The Opiate ‘Crisis’: Physician Perspective and Opiate Stewardship
Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


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  • Presentation materials will be posted prior to the event.


Overview and Purpose:

During this WebEx recognized international expert and chairman of the Institute on Global Drug Policy, Dr. Eric Voth, will discuss the nationwide opioid epidemic, appropriate prescribing, alternative modalities and Opioid Stewardship.


Featured Presenters:

Dr. Eric VothEric A. Voth, MD., F.A.C.P.
Vice-President of Primary Care
Stormont-Vail HealthCare – Kansas




Target Audience:

  • Providers, nurses, practice managers and clinical staff are invited to join this event


Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe key principles of pain management
  2. Identify dependence vs. addiction
  3. Implement best practices for pain management




Beth Nech, MA


Paula Sitzman, RN, BSN

Tammy Baumann, RN, LSSGB


North Dakota
Sally May, RN, BSN

Jayme Steig, PharmD, RPh


South Dakota
Linda Penisten, RN, OTR/L

The Art and Science of Opioid Tapering
Jul 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


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The CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain recommend tapering opioids when benefits do not outweigh harms of continued therapy. Tapering opioids can be challenging and a difficult process for patients. Learn from a clinical pharmacist with first-hand experience helping a wide variety of patients taper their opioid medications.

Target Audience:  

Clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, home health, hospice, public health, consumers and families, and all community partners who will benefit from a discussion addressing opioid tapering.


Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize appropriate opioid tapering practices
  2. Identify patient characteristics that may affect opioid tapering
  3. Understand withdrawal symptoms and management


Eric Christianson, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
Fergus Falls, MN

Eric Christianson is a Clinical Pharmacist passionate about patient safety, geriatrics, long-term care, Medication Therapy Management and clinical pharmacy. He is the owner of the blog, a valuable resource for practicing healthcare professionals and students alike who are interested in learning more about the practical application of clinical pharmacy. Among his professional accomplishments, he is Board Certified in Geriatrics and Pharmacotherapy; has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and American Journal of Nursing; has written an Amazon best seller; and has helped thousands of nurses, pharmacists and prescribers become better at medication management.

Improving Care Coordination by Working with Super-Utilizer Patients
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm


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Improving care for people with multiple chronic conditions that are often complicated by patients’ limited ability to care for themselves independently and by their complex social needs will help improve the performance of the health system. This webinar will examine key strategies to help health systems and communities implement complex care teams as well as identify key data and metrics for program measurement. The role of technology, nontraditional workforce and patient-stated goals in complex care management will also be addressed.

Target Audience:

Clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, home health, hospice, public health, consumers and families, and all community partners who will benefit from a discussion addressing super-utilizer patients.


Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Define key strategies to implement complex care teams in your health system and community
  2. Identify key data and metrics for program measurement
  3. Describe the role of technology, non-traditional workforce and patient-stated goals in complex care management


Lara ShadwickLara Shadwick, MBA
Mountain Pacific Quality Health
Missoula, MT

Lara Shadwick, MBA, joined Mountain-Pacific Quality Health in December of 2014. Applying her wide range of management experience, Lara provides leadership and coordination in some of Montana’s largest communities to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions. She works collaboratively with health care providers, health systems leadership, partners and stakeholders to build community coalitions and implement data-driven interventions, share communication tactics and coordinate services to improve healthcare systems and save healthcare dollars. Lara also wrote for and earned Mountain-Pacific Quality Health a nearly one-million-dollar award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement the special innovation project “Resourcing for Super-Utilizers in a Rural Setting: An Application of Hotspotting Philosophies.” By introducing this model into the communities in which she already facilitates collaboration and quality improvement, healthcare providers will identify and better support high-cost, high-needs Medicare patients who are “super-utilizers” of health care services, furthering the statewide goal to reduce avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions.