Documenting Radiology Services in 2019

CPT has again clarified the guidelines for reporting imaging and radiology supervision and interpretation codes. CPT guidelines have specifically required image documentation in the patient record for all radiology servi...
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Two Decades of Data Reveal Overall Increase in Pain, Opioid Use Among U.S. Adults

Recent NIH study provides new insights concerning pain trends and opioid use for pain management.

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Advance AAPM35 Registration Ends March 1

AAPM35 – including 3 hands-on preconference sessions and the AAPM 35th Annual Meeting with more than 50 sessions on the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain management treatments – is less than 2 weeks away. Join your...
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Academy Joins AMA in Combatting Surprise Billing

AAPM signed onto an American Medical Association-led letter to the Congressional leaders suggesting measures to relieve patients from health care costs that their insurance will not measure.

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Effects of Microencapsulated Olfactory Ensheathing Cell Transplantation on Neuropathic Pain and P2X7 Receptor Expression in the L4-5 Spinal Cord Segment

The aim of this study was to determine the role of microencapsulated olfactory ensheathing cell (MC-OEC) transplantation in rats with sciatic nerve injury-induced pain, and its relationship with P2 × 7 receptor expressio...
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Study of Pain Catastrophizing (NCT03836586)

This study proposes to experimentally manipulate pain catastrophizing in order to investigate the neural mechanisms by which pain catastrophizing influences the experience of pain among non-Hispanic Blacks (NHBs) and non...
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Stimulating the Vagus Nerve in the Neck Might Help Ease Pain Associated with PTSD

In a randomized, controlled pilot trial, participants pre-treated with noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation experienced less pain after heat stimulus than mock-treated participants.

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AAPM Represented at Senate HELP Committee Hearing

AAPM Opioid Advisory Committee member Halena Gazelka, MD, testified as a witness at a February 12 U.S. Senate hearing on Pain Management in the Opioid Crisis before the HELP Committee. View video of the hearing and Dr. G...
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Assessment of the FDA Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy for Transmucosal Immediate-Release Fentanyl Products

Transmucosal immediate-release fentanyls (TIRFs), indicated solely for breakthrough cancer pain in opioid-tolerant patients, are subject to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy ...
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A Pragmatic Trial to Determine the Benefit of Exercise Incentives and Corticosteroid Injections in Osteoarthritis of the Knee (NCT03835910)

A randomized clinical trial for Veterans age 50 years and older with chronic musculoskeletal pain in which Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) is compared against Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to evaluat...
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