Prescribing Practices & Pain Management | 22 CME 

Live Online Course


Course Description


​This Prescribing Practices & Pain Management course has been approved by the Medical Board of California and is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and attorneys who seek to understand proper prescribing practices with an emphasis on the treatment of chronic pain patients. This course will examine the laws, regulations, and professional standards for the care and treatment of patients; the biochemistry of prescribed medications (pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics); and give practical advice on the initiation, discontinuation, and alternatives to prescription opioid medications. This course has been approved by the Medical Board of California for practitioners who have been required by hospitals, insurance companies, or regulatory agencies to take additional or remedial training in prescribing practices.

​Learning Objectives


At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

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Course Fee

Doctors, Attorneys: $1,695

NPs, PAs, CRNAs, Nurses: $1,298

Interns, Residents: $865

Medical Students: $99

  • Recognize proper patients for select prescribed medications and opiates

  • Evaluate and select the appropriate drug for each patient

  • Understand drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of prescribed medications

  • Use alternative modalities to opioids in the treatment of chronic pain management

  • Create a plan for initiating opioid treatment for chronic pain when appropriate

  • Employ proper monitoring of patients on opioids

  • Identify aberrant use of opioids by patients

  • Properly manage discontinuing opioid therapies safely

  • Adhere to government regulation of controlled substances


Needs Assessment


The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic that is killing more people under the age of 50 than anything other epidemic in U.S. history. In response, federal and state agencies have developed guidelines to help control the epidemic, but they have also established investigative programs to identify practitioners who are improperly prescribing medications. Now, more than ever, practitioners have a need to understand how to properly prescribe medications, particularly controlled substances. The consequences of a lack of understanding of modern prescribing practices can be severe, ranging from curtailment of one's hospital privileges to imprisonment for murder. This course will walk participants through the federal and state laws that regulate prescription medications; provide up-to-date guidelines for prescribing controlled substances; and explain how to prescribe medications in a safe and compliant manner. 

Accreditation Statement


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the Academy of Ethics & Legal Medicine. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement


The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Dr. Richard Kelly (see Faculty Bio) >>>