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Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing While Managing Acute and Chronic Pain


Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing While Managing Acute and Chronic Pain

CME Certificate Fee: $75.00 (USD) for certificate

Optional Maintenance of Certification Credit (MOC) Fee: $10.00 (USD) per point

3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

3.00 Part II MOC points are available for these specialty board(s):

American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Credit Type: Medical Knowledge
  • Practice Areas: Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

Estimated time to complete this activity: 3.00 hours

Author(s)/Editor(s): Thomas Elliott, MD; John M. Harris Jr., MD; Randa Kutob, MD
DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: All author(s), contributor(s), editor(s), and CME Office Reviewer(s) state that they do not have any financial arrangements with commercial interests that could constitute a conflict of interest.
Further Author/Editor Information | Further CME Information
Meets Special CME Requirements in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming     Learn More >>

New York Licensees: This course will NOT meet the NY pain management/palliative care/addiction requirement for prescribers.

Outcome Objectives:

As a result of completing this activity, the participant will be better able to:

  • Manage acute and chronic back pain.
  • Assess the functional effects of pain in patients.
  • Appropriately utilize a range of therapeutic options when managing patients with chronic pain.
  • Comply with current opioid risk-management practices, including the use of pain contracts and urine drug testing.
  • Educate patients on the proper use, storage, and disposal of opioid medications.

Learning Format: Case-based, interactive online course, including mandatory assessment questions (number of questions varies by course or module). Please also read the Technical Requirements.

CME Sponsor: University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Credit Designation and Accreditation Statements >>
Current CME Approval Period: July 5, 2022 - July 4, 2025
Original Release Date: April 1, 2015
Most Recent Review by Author: July 5, 2019
Most Recent Review by CME Sponsor: July 5, 2022
Financial Support Received: Supported by a grant from the Arizona Governor's Office for Youth, Faith, and Families (ADHS14-067194:1)
Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing While Managing Acute and Chronic Pain
3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

3.00 Part II MOC points are available for these specialty board(s) (Optional):

American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Credit Type: Medical Knowledge
  • Practice Areas: Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

Current CME Approval Period: July 5, 2022 - July 4, 2025
Financial Support Received: Supported by a grant from the Arizona Governor's Office for Youth, Faith, and Families (ADHS14-067194:1)

ACCME/AMA PRA Accreditation Statement

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


CME Office Contact Information and CME Disclosure

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Office of Continuing Medical Education
520-626-7832
uofacme@email.arizona.edu

The following University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson CME Reviewers, Activity Directors, or Planning Committee Members have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that could constitute a conflict of interest with the proposed activity:

Robert Amend, M.Ed.
Randa Kutob, MD

MOC Recognition Statement(s)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 3.00 Medical Knowledge Part II MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


If you elect to receive MOC credit for this course, you give permission for VLH.com to share your information and activity completion data with the ACCME and the specialty board(s) chosen through the ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).

Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing While Managing Acute and Chronic Pain
About the Author

Thomas Elliott, MD
Until his recent retirement, Dr. Elliott was the Medical Director of the Pain Management Center and Chief of Education and Research at St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic Health System in Duluth, Minnesota. He is also Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, Duluth School of Medicine.

Dr. Elliott is certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology/Medical Oncology, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is nationally known for his work in pain management education and his research in pain treatment, including his work as CEO of the Minnesota Cancer Pain Initiative. He has written extensively on the need for improved medical education in pain management.

Disclosure: Dr. Elliott states that he does not have any financial arrangements that could constitute a conflict of interest.

About the Editors

John Harris Jr., M.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Harris is past Executive Director of the Office of CME at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Harris has served as the Principal Investigator on multiple NIH-funded studies of online CME, and he is the author of a number of professional papers dealing with online CME.

Disclosure: Dr. Harris states that he does not have any financial arrangements that could constitute a conflict of interest.

Randa Kutob, MD
Dr. Kutob is an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson and Director of the Office of Continuing Medical Education. She is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine with extensive teaching, clinical work, and research in the arena of cross-cultural care and chronic disease prevention and treatment.

Disclosure: Dr. Kutob states that she does not have any financial arrangements that could constitute a conflict of interest.

Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing While Managing Acute and Chronic Pain
Ratings (7307 responses)
How would you rate this program overall?
Average Rating: 4.00/5.00
How well were the learning objectives of this program met?
Average Rating: 4.21/5.00
User Comments
by IAN ROTHWELL | Jul 10, 2022
very thorough and covers a lot of the issues surrounding the management of chronic pain. A good reminder to consider other issues that may be complicating chronic pain. This include depression screening social situation, family support and other areas of substance abuse-eg alcohol etc
by Hidden | Jul 5, 2022
very interactive process. I like the "author's comments" which are like clinical pearls.
by Tammalynn Bambulas | Jun 29, 2022
I really thought the interactive case studies were very productive. It was helpful to think through a clinical case, choose an option for what to do and then get feedback as to why that was or was not a good answer. Being able to go back over it and understand the rationale was very useful. It was far better than slogging through a large amount of material and then taking a test from memory. I learned so much and really appreciate the careful expertise that went into the creation of this learning module. I was impressed! The only suggestion I have would be to have a case involving pregnancy.
by Thomas Patterson | Jun 9, 2022
Redundancy of other possible correct answers blurs the key points for non-family physicians. As a Urologic surgeon more definitive guidelines for acute stone pain and chronic cancer pain strategies would be valuable The AUA perhaps should help with this.
by Diana Perry | Jun 9, 2022
More review of how to handle actual drug seeking or addictive behavior. The human element
by Hidden | Jun 6, 2022
The 3 "patients" were a very accurate account of typical situations that could occur in an office setting.
Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing While Managing Acute and Chronic Pain
This course meets general AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit(s)TM requirements in states that have a CME requirement.

Based on information from state licensing authorities, this program meets special CME requirements in these states:

Alabama Controlled Substance Prescribing Practices CME
Alaska Pain Management, Opioid Use, and Addiction CME
Arizona Opioid-Related, Substance Use-Related, or Addiction-Related CME
California Controlled Substance Education (Physician Assistant CME Requirement)
Required for PAs, not MD/DOs.
California Pain Management CME
Colorado Preventing Substance Abuse / Treating Patients with Substance Use Disorders
Connecticut Behavioral Health CME
Delaware Controlled Substance Prescribing Practices CME
Georgia Controlled Substance Prescribing / Pain Management CME
Illinois Opioids
Indiana Opioid Prescribing and Opioid Abuse
Iowa Appropriate Opioid Prescribing
Was formerly Chronic Pain Management requirement. In June 2022, they want Opioid Prescribing, but they don't specify how many credits. Probably still 2 credits?
Maine Prescribing of Opioid Medication CME
Maryland Opioid Prescribing CME
Massachusetts Opioid Education/Pain Management CME
May be counted as risk management credits.
Massachusetts Risk Management CME
Michigan Pain and Symptom Management CME
Minnesota Opioid Continuing Education Requirement
Mississippi Prescribing Controlled Substances CME
Nevada Medical Ethics, Pain Management or Addiction Care CME
Nevada Misuse and Abuse of Controlled Substances, Prescribing of Opioids, or Addiction CME
New Jersey Prescription Opioids
New Mexico Pain Management CME
North Carolina Controlled Substance Prescribing CME
Oregon Pain Management / Terminally Ill / End of Life CME
Pennsylvania Risk Management / Patient Safety CME
Pennsylvania Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing CME
Rhode Island Opioid Pain Management / Chronic Pain Management CME
South Carolina Prescribing and Monitoring Controlled Substances CME
Tennessee Controlled Substance Prescribing CME
Texas Medical Ethics / Professional Responsibility CME
Texas Pain Management and the Prescription of Opioids
These courses meet the pain management CME requirement for pain management clinics.
Vermont Prescribing of Controlled Substances CME
Virginia Pain Management and the Proper Prescribing of Controlled Substances CME
Wisconsin Opioid Prescribing CME
Wyoming Prescribing of Controlled Substances or Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders

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Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing While Managing Acute and Chronic Pain
Technical Requirements

This web-based activity is offered online and requires an always-on connection to the Internet (the activity cannot be downloaded). The activity works on PC or Mac computers and most tablet computers. The activity should work with the newer versions of major Internet browsers, including Edge, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. JavaScript should be enabled in all browsers, and Popups and first party cookies need to be accepted from www.VLH.com. You should also have the latest, free Adobe Reader installed for reading documents.

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