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COVID-19 Resources for Pain Medicine Professionals

COVID-19 Resources for Pain Medicine Professionals

AAPM is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak with a goal of providing pain medicine professionals with the news and information they need. Resources for health care providers responding to the COVID-19 crisis are emerging daily. Refer to and for the most up-to-date guidance.

Re-opening and Revitalizing your Pain Practice Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

This CME webinar was originally presented on May 21 and addresses the practical aspects of revitalizing your practice in these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Panel members from both private and academic practices share their experiences about how to provide safe patient care and make your practice successful in the new environment. An interactive Q & A panel follows the presentation.

Re-opening and Revitalizing your Pain Practice Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic Free CME course >

Download a summary of the expert guidance presented during the free CME course, prepared by course presenters >

COVID-19 Pain Management Practice Guidelines

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-19 Pandemic and Public Health Crises” to assist pain medicine providers, health care leaders, and regulatory bodies as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Read the guidelinesAAPM press release

Access a free online CME course about these COVID-19 pain management practice guidelines in the AAPM Education Center

In partnership with Pain Medicine, AAPM held a webinar with a panel of the guideline authors on April 13. A recording of the live activity is now available and eligible for up to 1.25 CME credits.

Pain Management Best Practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic Free CME course >

View a video conversation with guideline authors Stephen Cohen, MD and Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD

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Pain Fellows’ Education and Research During COVID-19

Pain Medicine also published guidance for pain fellows’ education and research during COVID-19 authored by representatives from APPD. “Pain fellows are the future of our specialty, and it’s critical that we provide them with the resources and guidance they need to effectively complete their training and launch their careers,” says Dr. Wasan.

Maintaining high quality multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship programs: Part I: Innovations in pain fellows’ education, research, applicant selection process, wellness and ACGME implementation during the Covid-19 pandemic >

Pain Fellows’ Education and Research During COVID-19 Free CME course >

AAPM regularly updates its website with news items related to COVID-19.


COVID-19 coverage in AAPM E-News

AAPM E-News is sent to all members every other week, and beginning in March 2020, the Academy will include a COVID-19 News section in each issue of the newsletter through the duration of this pandemic. If you have related news, stories, or information that you wish to share with AAPM members via this medium of communication, email us at [email protected] To subscribe to AAPM E-News, join AAPM today.

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Other resources for health care providers during the COVID-19 crisis

How to Advocate



Learn how to be an advocate for the field of pain and its patients.

AAPM’s mission is to advance and promote the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care, education, advocacy, and research to improve function and quality of life for people in pain. AAPM is pleased to offer members the following tools to enhance political activism and information needed to advocate to Congress.

What to Do When the Media Calls

Prepare for media requests with this primer on media relations. It includes key messages for AAPM, how to prepare for the interview, tips on taking the call, and how to handle the tough questions. Specific information on broadcast interviews is included.

Need a refresher before your call? Check out the Facts on Pain for updated stats about the burden of pain and its prevalence.

Every action helps.

To take a more active role please visit these government websites:


Career Center

AAPM Career Center

The AAPM Career Center offers the perfect forum for targeted recruitment and career development. Start here to reach more than 2,000 pain physicians and members of their treatment teams, who are actively involved in AAPM.

AAPM physician members are multidisciplinary and specialize in

  • anesthesiology
  • neurosurgery
  • family medicine
  • orthopedics
  • physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • internal medicine
  • oncology
  • neurology
  • psychiatry
  • emergency medicine
  • and more.

AAPM is a home for the entire pain care team, including

  • nurse practitioners
  • physician assistants
  • psychologists
  • physical therapists
  • nurses
  • occupational therapists

The AAPM Career Center connects pain medicine clinicians to hiring practices.

Job Seekers

  • Free profile posting – Post your professional profile online today.
  • View all jobs – Browse all available positions in pain medicine practices around the country
  • Job search – Refine your job search using specific criteria.
  • My account – Save up to 100 jobs in your account to view and apply later.
  • Help/FAQs

Find a Job


  • Specialties – Demographic information on our members.
  • Job posting rates – Single rate and discounts for placing multiple listings.
  • Post a job – Use the online posting form to find qualified candidates.
  • Manage jobs – Update job description, check the status of postings, renew or discontinue postings
  • Search profiles – Review the professional profile database and receive e-mail notifications when new profiles match your criteria.

Post a position

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Pain Awareness Initiatives

Pain Awareness Initiatives

The core purpose of AAPM is to optimize the health of patients in pain and eliminate the major public health problem of pain by advancing the practice and the specialty of pain medicine. In line with this purpose, AAPM and the AAPM Foundation engage in a variety of initiatives to raise public awareness and education about pain.

Pain Awareness Month

Established in 2001, September is Pain Awareness Month. Join AAPM and many other organizations in raising public awareness of pain and pain management. Check out these resources from the American Chronic Pain Association and help bring attention to all types of pain and pain treatment.

AAPM Foundation Pain Awareness Emblem

unity circleThe Pain Awareness Unity Circle emblem was developed with the assistance of numerous pain advocacy organizations to amplify the voices of pain patients, survivors, and caregivers as they work to increase patient access to research, treatment, and care through public awareness. The Unity Circle provides a visual tool to assist advocates in reaching the shared desired goal: a sustainable model for funding and provider resources. Learn more about the emblem.

Coding for Pain

Get the Latest Coding for Pain Information from the Experts at AAPM

On-Demand Coding Webinars

AAPM coding and billing expert Emily Hill, PA, presents on the most recent coding updates and CMS policy changes through annual coding webinars. View all AAPM on-demand coding webinars.

Common Pain Medicine CPT Codes

Accurate and appropriate coding is vital for payment, documentation, and compliance purposes. AAPM helps members stay on top of ever-fluctuating CPT codes by offering a comprehensive list of codes for pain procedures. Members may also access a breakdown of the most recent CPT code revisions affecting their practice.

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Stay Up-to-Date on Coding News

AAPM keeps up-to-date on the latest in coding and reimbursement. View the latest coding updates and check out more news from the field of pain.

Tools for Practice

Tools for Practice

AAPM is committed to creating, identifying, and sharing evidence-based pain medicine clinical practice resources. The following resources are intended to assist practicing pain physicians treat their patients in pain. Help AAPM build its library of clinical resources! If you have a resource to share with the pain medicine community, let us know about it by emailing [email protected].

Safe Storage & Disposal Guidelines for Opioids and all Medications

As a member of the American Medical Association Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse, AAPM assisted in formulating these guidelines designed for physicians to promote the safe storage and disposal of expired, unwanted, or unused medications.

End the Epidemic: AMA Taskforce to Reduce Opioid Abuse Microsite

Access educational resources and learn about the AMA’s recommendations and progress towards reversing the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Eight Prescribing Practices for Clinicians

Help minimize harm when prescribing opioids and other psychotherapeutics with these prescribing practices.

Patient Document Templates

The following adaptable template documents were developed by AAPM for consideration by physicians in connection with their prescription of any controlled substance.

Agreement on Controlled Substances Therapy for Chronic Pain Treatment

Consent for Chronic Opioid Therapy

Opioid Learning Institute

The Opioid Learning Institute is a comprehensive educational initiative with a mission to educate prescribers and other health care professionals on safe and effective opioid prescribing guidelines. The self paced CME/CE accredited curriculum cover topics related to evidence-based opioid use treatment options, safe opioid prescribing, reduction of risks of opioid misuse, effective communication strategies about opioid misuse, and overdose prevention.

Clinical Guidelines, Recommendations, and Consensus Reports

AAPM Pain Treatment Guidelines

The American Academy of Pain Medicine develops clinical practice guidelines for use in the treatment of pain. AAPM guidelines are intended as educational tools for healthcare providers and are based on clinical expertise and a review of the relevant literature by diverse groups of highly trained clinicians.

Guidelines Under Development

The following consensus guidelines are under development and will be released in the future. Follow AAPM on Facebook or Twitter and stay tuned to our newsfeed for the latest updates in pain news.

  • Enhanced Recovery After Spine Surgery: Evidence for Pathway Care in Lumbar Laminectomy, Discectomy, and Fusion
  • Migraine Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment: A Consensus Guideline
  • Opioid Discontinuation: A Consensus Guideline

Pain Guidelines & Consensus Recommendations

Pain Management Best Practices from Multispecialty Organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Crises

April 2020

Practice guidelines published in Pain Medicine to assist pain medicine providers, health care leaders, and regulatory bodies as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

A panel of the guidelines’ authors and content experts discussed these guidelines during a live webinar on April 13, 2020. View a recording of the webinar.

Consensus Practice Guidelines on Interventions for Lumbar Facet Joint Pain

April 2020

Consensus practice guidelines from a multisociety, international working group, including AAPM, that addresses lumbar facet joint pain. These guidelines are designed to guide clinical care, improve research quality, and assist payers with clinical practice pathways and authorization decisions. 

A panel of the guidelines’ authors presented a 2-part session during AAPM 2020 on February 28 in National Harbor, MD. View the session recordings (free to AAPM members).

Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Spine Care: Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain

March 2020

Clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of nonspecific low-back pain in patients 18 years and older, developed by the North American Spine Society with input from representatives from 11 stakeholder societies, including AAPM.

Challenges with Implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Guideline: A Consensus Panel Report

January 2019

Consensus recommendations from a multidisciplinary panel of physician experts convened by the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation

Using Clinical Laboratory Tests to Monitor Drug Therapy in Pain Management Patients

July 2018

Laboratory Medicine Practice Guidelines from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and the American Academy of Pain Medicine

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Acute Pain Management

June 2018

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Consensus Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Chronic Pain Management

June 2018

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Interventional Spine and Pain Procedures in Patients on Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Medications

April 2018

Guidelines from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Neuromodulation Society, the North American Neuromodulation Society, and the World Institute of Pain.

Rational Urine Drug Monitoring in Patients Receiving Opioids for Chronic Pain: Consensus Recommendations

January 2018

Consensus recommendations from the American Academy of Pain Medicine on urine drug monitoring in patients with chronic pain who are prescribed opioids.

The ACTTION–APS–AAPM Pain Taxonomy (AAAPT) Multidimensional Approach to Classifying Acute Pain Conditions

May 2017

Acute pain classification system consensus report from the Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks; the American Pain Society; and American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Methadone for Pain Management: Improving Clinical Decision Making

July 2016

Recommended Prescriber Practices from the American Academy of Pain Medicine

Consensus Recommendations on Initiating Prescription Therapies for Opioid-Induced Constipation

December 2015

Consensus recommendations from the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Endorsed by the American Gastroenterological Association.

Acute Pain Medicine in the United States: A Status Report

September 2015

Consensus report from the AAPM and its Acute Pain Medicine shared interest group.

Organizations Dedicated to People with Pain

Organizations that educate, connect, and advocate for people with pain

The following organizations directly support or represent patients with pain. Several offer pain management tools, advocacy opportunities, and support groups.

If you know of a not-for-profit patient organization that should be added to this list, please contact [email protected].

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