Weitzman ECHO Pain (July 7, 2022)

Program Information

Weitzman ECHO Pain is a twice monthly videoconference that connects primary care providers with a multidisciplinary team of pain specialists to improve the management of patients with chronic pain. The team includes specialists with expertise in anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, behavioral health, and pharmacy.

Weitzman ECHO uses case-based learning to provide support and education to providers, enabling them to more effectively manage complex pain cases. During each session, the specialist team delivers a brief didactic and provides guidance in accordance with CDC guidelines for each case presented by a participating provider. Topics in the 12-month didactic curriculum include pain exams, psychological approaches to pain management, headaches, medication tapers, and a series on safe opioid prescribing.

Weitzman ECHO Pain addresses common challenges in the midst of the opioid epidemic:

  • Primary care providers express low confidence in their ability to manage pain and discontent with pain resources available to them.
  • Access to specialty consultation is extremely limited.
  • There is a wide variation in primary care in the prescribing of opioids and adherence to guidelines for documentation.
  • Patients with opioid addiction often face stigma in seeking care.

Target Audience

This activity is appropriate for the following audiences:

  • Primary care providers
  • Behavioral health providers

Registration Information

Enrollment for Weitzman ECHO Pain is rolling and access is available for a subscription fee for one year based on the number of providers from your organization who would like access to this activity. Please contact us here if you would like more information or to sign up for this ECHO.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to do the following:

  • Identify patients who are at risk for developing chronic pain
  • Assess how and when to utilize non-pharmaceutical techniques for pain management
  • Determine how and when to prescribe pain medications including opioids
  • Assess the benefits of behavioral health involvement in pain management
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AAPA Category I CME
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Academy of PAs (AAPA) credit to physician assistants at its activities. Participants should only claim commensurate credit with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 1.50 ACPE
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit to pharmacists at its activities.
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
  • 1.50 APA
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Psychological Association (APA) credit to psychologists at its activities.
  • 1.50 Participation Hour(s)
Activity opens: 
01/01/2022
Activity expires: 
12/31/2022

Schedule

This ECHO meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 11:30am-1pm ET. Below are the dates of all remaining sessions:

  • May 19, 2022
  • June 2, 2022
  • June 16, 2022
  • July 7, 2022
  • July 21, 2022
  • August 4, 2022
  • August 18, 2022
  • September 1, 2022
  • September 15, 2022
  • October 6, 2022
  • October 20, 2022
  • November 3, 2022
  • November 17, 2022
  • December 1, 2022
  • December 15, 2022

Faculty

Cela Marie Archambault, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with specialty training in Health Psychology. She has worked with patients with pain for 25 years. She is currently a Behavioral Health Consultant at El Rio Health, one of the largest community health centers in the United States. In addition to providing direct care to patients, she is teaching other behavioral health providers how to help patients with chronic pain live a fuller and more functional life. She is also on the faculty of the Weitzman Institute’s Project Echo Pain. Dr. Archambault received her doctoral degree from the University of Houston in Houston, TX. She is fellowship trained in pain care. Previously she co-founded and was the health psychologist for Integrative Pain Center of Arizona, the only adult pain treatment center in Arizona nationally recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society. Prior to that, she was Assistant Professor with a duel appointment in Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry at the University of Arizona. She started her career at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey where she became Program Manager for two nationally accredited Pain Management Programs. There she received a special commendation for “innovative programing” by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Her goal is to help people with pain maximize their function and live as fulfilling a life as possible. She does this through providing the direct services of evaluation and treatment for patients with pain. She also does this through educating other health professionals about the impact that psychosocial factors have on the experience of pain and how to treat that aspect of the problem.

Bennet E. Davis, MD, is the director of the Pain Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Davis completed his undergraduate work at Stanford University in Stanford, CA, and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He then trained in orthopedic surgery and anesthesiology at the University of New Mexico and University of California, Irvine. He completed his fellowship in Manchester, England, after finishing residency training. Dr. Davis served as founder and director of the University of Arizona Pain Center from 1995 to 2002, where he was also director of the Pain Fellowship Program and co-founding faculty of the Arizona Cancer Center. In 2002, he and his colleagues founded Arizona’s first and only adult pain clinic to achieve American Pain Society Center of Excellence, The Integrative Pain Center of Arizona, which operated as one of the nation’s few models for interdisciplinary pain care until November 2017. He is involved in organized medicine as past president of the Pima County Medical Society, and is active on a national level in teaching as medical director for CHC Pain ECHO, a telemedicine teaching program for primary care providers across the nation. He serves on numerous advisory boards for health policy. His latest article, “A Patient Centered Approach to Tapering Opioids” was featured in The Journal of Family Practice in 2019 and addresses the adverse how not screening for trauma has prevented us from effectively addressing the opioid crisis.

Amy K. Kennedy, PharmD, BCACP, FAPhA received her post-graduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 and completed her community pharmacy practice residency and community participatory research fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. Dr. Kennedy is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, the El Rio Health pharmacy residency program director, and a clinical pharmacist at El Rio Health where she sees patients with pain under a collaborative practice agreement. Previously, Dr. Kennedy worked as a clinical pharmacist at a health center for the homeless. In this capacity, she provided medication therapy management services, precepted students, and conducted research as part of an interprofessional healthcare team. Her scholarship interests include the treatment of chronic pain, preventive health, the impact of medication adherence on mental health outcomes, the role of therapeutic lifestyle modifications in hypertension management, medication therapy management outcomes, and the pharmacist’s role in caring for the underserved.

Chris R. Oagley, OTR/L, L.Ac., SEP, is a Certified Hand Therapist who has been in practice for 35 years treating complex chronic pain and trauma. She has worked as a OTR/L in hospitals and private clinics specializing in hand and upper extremity therapy. Ms. Oagley was also a Certified Hand Therapist for 20 years. She has also developed a number of integrated hand therapy programs and designed several clinics specifically for upper extremity work-related rehabilitation. Ms. Oagley has special expertise in management of painful unstable wrist and thumb conditions, RSD/CRPS, repetitive stress injuries, chronic distal tendonitis and joint dysfunction. She lectured nationally on RSD/CRPS and custom orthotic making for chronic wrist pain. Ms. Oagley also has a masters from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe and has done post-graduate work in Beijing, China. She is board certified in Acupuncture; and has been a clinical instructor at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for 11 years. Ms. Oagley has been in private practice in Tucson since 2003. She has extensive experience in treating stress and depression related to physical injury and long-term chronic disability using both Eastern and Western therapies. In 2018 Ms. Oagley became certified in Somatic Experiencing a neurocognitive-based trauma therapy. Ms. Oagley is published as a medical illustrator. She has also worked in television, film and professional theatre as a designer and special effects craftsman. Ms. Oagley is a veteran.

Kathy J. Davis, RN, BSN, ANP-C, is a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She started working at El Rio Community Health Center in January 2018 as a NP Pain Care Specialist within the primary care setting. She sees patients with chronic pain in clinic and is leading the development of El Rio’s pain care program where she is determining the pain care needs of the health center and standardizing processes. She has also been a faculty member on the Weitzman Institute’s Project ECHO Pain program for five years, providing pain care training to primary medical and behavioral health providers via videoconferencing. She was a co-founder/business partner at the Integrative Pain Center of Arizona (IPCA) where she worked as a clinician from 2002 until September 2017. Prior to IPCA, she worked at the University of Arizona as a clinical and research nurse in the Pain Fellowship program for three years. She received her diploma in nursing from Columbia Hospital College of Nursing in Milwaukee, WI and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in Tucson, AZ. She earned her Master of Science/Nurse Practitioner degree at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ and holds advanced certification in pain management from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Jennifer P. Schneider, MD, PhD, earned her medical degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and her doctorate at the University of Michigan. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine, and Pain Management. She is the author of ten books, including Living with Chronic Pain: The Complete Health Guide to the Causes and Treatment of Chronic Pain, and numerous articles in professional journals. Dr. Schneider is nationally recognized in two addiction-related fields, addictive sexual disorders and the management of chronic pain with opioids. In 1998, Dr. Schneider won the prestigious Patrick Carnes Award for lifetime contribution to the sex addiction field. Now retired from direct patient care, her professional activities include writing, lecturing at conferences, and serving as an expert witness in legal settings regarding opioid prescribing. One of Dr. Schneider’s main current activities is teaching a nationwide remedial live 21-Continuing Medical Education course on appropriate prescribing of controlled substances for chronic pain, under the auspices of Professional Boundaries, Inc. 

Weitzman Institute Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of the Weitzman Institute to ensure that Continuing Education (CE) activities are independent and free of commercial bias. To ensure educational content is objective, balanced, and guarantee content presented is in the best interest of its learners' and the public, the Weitzman Institute requires that everyone in a position to control educational content disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. An ineligible company is one whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Examples can be found at accme.org.

Faculty participating in a Weitzman Institute-sponsored activity must disclose to the planning committee and audience all financial or other relationship(s) with ineligible companies.

Faculty Disclosures

No faculty disclosed a relevant financial relationship for this program.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.   

Designation Statement

Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit to pharmacists, AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), American Academy of PAs (AAPA) credit to physician assistants, American Psychological Association (APA) credit to psychologists and Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) credit to social workers at its activities.

By completing this activity you provide the Weitzman Institute permission to share completion data with the ACCME and the certifying board(s).

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Available Credit

  • 1.50 AAPA Category I CME
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Academy of PAs (AAPA) credit to physician assistants at its activities. Participants should only claim commensurate credit with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 1.50 ACPE
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit to pharmacists at its activities.
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
  • 1.50 APA
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Psychological Association (APA) credit to psychologists at its activities.
  • 1.50 Participation Hour(s)
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Enrollment for Weitzman ECHO Pain is rolling and access is available for a subscription fee for one year based on the number of providers from your organization who would like access to this activity. Please contact us here if you would like more information or to sign up for this ECHO.

Required Hardware/Software

  • This online activity requires use of a device connected to the Internet, such as a computer tablet or mobile device. 
  • The ECHO will take place over Zoom, which must be accessed directly from within the activity.