Opioid Use Disorder & Medication Assisted Therapy
Crash Course in Medication for Addiction Treatment: Using Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorders
Advanced Practice Clinicians
- Understand and be able to describe different types of pain and factors that contribute to and exacerbate pain.
- Optimize evidence based non-pharmacological and non-opioid chronic pain management for patients with chronic pain.
- Improve use of clinical communication tools around chronic opioid therapy such as controlled substance agreements, informed consent and communication of specific risk.
- Implement evidence based opioid stewardship practices including screening and monitoring for unintended medication harms and be able to optimize medication safety.
- Be able to recognize overdose risks and unsafe medication combinations. Be able to counsel on overdose prevention and optimize provision of naloxone for patients on chronic opioid therapy.
- Be able to recognize opioid use disorders and be knowledgeable on treatment with buprenorphine and Medications for Addiction Treatment.
- Improve interpersonal communication skills for patient communication including skills such as motivational interviewing and de-escalation.
- Effectively document and communicate treatment plans to patients and in the medical record.
This is an optional webinar for the Compass Opioid Stewardship Certificate Program.
Joshua Blum, MD
Dr. Blum is the Program Manager of the Denver Health HIV Primary Care Clinic, a Ryan White-funded
clinic serving low income clients living with HIV/AIDS. He also provides HIV and general primary care to
patients in the Denver City and County jails, and medication-assisted treatment to patients with opioid
use disorders in Denver Health’s outpatient behavioral health services department.
He established and served as the first physician manager of the Intensive Outpatient Clinic, a high
intensity primary care clinic aimed at caring for Denver Health’s sickest and highest-utilizing patients. Dr.
Blum is an institutional quality officer and leads initiatives on pain and opioid management at Denver
Health, and currently oversees a federal grant for expanding medication-assisted treatment in the
Denver Health primary care clinics. He is the co-chair of the Provider Education Workgroup at the
Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.
As a general internist caring for high-risk populations, his interests include the diagnosis and treatment
of HIV and Hepatitis C, chronic pain syndromes, opioid management, mental health, and substance
abuse. He is a frequent speaker on pain management, opioids, and substance abuse.