Pain Management CME

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of healthcare providers (MD, DO, PA, and APRN) involved in the care of patients with chronic pain. The Practical Aspects of Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain - 2018 presented by Lloyd Saberski, MD, focuses on the proper and safe prescribing of opioid medications. The presentation covers a range of topics including establishing legitimacy for opioid use, assessing pain history, performing physical examinations related to chronic pain, using assessment tools, monitoring opioid use, and managing non-compliance.

Method of Participation

There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity. Participants must:

  1. Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  2. View the webinar recording and slides
  3. Create a QuestBase account and login to take the corresponding post-test. Complete the post-test by recording the best answer to each question
  4. Complete the evaluation form (included in the post-test)
  5. Click “submit” to submit your responses

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed post-test with a score of 70% or better. Your certificate will be available upon completion of the post-activity assessment.

Objectives  **Updated 6/21/2018**

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  1. Summarize the components of a comprehensive assessment for patients with chronic pain
  2. Apply the guidelines for safe prescribing of opioid medication
  3. Construct an in-office process for ongoing monitoring of patients on opioid medication
  4. Manage noncompliance with established treatment plan
  5. Explain the CT laws pertaining to opioid prescribing


Dr. Saberski is a Pain Management specialist practicing in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Saberski completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology at the Albany Medical College followed by fellowships in Pain Management and Obstetrical Anesthesiology at Albany Medical College. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Pain Management and has over 35 years of diverse experience. A widely published author, Dr. Saberski has written for journals including Anesthesia and Analgesia, The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, and the Journal of Anesthesia. Following a fellowship in Pain Management and Obstetrical Anesthesiology, Dr. Saberski joined the faculty at Yale University School of Medicine in the Pain Management Section of the Department of Anesthesia. He founded the Yale University Fellowship in Pain Management and served as its director from its inception until 1998. His most recent full-time position at the Yale University School of Medicine was Medical Director of the Yale Center for Pain Management. Subsequently, Dr. Saberski founded Advanced Diagnostic Treatment Centers. Dr. Saberski is currently a member of Yale School of Medicine’s Division of Palliative Care. He currently practices at Advanced Diagnostic Treatment Center and maintains an affiliation with Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Program Agenda

  1. Introduce Connecticut Laws
  2. Define Types of Pain
  3. How to Manage Pain
  4. Assessing Opioid Risk
  5. Testing for Opioids
  6. How to Prescribe Opioids
  7. Summary

Physician Credit

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 Medical Education Resources (MER) and CHNCT. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation  **Updated 6/21/2018**

Medical Education Resources designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Medical Education Resources ensures balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all our educational programs. In accordance with this policy, MER identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by MER to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a continuing education activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. MER is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities that promote improvements or quality in health care and not the business interest of a commercial interest.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

Name of Faculty Reported Financial Relationship
Dr. Lloyd Saberski No financial relationships to disclose

The content managers reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

Name of Content Manager Reported Financial Relationship
Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc. No financial relationships to disclose
Planners at Medical Education Resources No financial relationships to disclose


The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Medical Education Resources and/or CHNCT. The authors have disclosed if there is any discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA in their presentations. The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Medical Education Resources and/or CHNCT. Before prescribing any medicine, primary references and full prescribing information should be consulted. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

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