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Report from the June 2019 AMA Annual Meeting

The following report was submitted by Robert Wailes, MD, AAPM AMA Delegate The Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) convened from June 8-12, in Chicago, Illinois. I repre...
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AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting Update

Pain medicine was represented at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates (HOD) Annual Meeting by AAPM delegate Robert Wailes, MD , and alternate delegate Donna Bloodworth, MD . Among topics discussed, ...
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FDA MedWatch Safety Alert: RXQ Compounding, LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Sterile Products

 RXQ Compounding, LLC ("RXQ") is voluntarily recalling all sterile human and animal products within expiry to the user level due to lack of sterility process assurance associated with the production of the Company's...
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AMA Opioid Task Force Recommendations Offer Roadmap to Policymakers

The recommendations include tangible actions policymakers can take to help reduce barriers to evidence-based treatment and end the nation's opioid epidemic. AAPM is among the 25 specialty and state medical societies that...
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Florida Law Lowers Opioid Use for Acute Post-Op Pain

  A new controlled substance law in Florida has helped to decrease opioid prescriptions after outpatient surgery, according to a retrospective analysis at a large academic center. Full story.  
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Oregon Panel Drops Effort to Cut Opioids and Cover Chronic Pain

An Oregon committee has abandoned a controversial proposal that would have expanded treatment options for chronic pain patients under the Oregon Health Plan, but would have forced many to reduce dosages or discontinue pr...
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Comparative Effectiveness of Analgesics to Reduce Acute Pain in the Prehospital Setting Report

The Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has posted the draft report for the systematic review on Comparative Effectiveness of Analgesics to Reduce Acute P...
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Patient-Centered Care Is Key to Best Practices in Pain Management

Vanila M. Singh, MD MACM, Chairperson of the HHS Pain Management Inter-Agency Task Force, is interviewed about the task force's recommendations for treating acute and chronic pain. Full story.
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Oregon Panel Drops Effort to Cut Opioids and Cover Chronic Pain

An Oregon committee has abandoned a controversial proposal that would have expanded treatment options for chronic pain patients under the Oregon Health Plan, but would have forced many to reduce dosages or discontinue prescription opioids. 

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AAMC Statement on House Bill to Support New Residency Positions, Including for Pain Management

Association of American Medical Colleges President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued a statement about the Opioid Workforce Act of 2019 (H.R. 2439), which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and would support new addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, or pain management residency positions. 

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