This section includes general updates about AAPM including Annual Meeting news, member news, and any other promotions, changes, and events, etc.

Doctors Call California’s Probe of Opioid Deaths a ‘Witch Hunt’

AAPM Board Member Robert E. Wailes, MD contributed this coverage of investigations by the Medical Board of California into doctors who prescribed opioids to patients who suffered fatal overdoses. "What we're finding is that more and more primary care doctors are afraid to prescribe and more of those patients are showing up on our doorsteps." Full s...
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AAPM President Expresses Disappointment in Senator Wyden’s Letter Discrediting the Work of the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force

A statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) President Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD, issued a response expressing deep disappointment in Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)'s December 18, 2018 letter to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, in an apparent effort to disc...
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Applying for Pain Medicine Fellowship: Insider Tips from Fellowship Program Directors

A panel of three program directors from pain fellowship programs around the country present information for potential applicants on what an accredited pain medicine fellowship program teaches, who can and does apply, the application process, and what program directors look for in a strong applicant. Free for members; $25 nonmembers. Learn more .

AAPM35 Early-Bird Rates & Late Breaking Poster Call

Registration for the AAPM 35th Annual Meeting & Preconferences is live, with early-bird registration rates expiring on January 9. Secure the lowest registration prices by registering now . The AAPM Call for Late-Breaking Abstract Submissions will open in early-January 2019. If you have highly significant, newsworthy research to display at AAPM3...
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Opioids Offer Little Chronic Pain Benefit and Wane Over Time, Study Says

AAPM President Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD contributed to CNN coverage of a new analysis of opioids for chronic noncancer pain, saying it reinforces what's become conventional wisdom for pain specialists. "We're going to try the least risky drug first, so opioids are not a first line treatment in most cases." Full story .  

AAPM Foundation Convenes Migraine Consensus Panel

Experts in the medical, procedural, and complementary and integrative treatment of migraine met on December 1 to begin developing multidisciplinary guidelines for treating adults with frequent migraine, designed to answer questions relevant to clinicians and their patients. The panel was convened by the AAPM Foundation utilizing grants from multipl...
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Opioid Safety Project Webinar Series—Patient and Family Perspectives

AAPM Member Beth Hogans, MD will present a free webinar developed by Telligen QIN-QIO and the American Medical Association on December 12, 12 pm CT. Register .

Preparing for 2019: Update on Coding and CMS Policy Changes Webinar on December 13

AAPM coding and billing expert Emily Hill, PA will present a live webinar on December 13, 12-1 pm CT, designed to preview coding changes going into effect on January 1 related to pain medicine services. Learn more and register .

AAPM35 to Feature State-of-the-Art Advancements in Pain Medicine

The AAPM 35th Annual Meeting & Preconferences at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, March 6-10, 2019, will bring together members of the pain care team for five days of comprehensive pain education, presentation, discussion, and networking focused on the theme state-of-the-art advancements in pain medicine. Learn more and register .

Hot Topics in Pain Management Makes Local News

AAPM Hot Topics in Pain Management faculty member Magdalena Anitescu, MD appeared on Chicago's WGN News yesterday to discuss treating chronic pain.  View the interview . Dr. Anitescu will present on interventional pain procedures at AAPM's Hot Topics in Pain Managemen t meeting this Saturday in Chicago.  Learn more at painmed.org/chicago ...
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