Live Course: Navigating the Opioid Crisis: Perils, Pitfalls and Practical Solutions

Members & Publications

May 3, 2018

The opioid crisis has been declared a national emergency. Physiatrists are at the forefront of treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions, and are frequently asked to manage pain as a method of improving function in inpatient and outpatient settings.

The Navigating the Opioid Crisis: Perils, Pitfalls and Practical Solutions course on November 30-December 1, 2018 is designed to assist practicing physiatrists in the management of opioid therapy, including alternative treatments to opioids in treating chronic pain. It is intended to be a real world, clinically applicable series of didactics and interactive case discussions. The participants should leave the course feeling confident in their ability to prescribe opioids safely with a high degree of efficacy, and to be able to protect themselves and their patients from the potential ramifications of opioid prescription. 

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Implement practical techniques for managing patients using safe prescription of opioids.
  • Apply integrative medicine and non-opioid adjuvant treatments in practice.
  • Employ risk stratification tools for patients regarding their potential for opioid abuse, misuse, and addiction.
  • Optimize practice strategies and patient satisfaction in situations in which opioid therapy is not indicated.
  • Employ safeguards to ensure personal safety when treating patients using opioids
  • Obtain an overview and understanding of the federal laws and regulations pertaining to controlled substance prescribing.

Learn more and register.

This course is provided by AAPM&R in collaboration with NYU School of Medicine.

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.