20ME048 - MAHEC's Project ECHO® for Chronic Pain (5-Part Video Teleconference Series)

Feb 4–Mar 3, 2020 Medicine Mental Health Nursing Pharmacy

20ME048 - MAHEC's Project ECHO® for Chronic Pain (5-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.

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 interventional 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 video teleconferencing series, guided by experts, takes place over five bi-weekly modules (1-hour each) and covers topics such as:
Opioid Basics: Regulatory Update (CDC, NCMB & Stop Act)
The Urine Drug Screen
Psychology of Pain and Behavioral Health Treatment Modalities
Opioid De-prescribing
Central Sensitization and Addiction: Identifying and Treating Substance Use Disorders

All program dates are streamed on the ECHO Zoom Platform from 7 AM to 8 AM.
Participant must login at 6:50 AM for attendance.
One credit hour is earned for each session attended.

Module 1: January 7, 2020
Module 2: January 21, 2020
Module 3: February 4, 2020
Module 4: February 18, 2020
Module 5: March 3, 2020

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

This program includes up to 1.0 hour per module of controlled substances content. 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.

MAHEC engages in evaluation activities to better understand the impact of our programs. By registering for this course, you agree that we may use your personal information in evaluative research regarding this program. Any reports published will be de-identified and reported in aggregate format. MAHEC assumes permission to use audio, video and still images from this program for promotional and educational purposes. Please speak with a staff member if you have any concerns.


By registering for this workshop, you are granting permission for your contact information to be shared with UNC Chapel Hill which is a collaborating partner of this continuing education activity.


Co-sponsored by UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Target Audience

Primary Care Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, and Behavioral Health Professionals


  • Describe learned best practice for opioid prescribing in their medical practice
  • Apply learned skills for interventional 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


Near Capacity MAHEC Project ECHO for Chronic Pain (5-Part Video Teleconference Series)
2/4 7:00 AM–3/3 8:00 AM

Module 3
2/4 7:00 AM–8:00 AM

Module 4
2/18 7:00 AM–8:00 AM

Module 5
3/3 7:00 AM–8:00 AM


.100 CEU


The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this entire continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for up to 0.50 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.

1.000 Contact Hours


Contact Hours: MAHEC designates this continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for up to 5.00 Contact Hours.

1.000 NBCC Hours


Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5514. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MAHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Up to 5.00 hours

1.000 ACPE


The University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program ACPE# 0046-9999-20-003-L01-P will provide for up to 5.0 contact hours (1 hour per Module) of continuing education credit. Statements of CE credit can be viewed and printed from CPE Monitor. In order to receive CE credit, attendance must be acknowledged at the registration desk upon arrival at the program. Participants will evaluate this program using a standard evaluation form.

1.000 CNE Contact Hours


Up to 5.0 CNE Contact Hours Activity # AP 008-1771 Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

1.000 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


Accreditation: The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is accredited by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Credit Designation: MAHEC designates this live activity for a maximum of up to 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

1.000 Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists


Psychologists: MAHEC is recognized by the North Carolina Psychology Board as an approved Provider of Category A Continuing Education for North Carolina Licensed Psychologists. Approved for up to 5.00 hours Category A.


FREE Free, but must register to attend
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