Study of Colorado’s Efforts to Reverse Opioid Epidemic

The American Medical Association (AMA), Colorado Medical Society (CMS) and Manatt Health released a report today that shows Colorado has implemented meaningful reforms in response to the opioid epidemic though further steps are needed to save even more lives. Full story.

Dr. Cheng to Chair Opioid Management Summit

AAPM President Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD will chair and present during The 3rd Opioid Management Summit in Washington D.C. February 26-27. The summit will offer hospital and healthcare system clinical leaders an opportunity to discuss initiatives that address the opioid epidemic. Full story .

Effects of Psilocybin in Post-Traumatic Headache (NCT03806985)

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of oral psilocybin in post-traumatic headache. Subjects will be randomized to receive placebo, low dose psilocybin, or high dose psilocybin on two separate test days approximately 14 days apart. Subjects will maintain a headache diary prior to, during, and after the treatments in order to docu...
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Rerouting Nerves During Amputation Reduces Phantom Limb Pain Before It Starts

Doctors are pioneering the use of primary targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) to prevent or reduce debilitating phantom limb and stump pain in amputees. Full story .

What We Don't Know About Chronic Pain

AAPM Member Jonathan D. Mayer, PhD , is interviewed in a Health Affairs podcast titled: What We Don't Know About Chronic Pain . The interview highlights his article in the January issue of Health Affairs , 'Pain Behavior': What My Pain Treatment Got Wrong . Listen to podcast .

Somatosensory Profiles in Individuals With Persistent Musculoskeletal Pain and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (NCT03799471)

This study evaluates nervous system hypersensitivity in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and experiences of ongoing musculoskeletal (MSK) pain. Previous results and current literature suggest that MSK pain in IBD may be influenced by hypersensitivity of the central nervous system, termed central sensitization. However, specific mec...
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Stanford Researchers Discover the Brain Cells that Make Pain Unpleasant

A team of scientists at Stanford University has identified a bundle of brain cells in mice responsible for the latter — that is, the negative emotions of pain. Full story .

National Academy of Medicine Workshop on Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain

NASEM will host two public workshops to gather information and guide its work in drafting clinical practice guidelines for prescribing opioids for acute pain. Register for the first webinar on February 4th .

Doctors Call California’s Probe of Opioid Deaths a ‘Witch Hunt’

AAPM Board Member Robert E. Wailes, MD contributed this coverage of investigations by the Medical Board of California into doctors who prescribed opioids to patients who suffered fatal overdoses. "What we're finding is that more and more primary care doctors are afraid to prescribe and more of those patients are showing up on our doorsteps." Full s...
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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 2019 Relative Value Units (RVUs) for codes commonly reported by Pain Medicine Physicians. The title page provides links to CMS web pages that provide additional informati...
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