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Societies Advocate for Spine Intervention Training

AAPM joined nine other medical specialty societies in writing to the Oregon Health Authority urging prerequisite training for the performance of spine interventions.

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LCD Redetermination for Vertebral Augmentation Update

AAPM joined efforts with nine other societies to share comments with the National Government Services Inc. regarding its recently published Future Local Coverage Determinations for Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation for...
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Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee Meeting - November 2019

The Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee will hold its next meeting on November 18, 2019, and will be available on a videocast. For more information.  
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Bill to Help Prevent Drug Shortages Introduced by Senators Collins, Smith

U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Aging Committee, and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced the Mitigating Emergency Drug Shortages (MEDS) Act, legislation that would help increase the supplies of vi...
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How Should a Physician Respond to a Patient’s Pain When New Opioid Prescribing Laws Limit Shared Decision Making?

This commentary responds to a case and examines pragmatic concerns about operating a busy outpatient practice in compliance with new laws that regulate opioid prescribing. Specifically, the article considers how regulati...
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DEA Announces Additional Regulatory Steps to Address Opioid Epidemic

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced proposed regulations to improve DEA's ability to oversee the production of dangerous drugs at the height of the national opioid crisis. This proposed regulation would further...
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Multisociety Pain Group Comments on Proposed Radiation Regulations in Colorado

AAPM participates in the Multisociety Pain Workgroup (MPW), a coalition of medical specialty societies, comprising physicians dedicated to pain management. This group convened to review and comment on the Colorado Board ...
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DEA Warns of Alarming Increase of Scam Calls

  The Drug Enforcement Administration urges its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls (from a Salt Lake City area code) from criminals posing as DEA or other law en...
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HHS Announces Guide for Appropriate Tapering or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Use

  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a new Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics . Individual patients, as well as t...
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HHS Announces Guide for Appropriate Tapering or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Use

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a new Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics - PDF . Individual patients, as well as t...
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