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Maintaining Balance Among Compassionate Prescribing, Ethical Clinical Strategies, and Societal Obligations

Effective pain management is a moral and ethical obligation - an important public health and health care issue. Access to safe and effective care for people suffering from pain is a priority that needs to be balanced in parallel with efforts to curb diversion and misuse of opioid drugs. 

Note: This webinar will be recorded and archived to within 2 weeks of the live training.
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Michael E. Schatman, PhD, CPE
Director of Research
U.S. Pain Foundation
Bellevue, WA/Middletown, CT

Learning Objectives:
1.Identify the stakeholders and recognize their influence on prescribing chronic opioids in American pain management.

2.Recognize how lack of understanding of the importance of pain management throughout the system, restrictions of insurance coverage and payment policies, pharmaceutical and medical device industries, regulatory and law enforcement policies, clinical practice guidelines, and news and information media, abandon chronic pain patients without opioids.

3.Examine and review the practice of risk mitigation strategies for all physicians prescribing these drugs including mandatory use of UDT, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and physician educationin opioid safety.

Continuing Education:  The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) provides an enduring webinar titled “Maintaining Balance Among Compassionate Prescribing, Ethical Clinical Strategies, and Societal Obligations” and offers continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Successful completion requires that participants register for the webinar, attend and participate, and complete an online post-test and evaluation. Participants receive their CME certificates after they submit their evaluations online.

Instructions for Course Participants:
This activity will consist of a didactic presentation accompanied by PowerPoint slides. There is no fee to participate. 
The learner is required to respond to the pre-assessment question(s) before beginning the presentation. Since it is not possible to fail a pre-test, upon submission, "passed" will appear on your screen. This is not an indication that questions were answered correctly.
While listening to/viewing content, you may pause the presentation at any time to record notes, etc., and re-start where you left off.
You are required to view the entire presentation.
Learners must answer all post-assessment questions and receive a passing score (minimum 80%) to proceed to the activity evaluation. Learners will be allowed a maximum of three opportunities to successfully receive a passing score.
An evaluation must be completed prior to receipt of your certificate.
After completing the post-test and activity evaluation(s), a statement of credit will be generated and printed on your own at your convenience.
For additional assistance, please contact the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 8735 W. Higgins Road, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60631, 847-375-4731.
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Internet CME Policy
In regard to its CME programming and initiatives, The American Academy of Pain Medicine is committed to protecting the privacy of its members and customers. AAPM maintains its website as an information resource and service for physicians and other health care professionals. AAPM will ensure that all personal and credit card information be kept confidential when participating in any Internet CME activity and that personal information will not be shared with any person/entity outside of AAPM. AAPM will ask for only that information necessary to provide the service(s) requested.

Accreditation:The American Academy of Pain Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.The American Academy of Pain Medicine was awarded Accreditation with Commendation for a term of six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education. The six-year accreditation is the highest accreditation awarded by the ACCME.

Credit Designation: The American Academy of Pain Medicine designates this enduring webinar for a maximumof 1AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Funding: Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Providers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (grant no. 1H79TI025595) from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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Disclaimer: The material presented in this activity represents the opinion of the authors/faculty and not necessarily the view of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Faculty/Planner Disclosures & Policy: It is the policy of AAPM to plan and implement educational activities in accordance with ACCME’s Essential Areas and Elements to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. All program faculty and planners are required to disclose all financial relationships they may have or have had within the last 12 months with commercial interests whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation. Any real or apparent conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to the presentation. All confirmed faculty disclosure information will be made available to participants prior to the activity. Faculty will also be expected to disclose this information to the audience both verbally and in print (slide presentation) at the beginning of each presentation. Faculty members are also required to inform program participants if any unlabeled uses of products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be discussed.

Disclosure information appears below.

Larry Driver, MD
Professor, Department of Pain Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
No relevant financial relationships

Jennifer Westlund, MSW
Director of Education
American Academy of Pain Medicine
No relevant financial relationships

Jessica Link, MD
Medical Writer
PharmaCom Group
No relevant financial relationships

Lynn R. Webster, MD
Vice President of Scientific Affairs
PRA Health Sciences
Salt Lake City, UT
AstraZeneca (consultant)
Cara Therapeutics (consultant)
Charleston Labs (advisory board)
Egalet (advisory board)
Depomed (travel expenses)
Insys Therapeutics(consultant)
Jazz Pharmaceuticals (advisory board)
Kaleo Pharmaceuticals (advisory board)
Marathon Pharmaceuticals (consultant)
Merck (consultant)
Orexo Pharmaceuticals (advisory board)
Pfizer (advisory board)
Proove Biosciences(advisory board)
Trevena (advisory board)
Shionogi (advisory board)
Zogenix (consultant)

Michael E. Schatman, PhD, CPE,
Director of Research
U.S. Pain Foundation,
Bellevue, WA/Middletown, CT

Disclosure Disclaimer:
Please note: The disclosure information stated above were relevant financial relationships based upon the 12-month reporting period prior to the live education activity date of July 14, 2016.

Expert Educational Design : This education initiative was planned and facilitated by leaders from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). AAPM is the leading medical association representing physicians committed to advancing the emerging science and practice of pain medicine. This comprehensive pain medicine curriculum is designed to improve access to quality, evidenced- based multidisciplinary pain care across the healthcare continuum.

ProviderPresented by the American Academy of Pain Medicine in partnership with PharmaCom Group, Inc. and hosted by Blue Sky Broadcast.