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Education

The PDMP Office is offering an education curriculum for prescribers on best practices for using the PDMP system and on how to address substance use disorder with patients. The PDMP Office invites you to participate in these complimentary courses and earn free continuing education credits.

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Online Courses

Educational modules are available as online continuing education courses on TRAIN PA free of charge. You can find them by clicking on the link or searching for "PA-PDMP" in the course catalog.

On-Site Educational Sessions

The PDMP Office has partnered with Quality Insights of Pennsylvania (QI) to provide on-site education in the following counties: Allegheny, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Delaware, Erie Lackawanna, Lawrence, Lehigh Luzerne, Montgomery, Philadelphia and Westmoreland. Starting September 2018 through August 2019, QI will be expanding education to the following counties: Beaver, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Clearfield, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Northampton and Wyoming. Please contact QI at pdmpeducation@qualityinsights.org to discuss scheduling a session.

The Institute for Research, Education and Training in the Addictions (IRETA) is currently providing on-site education in the following counties: Washington, Fayette, and their immediate surrounding areas. Please contact IRETA at info@ireta.org to discuss scheduling a session.

Please note that these counties were targeted based on a research conducted by the PDMP Office which indicated where education would be the most beneficial. We aim to continue to expand on-site education. If your county is not currently listed, you can take advantage of our online courses hosted on TRAIN PA.

Accreditation

These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through partnership with the PDMP Office and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for each module. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Requirements

All modules can be used to meet the Medical and/or Osteopathic Boards' CME credit requirement of Patient Safety/Risk Management, and modules 3–7 can be used to meet the Act 124 of 2016 opioid education requirements. However, a provider cannot use the same module to meet both the Act 124 and Patient Safety/Risk Management requirements. See below for the specific requirements that each module meets:

Act 124 Pain Management Act 124 Prescribing Practices for Opioids Act 124 Identification of Addiction Patient Safety/Risk Management
Module 3 Modules 4 and 7 Modules 5 and 6 Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

Evidence-Based Prescribing: Tools you can use to fight the opioid epidemic.

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Module 1: Why Using the PDMP is Important for Achieving Optimal Health for Pennsylvania Citizens

Learn why the use of the PDMP is important to improving Pennsylvania's population health. Available for CME credit on TRAIN PA.

Module 1 Guide Document

Module 2: How to Use the PDMP to Make Clinical Decisions

Learn how prescribers and pharmacists can integrate the PDMP into their clinical workflow and use the PDMP to make clinical decisions based on the most recent requirements and regulations. Available for CME credit on TRAIN PA.

Module 2 Guide Document

Reporting Suspected Aberrant Medication Dispensing

Reporting Suspected Aberrant Medication Prescribing

Pharmacist Fact Sheet

Precriber Fact Sheet

Module 3: Using the PDMP to Optimize Pain Management

Learn how prescribers and pharmacists can use the PDMP to optimize a patient's pain management. Available for CME credit on TRAIN PA.

Module 3 Guide Document

Diagram: Multimodal Pain Management Methods

Module 3 Pocket Cards

Module 4: Opioid Prescribing Guide

Overview of opioid prescribing guidelines published by the Pennsylvania Department of Health for acute and chronic pain management in healthcare settings as well as information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for chronic and acute pain management in all medical practices. Available for CME credit on TRAIN PA.

Module 4 Guide Document

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic Pain Checklist

Fact Sheet: Summary of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Noncancer Chronic Pain

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Laws Surrounding Controlled Substances

Pocket Card: Quick Guide to Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Opioid Laws

Pocket Card: Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic Pain

Module 5: Referral to Treatment for Substance Use Disorder Related to Opioid Use

Learn how to determine whether a patient should be referred to substance use disorder treatment and how to conduct a "warm handoff" of that patient to specialty treatment. Available for CME credit on TRAIN PA.

Module 5 Guide Document

Flow Chart: Primary Care "Warm Handoff" For Substance Use Disorder

Module 6: Approaches to Addressing Substance Use Disorder with Patients Identified by the PDMP

Learn how to incorporate Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) into clinical practice. Available for CME credit on TRAIN PA.

Module 6 Guide Document

Key Components of Motivational Interviewing

Pocket Card: Steps of the Brief Negotiated Interview

Frequently Asked Questions: SBIRT Training and Implementation

SBIRT Primer

SBIRT Online Directory

SBIRT Demonstration Videos

Module 7: Effective Opioid Tapering Practices

Overview of different opioid tapering strategies for prescribers who need to either taper a patient to a lower daily dosage or to discontinuation of opioid therapy. Available for CME credit on TRAIN PA.

Module 7 Guide Document

Flow Chart: Opioid Tapering

Pocket Card: How to Taper Opioids

Conflict of Interest Policy

No planners, members of the planning committee, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The Americans with Disabilities Act information

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by sending an email to ra-dh-pdmpedu@pa.gov.

If you have any questions about this education initiative, please contact ra-dh-pdmpedu@pa.gov.