From Back Pain to Coughing, Life with Long-Haul COVID-19

More than nine months since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the United States, some people still have symptoms long after they've "recovered." Experts are learning more about these "long-haul" COVID-19 cases. Symptoms a...
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Virtual Pain Care Management (COVID-19) (VCPM)

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the challenges faced by Veterans at risk of opioid overdose including Veterans prescribed moderate-to-high dose long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) whose usual treatment resources and co...
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SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein co-opts VEGF-A/Neuropilin-1 receptor signaling to induce analgesia

Global spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) continues unabated. Binding of SARS-CoV-2's Spike protein to host angiotensin converting enzyme 2 triggers viral entry, but other proteins may...
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COVID-19 Pandemic Intensifying Opioid Crisis

AAPM member Halena Gazelka, MD was interviewed by ABC affiliate WXOW-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin, regarding the effect of COVID-19 on pain patients and an increase in opioid-related deaths.   Read more .
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Researchers Study Pain Relief Caused by Coronavirus

New research from the University of Arizona could explain why nearly half of all people who get coronavirus show few or no symptoms. The researchers discovered SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has the ability ...
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The Social Threats of COVID-19 for People with Chronic Pain

The current pandemic has exacerbated existing sources of social threat for people with chronic pain. To prevent a population-level increase in the severity and impact of chronic pain, it is critical to devote scientific ...
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Substance Use Disorders Linked to COVID-19 Susceptibility

A National Institutes of Health-funded study found that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) are more susceptible to COVID-19 and its complications. The research, published in Molecular Psychiatry , was co-authored...
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Supporting Clinician Well-Being During and After COVID-19

The Federation of State Medical Boards is holding ongoing meetings with its member boards to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of clinicians and to further address ways in which licensing b...
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Telemedicine for Chronic Pain in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

Given the wealth of information important to convey to Pain Medicine readers regarding telemedicine for chronic pain care, this commentary will use a bullet point format to present combined expert opinions regarding the ...
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Mindfulness Eases Stress, Anxiety Among Healthcare Providers

Prior surveys estimated close to half of physicians were experiencing burnout before the pandemic , and with the onset of COVID-19, HCPs are experiencing even higher levels of stress, exhaustion, and loss. Full story .

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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Four-Part Webinar Series on Confluence of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Opioid Epidemic Begins July 20

A webinar series on the intersecting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with the national opioid epidemic is being hosted by the Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies (CEPOP) group and Mothers Against Pr...
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Guidance for Reopening Pain Practices Amidst COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented challenges to healthcare in general and to pain management practices in particular. Chronic pain patients being one of the most vulnerable patient populations unde...
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Re-opening and Revitalizing Your Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Free CME Enduring Material

Hear from an expert panel comprised of both academic as well as private practice practitioners who share strategies to safely and successfully provide patient care in this new environment in this recorded webinar from Ma...
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AAPM Past President Steven Stanos, DO Discusses COVID-19's Impact on the Opioid Epidemic with AMA

This morning AAPM Past President Steven Stanos, DO participated in an AMA COVID-19 UPDATE podcast  to discuss how the pandemic has impacted the nation's opioid epidemic. Dr. Stanos also serves as AAPM's re...
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AAPM COVID-19 Members’ Update, Pain Medicine Journal Going Digital

Yesterday AAPM President Ajay Wasan, MD MSc issued a COVID-19 update to members that highlighted the Academy's response to the pandemic and relevant resources that are available to members. He also announced that beginni...
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Chronic Pain Management During a Pandemic

This is an open-label cohort study of chronic pain patients referred to an interdisciplinary community outpatient clinic. The aim of this study is to determine whether video consultations are non-inferior to regular cons...
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NAM Opioid Action Collaborative Virtual Symposium to Discuss the Opioid Epidemic, Particularly in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

A May 21 National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic free virtual symposium will address combatting stigma against those with opioid use disorder, strengthening provider edu...
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Virtual Services During the Time of COVID-19

Public and private insurers have taken steps to increase telehealth services during the public health emergency due to COVID-19. CMS is expanding its Virtual Services benefits on a temporary and emergency basis. The expanded benefit is retroactive to March 1, 2020 and allows patients to receive care at their place of residence rather than in a physician office or a hospital. The most recent expansion included payment for telephone calls with patients.

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Members’ COVID-19 Update from AAPM President Ajay Wasan, MD MSc

AAPM has been monitoring CDC guidance related to COVID-19. Today AAPM President Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc issued the following message to members.   Dear Colleagues, Since my last president's message in mid-March, the C...
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Re-opening and Revitalizing Your Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic Free Live CME Webinar May 21, 6 pm CT

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing substantial disruptions to daily life around the world and pain practitioners across the globe are affected by these disruptions while care for their patients with chronic pain. Slowly so...
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How to Manage Chronic Pain, Opioid Addiction During COVID-19

A Rutgers emergency medicine expert discusses challenges faced by chronic pain sufferers and people recovering from addiction during this period of social distancing. 

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Public Health Expert Discusses Potential Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Access to Recommended First-Line Treatments for Chronic Pain

An article published immediately before the COVID-19 pandemic found that non-pharmacological treatments were not being used by patients with chronic low back pain as often as recommended in the CDC and ACP guidelines. An...
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Guidance on Psychological Assessment and Management of Chronic Pain during the COVID-19 Crisis

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, people with pain may experience heightened pain intensity, and they may be at risk for pain-associated exacerbations in symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD, as well as family...
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COVID-19: Clinical Considerations for Using Telemedicine with Pain Patients

Practical Pain Management discusses considerations and best practices for the rapid introduction of remotely supported (eHealth) pain management services based on a paper recently published in PAIN.

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Members Granted Free Access to Content in the AAPM Education Center

Given the number of in-person conferences being cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, now may be an especially useful time to check out the online pain education available in the AAPM Education Center. Fre...
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Guidance for Pain Fellows' Education and Research During COVID-19 Published in AAPM Journal

April 30, 2020, CHICAGO – The official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), Pain Medicine , has published an article written by Board Members of the Association of Pain Program Directors ( AAPD ) titl...
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Guidance for Pain Fellows' Education and Research During COVID-19 Free Live CME Webinar May 1, 6 pm CT

Pain fellowship programs are facing unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions from state governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have resulted in a rapidly changing and evolving ...
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AMA Seeks Clarification, State Action to Protect Patients with Chronic Pain

The AMA joined the Indiana State Medical Association in seeking clarification from the state medical licensing board whether existing patients with chronic pain can be evaluated via telephone-only communication to satisf...
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COVID-19 and Chronic Pain Survey Report

In order to better understand the challenges the pain community is facing and find ways to help, U.S. Pain Foundation recently conducted a survey of 664 individuals with pain about the impact of COVID-19.

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Clinical Challenge: Chronic Pain and COVID-19

AAPM members Beth Darnall, PhD, Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD, and Samer Narouze, MD contributed to this MedPage Today article that outlines ways in which pain patients may be hit harder by coronavirus than others. 

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Stay Engaged and Improve Knowledge on Twitter with #stayathomepainjournalclub

AAPM member Rohit Aiyer, MD started #stayathomepainjournalclub to spur virtual conversation among pain medicine professionals about the latest major research studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Aiyer says the club ...
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Coding Services in the Wake of COVID-19 Webinar Recording Available

AAPM hosted a webinar on April 15, 2020 presented by coding and billing expert Emily Hill, PA. A recording of this webinar is now freely available in the AAPM Education Center. Watch to hear Emily discuss  the rapid...
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CMS Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19

As the United States continues to face the unprecedented public health emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic, the tide is turning and some areas throughout the country are seeing a decline in cases. As states and localiti...
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AAPM Signs AMA Letter Urging Additional COVID-19 Legislative Steps

As the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic confronts the nation, the American Medical Association (AMA), AAPM, and other leading physician organizations and state medical societies today released a letter sent to con...
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Pain Management Best Practices during COVID-19 CME Course Available

The official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), Pain Medicine , has published a practice guidelines article titled "Pain Management Best Practices from Multispecialty Organizations during the COVID-...
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AAPM Signs Emergency Funding Letter to HHS

AAPM signed a joint letter that urges Congress to interpret eligibility for funding in the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to include all ...
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New DEA Buprenorphine Guidance

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued guidance to DEA-registered physicians providing new flexibility for physicians managing patients with opioid use disorder. The new guidance permits physicians and oth...
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CMS Lessons from the Front Lines COVID-19

On April 3, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MD of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and officials from the FDA, CDC, and FEMA participated in a call on COVID-19 Flexibilities. Several physician guests on the front li...
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Access to OUP Resources on COVID-19, Other Coronaviruses, and Related Topics

Oxford University Press (OUP), publisher of the Academy's journal Pain Medicine , has made content from online resources and leading journals freely accessible to assist researchers, medical professionals, policy makers,...
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COVID-19 Pain Management Practice Guidelines Published in AAPM Journal

April 7, 2020, CHICAGO – The official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), Pain Medicine , has published a practice guidelines article titled  "Pain Management Best Practices from Multi...
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Coding Services in the Wake of COVID-19 Webinar on April 15

AAPM coding expert Emily Hill, PA will discuss the rapidly changing options for reporting non-face-to-face services in the wake of COVID-19. There is no cost associated with this webinar; however, registration is re...
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Staying Sane and Current on COVID-19

COVID-19 presents new challenges for everyone. However, healthcare professionals are facing unique personal and professional challenges within the context of this rapidly shifting landscape. AAPM Member Beth Darnall, PhD...
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Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health care providers and suppliers, to ensure they have the res...
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Managing Pain and Related Symptoms During Coronavirus

Practical Pain Management editorial advisory board members share their tips for getting pain patients through the pandemic. 

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AMA Releases Coding Advice Related to COVID-19

  The AMA has created a quick reference flow chart for CPT reporting for COVID-19 testing that outlines coding options for testing patients for COVID-19. Although testing is not likely to be ordered by pain medicine practices, the flow chart summarizes the coding options for telemedicine, telephone and "virtual check-in" visits. Most of these options were explained in a previous article.

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Message from the AAPM President about COVID-19

​AAPM has been monitoring CDC guidance related to COVID-19. Today AAPM President Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc issued the following message to members. Dear Colleagues: By now I am sure that you have received many...
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CMS Approves First State Request for 1135 Medicaid Waiver in Florida

The state's approval letter can be found here , and includes flexibilities that enable the state to waive prior authorization requirements to remove barriers to needed services, streamline provider enrollment processes t...
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Managing Pain and Related Symptoms during Coronavirus

​ Practical Pain Management editorial advisory board members share their tips for getting pain patients through the pandemic. Full story.
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