In the midst of our nation’s deadly opioid epidemic, we face major challenges in access to adequate, appropriate assessment and treatment for both substance use disorders (SUDs) and pain. Both situations are at risk for tragic outcomes and call us to a compassionate response, which can be extremely difficult to get right on the individual level — let alone a population level. There are no easy answers. How do policymakers balance responding to the epidemic and needs of “We, the people?” How do clinicians discern what is safe and effective care for the individual in the context of evolving evidence and changing regulation?
This showcase is designed to help participants move forward in this complex, dynamic environment. Participants will be equipped to build SUD and pain treatment programs and policies that are high quality, evidence based, effective, and sustainable, with consideration toward whole-person care. In an interactive dialogue, the panelists will address the standards of care for SUD and pain, how to implement treatment policies and systems, and how to address these issues when there are competing challenges for ensuring patients can access optimal care.
Dr. Kelly Clark will cover the underlying concepts of standards of care for persons with addiction, including the treatment of people with addiction to heroin/prescription opioids; national level of care standards; and national level of care placement standards. Participants will be able to return to their practices, health care systems, and communities able to identify and implement standards to drive improved addiction treatment.
Dr. Steven Stanos will guide the audience through a patient’s journey acquiring skills to better manage pain with pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions. He will discuss current barriers to improving care including coverage limitations, guideline interpretations, and patient factors.
Dr. John Dreyzehner will draw upon his first-hand experience crafting policy responses to the opioid crisis as the Commission of the Tennessee Department of Health from 2011 to 2019. He will walk through the evolution of policymaking as the evidence base has expanded — from the early approaches for identifying risk for SUDs and developing standards for and improving the quality of pain management, to the new policies that appreciate the implications for regulation and practice.
Dr. Corey Waller will guide participants to implement what they intend when they develop a system to improve quality of care. He will share real-world examples based on his experience building several systems for emergency rooms and other settings.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.