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

Aug 18–Oct 13, 2020 Medicine Mental Health Nursing Pharmacy

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
Central Sensitization and Addiction: Identifying and Treating Substance Use Disorders
Psychology of Pain and Behavioral Health Treatment Modalities
Deprescribing Opioids
The Urine Drug Screen

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: August 18, 2020
Module 2: September 1, 2020
Module 3: September 15, 2020
Module 4: September 29, 2020
Module 5: October 13, 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, Nurses, NPs, PAs, Behavioral Health Professionals, and Pharmacists.


  • 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


MAHEC Project ECHO for Chronic Pain (5-Part Video Teleconference Series)
8/18 7:00 AM–10/13 8:00 AM

Module 1 - Opioid Basics
8/18 7:00 AM–8:00 AM

Module 2 - Central Sensitization, Chronic Pain and OUD
9/1 7:00 AM–8:00 AM

Module 3 - Psychology of Pain and Behavioral Health Treatment Modalities
9/15 7:00 AM–8:00 AM

Module 4 - Deprescribing Opioids
9/29 7:00 AM–8:00 AM

Module 5 - The Urine Drug Screen
10/13 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# 0046-9999-20-226-L01-P will provide for up to 5.0 contact hours (1 hour per Module) of continuing education credit.No partial credit will be given.

Credit statements 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 Nursing Contact Hours

Registered Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hour per session of Pharmacotherapeutic credits (up to 3.0 contact hours).

Up to 5.0 Nursing 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

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) will receive a certificate of attendance from this AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ activity for each session attended. These certificates are accepted by the North Carolina Board for NPs and PAs. License requirements are subject to change. MAHEC recommends that participants contact their licensing boards for specific questions.

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
Applies 6/10/20–10/13/20
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