Medication Safety LAN Event: January 2018

Topic: Psychologically-Integrated Approaches to Pain Management

Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

Registration Required! Register here.


This Medication Safety Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event is open to beneficiaries, families, healthcare providers, practitioners, partners, and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations.

Call Summary:

Despite recent efforts, pain management and opioid use continues to be a serious challenge. During the upcoming Medication Safety Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event participants will hear from Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Amy Wachholtz, who will address four major pain management areas: 1) empirical information on the critical role of psychological factors on the patient pain experience;  2) interventions that a health psychologist may use in a pain psychology appointment to help individuals understand the role of a pain psychologist in pain management; 3) home-based strategies patients can use to reduce their pain experience; and 4) approaches to integrate this information into a standard 15-minute appointment to better inform opioid prescribing and pain psychology referrals. Participants will also hear from Mitzi Daffron with Qsource about a QIN-QIO Special Innovation Project happening at the community level to engage the local hospital, practitioners, and patients to reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing.  This session will be framed by patient/caregiver perspectives shared through personal story and in the panel discussion by two Patient/Family Advisors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the interactions between biology and psychology, and their effects on the patient pain experience
  • Identify the difference between pain sensitivity and pain tolerance
  • Identify 3 home-based strategies to reduce pain
  • Describe why a functional pain assessment may be useful to reduce unnecessary opioid prescribing and how to implement this in a standard 15-minute appointment

Slides & Recorded Presentation:

Meet the Speakers:

Dr. Amy Wachholtz
University of Colorado Denver


Mitzi Daffron


Katharin Laughton


David Andrews

Continuing Education Credit Will Be Offered for Attending the Live Webinar:

Outcome Statement:

The purpose of this session is to prepare healthcare quality improvement professionals to identify and implement effective healthcare strategies by exploring promising practices to implement psychologically-integrated approaches to pain management.

We expect that this experience will help participants demonstrate and promote successful delivery of care practices and identify opportunities for improvement, all of which may promote advances in care that impact the Medicare beneficiaries served by the work of the QIO Program.

Method of Participation:

You must participate in the entire activity to receive credit. A statement of credit will be available upon completion of an online evaluation/claimed credit form. The link to the online evaluation will be provided after completion of the activity. If you have questions about this CME/CE activity, please contact AKH Inc. at

CME/CE Credit Provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare, CRW & Associates and Telligen.  AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)â„¢.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants:

NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢ from organizations accredited by ACCME.


AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare approves this knowledge-based activity for 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs). UAN 0077-9999-18-001-L04-P; UAN 0077-9999-18-001-L04-T. Initial Release Date: 1/10/18


AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is awarded 1.5 contact hours.

Nurse Practitioners:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through the joint providership of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare, CRW & Associates and Telligen. AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 030803

This activity is accredited for 1.5 contact hour(s) which includes 0 hour(s) of pharmacology. Activity ID #21868-1


AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.5 continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material. CDR Accredited Provider #AN008. The focus of this activity is rated Level 2. Learners may submit evaluations of program/materials quality to the CDR at



Disclosure of Financial Relationships & Commercial Support:

  • The following planners and faculty do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • AKH Inc., CRW & Associates, and Telligen do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • No commercial support was received for this activity.


It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The author must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflicts of interest are resolved by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity and may include any of or combination of the following: attestation to non-commercial content; notification of independent and certified CME/CE expectations; referral to National Author Initiative training; restriction of topic area or content; restriction to discussion of science only; amendment of content to eliminate discussion of device or technique; use of other author for discussion of recommendations; independent review against criteria ensuring evidence support recommendation; moderator review; and peer review.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Investigational Product:

This educational activity may include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


This course is designed solely to provide the healthcare professional with information to assist in his/her practice and professional development and is not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The course serves as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. AKH Inc. specifically disclaim responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through participant's misunderstanding of the content.


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