FamilyCare Health to Host Opioid Training Series for Healthcare Providers

April 27 training event to feature speakers from Kaiser and OHSU

FamilyCare Health, a coordinated care organization serving Medicaid and Medicare members in Oregon, kicks off its 4-part Opioid Training series for providers on Thursday, April 27, 2017 with “Buprenorphine: What we know and what we don’t. Prescribing safely for pain management and opioid dependence.”

WHAT: “Buprenorphine: What we know and what we don’t. Prescribing safely for pain management and opioid dependence.”

WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 2017 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: Sherwood Arts Center 22689 SW Pine St. Sherwood, OR 97140

WHO: Primary care providers, specialists HOW: Healthcare professionals can register for $30 at

Opioid addiction has reached epidemic proportions both nationally and in Oregon. According to the Oregon Health Authority, in 2013 more drug poisoning deaths involve prescription opioids than any other type of drug, including alcohol, methamphetamines, heroin, and cocaine. Buprenorphine is a medication used for detoxification, opioid replacement therapy, and pain management. “By providing training on when it’s appropriate to prescribe opioids and when alternative forms of treatment are more effective, we’re hoping to decrease the prevalence of opioid addiction in our state,” said Bennett Garner, MD, medical director for FamilyCare Health.

Lead speaker Andrea Rubenstein, MD, chief of the department of pain medicine at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa, California, will review taper planning of opioids and how and when to integrate buprenorphine products into a pain management strategy.

Speaker Amanda Risser, MD, who focuses on addiction medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, will give recommendations on buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) prescribing for addiction within the primary care setting.


About FamilyCare Health

For more than 30 years, FamilyCare Health has been providing patient-centered health care to Oregonians. FamilyCare Health is an Oregon Health Plan Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) and a Medicare Advantage plan serving approximately 120,000 members in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Marion, and Clatsop counties. FamilyCare Health was the first health plan in Oregon to integrate models of physical and mental health and the first CCO in the tri‐county area certified by the Oregon Health Authority. More information at

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