Registration Info

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

Conference Registration Fee

Practicing Healthcare Professionals: $129

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Non-Clinicians / Medical Office Support Staff / Industry Participants

In order to maintain the clinical nature of the conference, nonclinicians—including, but not limited to, office managers, billing specialists, receptionists, and administrative staff; guests, spouses, friends, and/or family members—may not attend PAINWeekEnd.

Venue

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

The Westin Richmond
6631 W Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230

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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, October 12, 2019

  • REGISTRATION & EXHIBITS

    Coffee will be served.

  • Pain Management at Ground Zero

    West Virginia continues to lead the nation, and world, in drug overdoses, which makes one ponder what is being done at the “ground zero” of the opioid epidemic to save and improve lives. Where better than where it’s worst should some of the possible solutions come from? In 2016, an interprofessional panel of experts in pain management—ranging from medicine, osteopathy, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry; public health; the state PDMP; and representatives from insurance providers—was put together with aims of finding possible solutions. The West Virginia Safe & Effective Management of Pain (SEMP) Guidelines (www.sempguidelines.org) were developed to facilitate the shift of the best practices in pain management becoming the new standard of care. The SEMP Guidelines include 2 main components including the risk reduction strategy and the clinical treatment algorithms. Pain management algorithms are not available anywhere else in the entire world! So we would like to welcome you to “the West Virginia Way” and see just how the “wild and wonderful” state of West Virginia is approaching the opioid epidemic from a true ground zero. After all, if it works where it’s worst, how could it not help your state or your practice?

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-012-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.70
  • PRODUCT, DISEASE AWARENESS, MEDICAL INFORMATION PROGRAM*

    Breakfast will be served.

    Sponsored by Legally Mine.

  • BREAK & EXHIBITS

  • Falling Down the Rabbit Hole: A Primer for Chronic Pain Management and Substance Abuse Disorders

    The field of pain management has undergone a circuitous adventure, much like a rabbit hole. As the economic, mental health, and medical consequences of prescribing opioid medications have mounted, the prevailing logic regarding the usefulness of prescribing opioids for chronic pain has shifted. The widespread dissemination of opiates and the lax safety measures placed on their storage has also led to an increase in nonmedical use. Given the high level of comorbidity between opioid use disorders and chronic pain, providers’ decisions about how to address treatment with patients who may have or who have been diagnosed with substance use disorders are often complex. The new CDC guidelines will require providers to assess for risk of overdose or development of a substance use disorder, and to be keenly aware of their patients’ pain levels and pain management strategies when working as part of a system where opioid medications may be prescribed. Participants will learn how patient and provider education programs and communication interventions may improve outcomes in pain management. Participants will also learn how to select candidates for opioid trials, assess for risk, and initiate opioid therapy, but only after exploring nonopioid and nonpharmacological strategies.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-055-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00
  • The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

    After last year’s talk about the CDC Guideline, a lot has begun to change, begrudgingly. While this is encouraging, there are still both medical and nonmedical people who don’t want to see any changes in the weak to very weak (evidenced-based medicine) CDC Guideline, which has gone far from what it was supposed to be—recommendations for treatment in a primary care providers clinic. They have been “taken over, mandatorily” by a number of significant entities including CMS, various states, and more. Still, there appear to be political and nonpolitical but nonmedical mandated issues that continue to keep these “Guideline” in force. This presentation will discuss these and some possible reasons, both the positive and the negative, including important issues of forced tapering and increased suicides.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-236-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.90
  • FACULTY Q&A

  • BREAK & EXHIBITS

  • PRODUCT, DISEASE AWARENESS, MEDICAL INFORMATION PROGRAM*

    Lunch will be served.

    Sponsored by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

  • Migraines and More

    During this course, we will go over the clinical symptomatology of migraine in a number of its various forms, as well as the pathophysiology of migraine. Also examined will be the acute as well as prophylactic treatment of migraine using evidence based criteria.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-066-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.2
  • BREAK & EXHIBITS

  • The Gentle Art of Saying No: How to Establish Appropriate Boundaries With Chronic Pain Patients

    Effective pain management has been deemed a human right, but some chronic pain patients perceive that to mean they are entitled to opioid analgesics for prolonged pain control. In response to these expectations, providers may feel pressured to say “Yes” and continue prescribing opioids, thereby reinforcing the patient’s beliefs and reliance on medication. This has contributed to a dramatic rise in opioid analgesic misuse and deaths from prescription drug overdose. In fact, the CDC has identified opioid misuse as a “public health epidemic” and released new guidelines in March 2016. While a collaborative relationship is optimal for pain management, there may be times when a practitioner saying “No” is the best treatment. Many providers feel uncomfortable setting boundaries; however, boundary setting is important work because rights as a provider are also important. When reasonable limits are placed on a patient and the patient continues to step beyond those limits, it is imperative that providers maintain boundaries and be consistent in their message. Participants will learn about the gentle art of saying “No” and how to use a decision tree when making pain management decisions. Sample cases will be presented along with recommended treatment strategies.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-058-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00
  • Thug Drugs

    Throughout the course of history, mankind has experienced heightened effects from natural sources, and even delved into creating or modifying substances to the same accord. In our society we have a very objective classification of materials based on generally accepted medical use and propensity to become habit forming. However, as one can recall with ethyl alcohol (such as beer, wine, and hard liquor), a substance may not actually chemically change, yet can move across legal classifications. How does that happen? Well, join our discussion to learn how numerous illicit substances have similar, if not the same, mechanisms of action as legal prescription medications readily available today. One may even walk away with a few pointers from “street chemists” that are not easily available in any of our professional textbooks.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-015-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.80

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!