Mitigating Risk When Prescribing Opioids

PICA is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. PICA has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hours.


Course Description:

This course will instruct healthcare providers on the different types of liability associated with prescribing opioids and how to mitigate their civil, criminal and regulatory risk through standardization of protocols and proper chart documentation.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees should have increased knowledge of the following:

  1. The three types of liability associated with prescribing opioids
  2. How criminal, civil and regulatory cases against doctors begin, are conducted and the possible resultant penalties
  3. Steps to help mitigate prescriber risk

Intended Audience

Podiatric Physicians and Podiatric Office Staff

Time to Complete Activity
1.0 hours

No charge

Commercial Interest

John Bowman is the founder and CEO for SureMed Compliance. No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


John Bowman

Mr. Bowman is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sure Med Compliance. His career in the pharmaceutical industry spans more than a decade, and provided the inspiration that led to the founding of Sure Med Compliance. Mr. Bowman was a sales and marketing leader for Novartis, helping launch a number of blockbuster drugs such as the Exelon patch (for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease), Tekturna (for treating high blood pressure) and Reclast (for the treatment of osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases). While working out of Manatee County, Florida, one of the epicenters of the opioid epidemic, John felt called by his faith to do something about the crisis. After consulting with physicians who explained that opioids were often the only effective treatment option for some patients, he conceived of a novel approach to controlling the epidemic. That vision has become Sure Med Compliance, a software and services company assisting physicians by providing prescribing guidance, screening and documentation compliance. Mr. Bowman, a Coast Guard veteran, is an avid surfer who founded the Eternal Summer Surf Camp, a free, faith-based ministry which, under his continuing leadership, has become the largest surf camp in the world. He now resides in Fairhope Alabama with his wife Kendall and kids Jackson and Piper and is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. John earned his Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of South Florida.

Disclosure Statement:

In accordance with the Council on Podiatric Medical Education's Standards and Requirements for Approval of Providers of Continuing Education in Podiatric Medicine, any relevant financial relationships between instructors and planning committee members with a commercial interest must be disclosed to program participants. John is the founder and CEO for SureMed Compliance. And the planning committee has no commercial interests to disclose.


Date Recorded:


Date Activity terminates:

4/10/2022 (3 years after recorded date)

Sponsored by the Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA).

PICA Copyright 4/10/19




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