Availability of Buprenorphine Treatment in the 10 States with the Highest Drug Overdose Death Rates in the United States

The objective of this study was to assess the accuracy of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) database for patients who use it to seek buprenorphine treatment . Read the abstract . ...
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Residents’ and Fellows’ Forum: Advancing the Boundaries of Postgraduate Pain Education

With the explicit intent to advance the boundaries of postgraduate medical education, the current issue of Pain Medicine introduces a new section entitled "Residents' and Fellows' Forum." The range of topics will include...
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A Placebo for Pain Relief—Even When You Know It’s Not Real

Some patients with chronic pain can get relief from a placebo even when they know it isn't an active medication, a growing body of evidence shows. 

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The 'Data-Driven Physician' Is On the Rise: Stanford Medicine Report

According to the survey, almost half of all physicians surveyed and 73 percent of medical students are pursuing additional training to prepare for health tech innovations. That training is reportedly clustered in the rea...
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Scientists Target Link Between Chronic Pain, Cognitive Impairments

Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have pinpointed a single biochemical pathway as a target for addressing both this neuropathic pain and the accompanying cognitive problems.

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2020 AAPM Award Recipients Named

The Academy will recognize five individuals with awards during the upcoming Annual Meeting in National Harbor. Congratulations to Drs. Trip Buckenmaier, Ru-Rong Ji, Sean Mackey, Winfried Meissner, and Vanila Singh

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Pain Management Codes Posted

The Coding and Reimbursement Committee has updated the coding information available on the AAPM website. New charts have been posted that include information concerning Medicare's 2020 Relative Value Units (RVUs) for codes commonly reported by Pain Medicine Physicians. The title page provides links to CMS web pages that provide additional information and outlines the basis for the 2020 reimbursement rates.

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FDA Alert: AXIA Pharmaceutical Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Sterile Drug Products

 AXIA Pharmaceutical is voluntarily recalling all unused sterile drug products within expiry due to a lack of assurance of sterility. The recalled sterile products have been found to be inconsistent with federal gui...
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AAPM Early Investigator Research Grant Letters of Intent Due January 20

The AAPM Research Committee is seeking applications for preliminary or pilot research projects relevant to a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to pain management. Letters of intent are due Janua...
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AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting Update

Pain medicine was represented at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates Interim Meeting by AAPM delegate Robert Wailes, MD , and alternate delegate Donna Bloodworth, MD . Read Dr. Wailes' meeting repo...
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