AAPM Foundation Convenes Migraine Consensus Panel

Experts in the medical, procedural, and complementary and integrative treatment of migraine met on December 1 to begin developing multidisciplinary guidelines for treating adults with frequent migraine, designed to answer questions relevant to clinicians and their patients. The panel was convened by the AAPM Foundation utilizing grants from multipl...
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Opioid Safety Project Webinar Series—Patient and Family Perspectives

AAPM Member Beth Hogans, MD will present a free webinar developed by Telligen QIN-QIO and the American Medical Association on December 12, 12 pm CT. Register .

Preparing for 2019: Update on Coding and CMS Policy Changes Webinar on December 13

AAPM coding and billing expert Emily Hill, PA will present a live webinar on December 13, 12-1 pm CT, designed to preview coding changes going into effect on January 1 related to pain medicine services. Learn more and register .

AAPM35 to Feature State-of-the-Art Advancements in Pain Medicine

The AAPM 35th Annual Meeting & Preconferences at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, March 6-10, 2019, will bring together members of the pain care team for five days of comprehensive pain education, presentation, discussion, and networking focused on the theme state-of-the-art advancements in pain medicine. Learn more and register .

Hot Topics in Pain Management Makes Local News

AAPM Hot Topics in Pain Management faculty member Magdalena Anitescu, MD appeared on Chicago's WGN News yesterday to discuss treating chronic pain.  View the interview . Dr. Anitescu will present on interventional pain procedures at AAPM's Hot Topics in Pain Managemen t meeting this Saturday in Chicago.  Learn more at painmed.org/chicago ...
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Science to Medicine—Screening for Substance Use in the Pain Management Setting

​ AAPM Immediate Past President Steven Stanos, DO provides tips for screening pain patients for risky substance abuse and what to do if patients screen positive for unhealthy substance use in this NIDAMED online resource. Full story .

Fewer Opioids, More Pay: New Tack on How Doctors Prescribe Them

AAPM President Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD raises concern that Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan's new plan intended to reduce post-operative opioid prescribing doesn't account for chronic pain patients and may create new problems if physicians have an incentive to reduce pain medication as much as they can. Full story .  

AAPMF Pain Medicine Education Program for Daiichi Sankyo Reps

The AAPM Foundation has launched a pain medicine education program (PMEP) specifically designed for 300 Daiichi Sankyo sales representatives. The course aims to further representatives' knowledge, confidence, and credibility when interacting with pain medicine healthcare providers. Watch for the PMEP emblem on the business cards of DSI representati...
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TENS and Heat for Reducing Back Pain in Humans (NCT03740750)

Lower back pain is one of the most common and most expensive impairments costing time and expense in the work force today. With the effects on cognitive skills and addictive side effects of opioids and other prescription pain killers, there has been increasing interest in alternative medical treatments to relieve pain. Two of these that are commonl...
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Randomized Trial of Telephonic Pain Self-Management to Promote Opioid Tapering (NCT03743402)

In the Pain Self-Management Training for Opioid Taper (PSMOT) study, the effectiveness of a multicomponent intervention will be tested, compared with usual care, on opioid dose and pain outcomes among patients on high dose (≥ 50 mg morphine equivalent dose) long-term opioid therapy in a randomized controlled trial. This intervention will have 4 com...
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