ON THE FRONT LINE OF A CRISIS: Improving the Care and Education of Patients with Opioid Use Disorder

A CME/CE-certified, MOC-eligible Activity

Release Date: December 15, 2018
Expiration Date: December 15, 2019

Welcome and Introductions
HCP-driven Strategies to Combat OUD
Increasing Awareness and Understanding of MAT
Q&A Session and Concluding Remarks

Opioid use disorder (OUD) continues to claim a significant number of US lives each year, and that number is predicted to escalate in the years to come. All healthcare practitioners (HCPs) – including physicians, nurses, and pharmacists – on the interdisciplinary OUD management team have major roles to play in combating the opioid epidemic. However, knowledge and practice gaps remain related to the appropriate use of opioids for pain and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for OUD. A multidisciplinary approach to care is also underutilized, increasing the strain on primary care providers. ON THE FRONT LINE OF A CRISIS: Improving the Care and Education of Patients with Opioid Use Disorder will help participants responsibly prescribe and dispense opioid therapies, educate their patients on these therapies, and provide quality care and education related to MAT for their patients with OUD.

 Timothy J. Atkinson, PharmD, BCPS, CPE
 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain Management
 Director, PGY2 Pain Management and Palliative Care Program
 Owner, Vanguard Pain Management Consulting LLC
 Murfreesboro, TN

Timothy J. Atkinson, PharmD, BCPS, CPE is a Clinical Pharmacy Pain Specialist and federal employee in a regional referral pain clinic near Nashville, TN. Dr. Atkinson specializes in complex and high-risk pain medication management through direct patient care and electronic consult services. He is a Residency Director for a PGY-2 Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency program and a strong advocate for expansion of clinical pharmacists with expertise in collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM) specific to pain management. Dr. Atkinson is the owner of Vanguard Pain Management Consulting where he advises clients in managed care and the pharmaceutical industry. He also serves as a Clinical Product Advisor for axialHealthcare where he develops evidence-based methods for monitoring opioid use for managed care. His research interests include opioid equivalencies, serum level monitoring, pain management in specialty disease states, and the elderly.

 John F. Peppin, DO, FACP
 Clinical Professor
 Marian University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
 Hamden, CT

John F. Peppin, DO, FACP graduated from the University of California-Davis with a bachelor in physiology. He then earned his medical degree and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin, Marshfield Clinic. He is board-certified in internal medicine and pain medicine by the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons, in pain medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Pain Medicine, and in hospice and palliative medicine through the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. He is also a certified EPEC trainer.

Dr. Peppin was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was the Founder of the Iowa Pain Management Clinic; Director of the Center for Bioethics, Pain Management, and Medicine; and Medical Director of Integrated Clinical Trial Services. He has served on numerous professional committees and is and has been an Editor and peer reviewer for numerous journals in pain medicine and bioethics. He has published numerous articles in the fields of pain management, abuse and diversion of scheduled medication, palliative care, and bioethics and edited a number of books on these subjects. He was nominated and advanced to a full Kentucky Colonel in 2009 and was honored at PainWeek 2011 as PainWeek Clinician of the Year.

This program is intended for PCPs, NPs, nurses, PAs, pharmacists, pain specialists, and other members of the interdisciplinary team involved in the management of patients with OUD.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Implement HCP-led strategies to optimize the prescribing of, dispensing of, and education on opioids
  • Integrate the latest Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) MAT recommendations into OUD patient care plans

The Potomac Center for Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Potomac Center for Medical Education designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST pass the post-test and complete the evaluation. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through PCME’s ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

For questions regarding CME credit or the evaluation, please email contact@potomacme.org.

The Potomac Center for Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.



The Potomac Center for Medical Education designates this continuing education activity for 1.00 contact hours (0.10 CEUs) of continuing education credit (UAN number 0418-0000-18-003-H03-P)

This is a knowledge-based activity.

This program meets one hour of most state pain, opioid, and law required CE education.  Please consult your state licensing boards for specific submission requirements.

Potomac Center for Medical Education (PCME) adheres to the policies and guidelines, including the Standards for Commercial Support, set forth to providers by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and all other professional organizations, as applicable, stating those activities where continuing education credits are awarded must be balanced, independent, objective, and scientifically rigorous.

All persons in a position to control the content of a continuing medical education program provided by PCME are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest to PCME as well as to learners. All conflicts of interest are identified and resolved by PCME in accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support in advance of delivery of the activity to learners.

The content of this activity was vetted by an external medical reviewer to assure objectivity and that the activity is free of commercial bias.

Faculty Disclosures

The faculty and steering committee reported the following relevant financial relationships that they or their spouse/partner have with commercial interests:

John F. Peppin, DO, FACP: Consultant/Independent Contractor: Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, OneSource Regulatory, YourEncore

Timothy J. Atkinson, PharmD, BCPS, CPE: Consultant/Independent Contractor: axialHealthcare; Other/Royalty: Daiichi Sankyo, Purdue Pharma LP

Non-faculty Content Contributors Disclosures

Non-faculty content contributors and/or reviewers reported the following relevant financial relationships that they or their spouse/partner have with commercial interests:

Nicolle Rochino, PharmD, RPh; Chad Williamson, MS, MBA, CMPP; Blair St. Amand; Lindsay Scott, PT, DPT, ATC; Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN, CCM: Nothing to disclose

The contents of some CME/CE activities may contain discussions of non-approved or off-label uses of some agents mentioned. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses.

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There is no fee for this activity. To receive credit, participants must take the pre-test, view this CME activity in its entirety, and then complete the post-test, with a score of 66% or better, and evaluation. The estimated time for completion of this activity is 1 hour. To receive their certificates, participants must demonstrate mastery of the presented material via the post-test. Participant is allowed to take the post-test multiple times.

Physicians seeking ABIM MOC Points will be required to provide:

  • ABIM six-digit ID number
  • First and last name
  • Date of birth (mm/dd)

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This activity is not supported by any commercial interest or grantor.

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