OC³ CPI Webcast: Chronic Pain in Health Center Patients – Policies and Approaches Part 1

05/19/2017 - 05/19/2017

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9:00 AM- 11:00 AM


Daren Anderson, MD
 Vice President/Chief Quality Officer, Community Health Center, Inc.
Director, Weitzman Institute
Connie Earl, DO
Integrative Health Director, West County Health Centers


Chronic pain and the opioid epidemic is a growing issue for health centers, both nationwide and here in Texas.  Over the last couple of years, TACHC has been promoting an integrative approach to chronic pain, which is now considered the gold-standard.  Many health centers are interested in finding alternatives to opioids, especially since the data suggests that we should be doing so, although the challenge often is figuring out how to pay for these services which may not be considered billable in an FQHC environment (e.g. acupuncture, massage therapy, etc.).  As a result, TACHC has been advocating for a multidisciplinary team-based approach with integrated behavioral health, mind-body therapies such as mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, group medical visits, as well as connecting health centers to Project ECHO so providers can feel more comfortable managing pain patients.  Additionally, TACHC has recently completed template Policies and Procedures around the safe prescribing of opioids for chronic pain, which are now available in the TACHC Manual.

Part 1 of this CPI webcast series will feature an overview of chronic pain and the opioid epidemic, including best practices of how to address it integratively with non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments. This presentation will review the data around pain management options including the numerous integrative approaches that have good efficacy and safety profiles, examine the links of chronic pain to addiction and substance abuse, discuss the safe prescribing of opiates when necessary, and highlight innovative and practical programs that allow health center providers to more easily take care of these patients in their own practices. 

Part 2 will review the new template P&Ps, as well as the “homework” to see what suggestions from Part 1 health centers have been able to implement.

Please join us for Part 1 of this important and timely webcast on Friday, May 19th from 9-11AM CT.  Our speakers will be Dr. Daren Anderson, the Director of the Weitzman Institute which runs an eConsult platform for pain management and an incredibly successful Chronic Pain Project ECHO module out of an FQHC in Connecticut, as well as Dr. Connie Earl, who has incorporated integrative approaches to pain including osteopathy, acupuncture, yoga, and massage therapy into an FQHC in rural California.

1.5 hours of CE has been applied for Physicians, Social Workers, Nurses, Licensed Professional Councelors, Dentists, Certified Public Accountants, and General participants.

For more information contact Sharad Kohli.