19ME014 - MAHEC Project ECHO for Chronic Pain (6 Part Video Teleconference Series)

Dec 31–Aug 28, 2018 Closed Medicine Mental Health Nursing

19ME014 - MAHEC Project ECHO for Chronic Pain (6 Part Video Teleconference Series)


Project ECHO® is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. ECHO is led by an expert team that uses multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual learning sessions comprised of a short didactic followed by case presentations provided by participants.

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The increase in mortality due to the misuse of prescription medications has caused the medical field to re-examine the use of opioids for pain management. This live online course explores the benefits and risks of opioids as well as various medications currently available for the treatment of chronic pain. This Chronic Pain ECHO is designed to provide medical professionals with specialized training in opioid prescribing and pain management. Evidence-based practices will be shared by an interdisciplinary team of experts in chronic pain management, integrated family practice and medication-assisted therapy.

This live online series, guided by experts, takes place over six bi-weekly modules (one-hour each) and will include topics such as:

Module 1 Opioid Basics: Regulatory Update (CDC, NCMB, & Stop Act) (8/28)
Module 2 Psychology of Pain and Behavioral Health Treatment Modalities (9/11)
Module 3 The Urine Drug Screen (9/25)
Module 4 Weaning and the Difficult Patient (10/9)
Module 5 Central Sensitization and Addiction: Identifying and Treating Substance Use Disorders (10/23)
Module 6 Medication-Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders (11/6)

This program will include the three required topics outlined by the new CME requirement in 21 NCAC 32R .0101*:
  1. Controlled substances prescribing practices
  2. Recognizing signs of the abuse/misuse of controlled substances
  3. Controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management
*As of July 1, 2017, all physicians (aside from residents), physician assistants, nurse practitioners, podiatrists, and dentists who prescribe controlled substances must satisfy the controlled-substance prescribing CME requirement set forth in 21 NCAC 32R .0101. Requirements vary by discipline and board. Prescribers will turn in controlled substance CME when they renew licensure.

Target Audience

Primary Care Physicians, NPs, PAs, and Practicing Behavioral Health Professionals


  • Describe learned best practice for opioid prescribing in his or her medical practice
  • Apply learned skills for pain management to develop a specialty in office-based opioid treatment (OBOT)
  • Discuss non-pharmacological alternatives for treating chronic pain in their medical practice


  • Blake Fagan, MD
  • Carriedelle H. Fusco, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
  • Donald R. Teater, MD, MPH
  • Martha H. Teater, MA,LMFT,LCAS,LPC,NNC


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