The next Patient Education ForUM is on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 3:30-5:00.

Susan Eggly Ph.D  from Wayne State University will discuss how patient-provider communication can reduce racial healthcare disparities. Paul Hilliard MD and Alexandra Koumoutsopoulos B.S., R.N will present the efforts underway at Michigan Medicine to help operationalize the patient education and other requirements for new Michigan Opioid Prescribing law.

All Health System clinicians and staff are invited to attend. Location is the Research Auditorium at North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) building 10. (Entry via building 18).  Way-finding and parking instructions.

1.5 Nursing Contact Hours (CNE) will be provided to attendees.
0.5 Fulfills the Michigan re-licensure requirement for pain.
0.5 Fulfills Pharmacotherapeutic requirement.

CME is available. See information below.

Space is limited. Register soon at to save your spot.

Read on to learn more about the speakers and topics:

Susan Eggly, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Population Studies and Disparities Program, Department of Oncology, Wayne State University, will present: Racial Healthcare Disparities: How Can Patient-Provider Communication Help?

Racial healthcare disparities occur across many medical conditions. Although many factors contribute to these disparities, patient-provider communication is one critical factor.  Negative racial attitudes, such as providers’ unconscious racial bias and patients’ mistrust in medical institutions can contribute to poorer communication; and this, in turn, can lead to poorer treatment and outcomes. This presentation will review the challenges and barriers to effective patient engagement in racially-discordant medical interactions and discuss findings from a study evaluation an intervention designed to overcome these attitudes and improve communication in racially-discordant patient-oncologist discussions about treatment, clinical trials and the financial costs of cancer care.

Paul E. Hilliard, M.D. Director of the Michigan Medicine Acute Care Service and Chair of the Pain Management Steering Committee and Alexandra Koumoutsopoulos, M.H.S.A., R.N., Pain Management Coordinator in the Office of Clinical Affairs will present: The Patient Education Requirements for the New Michigan Opioid Prescribing law.

As a nation we are in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Every day approximately 115 people die as a result of accidental opioid overdose. Many believe that the rampant prescribing of prescription opioids has led to an increase in heroin use.  In response to this epidemic, the state of Michigan has signed several pieces of legislation into law that will have a significant impact across the clinical enterprise and will influence how we deliver care. Most of these laws go into effect in the spring and summer of 2018. Some of the laws specifically require patient education to be delivered to those receiving controlled substances and also requires their signature acknowledging that the information has been communicated.  This presentation will discuss the efforts underway at Michigan Medicine to help operationalize these requirements and remain compliant with the law.

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

University of Michigan Health System Professional Development & Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-423, 3/1/2019)