Registration Info

This is a 1-day meeting and will provide 6 CE/CME credits.

Conference Registration Fee

Practicing Healthcare Professionals: $129

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.


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

Marriott Orlando Downtown
400 West Livingston St.
Orlando, FL 32801


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!


Click on the day of the conference to see course descriptions, UAN numbers, and AANP pharmacology credits.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Schedule (subject to change)

7:00a - 7:30a - Registration and Exhibits
Coffee will be served. 

7:30a - 8:30a - Rational Polypharmacy: An Update for Specific Conditions

UAN 0530-0000-18-048-L01-P

AANP Rx Hours 0.0

Course Description

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.

Charles E. Argoff, MD, CPE

8:30a - 9:30a - Product, Disease Awareness, Medical Information Program*
Breakfast will be served.
Sponsored by Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Steven Norris, MD

9:30a - 9:40a - Break & Exhibits

9:40a - 10:40a - A Comedy of Errors: Methadone and Buprenorphine

UAN 0530-0000-18-032-L01-P

AANP Rx Hours 1.0

Course Description

The 3 most contentious, poorly understood analgesics today are methadone, cannabis, and buprenorphine. This fast paced workshop will equip practitioners with immediately implementable practical tips regarding when and how to use these analgesics, including dosage formulations, routes of delivery, appropriate use in therapy, drug interactions, dosage titration (both up and down), opioid conversion calculations, and more. All discussions will be aimed at enhancing clinical, economic, and humanistic outcomes on the individual patient and health system level.

Douglas L. Gourlay, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FASAM

10:40a - 11:40a - Get Your Specimens in Order: The Importance of Individualized Test Orders and Timely Test Utilization

UAN 0530-0000-18-039-L01-P

AANP Rx Hours 0.0

Course Description

2016 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. 2017 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.

Jennifer Bolen, JD

11:40a - 12:00p - Faculty Q&A

12:00p - 12:10p - Break & Exhibits

12:10p - 1:10p - Product, Disease Awareness, Medical Information Program*
Lunch will be served.
Sponsored by AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo Inc., Orlando G. Florete, Jr., MD

1:10p - 2:00p - Lost in Translation: Making Sense of Clinical Treatment Guidelines

UAN 0530-0000-18-040-L01-P

AANP Rx Hours 0.0

Course Description

Multiple clinical treatment guidelines have been published regarding headache and pain management. However, many have questioned the benefit of such clinical guidelines for the treatment of individual patients. This course will review key published treatment guidelines for migraine, interventional pain management, chronic opioid use, neuropathic pain, and chronic low back pain. The faculty will review the relevant guidelines and discuss their strengths and critical weaknesses when using such guidelines to actually treat people.

Charles E. Argoff, MD, CPE

2:00p - 2:10p - Break & Exhibits

2:10p - 3:00p - Product, Disease Awareness, Medical Information Program*
Refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by ADAPT® Pharma, George Avetian, DO

3:00p - 3:50p - Cannabis vs Cannabinoids: The Politics of Medical Marijuana

UAN 0530-0000-18-034-L01-P

AANP Rx Hours 0.0

Course Description

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

Douglas L. Gourlay, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FASAM

3:50p - 4:40p - Embrace Changes and Prevent Overdose: A Basic Blueprint for Legal Risk Mitigation and Response

UAN 0530-0000-18-045-L01-P

AANP Rx Hours 0.0

Course Description

Overdose--a small word that packs a major punch, and a big reason for many recent legal regulatory changes in controlled substance prescribing and pain management. Too many physicians and allied healthcare practitioners are caught unawares by the legal issues surrounding overdose events, fatal and nonfatal. Often, prescribers are the last to learn about an overdose event and, worse yet, fail to take action once notified. Through a series of case examples, attendees will learn how to develop and implement overdose event policies and protocols. Attendees will receive copies of sample policies and protocols and learn how to tailor them to their respective practices and state licensing board framework. Professional licensing board and criminal cases involving overdose events do not usually end well for the prescriber, but there is much the prescriber can do proactively to signal his/her intent to get things right. 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.

Jennifer Bolen, JD


*Not certified for credit.