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The Managing Pain in the Primary Care Setting Symposium is jointly provided by Tulane University and CrescentHealth Consulting.

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Who Should Attend?

Primary Care, Internists, Nurses, Mental Health Professionals, Physical Therapists

This program has recently been approved to meet the LSBME requirement of 3 hours of CDS CME for licensure

About the Symposium

Statement of Need

In light of the federal government’s recognition of the national opioid epidemic and the release of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, physicians need to recognize and understand the importance of a multi-disciplinary and multi-modal approach to treating chronic pain.


The purpose of this activity is to increase physician knowledge regarding treating chronic pain patients. In order to provide the highest quality of patient care, physicians must know the tools and resources available in treating this complex patient population. Providers should understand the mechanisms and types of pain as well as become familiar with the classes of medications, physical modalities, and interventions utilized to treat chronic pain.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity, the participants should be better able to effectively:

  • Discuss the essential neurophysiology and neuropharmacology as a basis for the selection of methods to medically manage chronic pain.
  • Distinguish between migraine and other types of headache to guide treatments with the appropriate pharmacotherapuetic intervention.
  • Discuss the use of complementary and alternative medicine for the management of fibromyalgia.
  • Discuss the burden of managing adults with low back pain in the United States within the context of the healthcare delivery system, economy and workforce.
  • Describe the contemporary issues regarding the role of select therapeutic interventions within the scope of physical therapy practice, including patient education, thermal modalities, electrotherapy, mechanical spinal traction, manual therapy, and exercise therapy in the management of adults with chronic low back pain complaints.
  • Clarify the basic components of written consent in the use of controlled therapies for chronic pain.
  • Describe the Louisiana Pain Rules as they pertain to the treatment of chronic pain in primary care.
Predicted Outcomes

Predicted changes in practice as a result of participating in this activity may include the improved ability to:

  • Utilize the Louisiana Pain Rules to shape office policies for the treatment of chronic pain in primary care setting.
  • Develop treatment plans incorporating multi-modal practices including physical therapy and complimentary medicine for the management of chronic pain states.
  • Manage and treat painful states with medications based on neurophysiology and neuropharmacology principles previously discussed.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Tulane University Health Sciences Center and CrescentHealth Consulting. Tulane University Health Sciences Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Tulane University Health Sciences Center designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Tulane University Health Sciences Center and CrescentHealth Consulting present this activity for educational purposes only and do not endorse any product, content of presentation or exhibit. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected because of their recognized expertise.


It is the policy of the Center for Continuing Education at Tulane University Health Sciences Center to plan and implement all of its educational activities in accordance with the ACCME® Accreditation Requirements to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Commercial Support, everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is required to disclose all financial relationships with any commercial interests within the past 12 months that creates a real or apparent conflict of interest. Individuals who do not disclose are disqualified from participating in a CME activity. Individuals with potential for influence or control of CME content include planners and planning committee members, authors, teachers, educational activity directors, educational partners, and others who participate, e.g. facilitators and moderators. This disclosure pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, biotech firms, or other commercial interests as defined by the ACCME®. Any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of the presentations must be resolved prior to the educational activity. Disclosure of off-label, experimental or investigational use of drugs or devices must also be made known to the audience.

Physician Competencies

This symposium is designed to address competencies as defined by the ACGME/ABMS, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC).

Nursing Credit

This activity for 8.5 contact hours is provided by the Education Resource Center of Tulane University Hospital, New Orleans, LA.  The Education Resource Center is approved by the LSBN C.E. Provider #5.

Nurses wishing to receive nursing credit must attend the whole symposium. Partial credit cannot be awarded.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

By participating in MOCII, you give Tulane University CCE permission to share your completion data with ACCME on your behalf. The ACCME will communicate with the appropriate board to issue your MOCII points.


ABIM:  Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 8.5 MOC points and patient safety MOC 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 to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


ABA:  Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® and MOCA® are registered certification marks of the American Board of Anesthesiology®.

MOCA 2.0® is a trademark of the American Board of Anesthesiology®.

This activity contributes to the patient safety CME requirement for Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®), known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.

CEU Credits

Tulane University, Center for Continuing Education has been accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  Tulane University, Center for Continuing Education is authorized by IACET to offer .9 CEUs for this program.






7:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast

7:45 AM

Welcome & Introduction

8:00 AM

Pain Physiology & Pharmacology

Randall Brewer, MD

8:40 AM

Medical Marijuana in Louisiana- Where Exactly Are We?

Randall Brewer, MD & Cecilia Mouton, MD

9:10 AM

Understanding the DEA and the Medical Board’s Role in Healthcare

Warren Rivera

9:50 AM

Break with Exhibitors

10:05 AM

Patient Treatment Agreements & Pharmacy Monitoring Programs

Randall Brewer, MD

10:25 AM

The Opioid Epidemic: Patient Perspective

Kate Nicholson, JD

10:45 AM

Low Back Pain in Primary Care

Lee Rielly, PhD

11:25 AM

When to Refer to a Pain Specialist for Advanced Pain Therapies

Todd Sitzman, MD, MPH

12:05 PM

Psychological Assessment of the Pain Patient

Geralyn Datz, PhD

12:45 PM

Lunch with Panel Discussion

1:30 PM

Managing Migraines in Primary Care

Debra Davis, MD

2:10 PM

Legal issues in Treating Pain in Primary Care

Kate Nicholson, JD

2:50 PM

Treatment of Acute Pain: Assuring Compliance with Current Legislation

Melanie Smith, PA-C

3:30 PM

Break with Exhibitors

3:45 PM

The Role of Physical Therapy in Chronic Pain

Lee Rielly, PT, PhD

4:25 PM

Essentials of Psychological Treatment of the Chronic Pain Patient

Geralyn Datz, PhD

5:05 PM

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Our Speakers

Randall P. Brewer, MD, CPI

Medical Director, WK River Cities Interventional Pain Specialists
Founder/Principle Investigator, WK River Cities Clinical Research Center
Adjunct Professor, Neurology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Shreveport, LA

    Geralyn Datz, PhD

    Clinical Director, Southern Behavioral Medicine Associates, PLLC
    Past-President, Southern Pain Society
    Hattiesburg, MS

      Debra Davis, MD

      Professor of Clinical Neurology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
      American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certification in Neurology
      United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties Certification in Headache Medicine
      Shreveport, LA

        Cecilia Mouton, MD

        Director of Investigations, Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
        New Orleans, LA

          Kate Nicholson, JD

          Served in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for more than 20 years, practicing health-related civil rights law and securing powerful victories including in the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a nationally-recognized expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Presently, Kate speaks and writes about the treatment of chronic pain, especially in relation to opioids.
          Boulder, CO

            Lee Rielly, PT, PhD

            Program Director, Willis Knighton Spine Institute
            Team Leader/Supervisor, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, Willis Knighton Rehabilitation Institute
            Adjunct Faculty, College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
            Shreveport, LA

              Warren Rivera

              Lead Investigator, Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
              DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge (Retired)
              New Orleans, LA

                B. Todd Sitzman, MD, MPH

                President, North American Neuromodulation Society
                Past-President, American Academy of Pain Medicine
                Medical Director, Advanced Pain Therapy, PLLC
                Hattiesburg, MS

                  Melanie Smith, PAC, MS

                  Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
                  WK River Cities Research Center
                  Shreveport, LA

                    Matthew Sobesky, PsyD

                    Tulane Faculty Liaison
                    Psychologist, Student Health Center
                    Tulane University
                    New Orleans, LA

                      Location & Accommodations

                      Hyatt Centric French Quarter

                      800 Iberville Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
                      $219 Single or Double, plus applicable taxes.

                      Mention the Pain Symposium to receive the discounted rate. Reservation Cut-Off Date is March 7, 2018. After this date, rooms and rates are subject to availability. A written confirmation will be sent by the hotel upon request. If guest rooms at the Hyatt sell out, please call our office at 504-988-5466 for reservation assistance.

                      Hyatt Centric

                      Hyatt Centric

                      • 800 Iberville St.
                        New Orleans, LA 70112
                      • (888) 421-1442


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                      The registration fee includes all educational sessions and materials, buffet breakfast and refreshment breaks. Register online at and click on the Pain meeting or complete the registration form and return it with payment to: Tulane Center for Continuing Education, 1430 Tulane Avenue #8451, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2699. You may also fax your credit card registration to 504-988-1779.

                      Written notification of cancellation must be postmarked by March 20, 2018 to obtain a partial refund of the registration fee (a $35 administrative fee will be retained). After that time, no refunds will be issued. Tulane University Health Sciences Center reserves the right to cancel this program if there are insufficient registrations. Full refunds would be made in that event. However, CrescentHealth Consulting and Tulane University Health Sciences Center is not responsible for any related costs or expenses including change/cancellation charges assessed by airlines. If you do not receive confirmation in a timely manner, please call us at (504) 988-5466.


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