New Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) Ready for Use

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: May 9, 2018 Some Medicare beneficiaries are receiving new Medicare cards with new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs). The MBIs are 11 characters in length and wil...
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Association Between Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and Nonfatal and Fatal Drug Overdoses: A Systematic Review

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine Abstract: Background: Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a key component of the president's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan to prevent opioid overdoses in the Un...
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AAPM Members Appointed to New Pain Management Task Force

Four AAPM members join U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) task force May 8, 2018, CHICAGO – Among the 28 members appointed to the HHS new Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, four membe...
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Breakthrough Blood Test Set to Help Doctors Diagnose Chronic Pain

Source: News.com.au The breakthrough painHS test was developed by a team of Australian scientists after they discovered that biologically, the color of the immune cells in acute pain is different to the cells associated ...
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Association Between Psychological Interventions and Chronic Pain Outcomes in Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine Abstract: Importance: Chronic noncancer pain (hereafter referred to as chronic pain) is common among older adults and managed frequently with pharmacotherapies that produce suboptimal outco...
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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia to Reduce Chronic Migraine: A Sequential Bayesian Analysis

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The Central Sensitization Inventory and Pain Sensitivity Questionnaire: An Exploration of Construct Validity and Associations with Widespread Pain Sensitivity Among Individuals with Shoulder Pain

[Source: Musculoskeletal Science and Practice] Abstract: Background: The Central Sensitization Inventory (CSI) and Pain Sensitivity Questionnaire (PSQ) are alternatives to quantitative sensory testing (QST) for inferring...
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New Regulations to Provide Better Information for Patients on the Safe Use of Opioid Medications

[Source: Health Canada] Health Canada published final regulations in Canada Gazette, Part II that will make warning stickers and patient information handouts mandatory with all opioids dispensed to Canadians at pharmacie...
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Blacks, Whites Equally as Likely to Be Prescribed Opioids for Pain

Source: University of Michigan Racial disparities in pain management have been well-documented, with doctors historically more willing to prescribe opiates to whites than to other racial and ethnic groups. But in light o...
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Opioid Dose- and Route-Dependent Efficacy of Oxycodone and Heroin Vaccines in Rats

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