Moving Upstream of the Opioid Epidemic

A New Framework for Addressing Pain to Prevent Opioid Use Disorder

April 22, 2020

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: This event will now be held virtually, adhering to COVID-19 outbreak guidelines. For more information, click here.

Overview

Commonly, a person’s initial exposure to prescription opioids follows an incidence of acute or chronic pain. When used as prescribed under a medical provider’s supervision, opioids can be an effective method of treating pain. However, opioids also have addictive properties that can make them dangerous when used inappropriately, a contributing factor to the opioid crisis that exists today. Consequently, opioid prescribing restrictions and guidelines have become more stringent. Although these guidelines have decreased incidences of opioid exposure, there have been unintended consequences for persons with painful conditions.

There are systemic barriers to accessing other high-quality, timely, cost-effective methods of pain management. Pain diagnosis and management training has been lacking within healthcare, and health plan benefit design often incentivizes the utilization of opioids over equally effective and less risky alternatives. Unaddressed pain has significant physical, emotional, and societal costs. As healthcare purchasers, employers play an imperative role in optimizing the quality of healthcare and health services that their employees and their dependents are receiving to manage their pain.

Join the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC) for this half day event to learn about pain – where we’ve come from, where we are, and how employers can drive where we need to go.

Audience

We invite all health and healthcare stakeholders to join us, including healthcare providers, health plans, employers, government, community organizations, and more. Registration is free.

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

10:00am – 3:00pm

Join Virtually

Information on how to join virtually will be available soon. Please check back often.

THIS EVENT IS APPROVED FOR 3.5 HOURS OF SHRM AND HRCI CREDITS.

Speakers

Director of the Master of Bioethics degree program
& Research Scholar
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Author, In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids
Read his Washington Post article here
Explore his other publications here
Director
Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management (AACIPM)
Researcher
Integrated Benefits Institute
Whole Health System Clinical Director
VA St. Louis Healthcare System
National Whole Health Champion
Veterans Health Administration
Pharmacy Analytic Advisor, Applied Analytics & Consulting
IBM Watson Health
Managing Consultant, Behavioral Health Lead
IBM Watson Health

Panelists

Moderator
Director
Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management (AACIPM)
CEO and President
Confluent Health
Founder
Bluegrass Family Wellness, PLLC

Sponsorships

If your organization is interested in potential sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities for the Pain Symposium, please contact Emily Divino at edivino@khcollaborative.org.

Thank you to our Event Sponsor