Massachusetts Medical Society: Prescriber Education

Prescriber Education

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The Massachusetts Medical Society has long been a leader in providing continuing medical education about critical public health issues, including pain management.  

In an effort to remove as many barriers as possible to prescriber education, the MMS is making the following CME/CPD activities on pain management and opioid prescribing available to all prescribers for free until further notice. 

Opioid Assessment and Treatment Tools and Resources for Physicians

MMS Opioid Therapy and Physician Communication Guidelines
These guidelines promulgated by the Massachusetts Medical Society in 2015 have general applicability and are most relevant in primary care. MMS supports the position that physicians must use their best clinical judgment in the treatment of all patients.

New : Physician/Prescriber Reminders When Prescribing Opioids (pdf) 

New : Patient Reminders When Using Prescribed Opioids (pdf)

NEJM Knowledge+ Pain Management and Opioids

Pain Management and Opioids, a module from NEJM Knowledge+, helps health care providers implement safer strategies for pain management and earn state-mandated CME credits. Sixty-two case-based questions, written by experts in pain management and addiction, reflect the types of cases experienced in daily practice and cover the FDA’s Opioid Analgesic REMS Education Blueprint.

Pain Management and Opioids was created in partnership with the Boston University School of Medicine SCOPE of Pain and is provided free of charge through an unrestricted educational grant. Registration is available through NEJM Knowledge+.

Webinar: Incorporating the New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Into Practice

This Massachusetts Medical Society webinar discusses:

  • Recent trends in opioid prescribing and their relationship to opioid misuse
  • Principles for safe opioid prescribing
  • New Massachusetts opioid prescribing guidelines, for acute care and chronic care

Go to the webinar

MMS Free CME on Opioids  

Massachusetts General Hospital for Children: Interactive, Online CME activities

  • Pediatric Pain Management
    This interactive activity will enable clinicians to accurately assess pain in patients in various stages of development, identify warning signs, and select appropriate management strategies when treating headache and chronic abdominal pain. (Free)
  • Pediatric End of Life Care
    This interactive activity explores the role of pediatric palliative care. Specific tools are provided to empower the clinician to initiate end of life care discussions with patients and their families, aid the family in advance care planning, and support the family after the death of their child. Concepts will be illustrated through interviews depicting families’ struggles with end of life care. Videos were provided by the Courageous Parents Network. (Free)
  • MOC Part II: Pediatric Respiratory Disorders
    25 multiple choice questions with rationale and references. Assess your areas of strengths as well as keep current on new developments in the field of pediatric respiratory disorders. (Free)

Boston Children's Hospital: Pediatric Pain and Opioid Education

This program provides training in acute and chronic pain management for pediatric patients, with an emphasis on safe and effective opioid use. Topics covered include neurobiology of pain; addiction, abuse and and safe opioid prescription practices; licensing, the law and opioid prescribing; treatment of chronic pain; and safe storage and disposal of medications.

Boston Children's Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Boston Children's Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine has reviewed and approved the course to fulfill the state opioid training requirement.

Additional Clinician Education

Medical Education Core Competencies for the Prevention and Management of Prescription Drug Misuse

Developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Medical Society, Boston University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Tufts School of Medicine, and the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.

Providers’ Clinical Support System For Opioid Therapies

This SAMHSA funded site provides colleague support resources, a mentor directory, clinical resources and guidelines, free online CME webinars on subjects like safe prescribing and medication assisted treatment, and a downloadable mobile application designed to aid in safe opioid prescribing.

SCOPE of Pain

Online education for primary care physicians in the treatment of patients with chronic pain, with resources page, and links to more education at which focuses on effective communication skills, potential risks and benefits of opioids,  and when and how to initiate, maintain, modify, and discontinue opioid therapy.

Making Sense of Massachusetts Opioid Prescribing Laws and State and National Guidelines

Online education program about which opioid prescribing practices are now mandated by law and which are recommended by state and national guidelines to allow for the medically appropriate and safe use of opioids for the treatment of pain.

Offers two test-and-teach case modules for safe prescribing for pain, and managing pain patients who abuse prescription drugs.

Screening and Assessment Tools

Opioid Risk Management Tools

Downloadable tools for opioid risk assessment. The Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients in Pain (SOAPP) helps prescribers plan long-term opioid treatments. A tutorial is available. The Current Opioid Misuse Measure (COMM) helps prescribers determine if patients on long-term opioid treatment may be misusing their medication.

Screening for Drug Use in General Medical Settings
National Institute of Drug Abuse guide for screening for drug use in adult patients.

Opioid Risk Tool (ORT)
Downloadable two page self-report screening tool for use in primary care settings to assess risk for opioid abuse in chronic pain patients.

Opioid Overdose Prevention

Prescribe to Prevent
Education, guidance, downloadable tools for prescribers in primary care, chronic pain, palliative care, and emergency medicine settings to prescribe naloxone (Narcan) rescue kits. Also includes sections for patients and pharmacists, as well as legal information and FAQs.


Massachusetts Online Prescription Monitoring Program
Allows prescribers and pharmacists to view a patient’s past year prescription history. Find PMP enrollment forms, online portal log-in, training webinars, and a guide to interpreting PMP data here.

Referral Resources

SAMSHA Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
Search treatment facilities and providers by geographic location and specific services offered, including inpatient facilities, outpatient mental health services and buprenorphine physicians.  

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Hotline: (800) 327-5050


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