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Chronic Pain Symposium

The CSIMS Chronic Pain Guidelines Seminar will discuss, analyze and explain how California's new Chronic Pain Guidelines will actually work (or not) in the day-in and day-out world of clinical medicine.

10/14/2016 to 10/15/2016
When: Friday, October 14, 2016
7 PM
Where: Los Angeles Airport Marriott
5855 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, California  90045
United States
Contact: CSIMS

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Providing treatment to California’s injured workers who suffer from chronic pain is problematic at best and nearly impossible at worst. The Division of Workers’ Compensation has updated the Chronic Pain Treatment Guidelines and very recently proposed sweeping changes to the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS). These new Guidelines when combined with recently implemented Opioid Prescription Guidelines, the proposed Formulary and pressure from the payer community to save money at almost any cost, have put physicians who treat injured workers suffering from chronic pain in an untenable position.

The CSIMS Chronic Pain Symposium will begin Friday evening with a roundtable discussion about the new pain guidelines and navigating the labyrinths of the current system as well as possible effects caused by proposed changes to the MTUS and recently enacted legislation.   This exchange of issues and strategies will lay the ground work for Saturday’s more in-depth presentations.
Our faculty will discuss, analyze and explain how California’s new Chronic Pain Guideline, the accompanying formulary and newly proposed clinical guidelines will actually work (or not) in the day-in and day-out world of clinical medicine.

CSIMS’ goal is to build attendees understanding of what therapies remain possible and equip them with tools to successfully gain authorization for the best health care available based on the presenting diagnosis and co-morbidities overwhelming administrative burden and ubiquitous friction presented by California’s workers compensation system.


TENTATIVE FACULTY: Joshua Prager, MD; Saul Allweiss, Esq; Doug Benner, MD; Ken Eichler; Jacob Rosenberg, MD; Francis Riegler, MD




Friday, October 14


7 pm - 9 pm -- 2 CE hrs
Faculty Roundtable Discussion* 
The Guidelines - an open forum discussion about the short and long term impact of the guidelines on patients with chronic pain - Functional improvement vs functional maintenance, "aggressive" intervention vs psycho-social approaches and other issues. 

Saturday October 15

7:30 am - 3:30 pm -- Registration Open


8:30 am - 8:45 am -- Welcome/Program Overview


8:45 am - 10:45 am -- 2 CE hrs
California's Chronic Pain Guidelines
A detailed, section by section overview and discussion of what has changed and what new challenges to the effective delivery of health care have been erected.


10:45 am - 11 am -- Break and Exhibitor Visit


11 am - 12 pm -- 1 CE hr
Connecting the Dots
The correlation between the Chronic Pain Guidelines, California's workers’ compensation formulary and the various opioid guidelines.


12 pm - 1:30 pm -- 1.5 CE hrs
Luncheon Speaker - What to expect from UR and MPNs.


1:30 pm - 1:45 pm -- Break and Exhibitor Visit


1:45 pm - 3:15 pm -- 1.5 CE hrs
Interventional Therapy 
Challenges under the new guidelines


3:15 pm - 3:30 pm -- Break and Exhibitor Visit


3:30 pm - 5 pm -- 1.5 CE hrs

Hierarchy of Evidence
How to use California's "Hierarchy of Evidence" when the chronic pain guidelines aren't relevant.


5 pm - 5:15 pm -- .25 CE hr  
Wrap-Iup and Adjourn




LOCATION: Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. We have booked just a few rooms for the event. To book your room, click here or call 310-541-5700 and mention CSIMS for the discounted rate of $119++ per night. 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:The objective is for attendees to gain a better working knowledge of how the Chronic Pain Guidelines will coordinate with the Opioid Guidelines by utilizing case studies to walk physicians through how the guidelines can be applied.



QME (provider #140): **APPLIED FOR** Physicians may receive up to 9.75 hours of credit for continuing education in impairment evaluation and workers’ compensation-related medical dispute evaluation pursuant to Labor Code §139.2(d)3 and 8 CCR §53. 


AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™: The California Society of Industrial Medicine & Surgery is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The California Society of Industrial Medicine & Surgery designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Doctors of Chiropractic: Pursuant to Regulation 361(h), Title 16, California Code of Regulations, Doctors of Chiropractic may report up to 9.75 hours of credit.


RN (provider #CEP 6024): CSIMS is accredited by the Board of Registered Nurses, Department of Consumer Affairs. Up to 9.75 hours of continuing education credit is available for this activity.


MCLE (provider #2223): CSIMS certifies that this activity also conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California, governing minimum continuing legal education. Attorneys attending this activity may report up to 9.75 hours of credit.


Tax Deduction of Expenses: See Treasury Regulation 1.162.5 Coughlin v. Comm., 203 F.2d.307.

Cancellation Policy: There will be a full refund of all fees paid if CSIMS cancels the program. If you cancel your registration before October 1, 2016, 70% of fees paid will be refunded. NO refunds for cancellation requests received after October 1, 2016. All cancellations must be received in writing (e-mail or fax accepted).


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