National Meeting Highlights PAINWeek 2014

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Release Date: October 08, 2014
Expiration Date: October 08, 2015

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 60 minutes
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online activity.

Program Overview

This educational activity offers highlights from key sessions presented at PainWeek 2014. Key thought leaders summarize the latest information in pain management today. This four module highlight series focuses on the latest data, on what the data means in the clinical setting, and how clinicians may effectively incorporate this information to improve patient care, and ultimately, patient outcomes.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for pain management specialists, as well as primary care specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists who provide care to patients with chronic pain.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize recent data regarding safety and efficacy of current and novel approaches to management of chronic pain
  • Apply the clinical relevance and potential impact of these findings in the care of patients with chronic pain
  • Identify key recommendations from clinical practice guidelines and standardized approaches to therapy with opioids that minimize risk and are designed to optimize outcomes


ICD-10 for Pain Management – Marvel J. Hammer, RN, BS, CPC, CCS-P, ACS-PM, CPCO

Pain Therapeutics − Chris Herndon, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, FASHP

The Psychology of Opioids − Mark D. Sullivan, MD

Learning to Identify Behavioral Profiles Common in Patients Struggling with Chronic Pain – Anthony Whitney, MS, LMHC, BCIA

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is eligible for credit through October 8, 2015. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.

  1. Read the target audience, learning objectives, and faculty disclosures.
  2. You may be asked to complete a short pre-test before accessing the educational content. This must be completed in order to move forward in the activity.
  3. Complete the educational content as designed.
  4. Complete the post-test. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 70%.
  5. Complete the activity evaluation survey to provide feedback and information useful for future programming.
  6. Certificates may be printed immediately after successfully completing the post-test and activity evaluation.

Faculty Biographies

Marvel J. Hammer, RN, BS, CPC, CCS-P, ACS-PM, CPCO
MJH Consulting
Denver, Colorado

Marvel Hammer is an accomplished professional with considerable years of experience both in the business and medical fields. She is a coding, billing and compliance consultant and owner of MJH Consulting based in Denver, Colorado.

Ms. Hammer provides medical coding and billing education, assistance with payer audits, and performs compliance reviews for her clients. She enjoys teaching providers and their staff on correct coding and billing issues and presents on these topics nationwide. Her field of specialties includes ICD-10-CM, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, and occupational medicine.

Chris Herndon, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, FASHP
Associate Professor
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy
Edwardsville, Illinois
Clinical Associate Professor
St. Louis University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Dr. Chris Herndon received his doctor of pharmacy degree from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He then completed a geriatric pharmacotherapy specialty residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He is currently an associate professor with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy and a clinical associate professor with the St. Louis University School of Medicine.

Currently, Dr. Herndon sees chronic pain patients in a multidisciplinary setting within a large family medicine residency clinic. His scholarship interest focuses primarily on pain and palliative care education and he is the co-principal investigator for the NIH Center of Excellence in Pain Education at SIUE and St. Louis University. Dr. Herndon is active in professional service and serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Pain Society, the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee for the American Pain Society, the Section Advisory Group on Pain and Palliative Care for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Curriculum Task Force, Pharmacy for the International Association for the Study of Pain. He is the 2012 recipient of the “Academic Pain Educator of the Year Award” from the American Society of Pain Educators.

Mark D. Sullivan, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Adjunct Professor, Bioethics and Humanities
University of Washington
UW Medicine, School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington

Dr. Mark Sullivan is a professor of psychiatry and adjunct professor of bioethics and humanities at University of Washington, UW Medicine, School of Medicine. He provides psychiatric consultation services in the UW Medicine Center for Pain Relief with a focus on diagnosing and treating depression and anxiety in patients with chronic pain. Previously, Dr. Sullivan served as attending physician in the UWMC Multidisciplinary Pain Center and also worked in the UW General Internal Medicine Center where he developed nationally disseminated training programs and policies concerning opioid management of chronic pain.

Dr. Sullivan serves on the Industrial Insurance Medical Advisory Committee of Washington state and has been involved with the development and evaluation of the Washington state opioid dosing guideline. He has been chair of the ethics committee of the American Pain Society and on the editorial board of Pain. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, many on chronic pain. He is currently participating in National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded studies on trends and risks of opioid therapy for chronic pain.

Anthony A. Whitney, MS, LMHC, BCIA
Behavioral Therapist
St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute
Spokane, Washington

Anthony Whitney earned his bachelor degree in psychology and his master degree in clinical psychology at Eastern Washington University in Seattle, and is a certified biofeedback therapist and licensed mental health counselor. He is currently a behavioral therapist at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Spokane, Washington, and specializes in treating chronic pain and biofeedback therapy. Mr. Whitney strives to create a unique treatment experience to enhance individuals’ abilities to experience their full internal potential. His philosophy integrates psychology with technology to improve a patient’s physical awareness and ability to work toward recovery.


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Faculty Disclosures

Marvel Hammer has received honoraria as a consultant from Alere Toxicology, AllMeds, Boston Scientific Corporation, Clint Pharmaceuticals, and Wolters Kluwer Health.

Dr. Chris Herndon and Anthony Whitney have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Dr. Mark Sullivan has received honoraria related to the development of educational materials from the REMS Program Committee.

Planning Committee Disclosure

The individual listed below from MediCom Worldwide, Inc. reported the following for this activity: Joan Meyer, RN, MHA, executive director, has no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer Disclosure

In accordance with MediCom Worldwide, Inc. policy, all content is independently peer reviewed for balance, objectivity and commercial bias. The peer reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Off-Label Disclosures/Investigational Disclosures

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Further, attendees/participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this program.

Ms. Hammer, Dr. Herndon, Dr. Sullivan, and Mr. Whitney have indicated that they do not intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics or diagnostics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the US.

Ms. Hammer, Dr. Herndon, Dr. Sullivan, and Mr. Whitney have indicated that they do not intend to discuss investigational drugs, mechanical devices, biologics or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the US.

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