Safer Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care

December 11, 2021

Activity description 

These materials are only intended for those that attended the live activity held in December, Safer Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care.

A mainstay of therapy for many patients with chronic pain, opioids should only be prescribed after careful evaluation of patient risks for harm or misuse and require regular follow-up monitoring. This activity for primary care providers (PCPs) who prescribe chronic opioid therapy (COT) for patients with chronic non-cancer pain will review strategies that can be implemented for the safer prescribing of opioids. Prescribing policies will be discussed, as well as PCP-patient pain management agreements. Learners will be provided with strategies to identify types of opioid-associated risks and effective methods of follow-up monitoring.

Provided by
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and Reliant Medical Group.

Commercial support
There was no commercial support received for this activity.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurse practitioners, PAs and physicians who have an interest in learning about safer prescribing practices for opioids including considerations in patient risk evaluation and follow-up monitoring.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify at least five risk factors to consider when prescribing opioids.

  • Discuss key points of the Reliant “Adult Opioid Prescribing Policy and the Pain Management Agreement” contained within.

  • Describe three methods of monitoring patients receiving chronic opioid therapy.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
12/11/2021
Activity expires: 
02/11/2022
Event starts: 
12/11/2021 - 1:00pm EST
Event ends: 
12/11/2021 - 2:00pm EST
Rating: 
0

Presenter
Linda R. Garcia, MSN, RN-BC
Pain Management
Reliant Medical Group

Activity planners
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Reliant Medical Group. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit designation statements

Physicians
OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PAs
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nurses
The participant will be awarded up to 1.0 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Attendance
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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