Saturday, April 28 (22)


7:30 am - 5 pm Registration Open

10 - 11:30 am Resource Center Open

3:30–4:30 pm

Extending the Perioperative Surgical Home: Interdisciplinary Strategies to Optimize Perioperative Pain Management (311)

The Perioperative Surgical Home encourages an interdisciplinary approach to perioperative care long after discharge. This session provides novel interdisciplinary strategies to optimize perioperative pain management to bridge the continuum of postoperative pain. In addition, long-term outcomes of routine acute pain interventions, with presentation of real-world implementation efforts will also be discussed.

Novel Interdisciplinary Approaches to Improve Long-Term Outcomes After Surgery

Jennifer Hah, MD MS

Innovative and Established Interdisciplinary Acute Pain Interventions: Separating Fact from Fiction

David A. Edwards, MD PhD

Pathways to Implementation: Preoperative Optimization of Patients with Chronic Pain

Arun Ganesh, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify vulnerable patient populations at-risk for persistent postsurgical pain and related adverse outcomes, and to recognize the role of the interdisciplinary team in identifying these at-risk patients.
  • Develop a comprehensive, interdisciplinary perioperative pain management plan which engages all providers of the treatment team including surgeons, pain specialists, anesthesiologists, advanced practice providers, psychologists, and physical therapists.
  • Incorporate novel interdisciplinary, evidence-based strategies into pain management pathways created by the perioperative surgical home to bridge the gap between acute, subacute, and chronic postoperative pain management.
3:30-4:30 pm

Walking the Line in Pain and the Law: Organized Medicine, Pain Physicians, and AAPM’s Work to Support Providers and Patients (312)

How do the regulatory and legal system risk infringing upon the very practice of medicine? This session will discuss how broad-based legislation in a “one size fits all” capacity impacts individualized and personalized practice—and how this approach has changed physician practice even when opioids aren’t part of the picture.

One Physician’s Story

Lynn R. Webster, MD

AAPM and the AMA: Organized Medicine’s Response to Protect Physicians and Patients

Robert E. Wailes, MD

How the State of Washington Applies the Law: The Frank Li Case. How Does This Apply to Me?

Micah T. Matthews, MPA CPM

Learning Objectives:

  • Review reasons why prosecutors will bring charges against a physician.
  • Examine processes that will mitigate the possibility of prosecution.
  • Discuss the steps a clinician should take if they are being investigated.
4:45–5:45 pm

Buprenorphine/Naloxone for Pain and Opioid Use Disorder (313)

This session will use didactic lecture, audience discussion, and case studies to provide learners with information about the intersection of pain and opioid use disorder (OUD), discuss screening and assessment tools, and discuss treatment approaches for managing these co-occurring disorders.

The Arc of the Opioid Epidemic and Adoption of Evidence-Based Practices

Kristen Huntley, PhD

Opioid Agonist Therapy for Pain and Opioid Use Disorder

William Becker, MD

Management of Bupenorphine Within the Perioperative Period

Jordan L. Newmark, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the complexity of diagnosing OUD in the setting of long-term opioid therapy for pain.
  • Describe characteristics of appropriate treatment approaches for patients with pain and OUD.
  • Examine the complexity of managing perioperative buprenorphine for acute pain.
  • Describe the management differences between elective and urgent surgery, as well as implications for patients with either chronic pain or OUD.
4:45–5:45 pm

Pearls of Multidisciplinary Treatment of Chronic Pain the Veteran’s Health Administration, Medicaid, and Adolescent Populations (314)

This session provides pearls in the multidisciplinary treatment of chronic pain in three distinct populations. The Veterans Health Administration (V/A) presentation discusses the challenges of effectively and efficiently coordinating care between pain specialty and primary care teams, sharing lessons learned from the VA’s team-based pain care model at all levels, posting potential solutions informed by best practices for the community. The Medicaid presentation describes how an innovative data driven transformative culture can become a catalyst for significant improvements in patient care while reducing healthcare costs. The Adolescent presentation discusses the biopsychosocialspiritual impact that chronic pain has on adolescents, presenting case-based scenarios.

Team Care Everywhere: Translational Lessons from the VA’s Stepped Care Model for Pain

Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD

Lessons Learned from Clinical and Insurer Perspectives in Treating the Medicaid Population

Tobias Moeller Bertram, MD PhD

A Snippet into the Life of Adolescent Chronic Pain

Melissa Geraghty, PsyD

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe essential elements of the Stepped Care Model of Pain to deliver interdisciplinary pain care that is patient-centered and efficient.
  • Review at least two strategies to coordinate care between Pain specialty and Primary Care in a Stepped Care Model of Pain.
  • Describe how interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary programs can significantly improve patient care for Medicaid population while being cost-effective for insurance plans.
  • Explain the key components that compose how adolescents in chronic pain are impacted on a biological level, psychological level, social level, and spiritual level.
  • Communicate how and why adolescents should be clinically treated differently than adult and pediatric populations.
  • Identify a baseline to clinically conceptualize adolescents in chronic pain on a biopsychosocialspiritual level.

Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD


Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD

Tobias Moeller Bertram, MD PhD

Melissa Geraghty, PsyD

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