing on the whole picture of pain assessment and the factors that influence pain perception with the goal of educating clinicians on how to apply their knowledge of pain pathways to better counsel and treat their patients with acute and chronic pain.

A Collaborative Approach to Pain: Working with Your Patients to Reach an Informed Pain Management Plan

Participate NowThere are currently 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, which can result in restrictions in mobility and daily activities, dependence on opioids, anxiety and depression, and reduced quality of life (QoL) leading to it being one of the most common reasons for seeking medical care. This CMEOCast podcast focuses on educating clinicians to evaluate their current workflow for opioid prescribing, including incorporating best practice strategies that will optimize safe and competent prescribing and therefore minimize the potential for abuse and diversion.

Breaking the Ice: Talking to Your Patients About Naloxone

Participate Now Due to the considerable number of risk factors for overdose in patients with OUD or those on high dose opioids for chronic pain, it is imperative that health careprofessionals (HCPs) are familiar with the use of naloxone and its availability. Naloxone products for home use by patients or caregivers can reduce the risk of overdose deaths in both patients and household contacts; therefore, it is imperative that HCPs educate patients who are at risk for overdose on its role and means of administration.  The final episode of this CMEOCast podcast series highlights the multitude of risk factors for opioid overdose that clinicians treating patients with chronic pain need to be aware of, as well as strategies for counseling patients about naloxone.

CMEOCast: Can an Over the Counter Drug Really Take Care of Post-Operative Pain?

Participate NowIn the first episode of this CMEOCast podcast series on practice guidelines for pain management, expert faculty discuss utilizing a validated tool to assess patients for risk of misuse and diversion of opioids, as well as applying evidence that supports non-opioid management and whether over the counter treatment options can adequately treat post-operative pain.

CMEOCast: Patient Education to Manage Expectations About Pain and Pain Management

Participate NowThis second episode in a CMEOCast series focuses on making informative treatment decisions for pain management in order to change habits and improve outcomes. As part of that process is to educate patients in order to manage their expectations, it features expert faculty discussing strategies on how to best assess patients for misuse and communicate necessary information with patients.

CMEOCast: Myth-Busting About NSAIDs and Bone Health

Participate NowThe third episode of this CMEOCast series focuses on busting these myths about NSAIDs and bone health by applying evidence and guideline recommendations that support non-opioid pain management in treatment decision-making.

CMEOCast: Talking Safety and NSAIDs

Participate NowThis fourth and final episode in the series features expert faculty discussing the precautions to take when prescribing NSAIDs for acute and chronic pain.

CMEOCast: In It for the Long Game: Examining the Role of Extended-Release MAT (or MOUD) in Relapse Prevention in OUD

Participate NowThe first episode in this three-part CMEOcast podcast series on best practices in OUD analyzes the latest clinical updates on the safety and efficacy of extended-release MAT for OUD in order to improve clinical outcomes for struggling patients

CMEOCast: Helping Your Patients Over the Detox Hurdle: Strategies for Successful Outcomes

Participate NowIn the second episode of this three-part CMEOcast podcast series, OUD experts discuss best practices for managing detoxification in patients transitioning to MAT from opioid dependence and how clinicians can implement them in their practice.

CMEOCast: Best Practices: Applying Extended-Release MAT (or MOUD) in Real-World Settings

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The final episode of the three-part CMEOcast podcast series focuses on applying evidence-based strategies to initiating the use of extended-release MOUD in real-world settings, providing best practices for supporting the recovery process of individuals with OUD.

Visualizing Pain and Addiction: An Augmented Reality Discussion

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The Role of the Pharmacist in Identifying Signs of Opioid Use Disorder

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The impact of opioids on the United States and its communities is a constantly growing burden and is challenging for patients and the health care community. Pharmacists are important members of the treatment team, particularly when it comes to addressing the opioid crisis.

This CMEOCast podcast episode features expert faculty focused on the role of the pharmacist in communicating with patients about their prescribed opioids and in recommending and/or dispensing naloxone to individuals prescribed opioids who may be at risk for overdose, and available options for medicated assisted treatment (MAT).

Team-Based Strategies to Address Patients’ Pain Needs

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While 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.

An Animated Look at Acute and Chronic Pain Pathways Download the Animation Guide here (PDF)

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Understanding Pain Pathways

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Brainstorming Opioid Addiction through Merged Perspectives: Learnings from Roundtable Discussions

Read Now According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 115 people die each day in the United States due to an opioid overdose. To better understand the nation’s current epidemic, CME Outfitters recently brought together the perspectives of those most impacted by opioids in hopes of creating more effective strategies to avoid addiction in the coming years. These roundtable discussions, hosted by CME Outfitters, first pulled the experiences of both patients and their loved ones who have been affected by opioid dependency. Read more about the the four key takeaways that we learned.

From Analytics to Understanding: A Look Into Our 3D Pain Animation’s Debut at CME Outfitters’ Opioid Epidemic Premiere Symposium

Read Now Family medicine providers are uniquely qualified to lead the charge for precise and responsible prescribing for acute and chronic pain. Family medicine is at the forefront of managing chronic illness, handling comorbidities, and coordinating care for their patients. A recent live meeting held at the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) used an animated 3-D model that learners were able to move, rotate, and zoom as they explored acute and chronic pain pathways.