PBI Prescribing: Opioids, Pain Management, and Addiction (RX-21)



$1895.00 Doctoral Degree Rate (Ex: MD, DO, DVM, DDS, DMD, Pharm. D, DPM, DC, Ph.D., etc.)

$1425.00 Non-Doctoral Degree (Ex: PA, nurses, PT, OT, RT, pharmacists, therapists/counselors, acupuncturists, dental hygienists, allied health professionals, etc.)

Course Credit

21 CME/CE hours


More than just a course in sound prescribing practices, this course reaches beyond. We examine the personal and professional reasons why clinicians fail to prescribe properly. Both broad and deep, the curriculum covers common misconceptions about opioids, assessment of patients for misuse potential, setting prescribing-related boundaries, team-based pain management approaches, and compliance with documentation, laws, and rules.

An intensive pre-course component personalizes the course content to be state and profession specific. Attendees are directed to research and review their state specific prescribing guidelines. For participants required to take the course due to a prescribing offense, a state specific research paper is also submitted, in which participants summarize their offense and identify the violated federal or state ethical codes, laws, rules, guidelines, and/or statutes.

In addition, and building on insights into why clinicians prescribe inappropriately, participants develop a Personalized Protection Plan. This plan is designed to help them maintain their newfound knowledge base and prevent prescribing-related lapses.


  1. Pre-course component: Online assignments and readings totaling five hours
  2. In-person component: Two days totaling 16 hours
  3. Certificate distributed upon successful completion of course at the end of day two

Professions this course is suitable for:

Prescribers from all disciplines will benefit from this course.

This course addresses issues such as:

  • Inappropriate or unsafe prescribing of CDS
  • Inadequate treatment and management of patients with chronic pain
  • Documentation that does not comply with laws and regulations
  • Poor understanding of drug dependence, addiction, and abuse potential

Course reviews and testimonials

"This is an excellent course in pain management and prescribing opioids. I have taken other courses that have not come close to the amount of information I learned here today. I wish that I taken this course years ago."

"Fantastic conference!!! Should be given in Medical Schools and required by our State Boards. It will certainly improve my overall patient care and help me develop safer prescribing and documentation habits."

"This was a great course. I came into the weekend unhappy as my lawyer had told me that I should go to a course on this topic, but am very thankful I came. Thank you for taking the time to assist other care providers."

"Thank you! This was probably the most valuable and meaningful CME I’ve ever done in terms of satisfying professional obligations, enlarging my knowledge base, and growing personally. The faculty was wonderful - thank you so much for a really great experience."

"I feel this course was excellent and very eye-opening. I have become aware of so many areas that I was falling short and have plans to implement new risk management and patient care initiatives as soon as a I get home."

Learning objectives

  • Implement safer, more effective treatment with improved outcome through the application of a comprehensive knowledge of the spectrum of pain medications
  • Apply the prescribing laws and regulations into clinical practice for the safe and effective use of opioids and controlled substances
  • Produce and maintain medical records documenting compliance prescribing laws and documenting appropriate management and treatment of chronic pain
  • Differentiate opioid dependency and addiction to minimize abuse potential and maximize pain management


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and Professional Boundaries, Inc. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates these live activities each for a maximum of 33 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in activity.

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Date: September 28, 2019 - September 29, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL

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What is the difference between standard edition (RX-21) and the Extended Edition (RX-21EX) of the Prescribing Course?
The standard edition (RX-21) includes only the pre-course and the two day course while the Extended Edition (RX-21EX) includes the in-person course and 12 hours of post-course teleconference faculty-led seminars know as Maintenance and Accountability Seminars.
Can I attend this course proactively for CE credit even if I don’t have a disciplinary order?
Yes! We welcome and encourage participants to proactively educate themselves by taking our courses, even if they have no disciplinary issues to address. Some of the pre-course requirements will not apply to you.
How do I know if this course is approved by my regulatory agency or board?
Most PBI Education courses are already approved, but we always recommend you send our course agenda to your agency for pre-approval before you register. Just click the "course agenda" button at the top of the page to download a copy of the agenda.
My disciplinary order states that I need to take a course from a different provider, can I take a PBI course instead?
Yes! PBI courses are considered equivalent to many courses from other providers and can be approved by submitting an agenda to your regulatory agency or organization. You can download the agenda by pressing the "course agenda" button at the top of the page. Our courses compare to similar courses from providers like: Vanderbilt, Sante, Center for Personalized Education for Professionals (CPEP) Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE), Case Western, Western Institute of Legal Medicine (WILM), Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ), and KSTAR Physician Resources.
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