Part One: "Treating Pain in Today's World: Avoiding the New Pitfalls" LOS ANGELES, CA (April 15, 2014) - The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) and the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) are joint sponsors of "Treating Pain in Today's World: Avoiding the New Pitfalls," the first topic in a three-part continuing medical education (CME) series on opioid education. This topic will be presented on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Orange County Medical Association Conference Center in Irvine, CA. Chronic pain is a major concern and affects approximately 100 million people in the U.S., according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and one of the most common reasons for patients to seek medical care. Physicians are in a key position to balance the benefits and risks of opioid therapy. They often struggle with the need to assist patients who require management of chronic pain while confronting the risks associated with prescribing opioids. "CAP's sponsorship of the opioid education series is part of our ongoing commitment to support programs that teach physicians how to reduce their liability risks and improve patient safety, so they can focus on what they do best - providing excellent care," said James L. Weidner, Chief Executive Officer of CAP. The featured speaker is Standiford Helm II, MD, Medical Director at the The Helm Center for Pain Management and Immediate Past-President of OCMA. After attending "Treating Pain in Today's World: Avoiding the New Pitfalls," physician participants should be able to: Understand the law and new regulations that govern the use of opioids to control pain Understand the multi-discipline methods for controlling pain Describe appropriate assessment, monitoring and documentation strategies to support opioid prescribing Learn how to evaluate the benefits of prescriptive opioids against the potential risks Utilize PDMP/CURES as a tool to discover questionable prescription opioid activity To register and for more information, please visit: https://treatingpain.eventbrite.com . OCMA and CAP members may attend this seminar for free. Registration is required.