Responsible Practices for Prescribing Opioids:

LifeGuard Offers You a Comprehensive Opioid Prescribing Course

Prescribing opioids to a patient is a decision many physicians and prescribing professionals must weigh carefully. There are statewide guidelines to consider, as well as the patient's individual needs — and physicians can find themselves potentially overprescribing if they do not maintain an active awareness of best practices when it comes to prescribing opioids in day-to-day interaction with patients.

Pennsylvania is one of many states experiencing an opioid crisis. Physicians and prescribing professionals looking for an opioid prescribing CME course that reviews best practices and gives attendees a safe and competent opioid prescribing education foundation choose to partner with LifeGuard because of the comprehensiveness of our controlled substance prescribing course.

The two-day program, earns 25.5 CME and covers a range of opioid prescribing issues.

How Does LifeGuard's Controlled Substance Prescribing Course Work?

Lifeguard's opioid prescribing course includes several components, including skills training, case-based discussions and small-group discussions. Attendees participate in experiential learning to reinforce the approaches they've learned immediately once they return to their practice.

Opioids are powerful medications. LifeGuard offers health care providers this safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances course to help ensure physicians know how to treat their patients with controlled substances in a responsible manner.

Some physicians take our course because they want to make sure they understand when to provide controlled substances to patients, especially in instances of chronic pain or cancer-related care. Some physicians and group practice team members seek a controlled substance prescribing CME to ensure they have proper procedures in place to manage patients who require opioids as part of their medical care.

LifeGuard's new opioid prescribing CME course offers an interactive learning approach to ensure physicians and practitioners understand compliance with all applicable opioid prescribing guidelines. The course provides targeted instruction focused on the prescribing habits of all physicians in attendance.

Opioid Course Overview and Session Breakdown

The topics covered in our opioid prescribing course range from strategies for documentation improvement to understanding the difference between the guidelines and your current practices.

The course is divided into four sessions:

Session One: Understanding Pain Care and How Opioids Fit into a Care Plan

Covers the role of opioids in interdisciplinary pain care. Course instructors will discuss the limits that need to be set when prescribing opioids as well as the consequences that can occur when opioids are overused.

The session will include a thorough overview of state and federal opioid prescription guidelines. Faculty members will then discuss, if applicable, the differences between those guidelines and the way attendees prescribe opioids. If differences are identified, faculty members will cover the areas of practice that need to change and what attendees need to know before implementing those changes.

Session Two: Does Opioid Therapy Work and What Are the Costs?

Examines how physicians can learn to identify patients who could benefit from opioids and which ones may not. Faculty members will also practice ways physicians can tactfully deny opioids to patients who demand them and how to suggest alternative therapies.

Session Three: How to Monitor Ongoing and Chronic Opioid Therapy

Includes information on the proper dosages of opioids, how to properly document a patient's use, and how to either start or take over a patient's opioid therapy from another doctor. Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP) and urine drug screens (UDS) will also be discussed.

Session Four: What Should You Do If Treatment Fails?

Reviews critically important information on what to do when a course of opioid treatment fails, including how to taper treatment gradually before stopping it completely. Other topics will include how to respond to aberrant drug-related behavior (ADRB), criminal behavior and more.

LifeGuard is a nationally recognized, experiential learning program sponsored by the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Learn more about LifeGuard's opioid prescribing course today. Contact us online or call 717.909.2590.