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How PAs are Improving Skill Sets to Approach Opioid Use

How PAs are Improving Skill Sets to Approach Opioid Use



Time to Complete

15 minutes


April 26, 2019


April 26, 2020
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Maximum Credits

0.25 / AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
0.25 / ABIM MOC Points
0.25 / CE for Pharmacists (0.025 CEUs)

An important note about ABIM MOC Part II points
Successful completion of this CME activity enables eligible participants to earn up to 0.25 ABIM-Part II Medical Knowledge MOC point in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. To claim MOC points, follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Complete all 4 questions under the "ABIM Part 2 Credit Questions" section, located at the bottom of the course evaluation form. This includes 1) attesting that our partner may submit your credits to ABIM, 2) attesting that you are ABIM board certified, 3) providing your ABIM #, and 4) providing your date of birth (MM/DD).

Step 2: Our partner, USF Health, will send your MOC points to your ABIM account within 6-8 weeks.

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This educational initiative is co-provided by USF Health and CME Outfitters.

Commercial Supporter

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson

Program Description

A 2017 survey of physician assistants (PAs), data showed PAs are prescribing opioids and managing patients with pain in their practice; they’ve also expressed a need for education on both prescribing opioids and managing their patients with opioid use disorders – particularly in underserved populations.

In this free CME Snack, Dr. Gold and Ms. Catherine Judd share insights on best ways to approach opioid use while discussing the importance of gathering comprehensive patient histories – including substance use, integration of motivational interviewing, listening to patient stories, and the wellness aspect of treating patients with pain. It is imperative that clinicians set aside time to communicate thoroughly with patients about the medications they are being prescribed to avoid misuse and establish a positive patient-provider relationship.

Intended Audience

Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists.

Educational Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the growing burden of the opioid epidemic and the role of physician assistants in addressing the opioid epidemic in their community.

Conflict Of Interest Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of USF Health and CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.


Mark S. Gold, MD
ASAM's Annual Lifetime Achievement John P. McGovern Award & Prize winner
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
17th University of Florida Distinguished Alumni Professor
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Gold has no disclosures to report.

Catherine Judd, MS, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, DFAAPA
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
UT Southwestern Medical Center School of Health Professions
Physician Assistant
Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine
Parkland Health and Hospital System
Dallas, TX

Dr. Judd has disclosed the following:
Speakers Bureau: Alkermes; Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.; Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.; and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Advisory Board: ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc.; and Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.

Accredited Provider Disclosure

The CME Outfitters, LLC staff has nothing to disclose.
The USF Health staff has no disclosures to report.

Planners' and Managers' Disclosures

Jeffrey Helfand, DO, (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.
Mae Ochoa, RPh, (peer reviewer) has no disclosures to report.
Jan Perez , (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.
Sharon Tordoff (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.




AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

USF Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

USF Health designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC Part II Points:
MOC Points available for Internal Medicine and General Medicine Board Certified Physicians.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.25 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.




CE for Pharmacists

Accreditation Statement

CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 0.25 contact hours (0.025 CEUs) Universal Activity Number: 0376-0000-19-016-H01-P

Type: Knowledge-based

MIPS Improvement Activity

This activity counts towards MIPS Improvement Activity requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Clinicians should submit their improvement activities by attestation via the CMS Quality Payment Program website.

Additional Credit Information

Note to Nurse Practitioners: Nurse practitioners can apply for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM   through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). AANP will accept AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM   from organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Nurse practitioners can also apply for credit through their state boards.

Note to Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM   from organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

CME Outfitters, LLC, USF Health, and the faculty do not endorse the use of any product outside of the FDA labeled indications. Medical professionals should not utilize the procedures, products, or diagnosis techniques discussed during this activity without evaluation of their patient for contraindications or dangers of use.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.


There are no fees for participating in this CME/CE activity. To receive credit, participants must (1) read the learning objectives and disclosure statements, (2) study the educational activity, and (3) complete the post-test and activity evaluation form, including the certificate information section.

To obtain a certificate, participants must receive a score of 75% or better on the post-test. The post-test can be accessed at the end of the activity. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/CME History, which you can access at any time.

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