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AAPM Comments on AHRQ Key Questions for Systematic Review on Management of Primary Headaches in Pregnancy

Comments from the American Academy of Pain Medicine The American Academy of Pain Medicine thanks the Agency for the opportunity to comment on The Evidence-based Practice Center Program at the Agency for Healthcare Resear...
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FDA Identifies Harm Reported From Sudden Discontinuation of Opioid Pain Medicines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of serious harm in patients who are physically dependent on opioid pain medicines suddenly having these medicines discontinued or the dose rapidly decreased. These include serious withdrawal symptoms, uncontrolled pain, psychological distress, and suicide. 

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HHS Releases Additional $487 Million to States, Territories to Expand Access to Effective Opioid Treatment; 2019 SOR Grants Will Total $1.4 Billion

 

This funding will expand access to treatment that works, especially to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with appropriate social supports.

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AHRQ Seeks Input on Headaches in Pregnancy and Acute Pain

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has posted key questions for the systematic review on Management of Primary Headaches in Pregnancy for comment through April 11, as well as a draft technical brief on...
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AAPM Comments on HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Draft Report

Comments from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (Docket HHS-OS-2018-0027-0001)

The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) wishes thank the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force for their dedication and efforts to improve pain care nationally. The document has been thoroughly reviewed by two major committees within AAPM: the Scientific Review and Guidelines Committee and the Behavioral Medicine Committee.

The emphasis on patient-centered and individualized care is appropriate, and special attention to particularly disadvantaged populations and often neglected populations such as children, adolescents, and older adults is appreciated.

A common theme throughout the HHS document is the inclusion of nearly all available options of treatments within a particular category with relative equal emphasis. While this approach provides a comprehensive review of the subjects, it is important to consistently acknowledge the level of evidence supporting any included therapies, as is the standard practice for the publishing of Practice Guidelines.

We provide below several key concerns and recommendations to improve the document and to better align its content with the biospsychosocial model of pain care and current evidence. We urge these recommendations be considered to improve the content of national policy and training needs for providers as well as information available for those who suffer chronic pain.

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AAPM Commitment Statement on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

The ongoing opioid crisis lies at the intersection of two public health challenges: reducing the burden of suffering from pain and containing the increasing toll of the harms that can arise from opioid use disorder. As a...
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State Hits Pause Button on Chronic Pain Proposal

Oregon health officials have delayed consideration of a controversial change under the Oregon Health Plan that could have forced many patients with chronic pain off opioids. 

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Managing Twin Crises in Chronic Pain and Prescription Opioids

AAPM Past President Sean Mackey, MD PhD, co-authored a BMJ editorial on how the national pain strategies are part of the solution in managing this twin crises. 

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Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on the Agency’s 2019 Policy and Regulatory Agenda for Continued Action to Forcefully Address the Tragic Epidemic of Opioid Abuse

"The opioid crisis is one of the largest and most complex public health tragedies that our nation has ever faced. It remains the biggest public health crisis facing the FDA. The toll of addiction, in lost lives and broke...
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Academy Joins AMA in Combatting Surprise Billing

AAPM signed onto an American Medical Association-led letter to the Congressional leaders suggesting measures to relieve patients from health care costs that their insurance will not measure.

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