Chronic Pain Guidelines and Controlled Substance Efforts

The archived version of this course will be avulable in the Summer of 2018. Please check back for updated information. 


April 12, 2018

5pm - 6 pm Registration & Refreshments
6 pm - 9 pm Educational Event

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Light Hall Room 214

All attendees participating in the online event will receive an email with instructions re: accessing the event a few days prior to April 12th. 

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Course Description

Management of acute and chronic pain are some of the most common reasons necessitating visits to healthcare providers. Pain management could potentiate or coincide with the misuse or abuse of prescription medications. Active awareness and integration of current Tennessee Chronic Pain Guidelines into practice may help address opioid misuse and abuse from the perspective of the physician, advanced practice provider and pharmacist.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this CNE activity, participants should be able to describe and discuss:
  • Abuse, addiction, and misuse of controlled substances (CS) and resulting negative sequela to patient and public safety,
  • Ongoing goals, purpose, and outcomes of the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database (CSMD) based upon data compiled and analyzed over the previous year regarding prescribing of CS and how providers can effectively collaborate and partner with the CSMD to facilitate responsible and accountable prescribing practices.
  • How Tennessee Chronic Pain Guidelines can be integrated into daily practice to guide and evaluate initiation and continuance of CS therapies for selected individuals and when to refer to pain or rehabilitation specialists, when clinically warranted.

Target Audience

Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers (NPs, CNMs, CNSs, CRNAs, and PAs), and Pharmacists

Course Faculty

Mitch Mutter, MD
Medical Director of Special Projects
Tennessee Department of Health

Linda Johnson, MSN, RN, FNP-C
APN Consultant
Tennessee Board of Nursing

Michael Baron, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Tennessee Medical Foundation-Physician Health Program

D. Todd Bess, PharmD
Director of Tennessee Controlled Substance Monitoring Database

Tommy Farmer
Special Agent in Charge
Director of Tennessee Meth & Pharmaceutical Task Force
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

David Edwards, MD, PhD
Division Chief, Pain Medicine
Vandebilt University Medical Center

Director of Professional Development
Vanderbilt's Office of Advanced Practice


Please check back closer to the event for the PowerPoint presentations and handouts. 


Registration fees for the live and live-streaming event are: non-VUMC providers $35.00; VUMC providers no charge.

Space for the live event is limited so advanced registration is required.

This presentation will be video/audio recorded for archival/on-demand viewing and is anticipated to be available late 2018.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

This activity has been approved for 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM 

Contact Information:

Vanderbilt 's Office of Advanced Practice

for the live or live-online event

POWERPOINTS Printable Presentations & Other Materials

Archived event to be available late 2018.