After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Analyze the opioid epidemic, its impacts and non-opioid therapy protocols for the general and pediatric populations.
- Discuss the pros/cons of newer alternatives to opioids for both acute and chronic pain management, specifically cannabinoids, ketamine, and alternatives to nerve blocks.
- Develop clear protocols for the reduction, detection, and management of complications related to regional anesthetics.
- Describe the anatomy of a nerve and the efficacy of regional anesthetic techniques and their potential complications.
- Evaluate the benefit of enhanced recovery protocols and develop clear protocols to improve post-surgical outcomes
- Define the transition from acute to chronic pain and methods to identify patients at risk for chronic postoperative pain sequelae
- Discuss new opportunities associated with point-of-care ultrasound for the acute pain/regional anesthesiologist and determine how that might be incorporated into current training and practice.
- Increase awareness of the new fascial plane blocks, their potential use cases as compared to traditional peri-neural regional anesthesia.
- Discuss the impact of current acute pain management on long-term outcomes, particularly in the world of personalized medicine.
- Analyze the effect of regional anesthesia on long-term outcomes in various populations including cancer recurrence, geriatrics, and spine surgery
- Discuss physician wellness initiatives and methods to implement programs to decrease burnout and improve patient and physician safety
- Evaluate lessons learned from international colleagues.
- Identify how social media may impact the traditional didactic or bedside teaching paradigms.
- Assemble a valuable network of colleagues active in acute pain/regional anesthesiology.
- Develop clear pathways for enhanced recovery in the pregnant patient including the role of the anticoagulation guidelines for neuraxial anesthesia in this population.
Practice Management Portfolio (PMP) Objectives
After this completing the portfolio, participants should be able to:
- Assess the essential financial, strategic, logistical and marketing competencies to provide the most efficient and effective patient care.
- Utilize administrative, patient, anesthesia and surgical perspectives and incentives within healthcare systems.
- Recognize and review the current legislative environment with respect to billing and care implementation.
- Identify the impact of uncertainty on the reimbursement methodology.
- Discuss practice case scenarios facilitating effective implementation of learned techniques and policies into practice.
The ASRA CME program provides educational activities to physicians, residents, fellows, and scientists. ASRA supports a multi-disciplinary and inter-professional approach to continuing education and patient care by also providing relevant education for other healthcare professionals not directly engaging in interventional regional anesthesia and/or pain medicine procedures. ASRA offers learning opportunities to the national and international healthcare community.
Accreditation and credit designation statements
Credits by Day
Physicians: The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
PAs (Physicians Assistants): AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 24.50 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 24.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
The American Board of Anesthesiology® MOCA®
Part II Patient Safety CME: This activity contributes to the patient safety CME requirement for the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website, http://www.theAba.org for a list of all MOCA 2.0® requirements. Max. 10.50 credits.
Thursday (max. 4.5 credits)
- Special Session, Special Session, Bridge Over Troubled Waters: There is Hope for Physicians (2.0 credits)
- Refresher course, Time Out! for Safety (1.5 credits)
- PBLD-14 Phrenic Nerve Palsy after an Interscalene Block: Diagnosis, Workup, Medico-Legal Challenges (1.0 credit)
- PBLD-17 Controversies in Regional Anesthesia: To Block or Not to Block (1.0 credit)
- PBLD-18 RA and Phantom Limb Pain: Do Blocks Improve Outcome? (1.0 credit)
- PBLD-20 Safety: What We Have Learned from the PRAN Database (1.0 credit)
Friday (max. 3.0 credits)
- PS-01b Parallel Session, Overcoming Challenges and Controversies in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain (1.5 credits)
- PS-03a Parallel Session, ASRA/ESRA Panel - Regional Anesthesia and Outcomes: What Can We Learn from 'Big Data'? (1.5 credits)
Saturday (max. 3.0 credits)
- PS-06a Parallel Session, Physician Moral Injury: Is There a Cure? (1.5 credits)
- PS-08b Parallel Session, Interactive Session: Pro/Con Controversies in Regional Anesthesia (1.5 credits)
Part IV High-Fidelity Simulation CME: This activity contributes to the Quality Improvement component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 Quality Improvement requirements and their associated point values. Max. 3.75 credits.
- WS-06 Hands-On Workshop, Blocks of the Breast and Thorax (includes high-fidelity simulation) (2.0 credits)
- WS-10 Hands-On Workshop, Blocks of the Breast and Thorax (includes high-fidelity simulation) (2.0 credits)
- WS-28 High-Fidelity Simulation Workshop, Crisis Management for the Regional Anesthesiologist (1.75 credits)
- WS-33 High-Fidelity Simulation Workshop, Crisis Management for the Regional Anesthesiologist (1.75 credits)
Credit Reporting to the ABA: ASRA is an ABA-approved provider and, as a service to ASRA members and participants, CME credits are reported to the ABA. Participants must include their correctly formatted ABA ID number (34567890) during the online evaluation and credit claim process available at the conclusion of the activity. Once the online evaluation and credit claim process is closed, certificates will be issued and credits reported to the ABA. After this time, participants may request their CME certificate by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, but ASRA will no longer report credits to the ABA, which will then be the individual participant’s responsibility.
ASRA-ASA Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia (UGRA) Education and Clinical Training Portfolio
The Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Education and Clinical Training Portfolio is a joint ASRA - ASA initiative designed for anesthesiologists who wish to distinguish themselves in the field and provide evidence of training and experience. The portfolio guides participants through a comprehensive educational and training experience that fulfills current recommendations for ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (UGRA). This ASRA course has been approved for knowledge base and technical skills components of the portfolio. For more information and approved sessions, visit the ASA website.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has agreements based on the mutual recognition of credit points with the American Medical Association for live educational events. You may submit your CME certificate directly for credit recognition of this accredited group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. For more information, visit: www.royalcollege.ca
European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (UEMS-EACCME): The UEMS-EACCME has agreements based on the mutual recognition of credit points with the American Medical Association for live educational events. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS): www.uems.net
Commercial support disclosure
Click here to view all industry support (coming soon).This course is supported, in part, by educational grants and in-kind support from industry. All support is managed in strict accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support. Appropriate acknowledgement of all supporting organizations is made to participants prior to the educational activity in the program guide, on the event website, and with signage during the meeting. View the guidelines for company representative and in-kind support.
Disclosure and resolution of personal conflicts of interest
Click here to view all faculty disclosure (coming soon). In accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support and related policies, ASRA is committed to ensuring balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its CME/CPD activities. Those in control of the educational content disclose all relevant relationships (financial or other) with any commercial interest that they or their spouse/partner have had within the past 12 months. If an individual refuses to disclose, they are disqualified from participating. Disclosure information is evaluated and conflicts of interest resolved. Disclosure is made to participants prior to the activity. Participants are asked to evaluate the objectivity and independence. Off-label or investigational use of a therapeutic product is also disclosed.
 Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ program and MOCA® are registered trademarks of The American Board of Anesthesiology™
 MOCA 2.0® is a trademark of The American Board of Anesthesiology®.