Focus on Safe Prescribing for Physicians

Program Description

Opioid related deaths from prescription medications have been called a national emergency health crisis. The California legislature has passed legislation aimed at safe and effective opioid prescribing for patients with acute or chronic pain. This learning activity provides closed claim analysis on medication related claims, highlighting opioids, information on CURES requirements, tips for patient communication, and controlled substance prescribing guidelines.

After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Analyze the top patient allegations and contributing factors associated with medication related malpractice claims.
  • Engage with patients in the difficult conversations when prescribing opioids.
  • Construct a patient assessment process for identifying abuse or misuse of controlled substances.
  • Adhere to California’s controlled substance prescribing guidelines.
  • Assess potential controlled drug misuse, diversion, or excess prescribing by utilizing CURES: California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program when prescribing medications.


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity. 


Kathleen Stillwell, MPA/HSA, RN, CPHRM
Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager
The Doctors Company

Richard Cahill, Esq.
Vice President and Associate General Counsel
The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course ID#:    TDS 18123.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 4-23-18
Expiration Date for This Activity: 10-2-19


The information and guidelines contained in this activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. The faculty recommends that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes and should be used as a reference guide only.

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