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

AAPM members Ravi Prasad, PhD and Randall Brewer, MD represented the Academy as one of 11 stakeholder societies who contributed to NASS-led clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of nonspecific low-back pain...
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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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Practitioners May Prescribe Buprenorphine to Treat OUD via Telemedicine Communication

For as long as the Secretary of the Department of Health's designation of a public health emergency remains in effect, DEA-registered practitioners may issue prescriptions for buprenorphine and other controlled substance...
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ICER Releases Evidence Report on Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) today released an Evidence Report assessing the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of treatments for sickle cell disease, including crizanlizumab (Adakveo®,...
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Key Chronic Low Back Pain Outcomes Remain Stable Over Time

A Journal of General Internal Medicine article, provided some insight into why chronic low back pain may be difficult to treat. Data published from the PRECISION Pain Research Registry, which looked at 289 chronic low ba...
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Six Building Blocks: A Team-Based Approach to Improving Opioid Management in Primary Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a toolkit offering a structured team-based approach designed to support clinics as they independently implement effective, guideline-driven care for their patients ...
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Pain Researchers Get a Common Language to Describe Pain

Pain researchers around the world have agreed to classify pain in the mouth, jaw, and face according to the same system. This means that medical doctors and dentists will have a common language and the same understanding...
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AAPM Member Discusses Award Winning AAPM 2020 Poster: Investigating Factors Predictive of High Performance in a Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Team

Cleveland Clinic receives more than 300 applications for 10 fellowship positions in a given year. AAPM member Robert Bolash, MD discusses the design and findings of research conducted and presented at AAPM 2020 that inve...
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ASA, AAOS Launch Toolkit to Help Physicians Safely, Effectively Alleviate Patients’ Postoperative Pain with Reduced Opioid Use

The toolkit provides physicians and patients with resources to encourage communication and decision-making to help reduce patients' postoperative pain as much and as safely as possible.

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Looking to the Future with Dr. Francis Collins

Speaking at the University of Alabama, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health, shared his picks of 10 "areas of particular excitement and promise" in biomedical research, including improv...
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AAAHC Publishes New Resource for Pain Management

The Pain Management Toolkit provides organizations with current information and tools to educate staff, achieve consistent, standardized processes, and consider key issues that may help in making decisions about managing...
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Association of Intermittent and Constant Knee Pain Patterns With Knee Pain Severity, Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis Duration and Severity

The objective of this study was to examine the relation of knee pain patterns to pain severity, and to radiographic osteoarthritis (OA) severity and duration. 

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A Comprehensive Review of Over-The-Counter Treatment for Chronic Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are a neurologic disorder characterized by attacks of moderate to severe throbbing headache that are typically unilateral, exacerbated by physical activity, and associated with phonophobia, photophobia...
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Perioperative Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for Anesthesiologists: An Overview

Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) has played a role across almost every medical specialty. Although anesthesiologists have been using bedside ultrasound for nerve blocks and vascular access for many years now, there has b...
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Surgery Versus Conservative Care for Persistent Sciatica Lasting 4 to 12 Months

The treatment of chronic sciatica caused by herniation of a lumbar disk has not been well studied in comparison with acute disk herniation. Data are needed on whether diskectomy or a conservative approach is better for s...
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Acupuncture for Pediatric Sickle Cell Pain Management: A Promising Non-Opioid Therapy

The objective of this study is to describe the use of acupuncture for pain management in children with sickle cell disease. 

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IL-4 Induces M2 Macrophages to Produce Sustained Analgesia Via Opioids

IL-4 is a pleiotropic antiinflammatory cytokine, which can be neuroprotective after nervous system injury. The beneficial actions of IL-4 are thought to result from the blunting of action of inflammatory mediators, such ...
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Association of Opioid Use with Pain and Satisfaction After Dental Extraction

Dentists commonly prescribe opioids to relieve pain after tooth extraction. Understanding the differences in patient-reported outcomes between opioid users and nonusers could encourage the adoption of more conservative a...
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Genomic Resources for Enhancing Available Therapies (GREAT1.0) Study (GREAT1)

This is a prospective, descriptive, observational research study designed to observe and document the clinical practice by domain experts, and how the knowledge of new findings that are published in the medical literatur...
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Impact of a Yoga Intervention on Pain and Multiomics in Participants With IBS

The purpose of this research study is to see if a six-week yoga program reduces abdominal pain in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This study also looks at whether the yoga program changes the composition of m...
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Objective Pain Measurement Using a Wearable Biosensor and a Mobile Platform in Patients With Endometriosis

This study aims to explore a novel objective measurement for endometriosis-related pain. A variety of pain symptoms are associated with endometriosis, including dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, dysuria, dyschezia and chronic p...
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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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Providing and Reporting Medicare Telehealth Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily lifted restrictions on the use of telehealth services to allow beneficiaries to receive care without going to their physician's office. CMS announced...
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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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President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Trump Administration today announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare fa...
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Surgeon General Advises Hospitals to Cancel Elective Surgeries

U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams, MD MPH, warns that every elective surgery could spread coronavirus within a medical center. The nation's top doctor on Saturday urged a widespread halt of hospital elective pr...
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COVID-19 Information for the Healthcare Professional

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) information and resources available to health care professionals on its website. View COVID-19 information for healthcare profe...
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AAPM 2020 a Success in National Harbor: Course Recordings & Meeting Coverage

Thanks to everyone who participated in AAPM 2020, which was held February 26-March 1 in National Harbor. Recordings of all Annual Meeting sessions as well as select preconference courses will be online soon. Learn more a...
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Smartphone Use and Primary Headache

The objective of this study is to determine the association of smartphone use with occurrence of new-onset headache and/or increased severity of headaches in patients with primary headache.  Read the abstract . ...
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A Behavioral Intervention for Depression and Chronic Pain in Primary Care

Chronic pain and depression frequently co-exist in late and mid-life and contribute to increased disability, high health care costs, psychiatric comorbidity, and suicide. Older and middle-aged depressed-pain patients: a)...
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Behavioral Activation and Behavioral Inhibition: An Examination of Function in Chronic Pain

The objective of the study was to examine the BIS-BAS model of chronic pain. This model posits that 2 neurophysiological systems-the behavioral inhibition system (BIS) sensitized to and activated by punishment cues and t...
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AAPM 2020 Resource Center Highlights

The AAPM 2020 Resource Center featured 65 companies presenting their products and services,160 scientific posters, and networking events – including popular Meet the Faculty sessions – held throughout the meeting. Learn ...
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AAPM Member Discusses Challenges of Treating Chronic Pain Patients Amidst Opioid Crisis

"We're de-prescribing without having sufficient evidence on how to do this the right way, how to protect patients," says AAPM member, Beth Darnall, PhD , in a recent Guardian Australia interview. Full story .

AAPM Endorses the FOVA FY 2021 Budget Recommendation

AAPM endorsed the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) FY 2021 budget recommendation of $860 million for the VA Medical and Prosthetic Research program. Full story .

Depression and Functional Outcomes in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is a common reason for patients to present to Emergency Departments (EDs). Our objective was to describe the associations between depressive symptoms, pain severity, and functional impairment up to 3 ...
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Improving Osteoarthritis Care by Digital Means - Effects of a Digital Self-Management Program after 24- or 48-Weeks of Treatment.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is highly prevalent in older adults and a growing cause of disability. Easily accessible first-line treatment of OA is increasingly important. Digital self-management programs have in recent years bec...
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Intermountain Healthcare First Health System in Utah to Offer Formal Opioid-Free Surgery Program for Patients Wanting Alternative Pain Control Options

The new program was tested for three months as part of a pilot project, in which physicians utilized non-addictive and less-addictive pain management alternatives for surgical patients looking for alternative pain contro...
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Noninvasive Brain Stimulation for Pain Relief

Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial focused ultrasound (FUS), is be applied to healthy human subjects, acute pain patients, and chronic pain patients to inv...
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Associations Between Stopping Prescriptions for Opioids, Length of Opioid Treatment, and Overdose or Suicide Deaths in US Veterans: Observational Evaluation

The objective of this study is to examine the associations between stopping treatment with opioids, length of treatment, and death from overdose or suicide in the Veterans Health Administration.  Read the abstract ....
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AAPM Members Discuss Clinical Challenges to Opioid Tapering in MedPage Today

AAPM members Beth Darnall, PhD , and W. Michael Hooten, MD , contributed to this MedPage Today article, Clinical Challenge: Opioid Tapering—New trials look at ways to help chronic pain patients take fewer drugs. Full sto...
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Can Pain Management be Safely Optimized in Older Adults?

Managing chronic pain is a challenging task. Older adults (OAs) (>65 years) are the fastest growing segment of our population, and are substantially affected by chronic pain of various etiologies. Read the abstract .&...
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3D Printed Opioid Medicines with Alcohol-Resistant and Abuse-Deterrent Properties

In the past decade, prescriptions for opioid medicines have been exponentially increasing, instigating opioid abuse as a global health crisis associated with high morbidity and mortality. Read the abstract . 
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Let It Be: Mindful Acceptance Down-Regulates Pain and Negative Emotion

Mindfulness training ameliorates clinical and self-report measures of depression and chronic pain, but its use as an emotion regulation strategy—in individuals who do not meditate—remains understudied. Read the abstract ...
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FDA Approves Lundbeck’s Vyepti™ (eptinezumab-jjmr) – the First and Only Intravenous Preventive Treatment for Migraine

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Hormone Linked to Pain Difference Between Men and Women

Researchers identified a mechanism that explains why women may be more vulnerable than men to develop pain in general, as well as to develop pain from opioids specifically. The cause is a neurohormone, prolactin, known l...
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The AAPM Annual Meeting offers education and networking opportunities for all members of the pain care team.

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