Current State of Interdisciplinary Treatment Programs

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, Michael Harris, PhD, from Pacific Rehabilitation Centers, discussed the current state of Interdisciplinary pain treatment programs. Interdisciplinary Care means a group of different specialties and experts who are involved in patient pain care in an equal fashion, and share a single goal of improving the […]

Intro to Interdisciplinary Treatment Programs

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Management Annual Meeting, Stephen Stanos, DO – Swedish Health System and President-American Academy of Pain Medicine talked about why the time is right for interdisciplinary pain treatment programs. The opioid epidemic is getting lots of media attention these days and this has been changing prescribing habits of physicians. […]

Are There Patients Unsuitable for Interdisciplinary Care?

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting a session discussed identifying the ideal candidates for interdisciplinary care. The speakers included: Ravi Prasad, PhD – Stanford University School of Medicine Patricia Cole, PhD – Shirley Ryan AbilityLab There is a big difference between acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain has a clear […]

Building a Self-Management Treatment Plan

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, James Atchison, DO, from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab discussed working with patients to build a self-treatment plan. Patients need to be educated on both the physical and mental (cognitive) elements of pain. Physical areas of focus for a treatment program: Posture. Body mechanics/positioning. Pacing. Exercise including […]

How Physical and Cognitive Treatments Change Brain Function

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, a session discussed how pain impacts the brain and how treatments can change this. The speakers were: Kristin Lucas, PT, DPT – Swedish Medical Group Elizabeth Gaffron MOTR/L – Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Pain is a natural protective mechanism that impacts many areas of the brain. […]

Medication Tapering

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, James Atchison, DO, with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab discussed medication tapering. Opioid reduction/tapering is a key element in any interdisciplinary pain management program. The goal is to reduce the medications while at the same time offering alternative pain management strategies. The goal is not to criticize […]

Outcomes Assessment in Pain Care

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Management Annual Meeting, Ravi Prasad, PhD from Stanford University School of Medicine discussed outcome assessments in pain management. Outcomes tracking challenges: Financial limitations Logistical barriers Uncertainty, what should we assess Implementation of findings Most clinicians are not tracking outcomes because they don’t know how to use this information […]

Challenges With Interdisciplinary Pain Treatment

At the 2018 American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, a panel discussed lessons learned from past use of multidisciplinary pain management programs and how to overcome those barriers in the future. The panel included: Kimberly George – Sedgwick (moderator) Dianne Flynn, MD, MPH – Madigan Army Medical Centers Michael Harris, PhD – Pacific Rehabilitation […]

Risk Management and the Political Landscape

At the 2018 RIMS Annual Conference, a panel discussed political issues that could impact risk management. The panel included: Lance Ewing – EVP Global Risk Management, Cotton Holdings Inc Joel Wood – SVP Government Affairs, CIAB James McIntyre – RIMS Washington Counsel RIMS has an External Affairs Committee that reviews issues and coordinates lobbying efforts […]

Managing Workers’ Compensation Risks in the Healthcare Sector

At the RIMS 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition, this panel of healthcare risk professionals discussed the most-prominent workers’ compensation challenges and solutions facing the industry today. Speakers included:  Rich Reynolds, Manager – Workers’ Compensation, Providence Health & Services Paul Posey, CEO, Ascension Care Management Martin King, Director, Corporate Risk Management, Kaiser Permanente Mark Walls, Vice […]

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