Educational Programs

Archived Program

Urine Drug Testing Interpretation: A Toxicologist’s Perspective on Common Clinical Challenges

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Online @ 10:00 AM PDT

Interpreting urine drug testing (UDT) results can present clinicians a host of challenges. Assessing specimen tampering, marijuana abstinence, and alcohol consumption are particularly challenging, common scenarios. This case-based program, led by toxicologists, will highlight these difficult scenarios, giving clinicians a greater understanding of each to support improved clinical decision making.

Objectives: Upon completion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Briefly overview the clinical use of urine drug testing
  • Identify the major markers that constitute specimen validity testing and what each means to UDT interpretation
  • Recognize ways patients may attempt to circumvent UDT through dilution, adulteration and substitution methods
  • Utilize tools and resources to create risk management plans for patients in practice
  • Discuss UDT interpretation of alcohol use

Archived Program

Managing Risk in the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Online @ 10:00 AM PDT

Utilizing opioid therapy for the management of chronic pain must involve careful patient selection and evaluation of risk versus benefit, including the risks of misuse, abuse, diversion, overdose, and substance use disorders. Chronic opioid therapy should also be accompanied by an ongoing, multifaceted monitoring plan. Through discussion of current literature and case study application, this program outlines the necessary steps to evaluate risk, stratify patients, and create a monitoring plan based on individual risk level. Relevant tools and resources are provided for practical application and creation of risk management plans in clinical practice.

Objectives: Upon completion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the current landscape in use of opioids for chronic pain management
  • Identify the steps to a chronic opioid therapy risk management plan
  • Create a risk management plan based on patient case
  • Utilize tools and resources to create risk management plans for patients in practice

Archived Program

Urine Drug Testing (UDT) in Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment: A Consensus-Based Ethical Approach

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Online @ 10:00 AM PDT

What are the concerns related to appropriate utilization of UDT in the diagnosis and treatment of SUDs?  Featuring Michael C. Barnes, Esq., executive director of the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD), and Kenneth L. Kirsh, PhD, clinical psychologist, author and lecturer on pain and addiction, this webcast will describe a clinical approach for utilizing UDT in the treatment of SUDs.  Scenarios which may give rise to civil and criminal liability, with examples of government and payer policy responses, will be presented during this educational program.

Objectives: Upon completion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Identify concerns related to the appropriate use of UDT in the diagnosis and treatment of SUDs.
  • Describe a clinical approach for utilizing UDT in the identification and management of SUDs.
  • Recognize scenarios that may give rise to civil and criminal liability for practitioners related to waste, fraud and abuse in UDT.
  • Be aware of government and payer policy responses to UDT utilization concerns.