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Opioid Management Online Training Modules

The use of opioids for pain treatment, especially in workers’ compensation cases, can delay an injured worker’s return to work. 

State Fund developed the following two online training modules to assist members of our medical provider network in treating pain.

  • Acute Pain Management: Putting Use of Opioids in Proper Perspective
    (Release date: March 2019)
  • The Use of Opioids in Chronic Pain Management 
    (Release date: March 2019)

These modules include new content addressing changes to prescribing laws effective January 1, 2019, and guidelines from State Fund that follow the California Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) and CDC guidelines, in particular:

  • New shorter prescription periods for acute pain
  • New dose limits of 50 MED
  • An update on CURES (mandatory as of Oct. 2, 2018)
  • New example treatment agreements from NIDA
  • Quarterly monitoring for patients on long term opioid therapy
  • Recommendations for tapering patients on high dose opioids

State Fund strongly recommends that prescribers complete these two modules to ensure their current opioid prescribing complies with the new State Fund guidelines.

State Fund has worked with the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), to provide one hour of free continuing medical education (CME) credit for each module.

NOTE: A password is required to access the modules. All members of our MPN should have received the password in the mail. If you need help, please email:

This training has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Institute for Medical Quality / California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) through the joint providership of The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) and State Compensation Insurance Fund. The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health is accredited by the IMQ/CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM for each module. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12983, for 1.0 contact hours.

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