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Coding for Pain

Get the Latest Coding for Pain Information from the Experts at AAPM

On-Demand Coding Webinars

AAPM coding and billing expert Emily Hill, PA, presents on the most recent coding updates and CMS policy changes through annual coding webinars. View all AAPM on-demand coding webinars.

Common Pain Medicine CPT Codes

Accurate and appropriate coding is vital for payment, documentation, and compliance purposes. AAPM helps members stay on top of ever-fluctuating CPT codes by offering a comprehensive list of codes for pain procedures. Members may also access a breakdown of the most recent CPT code revisions affecting their practice.

Common Pain Medicine CPT Codes Join AAPM

Stay Up-to-Date on Coding News

AAPM keeps up-to-date on the latest in coding and reimbursement. View the latest coding updates and check out more news from the field of pain.

Tools for Practice

Tools for Practice

AAPM is committed to creating, identifying, and sharing evidence-based pain medicine clinical practice resources. The following resources are intended to assist practicing pain physicians treat their patients in pain. Help AAPM build its library of clinical resources! If you have a resource to share with the pain medicine community, let us know about it by emailing [email protected].

Safe Storage & Disposal Guidelines for Opioids and all Medications

As a member of the American Medical Association Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse, AAPM assisted in formulating these guidelines designed for physicians to promote the safe storage and disposal of expired, unwanted, or unused medications.

End the Epidemic: AMA Taskforce to Reduce Opioid Abuse Microsite

Access educational resources and learn about the AMA’s recommendations and progress towards reversing the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Eight Prescribing Practices for Clinicians

Help minimize harm when prescribing opioids and other psychotherapeutics with these prescribing practices.

Patient Document Templates

The following adaptable template documents were developed by AAPM for consideration by physicians in connection with their prescription of any controlled substance.

Agreement on Controlled Substances Therapy for Chronic Pain Treatment

Consent for Chronic Opioid Therapy

Opioid Learning Institute

The Opioid Learning Institute is a comprehensive educational initiative with a mission to educate prescribers and other health care professionals on safe and effective opioid prescribing guidelines. The self paced CME/CE accredited curriculum cover topics related to evidence-based opioid use treatment options, safe opioid prescribing, reduction of risks of opioid misuse, effective communication strategies about opioid misuse, and overdose prevention.

Clinical Guidelines, Recommendations, and Consensus Reports

AAPM Pain Treatment Guidelines

The American Academy of Pain Medicine develops clinical practice guidelines for use in the treatment of pain. AAPM guidelines are intended as educational tools for healthcare providers and are based on clinical expertise and a review of the relevant literature by diverse groups of highly trained clinicians.

Guidelines Under Development

The following consensus guidelines are under development and will be released in the future. Follow AAPM on Facebook or Twitter and stay tuned to our newsfeed for the latest updates in pain news.

  • Enhanced Recovery After Spine Surgery: Evidence for Pathway Care in Lumbar Laminectomy, Discectomy, and Fusion
  • Migraine Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment: A Consensus Guideline
  • Opioid Discontinuation: A Consensus Guideline

Pain Guidelines & Consensus Recommendations

Pain Management Best Practices from Multispecialty Organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Crises

April 2020

Practice guidelines published in Pain Medicine to assist pain medicine providers, health care leaders, and regulatory bodies as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

A panel of the guidelines’ authors and content experts discussed these guidelines during a live webinar on April 13, 2020. View a recording of the webinar.

Consensus Practice Guidelines on Interventions for Lumbar Facet Joint Pain

April 2020

Consensus practice guidelines from a multisociety, international working group, including AAPM, that addresses lumbar facet joint pain. These guidelines are designed to guide clinical care, improve research quality, and assist payers with clinical practice pathways and authorization decisions. 

A panel of the guidelines’ authors presented a 2-part session during AAPM 2020 on February 28 in National Harbor, MD. View the session recordings (free to AAPM members).

Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Spine Care: Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain

March 2020

Clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of nonspecific low-back pain in patients 18 years and older, developed by the North American Spine Society with input from representatives from 11 stakeholder societies, including AAPM.

Challenges with Implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Guideline: A Consensus Panel Report

January 2019

Consensus recommendations from a multidisciplinary panel of physician experts convened by the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation

Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to Monitor Drug Therapy in Pain Management Patients

July 2018

Laboratory Medicine Practice Guidelines from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and the American Academy of Pain Medicine

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Acute Pain Management

June 2018

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Chronic Pain Management

June 2018

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Interventional Spine and Pain Procedures in Patients on Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Medications

April 2018

Guidelines from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Neuromodulation Society, the North American Neuromodulation Society, and the World Institute of Pain.

Rational Urine Drug Monitoring in Patients Receiving Opioids for Chronic Pain: Consensus Recommendations

January 2018

Consensus recommendations from the American Academy of Pain Medicine on urine drug monitoring in patients with chronic pain who are prescribed opioids.

The ACTTION–APS–AAPM Pain Taxonomy (AAAPT) Multidimensional Approach to Classifying Acute Pain Conditions

May 2017

Acute pain classification system consensus report from the Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks; the American Pain Society; and American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Methadone for Pain Management: Improving Clinical Decision Making

July 2016

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Academy of Pain Medicine

Consensus Recommendations on Initiating Prescription Therapies for Opioid-Induced Constipation

December 2015

Consensus recommendations from the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Endorsed by the American Gastroenterological Association.

Acute Pain Medicine in the United States: A Status Report

September 2015

Consensus report from the AAPM and its Acute Pain Medicine shared interest group.

Organizations Dedicated to People with Pain

Organizations that educate, connect, and advocate for people with pain

The following organizations directly support or represent patients with pain. Several offer pain management tools, advocacy opportunities, and support groups.

If you know of a not-for-profit patient organization that should be added to this list, please contact [email protected].

Patient Education Resources

Pain information and resources for patients seeking the care of a pain medicine professional.

AAPM’s primary focus is to serve the dedicated pain physicians and their teams that diagnose and treat pain patients. These resources are designed to help pain care providers provide their patients with helpful information and tools to help them learn about pain, locate an AAPM member pain physician in their area, and connect with organizations that directly serve pain patients.

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Find an Active Member

Looking for a specialist in a certain area of pain? Use our searchable database to find someone who can help. Active Members may change their Pubic Directory search settings by going to My Account and editing their contact information or by contacting AAPM at [email protected] or 847-375-5731.

Organizations Dedicated to People with Pain

These organizations work specifically with people in pain, supporting or representing you with pain management tools, advocacy opportunities, and support groups.

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