More than 70 Industry Partners to Exhibit at AAPM 2020 Next Week

Preview a list of companies that will be exhibiting at the AAPM Annual Meeting February 27-March 1 in National Harbor. Learn about your therapeutic options for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Learn more .
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Upcoming RUC Survey

In the next few weeks we will be contacting a random selection of members to participate in an important AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) survey of physician work for codes 64633-64636 which describe destruction of facet joints. The Medicare payment schedule is based on physician work, practice expense and professional liability insurance. Our specialty needs your help to assure relative values will be accurately and fairly presented to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.  

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U.S. Surgeon General to Deliver AAPM 2020 Keynote

The American Academy of Pain Medicine Program Committee is excited to announce that U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD MPH , will deliver a keynote address about the importance of pain management in co...
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Neuroinflammation in Chronic Pain: A Role for Astrogliosis?

Non-invasive measures of neuroinflammatory processes in humans could substantially aid diagnosis and therapeutic development for many disorders, including chronic pain. Several proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (H-M...
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Reforming Pain Management Education for the Next Generation of Physicians

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine's Family Medicine Center created a peer-reviewed, structured curriculum that focuses on improving patient outcomes. 

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A Systematic Review of the Evidence for the Efficacy of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

The ageing global population and concomitant increase in the use of opioid analgesia have highlighted the need to evaluate the effectiveness of opioids for chronic pain in older people.

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CMS Finalizes Decision to Cover Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain for Medicare Beneficiaries

Before this final National Coverage Determination (NCD) reconsideration, acupuncture was nationally non-covered by Medicare. CMS conducted evidence reviews and examined the coverage policies of private payers to inform i...
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Perturbing the Activity of the Superior Temporal Gyrus During Pain Encoding Prevents the Exaggeration of Pain Memories: A Virtual Lesion Study Using Single-Pulse Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Past studies have shown that pain memories are often inaccurate, a phenomenon known as mnemonic pain bias. Pain memories are thought to play an important role on how future pain is felt. Recent evidence from our laborato...
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Lower Back Biomechanics in Veterans with Non-Specific Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is strongly associated with opioid consumption among Veterans, and improved clinical management of LBP is likely to reduce reliance on opioid among Veterans. Up to 60% of patients with an acute episod...
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BioElectronics Announces FDA Market Clearance for Over-The-Counter Treatment of Musculoskeletal Pain

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Does Experimentally Induced Pain-Related Fear Influence Central and Peripheral Movement Preparation in Healthy People and Low Back Pain Patients?

Non-specific chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a multifactorial disorder. Pain-related fear and altered movement preparation are considered to be key factors in the chronification process. Interactions between both have be...
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Evaluation and Treatment Patterns of New Low Back Pain Episodes for Elderly Adults in the United States, 2011–2014

New low back pain (LBP) is a common outpatient complaint. Little is known about how care is delivered over the course of a year to patients who develop new LBP and whether such care patterns are guideline-concordant.

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Scrambler Therapy for the Reduction of Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathic Pain

This trial studies how well scrambler therapy works in reducing chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain in patients with cancer. Scrambler therapy is a type of treatment that uses electrodes placed on the skin. Electricity...
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Preemptive Pain Management Program Is Associated with Reduction of Opioid Prescriptions After Benign Minimally Invasive Foregut Surgery

The opioid crisis is partly due to opioids prescribed after elective surgery. This study sought to determine if a preemptive pain-management program would be associated with opioid-free discharge after benign foregut surgery.

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Neural and Sociocultural Mediators of Ethnic Differences in Pain

Understanding ethnic differences in pain is important for addressing disparities in pain care. A common belief is that African Americans are hyposensitive to pain compared to Whites, but African Americans show increased ...
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New Hope to Reduce Bladder Pain

The latest research led by Flinders University has now identified a link between UTI and bladder pain – caused by the immune system's fight against the infection. The research suggests this could be a leading cause of ch...
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Lilly's REYVOW™ (lasmiditan) C-V, the First and Only Medicine in a New Class of Acute Treatment for Migraine (ditan), Now Available for Prescription

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‘Impressed with Impact' of Ketamine in Cancer Palliative Care

Toronto psychiatrist Madeline Li, MD, PhD, is running the only registered study to investigate ketamine specifically for the treatment of depression in cancer patients. 

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Pain Treatment Using Human Stem Cells a Success

Human stem cells and "pain-killing neurons" have successfully relieved chronic pain in mice. The breakthrough method may be tested on human patients suffering untreatable pain within five years. 

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U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD MPH, to Discuss Pain Management and the Opioid Crisis During AAPM 2020

January 29, 2020, CHICAGO – The American Academy of Pain Medicine Program Committee is excited to announce that U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD MPH, will deliver a keynote address about the imp...
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AAPM Leaders Presenting at NANS on January 25

The AAPM session during NANS' Annual Meeting will cover the latest medical, behavioral, and regenerative medicine approaches to help optimize neuromodulation outcomes. Session presenters include Charles Argoff, MD; Jiang...
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Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Could Offer More Effective Pain Relief Than Opioids

Findings from a recent study published in Nature Nanotechnology , showed that the nanoparticles were actually more effective than opioids in models of acute pain, chronic inflammatory pain, and neuropathic pain. Full sto...
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AAPM 2020 Housing Deadline Extended to January 26

We hope to see you next month at the AAPM Annual Meeting in National Harbor! AAPM has secured a block of hotel rooms at the meeting host hotel, the Gaylord National, at a discounted rate. The deadline to book in the AAPM...
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Physician Office Visits at Which Benzodiazepines Were Prescribed: Findings From 2014–2016 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey

The newly published report describes characteristics of visits to office-based physicians at which benzodiazepines were prescribed, including visits where opioids were coprescribed.

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Knee Osteoarthritis, Potential Mediators, and Risk of All-Cause Mortality: Data From the Osteoarthritis Initiative

To assess the relation of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA), knee pain, and radiographic knee OA to all-cause mortality and identify mediators in the causal pathway. 

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Persistent Post-Mastectomy Pain: Randomized Clinical Trial of Targeted Pain Coping Skills Training

The purpose of this study is to test a skills training program to help with coping skills for pain that was designed specifically for women with persistent pain after breast cancer surgery.

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A User-Centered Approach to an Evidence-Based Electronic Health Pain Management Intervention for People With Chronic Pain: Design and Development of EPIO

Chronic pain conditions are complicated and challenging to live with. Electronic health (eHealth) interventions show promise in helping people cope with chronic illness, including pain. The success of these interventions...
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Erector Spinae Plane Blocks (ESP) for Postoperative Pain in Lumbo-Sacral Spine Surgery

The goal of this study is to evaluate the analgesic efficacy of bilateral erector spinae plane (ESP) blocks after lumbar and lumbo-sacral spine surgery by assessing postoperative pain scores and opiate requirements as the primary outcome measures.

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Management of Patients with a Musculoskeletal Pain Condition that Is Likely Chronic: Results from a National Cross-Sectional Survey

The purpose of the study was to explore clinical management for new cases of musculoskeletal pain that are likely chronic.  

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Sensory Innervation in Porous Endplates by Netrin-1 from Osteoclasts Mediates PGE2-Induced Spinal Hypersensitivity in Mice

Spinal pain is a major clinical problem, however, its origins and underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here the authors report that in mice, osteoclasts induce sensory innervation in the porous endplates which cont...
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Management of Chronic Pain and PTSD in Gulf War Veterans With tDCS+Prolonged Exposure

Gulf War Veterans (a DoD/VA defined service era corresponding to the first Gulf War under operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield 1990-1991), especially those who present with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), are...
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Peer-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Training to Improve Functioning in Patients with Diabetes: A Cluster-Randomized Trial

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)–based programs delivered by trained community members could improve functioning and pain in individuals who lack access to such programs. We tested the effectiveness of a peer-delivered...
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Availability of Buprenorphine Treatment in the 10 States with the Highest Drug Overdose Death Rates in the United States

The objective of this study was to assess the accuracy of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) database for patients who use it to seek buprenorphine treatment . Read the abstract . ...
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Residents’ and Fellows’ Forum: Advancing the Boundaries of Postgraduate Pain Education

With the explicit intent to advance the boundaries of postgraduate medical education, the current issue of Pain Medicine introduces a new section entitled "Residents' and Fellows' Forum." The range of topics will include...
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A Placebo for Pain Relief—Even When You Know It’s Not Real

Some patients with chronic pain can get relief from a placebo even when they know it isn't an active medication, a growing body of evidence shows. 

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The 'Data-Driven Physician' Is On the Rise: Stanford Medicine Report

According to the survey, almost half of all physicians surveyed and 73 percent of medical students are pursuing additional training to prepare for health tech innovations. That training is reportedly clustered in the rea...
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Scientists Target Link Between Chronic Pain, Cognitive Impairments

Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have pinpointed a single biochemical pathway as a target for addressing both this neuropathic pain and the accompanying cognitive problems.

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2020 AAPM Award Recipients Named

The Academy will recognize five individuals with awards during the upcoming Annual Meeting in National Harbor. Congratulations to Drs. Trip Buckenmaier, Ru-Rong Ji, Sean Mackey, Winfried Meissner, and Vanila Singh

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Pain Management Codes Posted

The Coding and Reimbursement Committee has updated the coding information available on the AAPM website. New charts have been posted that include information concerning Medicare's 2020 Relative Value Units (RVUs) for codes commonly reported by Pain Medicine Physicians. The title page provides links to CMS web pages that provide additional information and outlines the basis for the 2020 reimbursement rates.

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FDA Alert: AXIA Pharmaceutical Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Sterile Drug Products

 AXIA Pharmaceutical is voluntarily recalling all unused sterile drug products within expiry due to a lack of assurance of sterility. The recalled sterile products have been found to be inconsistent with federal gui...
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AAPM Early Investigator Research Grant Letters of Intent Due January 20

The AAPM Research Committee is seeking applications for preliminary or pilot research projects relevant to a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to pain management. Letters of intent are due Janua...
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AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting Update

Pain medicine was represented at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates Interim Meeting by AAPM delegate Robert Wailes, MD , and alternate delegate Donna Bloodworth, MD . Read Dr. Wailes' meeting repo...
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Closing Gaps in Cannabinoid Research to Make Progress in Pain Management

David Shurtleff, PhD, Deputy Director at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health, shares his thoughts on closing gaps in cannabinoid research to make progress in pain m...
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Craniosacral Therapy (CST) Effectively Treats Chronic Pain

A meta-analysis in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders suggests significant and robust effects of CST on pain and function, which are not exclusively explainable by placebo responses or effects due to non-specific treatment me...
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FDA Warns about Serious Breathing Problems with Seizure and Nerve Pain Medicines Gabapentin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that serious breathing difficulties may occur in patients using gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise, Horizant) or pregabalin (Lyrica, Lyrica CR) who have respiratory risk facto...
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Veterans Benefit from Pain Treatment without Drugs

A new study finds a lower risk of adverse post-treatment outcomes among returning military service personnel with chronic pain who received nondrug therapy. Full story.

How the Brain Balances Pleasure and Pain

Researchers have zeroed in on the ventral pallidum, an information-processing hub in the brains of mice to discover how neurons there influence the animals' motivation to either seek pleasurable experiences or avoid nega...
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Long-Term Safety and Efficacy of Closed-Loop Spinal Cord Stimulation to Treat Chronic Back and Leg Pain (Evoke): A Double-Blind, Randomised, Controlled Trial.

Summary: Background: Spinal cord stimulation has been an established treatment for chronic back and leg pain for more than 50 years; however, outcomes are variable and unpredictable, and objective evidence of the mechani...
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Analysis Supports Acupuncture for Cancer Pain

Use of acupuncture and acupressure led to significant improvement in cancer-associated pain and a reduction in analgesic medication, a meta-analysis showed . Full story.  

Novel Gene Therapies for Precision Pain Management Published by Pharmafile

 Article emphasizes the need of alternative approaches to manage pain and specifically focuses on the genetics of pain and gene therapy solutions. Full story.  
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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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