The new, minimally invasive procedure developed by University at Buffalo researchers utilizes delivery of an antibody that targets and thus blocks the pro-inflammatory protein called tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF), specifically in the brain.
This article provides additional information on the background and processes used to value services in the Proposed Rule for the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule, including the advocacy efforts with CMS and RUC by AAPM and other specialty societies representing pain medicine physicians. The Proposed Rule recommends values for intrathecal/epidural pump procedures (CPT codes 62367-62370), the new codes for injection and ablation of genicular nerves (temporary CPT 64XX0 and 64XX1) and sacroiliac joint (temporary CPT 6XX00 and 6XX01), and somatic nerve injections (CPT codes 64405, 64418, 64420, 64421, 64425, 64430, and 64450). The article also reviews the issues surrounding the other services addressed in the Proposed Rule.
AAPM members Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD, Madhuri Are, MD, Samer Narouze, MD, PhD, and Dennis J Patin, MD, are featured in this U.S. News and World Reports article: A Patient’s Guide to Pain Management.
AAPM member Beth Darnall, PhD, recently spoke at the annual meeting of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute about tapering opioids and the EMPOWER (Effective Management of Pain and Opioid-Free Ways to Enhance Relief) study her team is currently conducting.
American Academy of Pain Medicine