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Medical-Legal Aspects of Pain Management & Workers' Compensation

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference
from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas
November 30 - December 7, 2014

This conference has already sailed, but that doesn't mean you have to miss the boat! Click here to see our complete schedule of upcoming programs.

Royal Caribbean's Incredible Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas

14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours
14 CE Credits
14 CLE Credits

Course Fees:

$695 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy & Dentists

$450 for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses & Others

BIAS FREE CME - No Commercial Support was provided for this CME activity.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the CEI meeting group through Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® at 800-422-0711 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners. Attorneys, Psychologists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Law of Pain Management – ( 7 Hours)
    1. The War on Drugs, Doctors and Addicts (60 minutes)
      1. Drug Laws in the USA
      2. Impact of Drug Laws on Physicians
      3. Impact of Drug Laws on Addicts
    2. Pain Evaluation, Assessment and Documentation – (60 minutes)
      1. Clinic Pain Management Policy and Guidelines
      2. Comprehensive Pain History Guidelines
      3. Assessing Risk for Opioid Abuse
      4. Assessing Pain in Special Populations and in ICU
      5. Assessing Risks and Benefits
      6. Comprehensive Physical Examination Guidelines
      7. Documentation Guidelines
    3. Initiation of Treatment Plan & Follow-up – (60 minutes)
      1. Components of an Effective Treatment Plan
      2. Applying Evidence-Based Guidelines to Common Pain Conditions
      3. Pain Management Guidelines & Standards
      4. Patient and Public Education and Instructions
      5. How to Monitor Patient Progress
      6. Components of an Effective Periodic Review/Follow-up
      7. Review of Functional Goals
      8. Monitoring Adherence to Medication Regimens
      9. How to Manage Non-Adherent Pain Patients
      10. How to Distinguish Addiction vs. Pseudo-addiction
    4. Legal Aspects of Pain Management – (120 minutes)
      1. Establishing a Physician-Patient Relationship
      2. Obtaining Informed Consent (or Informed Refusal) to Pain Management
      3. Physician/Patient Pain Management Agreement (Contract)
      4. Duty to Document in Medical Record
      5. Elements of Effective & Specific Documentation
      6. Accurate Coding for Pain Diagnosis, Testing and Treatment
      7. DEA Standard
      8. HIPAA Privacy Standard
      9. FDA REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy)
      10. Duty to Refer or Consult
      11. How to Facilitate the Referral Process
      12. When to Refer for Patient Behavioral Issues
      13. How to manage a Difficult Physician-Patient Relationship
      14. Terminating a Physician-Patient Relationship
      15. How to Discharge a Non-Compliant Patient.
    5. Compliance with Narcotics Laws and Licensing Board Rules (60 minutes)
      1. Prevention of Injury and Death.
      2. State Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)
      3. Proper Disposal of Drugs
      4. Organized Diversion Rings
      5. Pill Mills; Predators; and Doctor Shoppers.
    6. Presentation of Pain Cases, Video Vignettes and Q’s and A’s – (60 minutes)
  2. Medical-Legal Aspects of Workers’ Compensation (7 Hours)
    1. Role of Physicians and Attorneys in Workers' Compensation - (60 minutes)
      1. What are the Physician's Duties, Responsibilities and Liability
      2. When to Appoint an IME (Independent Medical Examiner)
      3. When to Depose of Physicians: Ethics and Liability
      4. When to Request Court Appearance of Physicians
    2. Expert Witness Work – Ethical and Legal Aspects – (60 minutes)
      1. Terms of engagement
      2. Marketing
      3. Debt recovery
      4. onfidentiality
      5. Data protection
      6. Fees
      7. The Federal and State Civil Procedures rules
      8. Expert Witness Report or Memorandum
      9. Liability and Negligence of Expert Witnesses
    3. Use of the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) - (120 minutes)
      1. How to Navigate the ODG
      2. How to Rank Medical Evidence
      3. Contents of ODG: Treatment and Return to Work Guidelines
      4. How to Become ODG Certified by the Work Loss Data Institute
      5. How to Provide Evidence-Based Medical Reports
      6. Rules of Evidence and Caselaw
      7. How to Handle ODG Exceptions
      8. When and How a Daubert Challenge is used
    4. APPLICATION OF AMA GUIDES 6TH EDITION - (60 minutes)
      1. Evaluation of Permanent Impairment of Spine and Extremities
      2. Maximum Medical Improvement
      3. Injuries of the Spine
      4. Injuries of the Extremities
    5. Evaluation of Pain and Sleep Disorders in WC Cases - (60 minutes)
      1. Informed Consent and Treatment Agreement of Pain
      2. Pain Evaluation for Permanent Impairment
      3. Sleep disorders in Workers Compensation cases
    6. Presentation of WC Cases, Video Vignettes and Q’s and A’s – (60 minutes)
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Faculty
S. Sandy Sanbar, M.D., Ph.D., J.D.

S. Sandy Sanbar was born in Haifa, Israel. He earned a BS (with Distinction) in Biology and a M.D. (with Distinction) at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He did a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, and earned a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma, while working as a Cardiovascular Research Trainee, Oklahoma Medical Research Institute in Oklahoma City. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, before becoming a Postdoctoral Cardiovascular Fellow then Research Cardiovascular Associate of the Ontario Heart Foundation and Clinical Assistant in the Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Sandbar returned with his family to Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a United States immigrant, served as a Cardiovascular Fellow of the Michigan Heart Association and an Instructor in Internal Medicine, then Advanced Cardiovascular Research Fellow of the American Heart Association and Assistant Professor, Hypertension Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan. His J.D. degree is from Oklahoma City University.

He was inducted in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a Captain and was promoted to Major, while at Fitzsimmons General Hospital, Denver, Colorado. Finally, Sanbar was promoted to LT. Colonel while serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, U.S. Army Hospital, Danang, Vietnam. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his efforts in Vietnam prior to being Honorably Discharged on July 4, 1970.

Since 1970's, he has practiced in Oklahoma City both as an Attorney at Law and Specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Sanbar is a Past President of the American College of Legal Medicine (1989-1990) and he has received numerous Awards, including Gold Medal Award (2000) and Distinguished Service Award (2007) of the American College of Legal Medicine. In 2007, he was elected as the Chairman of the American Board of Legal Medicine (ABLM), and President of the American Board of Medical Malpractice (ABMM). He is a Diplomate of both the ABLM and the ABMM. He performed Consultative Examinations (for 6 years) then served as a Medical Consultant (2 years) for the Department of Disability Services, Social Security Administration in Oklahoma City. Since March 2008, Sanbar has been in private practice in Oklahoma City.

Sanbar is a prolific author of over 200 articles, and author or editor of eleven Books. His books include Hyperlipidemia & Hyperlipoproteinemia; Medical and Hospital Law; Editor, LEGAL MEDICINE, seven Editions from 1987- 2007; Editor. MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SURVIVAL HANDBOOK, 2007; and Editor, ABLM BOARD REVIEW EXAM & STUDY GUIDE, 2007. He publishes a monthly article for the LAW AND MEDICINE section of the Oklahoma County Medical Society publication, the BULLETIN. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar, the Oklahoma County Bar, the Oklahoma State Medical Association and the Oklahoma County Medical Society. He is a State, National and International Lecturer on Legal Medicine and Medical Malpractice, and he generally serves as Seminar Program Chairman. He is married to Dorothy J. Sanbar, an Oklahoman, and has two children and three grandchildren.

Matthias I. Okoye, MD, JD, FCLM,
Secretary, American Board of Legal Medicine
President & CEO, Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences, Inc.
Associate Professor of Forensic Pathology, Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska
Accreditation

Accredited Continuing Medical Education Accreditation: Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: Continuing Education, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


ANCC Accredited Continuing Nursing Education
Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or used with an activity.

Nurse Practitioners: can claim either ANCC Contact Hours or AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ as needed.
Pharmacology credits are identified on individual activities.

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Canadian Physicians: This activity is eligible for Section 1 credits in the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program . Participants must log into MAINPORT to claim this activity.

Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) .

US or Canadian Family Physicians: Please let us know if you require AAFP Prescribed Credits.

Approval: Continuing Education, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Education, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Designation: As an organization approved by the American Psychological Association, Continuing Education, Inc. is offering this activity for a maximum of 14 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be given for partial attendance.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Cruise Itinerary
DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Sun Nov 30 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - 5:00pm
Mon Dec 1 At Sea Cruising
Lectures: Lectures 8:00am-12noon
- -
Tue Dec 2 Labadee, Haiti 8:00am 5:00pm
Wed Dec 3 Falmouth, Jamaica 10:30am 7:00pm
Thu Dec 4 At Sea Cruising
Lectures 9:00am-12noon; 1:00-4:00pm
- -
Fri Dec 5 Cozumel, Mexico 8:00am 7:00pm
Sat Dec 6 At Sea Cruising
Lectures 8:00am-12noon
- -
Sun Dec 7 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 6:15am -

Ports of Call
Cozumel, Mexico - The Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel's sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.
Falmouth, Jamaica - Step off the ship and step back in time. You might not think so at first glance but little Falmouth was an economic and shipping powerhouse and center for dramatic social change during the English Colonial Period. Founded and named Martha Brae Point in 1769 by local English planter, Thomas Reid, Falmouth became the transshipment hub for the sugar plantations covering the hills of the North Coast of Jamaica. Edward Barrett, a wealthy English planter, strongly influenced the early development of Falmouth. From the wharfs of Falmouth, sugar, molasses, rum and coffee were sent to England while ships carrying African slaves and all the necessities of 18th century colonial life dropped anchor in the bustling port town. You'll return with sun kissed skin, timeless memories as well as interesting historical tidbits to share with friends, like this one: Falmouth received piped water before New York City.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - There is an abundance of things to see and do in the Ft. Lauderdale area: visit the newly redesigned Ft. Lauderdale Beach and cafes, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or adventure to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.
Labadee, Haiti - This tropical paradise, reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, features pristine beaches, walking trails and breathtaking vistas. Labadee is the perfect setting for parasailing, wave runners and the kayak tour, all available on your own private island.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Allure of the Seas

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the CEI meeting group through Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® at 800-422-0711 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Cruise Pricing

Prices below are for the full cruise including meals and evening entertainment

STATEROOM ACCOMMODATIONS PER PERSON
Owner's Suite (OS) - Two twin beds (can convert to Queen). Private bathroom with tub, shower and two sinks, marble entry, large closets, living area with table and sofa. Private balcony with table and chairs. (569 sq. ft., balcony 246 sq. ft.) Each stateroom also has its own flat-screen television, thermostat controlled air-conditioning, internet access, direct-dial telephone, radio, mini bar, individual safe, and 24 hour room service.
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Grand Suite (GS) - Two twin beds (can convert to Queen). Private bathroom with tub and two sinks, marble entry, large closets, sitting area with table and sofa. (371 sq. ft., balcony 114 sq. ft.) Each stateroom also has its own flat-screen television, thermostat controlled air-conditioning, internet access, direct-dial telephone, radio, mini bar, individual safe, and 24 hour room service.
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Junior Suite with Balcony (JS) - Two twin beds (can convert to Queen). Private bathroom with tub, sitting area with table and sofa. (287 sq. ft., balcony 78 sq. ft.) Each stateroom also has its own flat-screen television, thermostat controlled air-conditioning, internet access, direct-dial telephone, radio, mini bar, individual safe, and 24 hour room service.
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Superior OceanView Stateroom with Balcony (D4) - Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), private balcony, sitting area, and a private bathroom. 182 sq. ft., balcony 53 sq. ft.)
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Superior OceanView Stateroom with Balcony (D7) - Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), private balcony, sitting area, and a private bathroom. 182 sq. ft., balcony 53 sq. ft.)
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Central Park View Stateroom (C2) - Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), central park view, sitting area, and a private bathroom.
(182 sq. ft.)
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OceanView Stateroom (F) -Two twin beds (can convert Queen), private bathroom and sitting area. (178.7 sq. ft.)
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OceanView Stateroom (I) -Two twin beds (can convert Queen), private bathroom and sitting area. (178.7 sq. ft.)
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Large Interior Stateroom (M) - Two twin beds (can convert Queen), private bathroom and sitting area. (150.7 sq. ft.)
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Large Interior Stateroom (N) - Two twin beds (can convert Queen), private bathroom and sitting area. (150.7 sq. ft.)
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Prices are Per Person, Double Occupancy, Subject to change

Cancellation Policies vary by cruise line, destination and sailing date.
Please check with one of our cruise consultant for policies applicable to this cruise.
PRICING SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Although subject to change at any time, the listed prices are generally available up to about 90 days before sailing; at that time they convert to typically higher, market rates. Rates offered directly by the cruise line and quoted by our agents are also subject to change at any time, can be withdrawn at any time and are capacity controlled.
CANCELLATION PENALTY POLICY WILL APPLY: Cancellation policies vary by cruise line, itinerary and length of cruise. When reserving your stateroom, please review the policy applicable to this cruise with our staff. We strongly recommend Travel Insurance to cover the unexpected.
FUEL SUPPLEMENT: Cruiselines may implement a fuel surcharge depending on the price of crude oil.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

TravelSafe.comPlease visit TravelSafe.com for travel insurance information.

Cruise Line cancellation policies are strictly enforced. For that reason, we urge all of our travelers to carefully consider whether travel insurance is a good value for them.

Certainly, if you have reason to think that "something might come up" that might force you to cancel, travel insurance is worth the cost of the premium. Examples we've seen in the past include ill or frail family members and changes in employment causing relocation.

If travel insurance is the right choice for you, we recommend TravelSafe. To visit their site and explore your options click here or on the link above; this link allows you to price out the insurance plan you prefer. The cruise lines also offer travel insurance and we'd be happy to help you go that route if you'd prefer. The cruise lines also offer travel insurance and we'd be happy to help you go that route if you'd prefer.

What Our Travel Insurance Can Cover:

  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption
  • Baggage/Personal Effects Loss & Dealy
  • Missed Connection
  • Medical Expense/Emergency Evacuation
  • Non-Medical Emergency Evacuation
  • Accidental Death
  • On-Call 24 Hour Assistance Services
  • Some plans even include cancel for any reason