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Opioids and primary care: Physicians are encouraged to attend program about “inherited” patients with chronic pain

Providers who participate will receive continuing medical education credit

Release Date: July 21, 2016

“We have to deal with chronic pain as part of medical practice, using pain specialists as consultants but not as a dumping ground. This public health crisis was a wake-up call for all of us.”
Nancy Nielsen, MD, PhD, Senior associate dean for health policy
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Patients with chronic pain are an increasingly challenging population to care for, especially as physicians and local governments confront the opioid crisis.

On Saturday, July 30, local primary care physicians and providers are invited to attend “Primary Care and the Opioid Crisis in WNY: Inheriting the Pharmacotherapy of Patients with Chronic Pain,” from 8 a.m. to noon in 190 Kapoor Hall on the University at Buffalo South Campus. The program will focus on how to deal with patients with chronic pain that providers “inherit” from other practices.

It’s an issue that more primary care providers locally and nationally may find themselves dealing with, according to Nancy Nielsen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for health policy at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB and a member of the Erie County Department of Health Opioid Task Force.

Nielsen has experienced firsthand the challenges of working with “inherited” patients suffering with chronic pain.

“Recently, thousands of patients with chronic pain in Western New York became ‘medical refugees,’ unable to get ongoing care after a busy pain practice suddenly closed,” she said.

“Primary care physicians, emergency department physicians and other pain practices would not or could not care for them. We have to deal with chronic pain as part of medical practice, using pain specialists as consultants but not as a dumping ground. This public health crisis was a wake-up call for all of us.”

Speakers will include Judith Feld, MD, medical director of provider engagement and practice innovation at Independent Health; Doug Gourlay, MD, educational consultant for pain and chemical dependency, Wasser Pain Management Centre, Toronto; and Paul Updike, MD, medical director, chemical dependency, Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo.

Feld, who will serve as the program's moderator, praised the collaborative efforts of the various organizations involved in the program.  “The number of organizations involved shows how important this topic is, and it’s been a privilege to help organize this remarkable and timely collaboration of all our community stakeholders,” she said.

The program will address:

·         the opioid pain prescription problem in Western New York

·         strategies and practical approaches for handling the “inherited” patient

·         methods of managing care in difficult situations, including patients on high dose regimens, polypharmacy and urine drug testing refusal

·         identifying and managing patients struggling with, or at high risk for, dependency and addiction

 

Physicians who attend will learn about supportive resources in the community, including pain management specialists, addictionologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, and local pharmacists. They will learn about concepts, such as desperation pharmacotherapy from the perspective of the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and about the pharmacology of withdrawal.

Interested participants should register by July 27 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IHFCME2016. Information is available at http://medicine.buffalo.edu/news_and_events/upcoming_events/event.html?eventid=41745&eventtype=S.

The program is sponsored by a coalition that includes:

·         the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB

·         the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

·         the Erie County Department of Health

·         Independent Health

·         Kaleida Health

·         The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation

·         Fidelis Care

·         ECMC Corporation

·         Catholic Medical Partners

·         Optimum Physician Alliance

·         Medical Society of the County of Erie

·         BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

·         YourCare

·         Univera Healthcare

·         Catholic Health

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 Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB and Independent Health Foundation. The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

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