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

Science to Medicine—Screening for Substance Use in the Pain Management Setting

​ AAPM Immediate Past President Steven Stanos, DO provides tips for screening pain patients for risky substance abuse and what to do if patients screen positive for unhealthy substance use in this NIDAMED online resource. Full story .

Fewer Opioids, More Pay: New Tack on How Doctors Prescribe Them

AAPM President Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD raises concern that Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan's new plan intended to reduce post-operative opioid prescribing doesn't account for chronic pain patients and may create new problems if physicians have an incentive to reduce pain medication as much as they can. Full story .  

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

AAPM's upcoming coding webinar will help prepare your practice for 2019 coding changes. Major CMS initiatives will be reviewed including insight into the impact on current and future reimbursement for pain medicine services. Keep up to date and learn about the new and/or revised CPT and ICD-10 codes and the latest information regarding the CMS Qual...
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Help Fund 2019 Fellows Scholars

As we take time to be thankful and charitable this week, please consider making a contribution to the AAPM Foundation. Your donation will help fund the 2019 Fellows Scholarship Program, which provides funding to promising pain fellows so that they can attend the AAPM Annual Meeting. Make a donation online  or call 847.375.4731.

The Rise of Non-Drug Pain Treatment

AAPM Past President Sean Mackey, MD PhD , AAPM Pain Psychology SIG Co-Chair Beth D. Darnall, PhD , and AAPM Member Robert D. Kerns, PhD, are interviewed in a Monitor on Psychology cover story, The Rise of Non-Drug Pain Treatment . Full story .

Pain Psychologist Receives Prestigious Award for Pain Treatment

AAPM Member Geralyn Datz, PhD received the prestigious Southern Pain Society Dr. Hubert and Renee Rosomoff Award for her work in developing the 20-day pain rehabilitation program at Southern Behavioral Medicine Associates in Hattiesburg, MS. Full story .

Chronic Pain Sufferers Caught in Crossfire of Opioid War Struggle to Get Meds

AAPM President Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD advocates compassionate care in this St. Louis CBS affiliate story about chronic pain patients who are struggling to access their medications. Full story .

Kick Off the Holiday Season with AAPM in Chicago on December 8

There's still time to register for AAPM's 1-day Hot Topics in Pain Management symposium in downtown Chicago on Saturday, December 8. The all-star faculty lineup includes leaders from across the country, including AAPM Past Presidents Ed Covington, MD ; Sean Mackey, MD PhD ; and Steven Stanos, DO . Learn more and register .

Registration Officially Open for AAPM35

You can now register and reserve your hotel room for AAPM35 in Denver. The program features 3 excellent preconferences and a packed 35th Annual Meeting with more than 50 sessions on the latest advancements in pain medicine. View full education schedule . Register .

Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: November 20, 2018 On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule, which will be published in the Federal Register on November 23, 2018. The 2019 PFS conversion factor is $36.0391...
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