TN governor praises the work of the commission on core competences
Gov. Tennessee Government Bill Haslam thanked the State Pain and Addiction Medicine Commission on July 26 for identifying core competencies for Tennessee's medical education institutions To ensure that future physicians, nurses, dentists and other prescribers receive in-class training on how best to treat patient pain and how to properly treat addiction. The Commission is part of the government response to the ongoing opioid epidemic.
Haslam established the 19-member Commission in January as part of the TN-Together Plan to Combat Opiate Dependence in Tennessee by Order of the Executive. The Commission presented a report to the Governor outlining 1
"First-hand involvement of healthcare professionals was critical in this process, as they will implement these competencies to increase the effectiveness of our podiatric education," Haslam said. "This is just the first step in improving the training our future doctors in addiction and pain medicine are receiving, and we are confident that this will make a difference if we continue to address the opioid crisis in Tennessee."
The Commission is working to develop competences for curricula so that future prescribers receive training and training on effective pain treatments, including alternatives to opioids, potential risks of using opioids, proper identification and treatment of patients who abuse opioids or Abuse and Controlled Substance Monitoring Database
The 12 core competencies are:
- Epidemiology and Population Level
- Pain Assessment
- Pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment
- Practical Aspects of Prescribing and Communication
- Conflict Prevention and Resolution  Chronic pain therapy
- Acute pain therapy in chronic pain patients
- Interoffice and interprofessional focus
- Risk assessment of substance use disorder
- Development of a treatment plan for the patient with substance Disability overdosage of overdose risk
- Professional and legal standards
Compensation is voluntary, but is strongly promoted by the Commission, which includes representatives of public and private medical education institutions of the state, the Ministry of Health of Tennessee, professional associations and licensed health professionals belong.