Activity ID



February 4, 2022

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Massachusetts Medical Society


New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines in Practice addresses the new Opioid Therapy and Physician Communication Guidelines. Promulgated by the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) in 2015, these guidelines are now incorporated into the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine’s comprehensive advisory to physicians on prescribing issues and practices. The purpose of this educational activity is to help prescribers integrate these new guidelines into practice.

The course is recommended for all prescribers who are seeking guidelines in best practices in opioid prescribing, both in acute and chronic pain situations. Topics include recognizing, prescribing, and treating patients at risk for opioid addiction, utilizing the MA Prescription Monitoring Program, identifying effective screening tools and patient communication strategies, and becoming familiar with pain consultations and resources for alternative pain treatment therapies.

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Educational Objectives

Demonstrate an understanding of prescription opioid misuse risk assessment utilizing.
Develop a practical risk-benefit framework for decision making on the initiation, continuation, dosage modification, and discontinuation of opioid analgesics in the treatment of acute and chronic pain.
Improve communication strategies to use with patients not meeting treatment goals or demonstrate behaviors concerning for opioid misuse.
Identify strategies to incorporate guideline-based safe opioid prescribing practices into team-based care.
Identify potential resources for pain and addiction management consultations.
Identify strategies to incorporate evidence-based non-opioid therapies for pain management.


Ethics; Pain Management, Best practices, Professionalism


Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Practice-based Learning & Improvement, Professionalism

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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