In light of the National Pain Strategy and treatment guidelines supporting a shift towards population-based multidisciplinary care, the role of structured interdisciplinary treatment programs and team-based care has found itself at the frontline of pain management. This preconference will provide a broad stakeholder examination of multi- and inter-disciplinary pain management programs. Participants will be highly engaged throughout the day, rotating through active workshop breakout sessions and participating in didactic lectures and panel discussions that have been designed to incorporate attendee ideas and experiences.
The preconference will open with lectures on the philosophy and benefits of interdisciplinary pain management. Expert faculty will provide guidance on developing treatment teams, available outcomes tools, incorporating opioid reductions into practice, and assessing patients in order to determine appropriate candidates for this type of care. Techniques and treatments that emphasize changes in brain function for the chronic pain patient will be emphasized.
Attendees will then rotate through four small group breakout sessions featuring hands-on training in physical and occupational therapy, pain psychology, pain education, and relaxation training. Experienced interdisciplinary pain team members will serve as breakout faculty to actively simulate interdisciplinary program treatment sessions to attendees.
The program will conclude with an afternoon expert panel discussion so that attendees can review and develop plans for post-interdisciplinary program treatments and continuation of care, coordination and incorporation of additional and alternative treatments/disciplines, and working with insurance companies and payers to present useful information for approvals.
- Review current state of multi- and inter-disciplinary treatment programs for chronic pain in the federal and commercial payer systems.
- Recognize recent initiatives by federal agencies and other groups that are promoting a shift in the current focus of pain management to a biopsychosocial self-management based approach.
- Examine stakeholders' efforts to decrease the current prescription opioid and illicit opioid overdose crisis while improving comprehensive pain management.
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