The webinar will provide education on opioid and pain management for patients receiving hospice and palliative care with a particular focus on the impact that Covid has had on the opioid epidemic (when a pandemic exacerbates an epidemic) and the implications for providers in this setting. Case based learning will be utilized to illustrate learning objectives.

Learning Outcomes

      • Describe the impact that Covid has had on the opioid epidemic and delivery of care in the hospice & palliative care arenas.
      • Know available tools for opioid risk assessment and stratification.
      • Be able to explain strategies that can be utilized to mitigate risk when providing care for patients with a history of substance misuse/abuse.


Eric Bush MD,RPh,MBA

Eric Bush is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine in addition to receiving a Certification for Healthcare Quality Management. Eric has been practicing medicine for 17 years.

Eric’s healthcare career started in 1988 as a combat medic (& later LPN) in the US Army Reserve while enrolled in SUNY at Buffalo where he received his Pharmacy, MBA, and Medical degrees. Thereafter, he became a Fellow and Attending Physician for the Pain and Palliative Care Services at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD. Eric then went on to several Medical Director roles including the Frederick Memorial Hospital Pain and Supportive Care Services (obtaining Joint Commission Certification for the Inpatient Palliative Care Service), and Medical Director of Hospice of Frederick County which received national recognition during his tenure in 2015 with the Circle of Life Citation of Honor for Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Care.

Most recently, since 2016, Eric has served (& continue to do so) as the Chief Medical Officer for Hospice of the Chesapeake & Chesapeake Supportive Care located in Pasadena, Maryland.  The organization is a community-based non-profit that serves over 1300 seriously ill residents daily in Maryland. Over the last year they were honored to attain The Joint Commission’s Certification in Community Based Palliative Care (one of only 54 programs nationally with this distinction). Eric also serves as the organization’s Occupational Health Physician and has helped our 300 plus employees navigate the recent Covid 19 pandemic. He is grateful to serve on the NHPCO Quality & Standards Committee & as an Academic Editor & Section Chief for Palliative Care for the online journal Medicine. He is also an entrepreneur & the CEO for

His wife (who is also a physician) and him reside in Maryland with our 3 teenage children.

CE/CME Information

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than nurse and physician, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form.

*including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, social workers, spiritual care givers, etc.