Massachusetts Medical Society: New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines in Practice

New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines in Practice

New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines in Practice

New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines in Practice addresses the new Opioid Therapy and Physician Communication Guidelines.  Promulgated by the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) in 2015, these guidelines are now incorporated into the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine's comprehensive advisory to physicians on prescribing issues and practices. The purpose of this educational activity is to help prescribers integrate these new guidelines into practice. 

The course is recommended for all prescribers who are seeking guidance in best practices in opioid prescribing, both in acute and chronic pain situations. Topics include recognizing, prescribing, and treating patients at risk for opioid addiction, utilizing the MA Prescription Monitoring Program, identifying effective screening tools and patient communication strategies, and becoming familiar with pain consultations and resources for alternative pain treatment therapies.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of prescription opioid misuse risk assessment utilizing
  • Develop a practical risk-benefit framework for decision making on the initiation, continuation,
    dosage modification, and discontinuation of opioid analgesics in the treatment of acute and chronic pain
  • Improve communication strategies to use with patients not meeting treatment goals or demonstrating behaviors concerning for opioid misuse
  • Identify strategies to incorporate guideline-based safe opioid prescribing practices into team-based care
  • Identify potential resources for pain and addiction management consultations
  • Identify strategies to incorporate evidence-based non-opioid therapies for pain management


Dr. Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM, 
Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine is the featured presenter.  Dr. Alford also directs the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education Program and Director of the Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit at the medical school.

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member Physician: Free
MMS Resident/Student Member: Free
Non-Member Physician: Free
Non-Member Resident/Student: Free
Allied Health Professional/Other: Free


Slides & Video

CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement  
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management credit, including 1 credit in effective pain management and prescribing of controlled substances.

MOC Approval Statement 
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Family Medicine
Nuclear Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgery
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry and Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00  Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term
Original Released Date: January 31, 2016
Review Date: July 31, 2017, February 4, 2019  
Termination Date: February 4, 2022

System requirements:

Windows 10
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
IE 11+
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome latest version
Safari 12+
iOS devices beginning with OS version 10 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)
Android devices including tablets and phones. 
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.

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