DoD/VA Pain Mgmt: Strategies & Collaboration in the Midst of the National Epidemic of Opioid Overuse

Feb 14, 2019 08:00am -
Feb 14, 2019 12:00pm
VHA National Conference Center

Event Description



Thursday February 14, 2019 - 8am - 12 NOON

DoD/VA Pain Management: Strategies and Collaboration in the Midst of the National Epidemic of Opioid Overuse, Misuse and Diversion
In the midst of a CDC-declared epidemic of opioid overuse and misuse, the DoD and VA have been developing and implementing comprehensive pain management strategies since the early 2000’s. This panel will provide an overview of the ongoing evolution of pain measurement, treatments and education that has been spearheaded across the DoD and VA health systems.  The presentations will include overviews of the DoD and VA strategies, collaborations, and outcomes. Many of the DoD and VA initiatives have been recognized as best practices that are being utilized in civilian medicine.   


This seminar is intended to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, psychologists, healthcare executives, and other healthcare professionals who support U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, military veterans, National Guardsmen, and their dependents.


At the conclusion of these presentations, attendees will be able to:

•  Demonstrate knowledge of the changing paradigm of pain management that has occurred over the last 18 years

•  Explain the unintended consequences related to the historical reliance on numeric rating scale (NRS) for pain assessment and treatment; to include relationship with the nation’s epidemic of opioid overuse, abuse, and overdoses

•  Understand the priorities and strategies within the DoD and VA pain management strategies and initiatives

•  Explain the DoD implementation plan for the Stepped Care Model of Pain Management

(APA Participants)
•  Describe the changing paradigm of pain management that has occurred over the last 18 years and its relation to addiction as a rising behavioral health issue.

•  Discuss the nation’s epidemic of opioid overuse, abuse, and overdoses, and the psychiatric/psychological effect of chronic pain and addiction in patient populations.

•  Identify priorities within the DoD and VA related to pain management strategies and initiatives to improve mental and behavioral health outcomes for patients suffering from chronic pain and opioid addiction.

COL Kevin Galloway, USA (ret)

Deputy Director, Strategic Communications and Policy, Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM)

Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD
Acting National Program Director for Pain Management, Specialty Care Services, VACO Director Pain Management, Dept. of Neurology, Washington DC VAMC

Descriptions and learning objectives can be found on the speakers tab 

Presenters may be subject to substitution or addition

0800 - Registration, Coffee, Networking
0830 - AMSUS & Panel Introduction
0835 - Presentations
0935 - BREAK
0945 - Presentations
1045 - BREAK
1055 - Panel Discussion - Q&A
1130 - Networking

Location: VHA National Conference Center 2011 Crystal Drive, Crystal City, Virginia 22202

Date: Thursday February 14, 2019

Time: 8am-12 Noon


Registration Fee:

$50   Member
$75   Non-member ($100 onsite)




Seating is limited to 60 - register early!

CME will be available for registered attendees - 3-4 credits
Physicians ACCME, AMA, PRA Category 1 Credit
Physician Assistants ACCME, AMA PRA, Category 1 Credit
Nurses ANCC
Pharmacists ACPE
Pharmacy Technicians ACPE
Psychologists APA
Nurse Practitioners AANP
Health Care Executives ACHE
Dentists ADA-CERP
General Participation Certificate

Sponsored in part by Regenesis Biomedical, Inc. 

Event Type:Education
Category:Educational Seminar
Early registration ends on Dec 18, 2018.
Regular registration starts on Dec 19, 2018 and ends on Feb 14, 2019.
Late registration starts on Feb 15, 2019.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Regional CE Seminar
Member Fee: $50.00$50.00$50.00
Non-Member Fee: $75.00$75.00$100.00