Workshops

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To learn more about individual breakout sessions click on the title name (updated 3-22-16):

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
A CDC Training: Using Digital and Social Media to Influence the #RxProblem
Empower Veterans Program: Innovative Functional Rehabilitation for Chronic Pain
Investigating and Prosecuting Pill Mills

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Monday, March 28, 2016, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CE certified AMA | ANCC | ACPE | APA | NASW | NAADAC | NBCC | NCHES | AAFP
Presenters Adam Bisaga, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center
 
Michael Coupland, MA, RPsych
Network Medical Director, IMCS Group
 
Robert L. DuPont, MD
Founding President, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., and Member, Rx & Heroin Summit National Advisory Board
 
Katherine Garcia-Rosales
Research Assistant, Center for Substance Abuse Research, University of Maryland-College Park
 
Phil Walls, RPh
Chief Clinical Officer, myMatrixx
Moderator Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, FASAM, DFAPA
President-elect, American Society of Addiction Medicine, and Member, Rx Summit National Advisory Board
Session Description In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it would change its policies to ease access to MAT — the controversial combination of behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. HHS reported that fewer than 1 million of the 2.5 million people who need treatment for opioid use disorder actually receive it. The HHS policy revision intends to close that gap by expanding the supply and use of evidence-based MAT while minimizing the risk of drug diversion. In this workshop, three presentations will introduce attendees to MAT, discuss how it is used with behavioral therapy and consider the connection between Rx opioid abuse and heroin.

One presentation will provide an update on the current state of treatment using methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone, describing the strengths and limitations of each medication. The presenter will describe an approach to treatment that offers patients a range of options to match a particular medication with an individual patient. Discussion will include strategies for transitioning patients between various medication treatments and integrating it with psychosocial interventions to achieve long-term recovery. Finally, the presenter will describe a national educational effort — Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT) — that assists providers in incorporating the use of medications for patients addicted to Rx opioids.

A second presentation will examine the pharmacology of the drugs used in MAT and evaluate the unintended consequences of the passage of House Bill 1 in 2012 by the Kentucky General Assembly. Presenters will discuss developments in the understanding of the behavioral neuroscience of addiction, which have led to evaluation and treatment models in the practice of Health Psychology. Attendees will gain understanding of the neuroscience of opioid use in the chronic pain patient, including:
• Six primary psychosocial factors influencing chronic pain, delayed recovery and opioid overuse.
• Successful cognitive-behavioral functional restoration interventions, including outcomes.
• New clinical pathways to avoid creating an unwarranted psych diagnosis.

A third presentation will explore the connection between Rx opioid abuse and heroin abuse. Based on self-reported data collected from patients prescribed buprenorphine for opioid dependence, the presenters will identify striking differences between patients who used heroin and those who did not. They have found that patients who used heroin were more likely to misuse other drugs, to have begun nonmedical drug use earlier and to engage in polydrug use. This indicates that not every dependent Rx opioid user is a candidate to switch to heroin, stressing the importance of focusing on Rx opioid users that are at most risk for heroin use. To prevent a switch to heroin, the presenters will recommend that pain management physicians need to focus on patients who are long-time users of other drugs of abuse.

Learning Objectives 1. Explain the role of medications in assisting recovery from opioid addiction.
2. Define keys to success when combining MAT and behavioral therapy.
3. Examine the differences in heroin use among patients receiving buprenorphine for opioid use disorders.
4. Provide accurate and appropriate counsel as part of the treatment team.
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A CDC Training: Using Digital and Social Media to Influence the #RxProblem
Monday, March 28, 2016, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CE certified AMA | ANCC | APA | AAFP
Presenters Rosie Bretthauer-Mueller
Digital Communication and Marketing Lead, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 
Erin Connelly, MPA
Associate Director for Communication, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 
Cassie Strawn
Health Communication Specialist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Session Description Communication experts from the CDC will host a training on overall communication principles, planning and tactics, with an in-depth analysis of social media channels. The presenters will (1) offer an overview of general communication planning, channels and best practices, (2) walk participants through the process of establishing, maintaining and strategically using social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and (3) use real-world examples/case studies to show how social media can be used to influence public health problems and raise awareness of troubling epidemics and solutions.
Learning Objectives 1. Explain the value and use of general communication principles, planning and tactics.
2. Demonstrate the basic processes of establishing, maintaining and using social media channels.
3. Identify social media best practices, with potential opportunities to expand knowledge and refine use of channels.
4. Describe the application of social media to help address public health issues.
5. Explain how to prepare to use social media to impact the #RxProblem.
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Empower Veterans Program: Innovative Functional Rehabilitation for Chronic Pain
Monday, March 28, 2016, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CE certified AMA | ANCC | APA | NASW | NAADAC | NBCC | NCHES | AAFP
Presenters Lindsay Ballengee, DPT
Physical Therapist, Empower Veterans Program, Atlanta VA Health System
 
Symeon Paul Burholt, MSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Empower Veterans Program, Atlanta VA Health System
 
Jennifer Gansen, DPT
Supervisory Physical Therapist, Empower Veterans Program, Atlanta VA Health System
 
Mary Elizabeth Hammons, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Empower Veterans Program, Atlanta VA Health System
 
Ushvani Persaud, MSW, LCSW, LISW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Empower Veterans Program, Atlanta VA Health System
 
Michael Saenger, MD, FACP
Director, Empower Veterans Program, Atlanta VA Health System
Session Description This interactive workshop will instruct participants in how to begin implementation of an outpatient functional restoration program for chronic pain, i.e. intensive integrated coaching for self-care for wellness. The model will be the Atlanta VA Health System’s Empower Veterans Program (EVP).

EVP coaches veterans with chronic pain to live a fuller life by moving toward their own wellness goals. The program features group experience supplemented with individual coaching. This functional rehabilitation quality improvement is part of a health system solution for pain management and plays an important part turning off the faucet of the Opioid Epidemic.

Since the fall of 2015, every 10 weeks, EVP has trained another eight groups of approximately six veterans each. The 10-week, 30+ hour program is praised by Veteran graduates:
• “EVP is the best thing the VA has given me.”
• “I’m not angry anymore.”
• “I’m back in control, not my pain.”

In this workshop, EVP will be explained in detail by members of the multi-disciplinary team professionals who are directly involved with EVP, including a medical doctor, psychologist, social workers and physical therapists. The EVP facilitation and support team will share:
• Justification for the whole health approach.
• Business case modeling (sustainability and spread modeled through cost-avoidance).
• Preliminary quality improvement findings from clinical assessments.
• Integrated curriculum overviews (EVP Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [ACT for pain]; EVP Whole Health curriculum [mindful practice, sleep, relationships, meaning, etc.]; and EVP Mindful Movement [body awareness and movement training while feeling safe]).

The presenters will address that high impact chronic pain is real, complex and difficult to treat. As a result, even 10 weeks of evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain is only modestly effective.

Learning Objectives 1. Describe how the Empower Veteran Program provides intensive, integrated self-care coaching for veterans with chronic pain.
2. Identify each of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual dimensions of real chronic pain.
3. Advocate the value of integrated, multidisciplinary coaching for functional restoration and wellness in chronic pain.
4. Explain how to implement similar intensive whole health interventions through clinical and business cases.
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Investigating and Prosecuting Pill Mills
Monday, March 28, 2016, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CE certified GA POST | GA Bar
Presenters Jennifer Doll
Special Agent, California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
 
John Niederman, JD
Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Moderator Karen L. Kelly
District Director, Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-5th District), Member, Rx & Heroin Summit National Advisory Board, and Member, Operation UNITE Board of Directors
Session Description This workshop will prepare law enforcement officers and prosecutors to build successful cases against medical professionals who prescribe or dispense without a legitimate medical purpose or outside the usual course of professional practice. Based on their extensive experience, the presenters will explain how to initiate an Rx investigation, collect evidence, build the case, present the case to the prosecutor and file appropriate charges. They will cover investigative tools such as evidence analysis, undercover operations, use of experts and developing witnesses. They will identify and discuss defenses and legal issues associated with these prosecutions.
Learning Objectives 1. Identify challenges and strategies related to investigating a provider Rx drug case.
2. Distinguish the possible charges that could be filed.
3. Explain how to prepare for and prosecute a criminal trial against a medical professional.
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Content of these Pre-Summit Workshop sessions are subject to change.