Opioid Policy: The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

AAPM Member and MedPage Today Pain Points blog contributor Heath McAnally, MD MSPH, comments on his decision to sign on to a letter published in Pain Medicine decrying forced opioid tapering.

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Use of Prescription Opioids and Initiation of Fatal 2-Vehicle Crashes

The prevalence of prescription opioids detected in fatally injured drivers has increased markedly in the past 2 decades in the United States. It is unclear whether driver use of prescription opioids plays a role in fatal...
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AAPM Supports Bill to Allow VA to Prescribe Medical Marijuana to Veterans

"AAPM is happy to endorse measures such as this one that will support physicians' work towards better pain management therapies. If passed, this bill will provide protections to the Academy's members working in the VA sy...
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Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) or Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Older Veterans with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain (NCT03844880)

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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A New Painkiller Nanomedicine to Bypass the Blood-Brain Barrier and the Use of Morphine

The clinical use of endogenous neuropeptides has historically been limited due to pharmacokinetic issues, including plasma stability and blood-brain barrier permeability. In this study, we show that the rapidly metaboliz...
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Upbeat Attitude May Be a Pain Fighter

AAPM President Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD , comments in this HealthDay News article about a recent study in JAMA Network Open . Dr. Cheng suggests that adding optimism training to treatments such as cognitive behavioral thera...
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Predicting Inadequate Postoperative Pain Management in Depressed Patients: A Machine Learning Approach

Widely-prescribed prodrug opioids (e.g., hydrocodone) require conversion by liver enzyme CYP-2D6 to exert their analgesic effects. The most commonly prescribed antidepressant, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSR...
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Medicare Releases Revised Parts A & B Appeals Process Booklet

Medicare has posted its revised Parts A & B Appeals Process Booklet on the Medicare Learning Network (MLN). The booklet informs health care professionals about each level of appeal in Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) a...
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Consensus Panel Report Addresses Challenges of Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

February 15, 2019, CHICAGO – A new report issued by a multidisciplinary consensus panel convened by the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation discusses the challenges clinicians have experienced since the 2016 rel...
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Congratulations to 2019 AAPM Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award Recipient, UC San Diego

The AAPM Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award recognizes pain medicine fellowship programs within the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and provid...
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