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Patient-Centered Chronic Opioid Management – August 9, 2019 in Vancouver – sponsored by AMDG, Bree Collaborative and Region 10 Opioid Summit

Title: Patient-Centered Approach to Chronic Opioid Management

Designed for primary care providers, this one-day conference shared emerging understanding about pain care from statewide and national experts. Over 250 attendees learned about the latest evidence for assessing and managing patients on chronic opioids, how primary care providers can engage patients in clinical pathways that support safe and effective pain treatment, innovations in pain care used in health care organizations and best practices for determining whether patients on chronic opioids are benefiting or are being harmed and whether to taper or treat opioid use disorder.

Visit the conference page for a list of all meeting materials, including PowerPoint slides. CMEs coming soon!

Dental Pain Care Conferences — April 19 in Spokane or April 20 in Seattle – were a Success

Title: Evidence-based Dental Pain Care: A New Opioid Prescribing Guideline from Washington State

Over 200 clinicians learned about the latest recommendations for acute dental pain care, best practices for managing acute dental pain in patients with substance use disorder, emerging federal and state policies on opioids, clinical pearls in opioid prescribing from their peers and much more!

All participants received up to 4 hours of free dental CE, a copy of the 2017 Bree/AMDG Dental Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain Management and a one-page summary of the guideline!

View agenda and presentation slides:

Collaborative Care Symposium 2017

Title: Emerging Practices on Collaborative Care Management of Chronic Pain: Equipping Primary Care and the Community to Manage an Epidemic

Goal: On June 14, 2017, an in depth conversation with thought leaders in chronic pain and collaborative care from experienced on the ground practitioners, academicians, and community leaders and policy makers will occur at this invitation only all-day symposium. The symposium will focus on evidence and emerging best practice approaches to support primary care providers in three main areas of pain management: 1. Prevention of transition to chronic pain 2. Treatment of chronic pain 3. Addressing complications (addiction)

Why Important: Washington State has led the nation on curbing the opioid prescribing epidemic and is now focusing on innovations to address chronic pain at a population level. Chronic pain is debilitating for patients and overwhelming the current health system. Aligning efforts across the spectrum of chronic pain — from prevention to management, including addiction in the context of chronic pain — requires systems-based approaches grounded in evidence-based care coordination. Evidence indicates that appropriately resourced primary care achieves the best outcomes at the best value.

Takeaway: Common framework for community action on the prevention and adequate treatment of chronic pain, including addiction in the context of chronic pain.

Visit the Collaborative Care Symposium page for a list of all meeting materials, including PowerPoint slides. A playlist of the symposium will be available after the symposium event.

Primary Pain Care Conference was a Success - Videos and Slides Now Available!

Held on June 12, 2015, this all-day conference was attended by over 300 clinicians, policy makers, and leaders in the health care industry. There were lively exchanges of ideas, diverse views, clinical questions, and new study results. Everyone received a copy of the 2015 Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain. You can download slide presentations, or view video recordings on YouTube.

View a playlist of the videos, or go to the conference page for a list of all videos and slide decks from the 2015 conference.

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