Getting Upstream to Reduce the Opioid Epidemic

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A Fully Integrated Whole Team Approach To Prevent Opioid Dependency Before It Starts


The country is now fully alerted to the opioid epidemic. There has been a 200% increase in opioid-related deaths since 2000 and nearly 80% of heroin users state they have used prescription pain relievers for nonmedical use. Federal and state governments have declared “states of emergency.” Funds have been allocated for crisis response such as increased naloxone access at points of first response, increased medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependency treatment, geo-mapping by law officials to track deaths and next potential outbreaks, and legislation and formulary changes to restrict dosing and supply. Little attention, however, has been provided to rethinking the healthcare response to pain before dependency starts.

This webinar focuses on “when the phone rings.” Specifically when a person calls with need to address pain, how a physician office can incorporate the entire office team to start with an “opioid-free” approach, including leveraging behavioral health clinician expertise in assessing for behavioral health concerns that may exacerbate the pain condition and utilize behavioral health expertise in assisting persons with pain management behavioral techniques


After watching this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand each role of the office team and their contribution to a safe pain management approach.
  • Identify three ways behavioral health clinicians can contribute to a new standard of care for pain management.
  • Understand how to use data to identify risk characteristics for future opioid dependency.
  • Understand alternatives for care based on the level of risk for dependency, overdose, and death
Date: On-Demand
Duration: 1 hour


Karl J. Haake MD

Karl J. Haake, MD

Dr. Haake is currently the Pain Management Consultant for the Missouri Primary Care Association and lead facilitator for Missouri's Chronic Pain ECHO Project. He is an anesthesiologist who specializes in pain medicine and is certified by both the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine. He formed the first pain clinic at a Federally Qualified Health Center in the United States at the Community Health Center of Central Missouri and consults with hospitals, health systems, managed care organizations, private clinics, and FQHC’s throughout the country regarding coordination of primary care, behavioral health, and pain management. He is currently the chair of the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s Special Interest Group in Primary Care and previously served as interim Chief Medical Director for Home State Health, one of Missouri Medicaid’s managed care organizations.

Leigh Steiner

Leigh Steiner, Ph.D.

Dr. Steiner serves as a Senior Analyst of Clinical Analytics and Applications for Care Management Technologies, now a Relias company. Her work is focused on improving behavioral health care management using data-driven analytics. She leads a clinical team who identifies new research in the field of behavioral health and client needs resulting in the constant development of Relias' analytic tools. Dr. Steiner has extensive national, state, and local experience in organizational development, executive development coaching, and consulting; three decades of experience as a change leader in the public mental health field; expertise in teaching and training, speech communications and group facilitation and dynamics.






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