23rd Annual Pain Management Symposium

The below information is for the 2019 course which has already occurred. Check back for information about the next program on October 2, 2020.

Integrating New State Pain Rules and Evidence-Based Opioid Management - Let the Show Begin!

Friday, September 27, 2019
Swedish Education & Conference Center
Swedish Cherry Hill, James Tower
500 17th Avenue
Seattle, Washington

This symposium will continue the discussion on the appropriate role and current regulations regarding opioids and pain management therapies for chronic, acute, and perioperative pain, and everything in between. Attendees will learn how to apply the new national and local pain management and opioid guidelines to their own practice and implement other practical methodologies to encourage lifestyle changes for patients being treated for pain. 

Following the content recommendations from the FDA’s Opioid Analgesic REMS Education Blueprint for Health Care Providers, attending the full course (the "Main" track in afternoon) will satisfy both the Washington State requirement for 1 hour of education on opioid prescribing rules and 4 hours of long acting opioid education for physicians. It will also fulfill the 4 hour best practices for opioid prescribing education for ARNPs. 

For those that have already completed the necessary opioid education, an alternate afternoon track is available to review new and complementary pain management techniques. Through didactic and case presentations, attendees will be involved in an interactive experience to discuss, debate and implement current pain management best practices.

Intended Audience: All health care providers who treat patients suffering from acute, chonic or peri-operative pain, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and residents in the Northwest. The conference will be most beneficial for the following specialties: Family Medicine, General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Pain Management, Pharmacy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Thank you for your interest in this Swedish CME event. This symposium has already occured.  Stay tuned for information on the 2020 program.

Miss this year's program?  View the morning lectures on-demand (not accredited; all archived recorded lectures are available for informational purposes only and are only eligible for self-claimed Category II credit).


Opioid related deaths and opioid abuse have been highlighted in the local and national press. Many providers are now concerned about prescribing opioids and there is confusion about the present legal status, regulations/guidelines,  liability, and recognizing and preventing opioid abuse. There has also been a past over-reliance on opioid medication highlighting the need for discussion on a full spectrum of treatment options to manage a patient's pain.

As of January 2019 a new law went into place for the state’s medical commissions and boards in Washington State that requires providers and ARNPS to have at least 4 hours of training on long acting opioids and opioids prescribing best practices.  Many providers have not had this training and need it to continue to prescribing opioids for their pain patients.

The present status of the opioid prescribing guidelines and laws need to be disseminated to address needs for pain care and prevent dangerous outcomes for patients. Using the FDA’s Opioid Analgesic REMS Education Blueprint for Health Care Providers as a guide, discussing these opioid best practices and recommendations for pain management will give providers the knowledge and competence to address these requests in a safe and effective manner for their patients. 



By attending this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

Overall objectives: 

  • Provide individualized pain management treatment plans and recommendations for patients that meet the national and Washington State pain management requirements and guidelines for opioids
  • Recognize signs of opioid abuse disorder and apply effective strategies to taper and prevent opioid abuse
  • Review non-opioid therapy options for acute and chronic pain patients, including new technologies and delivery systems designed to improve the overall care and access to resources for patients with pain
  • Manage patients on opioid analgesics safely and effectively and protect family members and the societies they live in from opioid related harm
  • Apply pain management strategies from past patient cases to ones seen in practice and identify evidence-based treatment options to improve the care of patients with acute, chronic and peri-operative pain


Accreditation with Commendation
Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Pharmacy CEUs
acpe logoSwedish Medical Center Department of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 7.5 credit hours or .75 CEUs. Activity UAN ID: 0599-0000-19-005-L01-P

AAFP Prescribed Credits
This Live activity, 23rd Annual Pain Management Symposium: Integrating New State Pain Rules and Evidence-Based Opioid Management , with a beginning date of 09/27/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 7.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For Nurses
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are accepted for Washington State RN Continuing Education requirements as well as for application and renewal of specialty and advanced practice certification through both ANCC and AANP (1 CNE hour is equivalent to 1 CME hour).


James R. Babington, M.D.
Attending Physician
Swedish Pain Services
Swedish Edmonds

Sonja Braasch, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Swedish Pain Services, Functional Restoration Program

Cate Brummett, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
Swedish Pain Services
Swedish Medical Center

Wilson Chang, M.D., MPH
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist
Interventional Spine and Pain Management
Swedish Medical Center

Christina Coulter, PhD, ARNP
Internal Medicine
Swedish Medical Group

Deb Gordon RN, DNP, FAAN
Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Co-Director Harborview Integrated Pain Care Program 
University of Washington

Julie Herbst, RDN, CD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Nutrition Services
Swedish Cancer Institute

Sharon Hsu, PhD
Swedish Pain Services

Katie Kapugi, LMHC
Relaxation Therapist
Swedish Pain Services, Functional Restoration Program

Kathy Lofy, M.D.
State Health Officer
Chief Science Officer
Washington State Department of Health

Christopher Merifield, M.D.
Pain Specialist, Anesthesiology
Swedish Pain Services

Kate Nicholson
Writer, Speaker and Pain Patient
Civil Rights Attorney

Gregory Rudolf, M.D.
Staff Physician
Swedish Pain Services
Swedish Medical Center
Medical Director, Addiction Recovery Center
Cascade Behavioral Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor
UW School of Medicine

Steven Stanos, D.O.
Medical Director, Swedish Pain Services
Medical Director, Swedish Health System Pain Medicine
Swedish Medical Center

Andrew Suchocki, M.D., MPH
Medical Director
Clackamas Health Centers
Medical Director
Synergy Healthcare Consulting

Becca Taylor, R.N., Ph.D., CPMN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Swedish Pain Services, Functional Restoration Program
Swedish Medical Center

Kristin Vinci, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
Swedish Pain Services

Fangfang Xing, M.D.
Pain Management, Anesthesiology
Swedish Pain Services

Cong Yu, M.D.
Pain Management, Anesthesiology
Swedish Pain Services

Swedish CME maintains full control of the content of every course we provide. It is our policy to identify and resolve all speaker and planner conflicts of interest. Each speaker is required to give a balanced, evidence-based presentation that is free of commercial bias.


Steven Stanos, D.O., Course Co-Chair
Gordon Irving, M.D., Course Co-Chair
James R. Babington, M.D.
Wilson Chang, M.D., MPH
Christina Coulter, ARNP
Gregory Rudolf, M.D.
Becca Taylor, RN, Ph.D., CPMN
Danielle Posadas, CME Specialist Sr.
Richelle Edmonds, CME Specialist I


M.D./D.O. $260*
Pharmacist $160
Allied Health Professional  $130*
Resident or Fellow $0**

*After September 16 add $30 to Advance Registration pricing.
**Confirmation of residency or fellowship program will be confirmed to be eligible for this registration option.

Registration Information
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Participants who register by Monday, September 16, 2019, will receive a confirmation postcard via email. Registrations will only be processed when accompanied by full payment.

To receive a refund, notice of cancellation must be received no later than Friday, September 20, 2019.
Please Note: No registrations are accepted by phone or email.

Special Needs
If you have special needs or dietary restrictions, please contact the CME office at 206-386-2755.

Registration Fees
The fee for this course includes catering, all learning materials, online syllabus access and a digital certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

This conference is financially supported in part by educational grants in accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support. A complete listing of commercial supporters is not available at this time. Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the conference.