AHRQ Seeks Input on Headaches in Pregnancy and Acute Pain

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has posted key questions for the systematic review on Management of Primary Headaches in Pregnancy for comment through April 11, as well as a draft technical brief on...
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Opioid Treatment Agreement and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program-New Bonus Points for MIPS

Two new bonus measures have been added to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) category in the MIPS (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System) program for 2019. The new measures are not required and do not contribute to the m...
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AAPM Comments on HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Draft Report

Comments from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (Docket HHS-OS-2018-0027-0001)

The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) wishes thank the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force for their dedication and efforts to improve pain care nationally. The document has been thoroughly reviewed by two major committees within AAPM: the Scientific Review and Guidelines Committee and the Behavioral Medicine Committee.

The emphasis on patient-centered and individualized care is appropriate, and special attention to particularly disadvantaged populations and often neglected populations such as children, adolescents, and older adults is appreciated.

A common theme throughout the HHS document is the inclusion of nearly all available options of treatments within a particular category with relative equal emphasis. While this approach provides a comprehensive review of the subjects, it is important to consistently acknowledge the level of evidence supporting any included therapies, as is the standard practice for the publishing of Practice Guidelines.

We provide below several key concerns and recommendations to improve the document and to better align its content with the biospsychosocial model of pain care and current evidence. We urge these recommendations be considered to improve the content of national policy and training needs for providers as well as information available for those who suffer chronic pain.

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AAPM Commitment Statement on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

The ongoing opioid crisis lies at the intersection of two public health challenges: reducing the burden of suffering from pain and containing the increasing toll of the harms that can arise from opioid use disorder. As a...
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2019 AAPM Meeting Highlights from Medscape

Read articles about the latest pain research present at AAPM35 in Denver, March 6-10, 2019.

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2019 AAPM Meeting Highlights from MedPage Today

 Read articles about the latest pain research present at AAPM35 in Denver, March 6-10, 2019. 

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Initial Opioid Prescriptions among U.S. Commercially Insured Patients, 2012–2017

 Background: The United States is undergoing a crippling opioid epidemic, spurred in part by overuse of prescription opioids by adults 25 to 64 years of age. Of concern are long-duration and high-dose initial prescriptions, which place the patients and their friends and relatives at heightened risk for long-term opioid use, misuse, overdose, and death.
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Pain-Induced Negative Affect Is Mediated via Recruitment of the Nucleus Accumbens Kappa Opioid System.

 Negative affective states affect quality of life for patients suffering from pain. These maladaptive emotional states can lead to involuntary opioid overdose and many neuropsychiatric comorbidities. Uncovering the ...
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Self-Management Interventions for Chronic Pain Relief With Cancer Survivors (NCT03867760)

This study will evaluate the efficacy of a recorded hypnosis intervention in reducing chronic pain among cancer survivors and will explore its biological and psychological mechanisms. 

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2019 AAPM Meeting Highlights from Practical Pain Management

Read articles about the latest pain research present at AAPM35 in Denver, March 6-10, 2019. 

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