Over the past 10 years, the rate of opioid overdose deaths in Iowa has more than tripled. As our state seeks to address this growing problem, Iowa physicians must on the forefront. This resource page has been developed to help prescribers  access the resources necessary to grow their medical knowledge and lead efforts to combat opioid abuse, while continuing to provide high-quality care to their patients.

This resource page is supported by:

The Iowa State Innovation Model (SIM-IA) is supported by grant # 1G1CMS331400-01-00 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents of this publication are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or any of its agencies.

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CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Webinars

On-Demand webinars developed by the CDC’s Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) and the University of Washington covering topics such as an overview of the guidelines, dosing and titration of opioids, and effectively communicating with patients about opioid therapy. CME credit is available for the completion of these free webinars.

Chronic Pain Management CME

Chronic Pain Management CME
On August 17, 2011, the Iowa Board of Medicine amended the Iowa Administrative Code 653 Chapter 11, requiring physicians to complete continuing medical education on chronic pain medication management. This administrative rule was changed in an effort to assist physicians in reducing patients' abuse and misuse of pain medications.

Based on this information, it has been concluded that physicians are in need of training regarding the prescribing, monitoring and if needed, the discontinuing of treatment, for patients with chronic pain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the epidemiology of chronic pain and the misuse of opioids.
  • Discuss when opioids are indicated for chronic pain treatment.
  • Explore tools for assessing risk and monitoring benefit and harm of opioids.
  • Examine the initiation and ongoing management of patients with chronic pain treated with opioid-based therapies.
  • Identify diversion and drug seeking tactics and behaviors.
  • Discuss best practice methods for working with patients suspected of diversion and drug seeking behaviors.
  • Describe the discontinuing of opioid for pain due to lack of benefits or increased risk.
  • Explain the referring or initiating treatment for opioid addition process.
  • Explore how to incorporate evidence-based, best-practices into your practice.
  • Create a team and system to support you and your patients.
  • Review case study of a patient with chronic pain.
  • Discuss how to register and use the state Prescription Management Program (PMP).

CME Accreditation:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through joint providership of Mercy Iowa City and the Iowa Medical Society. Mercy Iowa City is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mercy Iowa City designates this education activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registration Fee:
IMS Member Physicians and their staff - $75.00
IMS Nonmembers- $150.00


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