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When a Patient with Chronic Pain Loses their Provider: Compassionate, Evidence-Based Responses

Noah Nesin, MD, Innovation Advisor, PCHC and The Schmidt Institute

Elisabeth Mock, MD, MPH, Maine PMP Clinical & Policy Advisor, Office of Behavioral Health

What are the best actions to take when patients in a community with chronic pain suddenly lose their healthcare provider? Patients on high-dose opioids often face challenges in finding new providers. What resources are available to support prescribers during this transition?

  • Introduce strategies for inheriting patients with chronic pain.
  • Introduce compassionate tapering guidelines
  • Review resources for appropriate public health community response

This course is self-paced and the estimated time to complete is approximately 90 minutes. In addition to viewing the 60-minute video presentation, learners must earn a score of 80% or higher on a post-assessment and complete the post evaluation to receive contact hours or CME credits for completing the course. Supplemental course materials (i.e. pdf of slides) are also provided.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course qualifies for 1. credits of the 3 CME credit requirement for opioid medication education found in P.L. 2015, Chapter 488, Maine’s legislation to address the opioid drug crisis.

  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour (includes viewing recording, and completing both the quiz and evaluation)
  • Registration Fee: FREE for Maine Clinicians
  • CME Credits Offered: 1
  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser.
  • You must have javascript enabled.
  • The quiz tools thin the online modules are not fully compatible with smartphones or tablets. In order to avoid issues, such as answers not being recorded, we recommend using a computer to complete the pre- and post-tests.

At the end of the course, there is a post-test, and you will have as many attempts as needed to earn a grade of 80% or higher to receive contact hours or CME credit. The survey to evaluate the course at the conclusion is also required to receive credit.