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Prescribing Practices & Pain Management | 22 CME

2 Day Live Online Course

This course satisfies the June 2023 DEA MATE ACT Training Requirements


Course Description


​This Prescribing Practices & Pain Management course, approved by the Medical Board of California, is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and attorneys looking to grasp proper prescribing practices with a focus on chronic pain patient treatment. Covering legal and ethical aspects, medication science, and practical advice for initiating, discontinuing, and exploring alternatives to prescription opioids, this course is a valuable resource.  It's particularly beneficial for professionals mandated by hospitals, insurance companies, or regulatory agencies to enhance their prescribing practice knowledge. 

Learning Objectives


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

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Course Fee

Doctors, Attorneys: $1,495

NPs, PAs, CRNAs, Nurses: $1000

Interns, Residents: $750

  • 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 opioid or other substance use disorders in 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) >>>

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