Physician, Protect Thyself: The Risks of Liberal Opioid Prescribing in 2021
The treatment of pain has grown increasingly complex and fraught with medical legal danger as the US opioid crisis worsens. Opioids, which were a mainstay of treatment for all types of pain, are increasingly recognized as dangerous and abuse-liable medications and the public, legal and regulatory perceptions of liberal opioid prescribing are rapidly shifting. In this lecture, Dr. Stader describes and investigates the current medical legal environment around opioid and controlled substance prescribing. He discusses the risks that opioid prescribing poses in regards to criminal charges, malpractice cases, medical board disciplinary action and other punishments. Throughout the lecture, we discuss how to avoid medical legal pitfalls and continue to provide patients with the care that they need and deserve.
This pre-recorded webinar, by speaker Don Stader, MD, FACEP, will take an estimated 75 minutes to complete.
Advanced Practice Clinicians
- Analyze legal and practice risks associated with liberal opioid and narcotic prescribing practices.
- Apply processes to reduce opioid related risks using shared decision making, safety contracts, and risk mitigation tools.
- Discuss discontinuation of opioid therapy and how to minimize risk to patient and provider.
This is webinar 1 of 8 for the Compass Opioid Stewardship Certificate Program
Don Stader, MD, FACEP
Don Stader, MD, FACEP, is an emergency physician, opioid expert, film producer and innovator. He works at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, CO, where he serves as the section chair of emergency medicine and associate ED medical director. Stader holds a medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine and attended emergency medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center. He is the Past President of the Colorado chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (COACEP) and former President of the Emergency Medicine Resident's Association (EMRA). He is also founder and past chair of Colorado ACEP's Opioid Task Force, Editor-in-Chief of COACEP's 2017 Opioid Prescribing and Treatment Guidelines and the leader of CO's CURE, an effort to create multidisciplinary opioid prescribing and treatment guidelines for the state of Colorado. Stader is the Senior Pain Management and Opioid Policy Physician Adviser for the Colorado Hospital Association and serves on multiple national and local committees addressing the opioid epidemic in Colorado and across the nation. He is the founder and chair emeritus of the nonprofit, The Emergency Medical Minute, which provides free online emergency medical education via podcasts and video.
Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation: The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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- 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™