Opioid Risk Management

Why is this important?

The prevalence of chronic pain and the complex, related risks of opioid management will require dedication and input from all staff members, from the patient, and loved ones in order to be managed well. This module will help practices as a whole optimize management while mitigating risks related to caring for patients with chronic pain, including those who need to be prescribed opioids in any form, whether for a brief or an extended period of time.

How will these tools help?

  • According to the Institute of Medicine’s report, “Relieving Pain in America” [4], 1 in 3 Americans suffer from chronic pain; 100 million American suffer chronic pain from just three diagnoses alone: back pain, headaches and arthritis.
  • Chronic pain is the number one cause of adult disability in the United States.
  • Overdoses (>50,000) have now surpassed car accidents as the number one cause of injury-related deaths in the United States and could soon approach 93,000/year [5].
  • Chronic pain costs the United States economy more than $600 billion in direct healthcare costs and lost productivity every year. The costs of pain medications represent only 4 % of the total medical costs of pain. 
  • Reducing overreliance on opioids for both acute and chronic pain will help reduce the incidence, prevalence, and negative consequences of side effects, misuse, abuse and diversion.

Target Audience

Target Audience

  • Physicians

  • Physician Assistants

  • Nurse Practitioners

  • Registered Nurses

  • Medical Assistants

  • Practice Managers

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Mitigate risks to patients associated with opiate prescribing.   
  • Support a culture of team-based care and of informed, cohesive communication which will benefit the patient and improve the accuracy and effectiveness of the treatment plan.
  • Reduce after-hours calls and reduce medico-legal liability.
  • Optimize and define the frequency and expectations for patients, staff and providers surrounding office visits and phone calls, improving clinician, practice staff and patient satisfaction.
  • Decrease the odds of opiate related deaths.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 20.00 ABIM MOC
  • 20.00 ABMS MOC
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Practice Advisor Content Manager

Jillian Schneider, MHA

Manager Practice Support, American College of Physicians


Gregory A. Hood, MD, MACP

Assistant Professor of Medicine

University of Kentucky School of Medicine

Staff Editors

Cynthia (Daisy) Smith, MD, FACP

Vice President, Clinical Programs

American College of Physicians

Monica Lizarraga, MPH

Grants Administrator

Disha Patel

Practice Support Coordinator

Cheryl Rusten, MPA

Programs and Grants Manager

Margo Williams, MHA

Senior Associate, Medical Practice

CME/MOC Credit

*To earn CME credit, you must attest after completion of the second module biopsy that you have:

  • participated in the completion of the ACP Practice Biopsy
  • participated in the review of the ACP Practice Biopsy results
  • participated in identifying an action plan to improve our practice
  • participated in the implementation of the plan
  • participated in the follow-up ACP Practice Biopsy to measure improvement

When you have done so, follow the on-screen instructions to complete and submit the submission form. You will receive confirmation of your submission available as a PDF certificate and via email.

The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Physicians designates this PI CME activity, ACP Practice Advisor® module Opioid Risk Management, for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 20 Practice Assessment points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity.  It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

MOC Approval Statement

Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification (“MOC”) Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, Opioid Risk Management has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:


Colon and Rectal Surgery

Family Medicine

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Plastic Surgery

Preventive Medicine

Psychiatry & Neurology


Thoracic Surgery



Available Credit

  • 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 20.00 ABIM MOC
  • 20.00 ABMS MOC

Accreditation Period

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