Update Regarding Risk of Tissue Overheating Due to Inaccurate Magnetic Resonance Thermometry

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Use Caution with Implanted Pumps for Intrathecal Administration of Medicines for Pain Management: FDA Safety Communication

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Pain Abstracts

Association of Opioid Prescribing with Opioid Consumption after Surgery in Michigan. Read the abstract . Knee Pain as a Predictor of Structural Progression Over 4 Years: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative, a Prospective Cohort Study. Read the abstract . Migraine with Visual Aura, Incident AF, and Stroke Risk: Is Migraine with Aura an Embolic T...
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Multisociety Research Collaboration—Small Research Group Update

The Multisociety Research Collaboration (MRC) provides a forum for specialty societies to identify critical gaps in the evidence base where additional high-quality research is needed to clarify the role of interventional pain procedures in the treatment of patients with spine conditions. In a recent project, MRC participants identified lumbar trans...
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Pain Can Be a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

A new brain imaging study finds that expectations about pain intensity can become self-fulfilling prophecies. Surprisingly, those false expectations can persist even when reality repeatedly demonstrates otherwise, the study found. Full story .  
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Can Stimulating the Brain Treat Chronic Pain?

Researchers show they could target one brain region with a weak alternating current of electricity, enhance the naturally occurring brain rhythms of that region, and significantly decrease symptoms associated with chronic lower back pain. Full story .
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West Virginia University First Site to Launch Clinical Trial Utilizing Non-Opioid Micropellet Implant for Chronic Pain

As part of an ongoing commitment to battle opioid addiction, the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at West Virginia University marked a major milestone, enrolling the first patient in a randomized clinical trial that will test the effectiveness of an injectable non-opioid, non-steroid micropellet to treat sciatica. Full story .
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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 spoke against insurers and pharmacists using CDC guidelines to restrict the provision of opioids. See AMA Delegates Back Physician...
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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 .
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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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