Registration Info

This is a 2-day meeting and will provide 12 CE/CME credits.

Conference Registration Fee

Practicing Healthcare Professionals: $199

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Non-Clinicians / Medical Office Support Staff / Industry Participants

Non-clinicians—including, but not limited to, office managers, billing specialists, receptionists, and administrative staff—may attend PAINWeekEnd on a space-available basis when accompanied by a clinician and will be put on a wait list. These non-clinicians must still pre-register. Participation in industry sponsored meal programs, however, is strictly limited to practicing licensed healthcare providers. Please make necessary arrangements for meals for office support staff. In order to maintain the professional nature of the conference, guests, spouses, friends, and/or family members who are not currently employed in the medical field may not attend PAINWeekEnd.

Venue

Unfortunately, we do not have discounts available on hotel rooms. Please contact the hotel directly should you require accommodations.

DoubleTree by Hilton - Greenway Plaza
6 E Greenway Plaza
Houston, TX 77046

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Agenda

Faculty and courses are subject to change. Please refer to the online agenda below for the most recent course descriptions.

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*not certified for credit

Saturday, May 18, 2019

  • REGISTRATION AND EXHIBITS

    Coffee will be served.

  • The Regulatory Agency Will See You Now

    Despite high prevalence and seemingly continuous attention, the clinical challenges associated with assessing, treating, and managing patients with chronic pain continue to persist. Many different forces are at play and responsible for this frequently frustrating situation and, as is often the case, the person with the most at risk is the patient with chronic pain. There is no deficit of opinions for possible solutions to this problem. In fact, the number of potential solutions seems to increase each year, all with the intent of helping pain care be more safe and effective, and most trying to stem the negative consequences of abuse, misuse, and diversion of prescription pain medications. Clinicians have had to juggle these good intentions along with the fear of regulatory scrutiny. This course will present and detail the variety of current regulatory forces that need to be considered in clinical practice; how they can potentially impact clinical decisions regarding chronic pain; and how they can be negotiated. A number of regulatory agencies are now “sitting at the pain management table” for the foreseeable future and it is critical to navigate the waters without sacrificing that most important stakeholder: the patient.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-014-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.40
  • PRODUCT, DISEASE AWARENESS, MEDICAL INFORMATION PROGRAM*

    Breakfast will be served.

    Sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

  • BREAK & EXHIBITS

  • Trainwreck: Addressing Complex Pharmacotherapy With the Inherited Pain Patient

    The prescription drug problem in America has led to many guidelines and, in some cases, regulations aimed at stemming the tide of prescription drug abuse. Some are evidence based, but most are driven by fear and an overwhelming need to do “something.” Unfortunately, while these guidelines have offered suggestions of how to apply this information in a clinical context going forward, they provide little information as to the management of those patients who already exceed these current guidelines. This is where the concept of the “inherited patient” comes into play. Some of these patients are doing well while some are doing quite poorly. The undeniable fact is that as these guidelines are being exceeded, risk of a bad outcome increases while likelihood of achieving therapeutic goals decreases. This workshop will, through the use of representative cases, help participants to recognize irrational pharmacotherapy and, when necessary, address it through a combination of pharmacological as well as biopsychosocial frameworks.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-075-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00
  • Embrace Changes and Prevent Overdose: A Basic Blueprint for Legal Risk Mitigation and Response

    Through the lens of medical expert testimony and case examples, attendees will learn core areas of risk mitigation with a focus on making electronic medical records and paper charting work for the practitioner to demonstrate prescribing in the usual course of professional practice. Overdose–a small word that packs a major punch, and a big reason for recent legal-regulatory changes in controlled substance prescribing and medication assisted treatment (MAT). Too often, prescribers are caught unprepared to respond to licensing board and legal inquiries surrounding overdose events. Many prescribers haven’t examined their own risk mitigation and documentation processes following changes to prescribing guidelines and rules, or even after learning about a patient’s emergency room visit or demise. Many prescribers also lack a structured approach to patient education to mitigate the risks associated with the use of controlled substances, errantly relying solely on a piece of paper to capture what should be a process of informed consent. Professional licensing board and criminal cases involving overdose events do not usually end well for the unprepared prescriber. Yet, there is much the prescriber can do proactively to signal his/her intent to prescribe for a legitimate medical purpose while acting in the usual course of professional practice and taking “reasonable steps” to mitigate abuse and diversion of controlled medication. This educational program includes lessons learned by the speaker through more than a decade of chart audits and legal case work. Attendees will have access to one or two sample templates that can be used to improve daily charting and to demonstrate adherence to risk evaluation, monitoring, and common documentation requirements. While prescribers cannot control what their patients do once they leave the medical office, they are responsible for establishing a safe framework for opioid prescribing, including a proper response when something goes wrong. This lecture will help the prescriber demonstrate thoughtful prescribing in the “usual course of professional practice” and improve the prescriber’s chances of minimizing legal liability associated with patient overdose.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-008-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00
  • FACULTY Q&A

  • BREAK & EXHIBITS

  • PRODUCT, DISEASE AWARENESS, MEDICAL INFORMATION PROGRAM*

    Lunch will be served.

    Sponsored by SCILEX.

  • The Other Opioid Crisis: Heroin and Fentanyl

    There is a significant amount of media, political, and public attention paid to the opioid crisis/opioid epidemic in the United States today. With the seemingly ever-increasing number of opioid-related overdoses and fatalities, there has been a feverish push by stakeholders to diminish the amount of opioids prescribed in order to help stem these worrisome trends. Unfortunately, there may be a lack of focus regarding the true definition and characterization of the opioid epidemic. There may also be a rush to judgment about the role of appropriately prescribed opioid analgesics in the addiction crisis we face today as well. This presentation will discuss the roles and statistics of both prescription and illicit opioids (namely heroin and fentanyl) in today’s “opioid overdose epidemic” with the intention of clarifying important differences and similarities between these competing epidemics including concerns and clinical considerations specific to each of them. Additionally, this program will examine and identify how these medications and drugs share potentially tragic adverse effect profiles in many cases. However, it is important for clinicians to make sure that appropriate chronic pain patients that may be candidates for opioid analgesic therapy aren’t penalized, and still get the treatment that they deserve.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-013-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00
  • BREAK & EXHIBITS

  • PRODUCT, DISEASE AWARENESS, MEDICAL INFORMATION PROGRAM*

    Refreshments will be served.

    Sponsored by Emergent BioSolutions.

  • Cannabis vs Cannabinoids: The Politics of Medical Marijuana

    The subject of the medical use of cannabinoids has become an extremely hot topic. Unfortunately, there has been a tendency to equate medical cannabinoids with another very contentious topic: Medical Marijuana. In this presentation, the distinction between medical cannabinoids and medical cannabis will be explored. Specifically, the challenges facing prescribers who are being asked to prescribe medical marijuana will be examined.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-007-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00
  • Get Your Specimens in Order: Timely Use of Test Results

    2018 was not a good year to be on the wrong side of medical necessity when it came to drug testing and ongoing prescribing of controlled medication or substance abuse treatment programs. 2019 is likely to be an expensive year for those who do not proactively take steps to understand medical necessity for drug testing, prescribing controlled medication, and ongoing substance abuse treatment, as payers continue to carefully scrutinize these areas. Using a series of case hypotheticals, attendees will learn how to identify the elements of medical necessity, efficiently and effectively document medical necessity for drug testing and use of drug test results in the ongoing care of the patient, and locate and use payer medical policies and coverage determinations. Attendees will be given 3 tools to reinforce learning objectives: a checklist for medical necessity documentation, sample summaries of payer medical policies, and templates for documenting use of drug test results and tailoring ongoing treatment decisions to the individual patient.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-009-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00

Sunday, May 19, 2019

  • REGISTRATION AND EXHIBITS

    Coffee will be served.

  • Pain Pathways Made Simple

    In order to successfully clinically manage pain, it is essential to begin with an understanding of the underlying mechanisms responsible for its generation. A skillful approach based upon better knowledge concerning the anatomical structures, pathways, and events that result in pain is more likely to lead to effective clinical management of pain. The discussion will include an overview of medication classes typically considered for pain and the pathways they affect.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-041-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00
  • PRODUCT, DISEASE AWARENESS, MEDICAL INFORMATION PROGRAM*

    Breakfast will be served.

    Sponsored by Canopy Growth.

  • BREAK & EXHIBITS

  • Precise Prescribing: Applying the Science of Pain to Treatment Decisions

    There is a growing opioid epidemic and our role as providers and patient leaders in the community cannot be overstated. We need to recognize the growing burden of this problem as well as the role of all stakeholders in addressing the opioid epidemic in their communities. What is the prevalence, nationally and locally, for opioid use and prescribing? Where are the growing pockets and populations of opioid use? What is the Drug Enforcement Agency’s perspective from the front lines? In this course you learn how to apply knowledge of acute and chronic pain pathways and underlying mechanisms to clinical assessment and appropriate management of pain. Through the use of a 3D presentation, the differences between acute and chronic pain pathways and pain points and specific targets for opioids—appropriate and inappropriate—will be demonstrated. We will evaluate current clinical workflows for opioid prescribing, incorporating 2 best practice strategies to optimize safe and competent prescribing and minimize potential for abuse and diversion. Discussed will be working with patients to develop multimodal pain strategies; how to minimize the risk for diversion and abuse; and safe disposal of medications. After this course, you will be able to access resources and guidelines to recognize and treat patients with opioid use disorder and integrate into practice concepts from novel programs in the community to address opioid overdose and treat patients with opioid use disorder.

    Presented by CME Outfitters and USF Health. Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

    • UAN: 0376-0000-19-015-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: Coming soon.
  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Graded Motor Imagery to Treat Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a painful condition localized to a limb or body region, typically in response to trauma or surgery. Although several contributing mechanisms of CRPS have been described, the exact pathophysiology of the condition is not completely known. Graded motor imagery (GMI) is a comprehensive program aimed at sequentially activating motor cortical networks of the disordered limb to improve neural reorganization. GMI includes phases of progressive sensory-motor restructuring beginning with laterality training, guided imagery, and ultimately leading to mirror therapy. In this lecture, leading mechanisms for the development of CRPS will be discussed, along with the role of reorganization of the somatosensory cortex. In addition, treatment algorithms will be included along with medications, injections, and a thorough review of GMI and its outcomes.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-064-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.10
  • FACULTY Q&A

  • BREAK & EXHIBITS

  • PRODUCT, DISEASE AWARENESS, MEDICAL INFORMATION PROGRAM*

    Lunch will be served.

    Sponsored by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

  • Clinical Pearls: Unraveling the Secrets of Imaging Studies

    Diagnostic testing is an integral component for the differential diagnosis. In routine clinical practice there has been a tendency for clinical examinations to become more cursory, largely influenced by increasing demands of time and patient expectations of technological advances. The end result may arguably lead to an overreliance on technology for basic clinical diagnosis. The purpose of this session is 2-fold. It is meant to provide a review and, for some, an introduction to basic structural and functional studies used for the diagnosis of pain related problems. Attention will also be given to the limitations of such studies and the importance of establishing clinical relevance to their findings. Factors that adversely affect clinical management potentially resulting in failed treatment will be discussed as well as best practices when utilizing such studies to help enhance clinical outcomes for treatment.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-039-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00
  • BREAK & EXHIBITS

  • Rational Polypharmacy

    Multidrug therapy, also known as rational polypharmacy, has been a part of treatment approaches for chronic pain for many years. This course will review the concept of rational polypharmacy as it applies to the treatment of migraine, neuropathic pain, and musculoskeletal pain conditions.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-032-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00
  • How Central is Central Poststroke Pain?

    Central poststroke pain (CPSP) is a neuropathic pain disorder frequently described as burning pain associated with allodynia and hyperalgesia over affected regions of the body. The underlying mechanisms are not well understood. It has been suggested that stroke associated loss of inhibitory neurons in the spinothalamic tract causes disinhibition of thalamic neurons, which generate ectopic nociceptive action potentials responsible for the pain experience. However, recent data suggests that pain is dependent on the peripheral afferent input and may be mediated by misinterpretation of sensory input. In this course, we review the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and symptoms of CPSP. Recent findings may also shed light about future targets for treatment.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-065-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.20

SPONSORED PROGRAMS

To accompany and enrich your experience at the PAINWeekEnd conference, be sure to attend one or more of the sponsored programs, which are scheduled during breakfast, lunch, and afternoon "Brain Food" time slots in the schedule. There is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE to attend these program sessions!