6th Annual National Opioid Crisis Management Congress
July 18-19, 2022, Westin Boston Seaport * Boston, MA

6th Annual National Opioid Crisis Management Congress

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About the Conference:

Opioid use disorder is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community. Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Each year, drug use disorders cause millions of serious illnesses or injuries among Americans. Provisional data from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics indicate that there were an estimated 100,306 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. during 12-month period ending in April 2021, an increase of 28.5 percent from the 78,056 deaths during the same period the year before.

As the world continues to battle COVID-19, there are still significant unmet needs for those fighting opioid use disorder, which is currently the number one cause of death in Americans under 50. For those battling addiction, social distancing and quarantining have resulted in disruptions in recovery services and treatment and limited access to mental health services that patients so desperately need. Opioid use disorder affects almost every community.

This conference will bring together some of the leading national experts responding to this ever-increasing public health crisis. Gain expert insight on the current landscape of opioid therapies from top thought leaders in opioid management who will share their latest research and real-world knowledge. In addition, experts at the state and federal levels providing leadership on the opioid public health crisis will explore the challenges of using opioids to manage pain safely and effectively, new use disorder deterrents, medication-assisted treatment, federal and state regulations, and practical solutions aimed at improving patient outcomes and reducing risk, and mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on the opioid epidemic.

Who Should Attend?
From Hospitals/Health Systems/Health Plans/Gov’t Agencies/Law Enforcement/Recovery Centers/Government Agencies

  • CEO
  • CFO
  • VP
  • Medical Directors
  • Behavioral Health Directors
  • Pharmacy Directors
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Social Workers
  • Outreach Coordinators
  • PDMP Directors
  • Pain Management Directors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Telehealth Directors
  • State Health Directors
  • Nursing Director
  • Emergency Room Directors
  • Substance Abuse & Prevention Directors
  • Pediatricians
  • Law Enforcement
  • Narcotic Enforcement
  • Physicians
  • Quality Improvement Director
  • Family Services Director
  • Clinical Directors
  • Investigators
  • Compliance Director
  • Pharmacists
  • Addiction Specialists
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Legislators
  • Correctional Coordinators

 

This Event Will Also be if Interest to:

  • Pharmaceutical Companies * Law Firms * Consultants * Drug Development Companies * Vendors * Solution Providers

Conference Agenda

Day One - Monday, July 18, 2022
7:15am – 8:00am

Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:10am
Chairperson’s Opening Remarks 

8:10am – 8:50am
The Intersection of Stimulant & Opioid Use Disorders
Opioids have owned the spotlight in this perpetual crisis for decades, and for very good reason. We are now losing over 100,000 individuals each year to overdose, but opioids are far from the only contributor to this epidemic. Stimulant use has insidiously established its own foothold in many states across the country. It has become more of the rule rather than the exception to observe patients struggling with polysubstance use when presenting to treatment. The challenges in managing these complex patients will be presented by an individual who has personally suffered from stimulant and opioid use disorder. Available treatment options will be discussed, with a focus on those interventions which may be beneficial for both issues concurrently.

Jake Nichols, PharmD, MBA
Co-Founder, President & CEO
Renovo Health

8:50am – 9:30am

Richard C. Dart, MD, PhD.
Director
Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Safety
Denver Health 

9:30am – 10:00am
Networking & Refreshments Break 

10:00am – 10:40am
Strategies for Promoting the Safe Use and Appropriate Prescribing of Prescription Opioids
Increased opioid prescribing has led to a growing crisis of misuse, addiction and overdose. Many patients experiencing opioid-related harms—including misuse, opioid use disorder, and overdose—may have been initially exposed to opioids through a prescription for the treatment of acute or chronic pain. To address this crisis while preserving access to appropriate pain treatment, stakeholders across the U.S. health system are attempting to implement strategies to ensure that opioids are safely and appropriately prescribed. This session will explore safe and appropriate prescribing as a component of a comprehensive public health approach to the opioid crisis, including evidence-based prevention, support for treatment and recovery from substance use disorders, and overdose prevention.

Paul A. Sloan, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Palliative Medicine
Division Chief, Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Service
University of Kentucky

10:40am – 11:20am
MATTERS: Medication for Addiction Treatment and Electronic Referrals
Connecting patients from emergency departments to outpatient medication assisted treatment programs has been a challenge faced by hospitals across the nation. The MATTERS Program is an innovative approach to connecting patients to long-term care by optimizing the use of technology. Through a completely electronic referral process, patients with opioid use disorder can be referred to outpatient treatment for an appointment as soon as the next day. Patients are also offered medication vouchers, transportation assistance, and linkage to peer services. Not only can referrals be made from emergency departments but from law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, telemedicine services, EMS agencies, and more. This session will provide an overview of the MATTERS program developed in New York State.

Caleigh Loughran
Program Manager
New York MATTERS 

11:20am – 12:00pm
Overcoming Barriers to Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
While COVID-19 continues to capture headlines, we can’t forget about another pressing public health crisis. Drug overdoses, the majority involving opioids, were up 30% in 2020, and we continued to see record levels in 2021. Addressing the overdose crisis requires multiple strategies, but treatment with medications for opioid use disorder (MOUDs) is a cornerstone of the response. MOUDs like methadone and buprenorphine substantially reduce overdose as well as opioid-related morbidity and mortality from other causes such as infections. But there are many barriers – including logistical and regulatory challenges, knowledge or beliefs about MOUDs, and stigma – that leave many patients without access to lifesaving treatments. This session will explore overcoming barriers to treatment of opioid use disorder.

Wesley Geminn, PharmD, BCPP
Chief Pharmacist|State Opioid Treatment Authority|ECR Business Sponsor
Division of Clinical Leadership
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

12:00pm – 12:40pm
Employer Engagement and Response to the Opioid Epidemic
Employers across the country have struggled on how to appropriately engage and respond to the opioid crisis. Employment is one of the most crucial social determinants of health factors and plays a vital role into an individual’s success to recovery. Yet, patients often find themselves being terminated or unable to access employment during or post treatment.  Companies have tools at their disposal to retain their employees but may not be aware of all of the factors to consider – Access, cost, health plan coverage, EAP, and legal considerations. Tactics exist to engage employers in the community through education regarding addiction and the role trauma plays into one’s substance use and/or mental health disorder(s). This segment will provide solutions regarding employer engagement and education regarding this challenge.

Trent Huges, PhD
Chief Clinical officer
Cedar Recovery 

Paul Trivette
Chief Strategy Officer
Cedar Recovery 

12:40pm – 1:40pm
Luncheon 

1:40pm – 2:20pm
Models for Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, Retention and Continuity of Care
Treatment providers, policymakers, and others are seeking ways to reverse the tide of mortality and morbidity that has accompanied the opioid epidemic. There are evidence-based treatments for opioid use disorder, including medication-assisted treatment using buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. This session will explore how to determine the optimal approach for outpatient management of OUD with medication-assisted treatments.

Inés T. Eaton
Program Supervisor, Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
Connecticut Department of Children and Families 

Kris Robles LCSW
Clinical Behavioral Health Manager
Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence
Connecticut Department of Children and Families

2:20pm – 3:20pm
Panel: Applying a Population Health Approach to the Opioid Epidemic
As the opioid crisis continues to have devastating consequences for our communities, patients and families, innovative approaches are necessary to augment clinical care and the management of patients with opioid use disorders. Health starts where people live, learn, work, and play. Conditions of life are connected to healthy outcomes, especially when it comes to the treatment of substance use, chronic pain, mental health, and trauma. This session will examine how social determinants of health affect opioid care outcomes.

Panelists:

Joseph Conte, PhD, CPHQ
Executive Director
Staten Island Performing Provider System

Michael Frost
Chief Medical Officer
Wayspring 

Manassa S. Hany, MD
Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
Mount Sinai West/Morningside Program
Medical Director, Mount Sinai West Addiction Institute Outpatient
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Anita N. Jacobson, PharmD
Clinical Professor
University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy
Pharmacist
Eleanor Slater Hospital Zambarano Campus
Program Director
Community First Responder Program

3:50pm – 4:30pm
Innovative Adjustments to Reduce Barriers to Access SUD Treatment During the Pandemic
This presentation will provide an overview of the barriers we reduced to continue the operations at our network of inpatient and outpatient treatment centers.  Identify how a behavioral health organization quickly implemented telehealth practices to meet patient needs during the COVID-19 crisis.  Identify innovative ways to adjust programming and workflows to meet patient needs during a global pandemic and beyond.  Review the changes in operational procedures to ensure that patients continued to receive medication for their opioid use disorder despite the challenges that the pandemic presented.

Kristin Nolan, MA, MBA
Chief Behavioral Health Officer
Spectrum Health Systems 

4:30pm – 5:10pm
Telehealth for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
The majority of individuals with opioid use disorder face access barriers to evidence-based treatment, and the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the U.S. opioid overdose crisis. However, the pandemic has also ushered in rapid transitions to telehealth, including substance use disorder treatment with buprenorphine. These changes have the potential to mitigate barriers to care or to exacerbate pre-existing treatment inequities. The session will explore telemedicine models for opioid use disorder treatment and how telehealth is being used through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

John A. Hopper, MD, DFASAM
Clinical Professor
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Trinity Health IHA Medical Group 

5:10pm – 5:50pm

Alana Knudson, PhD
Director
NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis 

5:50pm
End of Day One

Day Two – Tuesday, July 19, 2022
7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast 

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Remarks 

8:15am – 9:00am
Harm Reduction and the Opioid Epidemic: Innovative Strategies from Government and Community Partnerships
New Mexico’s drug overdose death rate has been one of the highest in the nation for most of the last two decades. New Mexico’s death rate has more than tripled since 1990. While deaths due to illicit drugs have remained steady during the past decade, deaths due to prescription drugs (particularly opioid pain relievers) have increased dramatically. In response to this long standing- community crisis, Bernalillo County has worked with community partners to develop prevention and intervention measures along the harm reduction continuum. Programs disused include, becoming a community distribution site for Naloxone, operation of a social model detoxification unit, operation of a mobile- harm reduction unit and wide scale connectivity to medication assisted treatment.   

Margarita Chavez-Sanchez, M.S.
Director
Department of Behavioral Health Services
Bernalillo County, NM 

9:00am – 9:45am
Protecting our Healthcare Providers from Substance Abuse
The emotional and mental toll on health care providers during the COVID-19 Pandemic has been catastrophic. Depression, anxiety, emotional health, and mental health difficulties have increased among the healthcare workforce. Following COVID response, work-life balance struggles, and other ongoing stressors, Anthony experienced an emotional and mental crisis. This session will explore the dynamics of the breakdown, how friends supported him during this experience, and how the future looks for him now. He will share tips on how to support your leadership and field staff to prevent these collapses, and/or respond to them in restorative ways when they do occur. This is a session filled with hope that even in the darkest hour, all hope is not lost, and help is there for those who reach out and ask.

Anthony L. Martin, MBA, NRP
Director of Emergency Medical Services
Tower Health

9:45am – 10:15am
Networking & Refreshments Break 

10:15am – 11:00am
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: A State’s Perspective
Many states are suffering the consequences of the opioid epidemic. This session will explore statewide prevention activities to build a coordinated approach to fight addiction, reduce deaths from overdose and evaluate state and local programs. Topics to be discussed will include:

– Identifying and sharing data between agencies and affected communities

– Developing training for healthcare providers on addiction, pain management and treatment

– Making the prescription drug monitoring program easier for providers to access and use

– Providing resources to assist communities in combating the opioid epidemic at the local level

– Coordinating statewide and community programs to improve the effectiveness of opioid prevention efforts.

Kody H. Kinsley
Secretary
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services 

11:00am – 11:45am
The Use of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to Identify Providers with Unusual Prescribing Practices for Controlled Substances
The misuse, abuse and diversion of controlled substances have reached epidemic proportion in the U.S. Contributing to this problem are providers who over-prescribe these substances. This session will explore metrics they have developed to identify providers manifesting unusual and uncustomary prescribing practices, as well as strategies to increase patient safety by certifying that opioids are prescribed in appropriate quantities.

Kevin Borcher, PharmD
Vice President, Pharmacy Informatics
CyncHealth 

11:45am – 12:30pm
Mitigating the Opioid Crisis Among Seniors During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic was devastating, both to healthcare systems and people alike. Although the disease can affect anyone, it has the greatest impact on our senior population. The highest hospitalization and death rates are among those 65 and older. In addition, the pandemic is colliding with the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis, which has seen almost 450,000 lives lost between 1999 and 2018 due to drug misuse. This session will examine special considerations for urgent care for seniors during health crises.

12:30pm
Conference Concludes

Workshop - Tuesday, July 19, 2022
 

Featured Speakers

Jake Nichols, PharmD, MBA

Jake Nichols, PharmD, MBA

Co-Founder, President & CEO

Renovo Health
Richard C. Dart, MD, PhD.

Richard C. Dart, MD, PhD.

Director

Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Safety
Denver Health
Paul A. Sloan, MD

Paul A. Sloan, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology

Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Palliative Medicine
Division Chief, Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Service
University of Kentucky
Caleigh Loughran

Caleigh Loughran

Program Manager

New York MATTERS
Wesley Geminn, PharmD, BCPP

Wesley Geminn, PharmD, BCPP

Chief Pharmacist|State Opioid Treatment Authority|ECR Business Sponsor

Division of Clinical Leadership
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Trent Huges, PhD

Trent Huges, PhD

Chief Clinical officer

Cedar Recovery
Paul Trivette

Paul Trivette

Chief Strategy Officer

Cedar Recovery

 

Inés T. Eaton

Inés T. Eaton

Program Supervisor, Substance Use Treatment & Recovery

Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Kris Robles LCSW

Kris Robles LCSW

Clinical Behavioral Health Manager

Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence
Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Joseph Conte, PhD, CPHQ

Joseph Conte, PhD, CPHQ

Executive Director

Staten Island Performing Provider System
Michael Frost

Michael Frost

Chief Medical Officer

Manassa S. Hany, MD

Manassa S. Hany, MD

Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

Mount Sinai West/Morningside Program
Medical Director, Mount Sinai West Addiction Institute Outpatient
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Anita N. Jacobson, PharmD

Anita N. Jacobson, PharmD

Clinical Professor

University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy
Pharmacist
Eleanor Slater Hospital Zambarano Campus
Program Director
Community First Responder Program
Kristin Nolan, MA, MBA

Kristin Nolan, MA, MBA

Chief Behavioral Health Officer

Spectrum Health Systems
John A. Hopper, MD, DFASAM

John A. Hopper, MD, DFASAM

Clinical Professor

Wayne State University School of Medicine
Trinity Health IHA Medical Group
Alana Knudson, PhD

Alana Knudson, PhD

Director

NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
Margarita Chavez-Sanchez, M.S.

Margarita Chavez-Sanchez, M.S.

Director

Department of Behavioral Health Services
Bernalillo County, NM

 

Anthony L. Martin, MBA, NRP

Anthony L. Martin, MBA, NRP

Director of Emergency Medical Services

Tower Health
Kody H. Kinsley

Kody H. Kinsley

Secretary

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

 

Kevin Borcher, PharmD

Kevin Borcher, PharmD

Vice President, Pharmacy Informatics

CyncHealth

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  • Business casual. Meeting rooms can sometimes be cold so we recommend a sweater or light jacket
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