AAPM Welcomes Helixmith as its Newest Corporate Relations Council Member

The AAPM Corporate Relations Council allows the Academy to partner with companies seeking new advances in the specialty of pain management and optimum quality of life for pain patients. AAPM is pleased to welcome Helixmi...
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CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2021 Physician Fee Schedule

On August 3, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that includes proposals to update payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2021. While the proposed rule predicts an almost 11% overall reduction in payments, the impact will not affect all physicians and specialties in the same manner. In fact, pain management specialists may realize a 7% increase overall in Medicare payments.

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AAPM Call for Nominations Open Through August 23

The Academy is now accepting nominations for available 2021-22 positions on the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee, as well as for 2021 Annual Meeting Awards. The deadline to submit nominations is August 23.

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CDC Seeks Individual Perspectives on the Management of Acute and Chronic Pain - Comments due Aug. 21

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced an opportunity for stakeholders to share their individual perspectives on and experiences with pain and pain management, including but not li...
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New Pain Medicine Journal Virtual Issue on Ketamine

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Pain Medicine , AAPM's official journal, recently published a new virtual issue on ketamine. The issue is freely available and includes a collection of preliminary studies, surveys, pragmatic and systematic reviews, and ...
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FDA Recommends Health Care Professionals Discuss Naloxone with All Patients when Prescribing

FDA is requiring drug manufacturers for all opioid pain relievers and medicines to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) to add new recommendations about naloxone to the prescribing information. This will help ensure that heal...
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NAM Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic Publishes Priorities, Strategies to Preserve the Health and Well-Being of Individuals with Substance Use Disorders and Chronic Pain during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges. The pandemic is also exacerbating other ongoing public health emergencies, including the addiction crisis in the United States. During these challenging times, ...
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Members' Update from AAPM President Ajay Wasan, MD MSc

Today AAPM President Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc issued the following message to members. Dear Colleagues, I want to keep you apprised of how AAPM is responding to the extraordinary circumstances we are living in this year. Th...
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The AAPM 2021 Call for Scientific Poster Abstracts is Open

The AAPM Annual Meeting is the perfect venue to disseminate important information to the entire pain medicine field. Poster abstracts will be accepted for the AAPM 37th Annual Meeting, February 3-7, 2021, in Phoenix, AZ....
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New PET/MRI Approach Pinpoints Chronic Pain Location, Alters Management

A new molecular imaging approach utilizing 18F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can precisely identify the location of pain generators in chronic pain sufferers, often precipita...
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