Title: Creating an Integrative, Effective, and Financially Sustainable Program for Individuals with Chronic Pain – Experience and Outcomes at the University of Vermont
Presenters: Jon Porter, MD – Division Chief, Complex Pain Management and Medical Director, Comprehensive Pain Program/Director, Osher Center for Integrative Health/Assistant Clinical Professor, Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
Joshua Plavin, MD, MPH, MBA – Associate Medical Director, Comprehensive Pain Program/Clinical Assistant Professor, Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 | 8:00am – 9:00am US EDT
Cost: Free. CME credit available
Description: The traditional medical treatment of chronic pain has failed, resulting in an iatrogenic opioid crisis, patients feeling disappointed and often hopeless, and clinicians facing a complex clinical issue with few treatment options. Offering an integrative and transdisciplinary approach to care, the Comprehensive Pain Program at the University of Vermont Medical Center opened in 2018. In this presentation, Drs. Porter and Plavin will offer an overview of the Program’s paradigm of care, its significantly positive treatment and cost of care outcomes, and the innovative financial bundle developed in collaboration with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont which underlies its financial viability.
Dr. Jon Porter is founding Medical Director of the Comprehensive Pain Program at the University of Vermont Medical Center and Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Health at the University of Vermont. He received his MD from the University of Washington and completed his residency and chief residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, where he also holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. His professional interests include demonstrating the value of integrative, transdisciplinary teams in achieving the best outcomes for patients, the creation and maintenance of a healthy and vibrant workplace for clinicians and staff in health care settings, and the roles of mindfulness, spirituality, and self-compassion in health.
Dr. Joshua Plavin received his MD and MPH degrees from New York Medical College and his MBA from Brandeis University. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, having completed his clinical training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the University of Michigan Health System. He currently serves as the Associate Medical Director at the Comprehensive Pain Program and is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Psychiatry at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. Prior to this he worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont as the VP and Chief Medical Officer and has worked clinically in Vermont for over 20 years. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. His focus is on improving clinical outcomes and value in the health care system through applying new knowledge at the intersection of medical and management science.