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The Chronic Pain Preconference addresses frequent changes related to payment and regulatory issues regarding chronic pain.  This preconference is designed to update pain anesthesiologists on different critical issues.


At the conclusion of Preconference 4:  Chronic Pain, participants should be able to:

  • Implement strategies for responsible drug management in pain practice.
  • Recommend clinical pathways for comprehensive treatment of back pain.
  • Evaluate guidelines that reflect current regulatory requirements.
  • Demonstrate compliance with federal requirements for billing and coding practices.

Credit Designation

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Agenda - Friday, January 24, 2014

6:30 - 7:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
7:00 - 7:15 a.m. Welcome, Introduction and Announcements
John H. Stephenson, M.D.
7:15 - 8:00 a.m. Pain Medicine e-Prescribing, EMR, EHR and Meaningful Use
Rafael V. Miguel, M.D.
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Opioid Rx:  Alleviate Your Practice's Compliance Risks
Vicki Myckowiak, J.D. 
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Break
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Preparing for Accountable Care:  Understanding the Costs in Caring for Patients with Back Pain
Christopher J. Gilligan, M.D., M.B.A. 
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Developing a Viable Pain Practice Based on Quality, Efficiency and Economic Sustainability
David A. Provenzano, M.D. 
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Questions and Answers
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch in Exhibit Hall
12:30 - 1:20 p.m. Pain Medicine Coding and Payment:  2014
Sharon K. Merrick, M.S. CCS-P 
1:20 - 2:10 p.m. Pain Medicine Regulatory Update:  2014
Lisa Pearlstein, J.D. 
2:10 - 3:00 p.m. Enforcement Alert:  Legal Actions Against Pain Practices and Providers
Vicki Myckowiak, J.D. 
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Break in Exhibit Hall
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussions



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You may only attend one Practice Management Preconference.  Moving between Preconferences will not be allowed. 


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