Addiction Medicine and Rheumatology for Primary Care

Apr 12, 2024 – Apr 14, 2024

Austin - The Westin Austin Downtown

This program includes 5.0 hours of content intended to meet the MATE Act requirements.

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  • Credits expire three years from the date of issue.
  • Credits applied to a future conference are non-refundable.

Tuition Discount

Past Attendees Save $50: Past MCE Conferences attendees (within the previous three years) automatically receive a $50 discount at checkout.

Bring a Friend or Colleague and Save $50: If you are attending with another healthcare professional you are eligible for a $50 discount.

Overview & Agenda

Addiction Medicine and Rheumatology for Primary Care – 12 Credits 

This program includes 5.0 hours of content intended to meet the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act requirements for DEA license renewal.

Overview
This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered issues in Addiction Medicine and Rheumatology, while suggesting pragmatic approaches to clinical management. The discussion-based format of the conference will encourage audience participation through dynamic lectures, case-based studies, and hands-on workshops. Keynote speakers will present and critically assess recent advancements and industry updates in Addiction Medicine and Rheumatology with the goal of enhancing the knowledge-base and core competence of attendees. The successful completion of this interactive program diagnosing, treating, and prescribing the most effective courses of treatment, with the goal of improving patient outcomes.

Target Audience
All Physicians and other Healthcare Professionals seeking clinical information about issues in Addiction Medicine and Rheumatology.

Speakers
Our presenting national faculty speakers make it their professional goals to enhance the training of primary care clinicians. This Continuing Medical Education program promises to help you learn the most current, best medicine, and techniques for making the diagnosis easier during a 20-minute office visit.

Topics and Objectives

Friday, April 12th

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
The Neurobiology of Addiction and Implications for Treatment: Part I
Objectives: 1) Discuss the basic elements of drive and cognition in the neurobiology of addiction 2) Distinguish between reward and anti-reward brain circuitry 3) Describe the concept of interoception

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM ~ BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
The Neurobiology of Addiction and Implications for Treatment: Part II
Objectives: 1) List three safe and effective psychosocial interventions for the treatment of substance use disorders 2) Describe the impulsivity-compulsivity spectrum of illness as it applies to the behavioral addictions

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM ~ BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Primary Approach to Inflammatory Arthritis
Objectives: 1) Review the differential diagnoses when confronted with a patient who has joint inflammation and discuss various treatment alternatives 2) Identify the various lab tests that we use and how to best interpret them

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM ~ BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Osteoporosis
Objectives: 1) Review the diagnosis, secondary causes, and fracture risk assessment tool (FRAX) to assist with diagnosing and up-to-date treatment 2) Review dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans and their interpretation

Saturday, April 13th

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Osteoarthritis
Objectives: 1) Review the diagnosis of the most common arthritis we see 2) Discuss treatment and new drugs on the horizon, including case reports

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM ~ BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Osteoarthritis
Objectives: 1) Review the diagnosis of the most common arthritis we see 2) Discuss treatment and new drugs on the horizon, including case reports

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM ~ BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
The Opioid Epidemic in 2024
Objectives: 1) Identify the origins and current state of the opioid crisis in the USA 2) Discuss the clinical use of buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorders

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM ~ BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
The Pharmacotherapy of Alcohol Use Disorders
Objectives: 1) Use the three steps of “brief intervention” in everyday clinical practice 2) List three FDA-approved pharmacological treatments for alcohol use disorders

Sunday, April 14th

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
The Technological Addictions
Objectives: 1) List five forms of technological addictions as they appear in the scientific literature of 2022 2) Describe the psychology and culture surrounding non-pathological use of technology and distinguish between normal use and addiction 3) Discuss adverse consequences of the technological addictions on the mental health of vulnerable populations

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM ~ BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Putting It All Together: Treating Addiction in Everyday Clinical Practice
Objectives: 1) Solve a ten-case quiz on medications used in the treatment of substance use disorders 2) Treat patients who suffer from dual diagnosis – addiction and other psychiatric disorders

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM ~ BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Crystal-Induced Arthritis
Objectives: 1) Identify how to evaluate and treat patients who present with what appears to be a crystal-induced arthritis diagnosis 2) Discuss treatments, including joint aspiration, synovial fluid analysis, and dietary considerations

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM ~ BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Fibromyalgia
Objectives: 1) Review this challenging diagnosis 2) Describe approved therapies, as well as additional nonclassical therapies that are used 3) Review the newer diagnostic criteria and compare it to the older one

Please Note: Content is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the activity website for the most current information. 

Program Schedule

Date

Location

Description

Time

April 12, 2024

Westin Conference Center

Conference - Day 1

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees
Check-In Opens at 7:15 AM

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

April 13, 2024

Westin Conference Center

Conference - Day 2

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

April 14, 2024

Westin Conference Center

Conference - Day 3

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education – ACCME

MCE Conferences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

MCE Conferences designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC Recognition

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 12 (part II) MOC pointsin the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

American Academy of Family Physicians – AAFP

The AAFP has reviewed Addiction Medicine and Rheumatology for Primary Care and deemed it acceptable for up to 12.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credit(s). Term of Approval is from 04/12/2024 to 04/14/2024. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada – Mainpro-M1

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is the accrediting body for family medicine continuing medical education (CME) in the United States of America. CFPC members who complete any live CME/CPD program accredited by the AAFP for Prescribed credit can claim the equivalent number of Mainpro-M1 credits. Canadian

American Osteopathic Association – AOA

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.

American Academy of Physician Assistants – AAPA

AAPA accepts Category 1 CME approval from the AAFP.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners – AANP

AAFP Prescribed Credits are accepted by the AANP.

American Nurses Credentialing Center – ANCC

According to the ANCC, the continuing education hours approved by the AAFP meet the ANCC-accredited CNE criteria.

Pharmacology Credits

This course has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 12 CME credits; please verify with your Medical Board which hours may be applied toward Pharmacology credit.

Hotel Accommodations

Lodging ReservationsWe are currently past our group reservation cutoff date with the property. MCE may have some rooms available, however this is not guaranteed. Please email info@mceconferences.com to check the availability of these final rooms.

If no rooms remain available, call the hotel at 1 800-937-8461 to confirm if the Westin Austin Downtown has remaining availability for you to book direct or Click Here for nearby lodging options

Please note: Room categories are based on availability at the time of request.

Accommodations – The 366 hotel rooms and suites at The Westin Austin Downtown are designed to keep you feeling your best. Enjoy stunning city views from your room’s floor-to-ceiling windows plus vibrant artwork inspired by downtown Austin’s live music tradition. Awake refreshed in our Heavenly® Bed and pamper yourself in the Heavenly® Shower.

  • Guestroom Standard ROH – $289 Per Room Per Night Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees
    Traditional rooms are 350sqft/32sqm and are located on floors 4-9 and feature signature Westin Heavenly® Bed and Bath Amenities.
    Bedding Options: One King or 2 Queen Beds
    Maximum Occupancy: One King – 3 Adults or 2 Queen Beds – 4 Adults
  • Executive King View – $319 Per Room Per Night Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees
    Executive View rooms are 350-390sq.ft. and offer great views of downtown Austin from floors 15 and above and also feature signature Westin Heavenly® Bed and Bath Amenities.
    Bedding Options: One King or 2 Queen Beds
    Maximum Occupancy: One King – 3 Adults or 2 Queen Beds – 4 Adults

Additional Lodging Information

Taxes: Hotel’s room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 17.614%) in effect at the time of check-out. All Taxes are subject to change at any time without notice.
Additional Adult Fee: Room rates are quoted as Single/Double occupancy. There will be a $20 fee per adult per night for each additional adult 18 years of age or older beyond Single/Double occupancy.
Check-in/Check-out: Check-in is after 3:00 p.m. and Check-out is before 12:00 p.m. Subject to hotel changes.

Parking – Hotel offers valet parking only. Pricing is subject to change.
0-3 Hours – $22.00 (plus tax)
3-6 Hours – $34.00 (plus tax)
6-24 Hours – $59.00 (plus tax)

Lodging Deposit – All reservations must be accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

Lodging Cancellations – Terms and conditions as per MCE’s room allotment agreement with conference lodging venue:

  • Cancellation made 31 days or more prior to arrival: A full refund will be issued.
  • Cancellation 30 days or less prior to arrival: No refunds will be issued.
  • No-shows and early departures are considered a cancellation: No refunds will be issued.

All lodging cancellations must be made directly with the lodging venue. Please refer to your lodging confirmation for contact information and policies.

Register & Book Your Lodging Early! The MCE reduced room rates will be available to registered attendees up until March 7, 2024 (based on availability). Our allotment for reduced room rates may sell out before this date. We urge you to secure your lodging reservation as early as possible. Reduced rates will also be offered for 3 nights pre and post-program dates (based on availability).

Room Reservation Guidelines – The lodging reservation link has been created for the MCE Conference continuing medical education program, and only guests that are registered for this CME conference are eligible to use this site in order to access discounted rooms and/or theme park tickets (if applicable).

  • Attendees must register within (7) seven days of booking MCE discounted lodging to avoid cancellations or increased nightly rates (depending on Hotel/Resort policy).
  • We allow a maximum of 2 room reservations per registered attendee, based on availability and rates at the time of booking.
  • Rooms and/or tickets (if applicable) cannot be purchased for the purpose of, or with the intention of being resold.
  • All reservations must be made under the registered attendee’s name, as all reservations and ticket orders (if applicable) will be audited against the CME program registration list. Should it be necessary, we reserve the right to contact you to request proof of registration. If it is discovered that the reservation and/or ticket order is not for an MCE Conferences participant, the reservations and/or ticket order may be canceled or modified based on the Hotel/Resort policy, and deposits may not be eligible for a refund.

Please note: In order to provide a quality and interactive CME program, MCE Conferences will limit the number of registrations per conference.

Additional Travel Information

Airport Information – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is approximately 10.5 miles/20 minutes from The Westin Austin Downtown.

Airport Transportation –

Shuttles:
Airport Reservations: 1-800-BLUE VAN (258-3826)
Groups and Charters: 512-929-3900 ext. 4 (after hours use ext. 2)
AusSales@supershuttle.net

Taxi:
Estimated taxi fare is approximately $35 one-way from AUS.

ATX Co Op: 512-333-5555
Lone Star Cab: 512-836-4900
Yellow Cab: 512-452-9999

Minimum fare for taxi customers is $13.30, this includes a $2.00 airport surcharge. All taxis have a four-passenger maximum, excluding children 12-years and under. All taxis accept major credit cards.

Car Rental – To make your discounted car rental reservation, please click on the following links:
(please note: car rental company availability may differ based on airport/ destination)

  • AVIS – Click Here and enter G028287 in the “AWD Number” box to receive the Group Discount.
  • Budget – Click Here
  • Enterprise – Click Here and enter XZB6145 to receive the MCE Conferences Group Discount.
  • Hertz – Click Here and check the “Enter a Discount or Promo Code” and “I am a Corporate Customer” boxes. Enter 2086989 in the “Discount/CDP/Club Code” box to receive the Group Discount.
  • National – Click Here and enter XZB6145 under Contract ID to receive Group Discount.

Special Assistance – MCE’s policy is to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If special arrangements are necessary for an individual with a disability to attend a conference, please contact our office at 1-888-533-9031.

Please Note: MCE is not associated with the third-party services listed herein and shall not be liable for any services of such third-party providers.

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