Evidence-Based Prescribing: Tools You Can Use to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

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Program Description: 

Program Overview:

Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and faculty experts from Penn Medicine are offering an education curriculum for prescribers on best practices for using the PDMP and on how to address substance use disorder with patients. We invite you to participate in these complimentary educational sessions that are relevant to your practice needs and will address the following topics:

  • Incorporating the PDMP into Clinical Workflows
    • Detail Pennsylvania’s requirements and regulations regarding PDMP use.
    • Explore options and actions Pennsylvania prescribers and pharmacists can take to integrate the PDMP into clinical workflows.
    • Discuss how to use the PDMP system to make clinical decisions.
  • Using the PDMP to Optimize Pain Management
    • Learn how to use the PDMP to address pain management for various patient populations and pain types.
    • Understand the basic nature of pain for different patient populations and how to manage this pain using the PDMP as a clinical tool.
    • Discuss different ways of treating patient pain that do not involve the immediate use of opioids.
  • Approaches to Addressing Substance Use Disorder with Patients Identified by the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
    • Learn how to integrate the PDMP with other screening tools to help identify those who may require substance use disorder treatment or increased monitoring.
    • Define SBIRT, its main goals, and its main components.
    • Learn how to screen a patient for a potential substance use disorder, conduct a brief intervention, and refer a patient to treatment.
    • Learn how to discuss a substance use disorder with a patient and handle patient resistance.
    • Learn how to incorporate SBIRT into clinical practice.​
  • Effective Opioid Tapering Practices
    • Discuss how to use the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to determine if a provider should consider tapering his/her patient.
    • Discuss several indicators that prescribers can look for when considering tapering opioids.
    • Inform prescribers on how to discuss tapering with patients using
      patient-centered techniques.
    • Present a general opioid tapering protocol and how to adapt this protocol to the needs of any patient.
    • Present information on how to manage withdrawal and how to use tools to measure withdrawal symptoms in patients.


8:00am – Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30am – Welcome

8:45am – Incorporating the PDMP into Clinical Workflows

9:30am – Using the PDMP to Optimize Pain Management

10:15am – Break

10:30am – Approaches to Addressing Substance Use Disorder with Patient Identified by the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

11:15am – Effective Opioid Tapering Practices

12:00pm - Adjourn

The Faculty are from the  Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Course Directors:

Michael A. Ashburn, MD, MPH
Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Director, Penn Pain Medicine Center
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

David A. Horowitz, MD 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Practices
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Penn Medicine


Martin D. Cheatle, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Director, Behavioral Medicine, Penn Pain Medicine Center
Director, Pain and Chemical Dependency Research, Center for Studies of Addiction

Jeffrey R. Jaeger, MD, FACP
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Lead Physician, Penn Internal Medicine University City

Kyle K. Kampman, MD
Professor of Psychiatry

Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Practice
Professor of Pain Practice, School of Nursing
Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

This is a complimentary conference, however pre-registration is required. Registration includes a conference booklet, continental breakfast and a mid-morning break.

3600 Civic Center Blvd Parking Garage is open for public parking. This garage is accessible from Civic Center Blvd and is located at Civic Center Blvd and West Service Drive (next to the Colket Research Center). PCAM/Smilow TRC is about a 3-4 minute walk from the parking garage. Parking is $20-$25 per day and not covered by the conference.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the PDMP Office. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please note: in the state of Pennsylvania, nurses are able to use this activity towards the 30 hours of continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure. 

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Requirements

All modules can be used to meet the Medical and/or Osteopathic Boards’ CME credit requirement of Patient Safety/Risk Management, and modules 3 – 7 can be used to meet the Act 124 of 2016 opioid education requirements. However, a provider cannot use the same module to meet both the Act 124 and Patient Safety/Risk Management requirements. See below for the specific requirements that each module meets:
Act 124 Pain Management – Module 3
Act 124 Prescribing Practices for Opioids – Module 7
Act 124 Identification of Addiction – Module 6
Patient Safety/Risk Management – Modules 2, 3, 6 and 7

Live event: 
Live event
Event date: 
Fri, 08/17/2018 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Smilow Center for Translational Research
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
United States
This live activity started on August 17th, 2018 and is no longer available for enrollments.
Activity Documents
Office of Continuing Medical and Interprofessional Education
150 Anatomy/Chemistry Building, 3620 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6061
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In support of improving patient care, Penn Medicine 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.