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Study of Pennsylvania Commonwealth Efforts to Reverse Opioid Epidemic

The American Medical Association (AMA), Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) and Manatt Health released the first in a series of studies of state responses to the opioid epidemic. Full story .

US: Fears of Prescribing Hurt Chronic Pain Patients

Federal and state government efforts to reduce prescription opioids are inadvertently harming chronic pain patients in the United States, Human Rights Watch said in a new report. Full Story .

Treating America's Pain: Unintended Victims of the Opioid Crackdown

A three-part Fox News Series examines the nation's struggle to address a crippling opioid crisis, and the unintended victims left in its wake: Part 1: The Suicides Part 2: The Doctors Part 3: The Solutions  

AAPM Fights Misapplication of CDC Guideline Through AMA

Your AAPM delegates joined other pain and palliative medicine societies to rally the AMA House of Delegates to adopt a policy opposing the misuse of the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Read a...
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AAPM Statement on Interventional Pain Procedures and SCS

​A statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine  While valid concerns have been raised by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists regarding spinal cord stimulators (SCS), the American Acade...
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Report from the AMA Interim Meeting

November 2018, National Harbor, MD Submitted by Robert Wailes, MD, AAPM AMA Delegate The AMA House of Delegates (HOD) met November 10-13 in National Harbor, MD, to discuss many challenging issues and draft new policies i...
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AAPM Retains Seat in AMA House of Delegates

Thanks to AAPM members like you maintaining membership in the American Medical Association (AMA), the Academy was recently informed that it has been determined eligible for continued representation in the AMA House of De...
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AAPM Comments on NIH Report on National Efforts to Address the Opioid Crisis

Comments from the American Academy of Pain Medicine  The American Academy of Pain Medicine appreciates the opportunity to provide comments regarding the Roadmap and of the federal action to address not only the nati...
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Pain Medicine Physician Perspective Represented in AMA House of Delegates

Pain medicine was represented at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates Interim meeting by delegate Robert Wailes, MD , and alternate delegate Donna Bloodworth, MD . Among topics discussed, delegates ...
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The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Seeks Public Comment

The NSTC is seeking public comment on the Draft Report of the Fast Track Action Committee (FTAC) on Health Science and Technology Response to the Opioid Crisis. Comments are requested by December 5. Full story .