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Addressing Pain in MAT: How to talk to patients about opiod use

Started May 6, 2020
1.5 credits


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Addressing Pain in MAT: How to Talk to Patients About Opioid Use:  Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM, Principal Health Management Associates

Recorded presentation, originally presented on June 15, 2020 12:00-1:30 PM CST   

Presented as part of NAS awareness month in Texas, provided by Texas Health and Human Services. 

Description of presentation: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Over the last few years, there have been significant advances in the identification and treatment of pregnant mothers, low/no medication regimens that significantly shorten the baby's length of stay and, most importantly, improved methods to keep the mother-baby-dyad intact. In this webinar, we will discuss the best practices for screening, treatment, and stabilization for both mother and baby. By the end of the webinar, the learner will be able to:

1.      Implement screening and assessment for pregnant mothers with addiction

2.      Understand the most effective treatment strategies for OUD in pregnancy

3.      Understand the concept of the “eat, sleep, and console” methodology for NAS treatment

4.      Utilize the NAS toolkit developed in conjunction with Stanford University for teaching and training

R. Corey Waller MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM is a board-certified addiction and emergency medicine specialist who has extensive experience working at the local, state, and national levels with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and related organizations to advance the evidence-based practice of treatment and recovery for individuals affected by substance use disorder (SUD). A nationally recognized expert in SUD, he is now the Editor in Chief of the ASAM Criteria.

Dr. Waller is an actively practicing addiction, pain, and emergency medicine specialist. As a principal at HMA, he is directly responsible for consultation regarding treatment system development, education as well as all levelsof addiction based evaluation. He is the Chair of the ASAM performance measures committee and has implemented and evaluated effectiveness of addiction treatment at both the program and state-level.

In his prior role as senior medical director for education and policy at the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs (National Center), Dr. Waller was responsible for developing and maintaining all training and in-person technical assistance delivered by the National Center. This covered addiction, pain, and behavioral health treatment system development, correctional medicine, payment model implementation, and healthcare policy. He worked directly with peer support professionals and community health workers in Camden, NJ, to both learn and ensure that the work was adequately scoped and evaluated.

Before joining the National Center, he worked for the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a fully integrated health system with 14 hospitals and more than 1,000 employed physicians. Dr. Waller served as medical staff chief of pain medicine to the Spectrum Health Hospital System, as well as medical director of the Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine, where he was responsible for the treatment of patients with opioid use disorders, including management of pregnant mothers with substance use disorders. Additionally, he oversaw the development of core competencies for addiction treatment in the labor and delivery unit, as well as the neonatal abstinence syndrome treatment algorithm for the Level 1 neonatal intensive care unit.


Dr. Waller received his master’s in biology degree with a neuro-molecular focus at Southwest Texas State University and his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and is board-certified in emergency medicine and addiction medicine.

CE provided for Nurses, Doctors, Psychologists, Social Workers, LCDC, LPC & Peer Support Providers

You are required to participate in the entire presentation to receive CE. 

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

1.5 nursing contact hours

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing is approved by the Texas State Board of Socials Workers Examiners to provide Social Worker CE.

1.5 credit hours

Centralized Training Infrastructure for Evidence Based Practices is an approved provider by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors

1.5 CE credit

The UT Health San Antonio Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

1.5 CE Credit


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