CMS Issues Summary of Physician Fee Schedule Policies During the Public Health Emergency (PHE)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Medicare Learning Network (MLN) article with an effective date of June 12, 2020. The article summarizes the policy changes impacting the Physician Fee Schedule during the time of this Public Health Emergency (PHE). During the early part of the PHE, numerous changes were made to reimbursement policies associated with telehealth and non-face-to-face services. The article addresses the cumulative changes that occurred over this period. Specifically, the following topics are addressed:

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AAPM 2021 Call for Sessions Deadline Extended to June 25

Become part of AAPM's faculty who represent some of the foremost leaders in the multidisciplinary, multimodal practice of pain management when your proposal is selected for AAPM's 37th Annual Meeting being held February ...
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Re-opening and Revitalizing Your Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Free CME Enduring Material

Hear from an expert panel comprised of both academic as well as private practice practitioners who share strategies to safely and successfully provide patient care in this new environment in this recorded webinar from Ma...
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Legal Cannabis Hemp Oil Effectively Treats Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Researchers at The University of New Mexico (UNM) showed that legal Cannabis hemp oil reduced mechanical pain sensitivity 10-fold for several hours in mice with chronic post-operative neuropathic pain. Full story .  ...
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CBD-Microglia PET Study

This study aims to examine the effect of cannabidiol (CBD) pre-treatment on brain microglial activation in healthy human subjects. Secondarily, this study aims to examine the effect of cannabidiol (CBD) pre-treatment on ...
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Could Electrical Impulses Relieve Chronic Pain by Stimulating the Vagus Nerve?

A new microanatomical study investigated in detail spatial arrangements of the nerve fibers and blood vessels in the ear to position the electrodes in the ear. Until now, physicians had to rely on experience to place the...
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Allogeneic BM-MSCs in Patients with Lumbar Facet Arthropathy (Cellkine)

Researchers are conducting this study to learn more about the side effects of bone marrow-derived stem cells when injected into the facet joints for the treatment of painful lumbar facet joint arthropathies. Read the det...
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Sex Bias in Pain Research

According to a review paper from McGill University published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience , most pain research remains overwhelmingly based on the study of male rodents, continuing to test hypotheses derived from earli...
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Management of Primary Headaches in Pregnancy

The Evidence-based Practice Center Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has posted the draft report for the systematic review on Management of Primary Headaches in Pregnancy . Read more.

The Psychedelic Science of Pain

AAPM member Tim Furnish, MD discusses preliminary findings that indicate that psychedelics, alone or as part of multi-pronged treatment, can produce significant, meaningful and lasting reductions of chronic pain conditio...
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