PAINWeek Announces PAINWeekJD: A Call to Action for Legal Practitioners in Pain Medicine

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Drug News
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A full day CLE conference for attorneys representing pain management practitioners

MONTCLAIR, N.J., May 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The public health crisis of opioid abuse, misuse, and diversion has

prompted a tsunami of new regulations and "guidelines" governing the prescribing of opioid analgesics for pain management. Even more troubling has been the attendant onslaught of litigation directed at prescribing healthcare practitioners who are struggling to address the needs of their patients with pain. The elevation of what traditionally has been referred to as negligence or unprofessional conduct to "criminal prosecution" demonstrates the need for frontline legal practitioners to understand and ultimately stand up against the ongoing conflation of medical and legal standards in all forms of civil, criminal, and administrative actions against practitioners who treat pain with opioids.

PAINWeekJD, a new educational offering from the producers of PAINWeek, will be a fresh and comprehensive exploration of the landscape of litigation confronting opioid prescribers and the legal professionals who provide their counsel. Presented concurrently with the 12th annual PAINWeek National Conference, PAINWeekJD will convene on Saturday, September 8 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. A distinguished roster of PAINWeek legal and medical faculty will be joined by frontline attorneys who are experienced in the defense of their clients' prescribing decisions and medical practices. Senior PAINWeek faculty presenter Jennifer Bolen, JD, Founder of The Legal Side of Pain in Knoxville, Tennessee, commented, "I'm excited to be participating in this groundbreaking exploration of the fast-changing legal environment for pain practitioners and the business and litigation counsel charged with their defense. There is much that we can do to prepare our clients to proactively document their medical decision-making, to defend against allegations of inappropriate prescribing, and to mount an effective response when something goes wrong."

The full-day program will examine specific issues regarding pain management laws, regulations, and policies; standards of care and expert witness testimony unique to opioid prescribing and chronic pain management; and what can be done when the pain practitioner is accused of "getting the patient addicted" or "causing the overdose death of the patient." Course offerings include The State of Pain Law 101; What Constitutes "Standard of Care"; Confronting—and Engaging—the Expert Witness; The Role of the Addiction Label in Inappropriate Prescribing Cases; When Prescribing Cases Involve Opioid Overdose; and Fraud and Inappropriate Prescribing. Participants will leave PAINWeekJD with tactics and strategies for representing the frontline pain practitioner, and with tools to counsel their clients in the establishment of a safe and defensible framework for opioid prescribing.

Registration fee for PAINWeekJD : $795. To learn more and register online, please visit

Continuing Legal Education Accreditation PAINWeekJD is provided by ALM. ALM has been certified by various CLE boards as an Accredited Provider. This program will be accredited in multiple jurisdictions. Participants can receive up to 7.25 credits, which includes 3 in mental health/substance abuse. The categories of credits a participant can receive are subject to the rules and regulations of the individual CLE boards. For state specific information please contact ALM at (212) 457-7912.



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