Nervous System Discovery Could Inform Stroke, Pain Therapies

Source: Oregon Health & Science University New research published in the journal Nature for the first time reveals the atomic structure of a key molecular component of the nervous system. Scientists at OHSU used advanced imaging techniques to ascertain the resting state of an acid-sensing ion channel. Full story...

Specialty Societies and the AMA Successfully Challenge Anthem Payment Policy

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: March 7, 2018 The AMA and a number of specialty societies, including AAPM, were successful in preventing Anthem from applying a reimbursement reduction when an Evaluation and Management (E/M) service and a procedure were reported on the same day. The AMA and specialty societies responded to the p...
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Integrated Health Services to Reduce Opioid Use While Managing Chronic Pain

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Pre-Surgery Counseling, Non-Opioid Pain Relievers Shown to Reduce Post-Surgery Opioid Use

Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Two new studies presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) demonstrated that pre-operative counseling resulted in a significant decrease in opioid use after hand surgery and patients who used non-opioid pain relievers following surgery experienc...
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Effect of Opioid vs Nonopioid Medications on Pain-Related Function in Patients with Chronic Back Pain or Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis Pain: The SPACE Randomized Clinical Trial

Source: JAMA Abstract: Importance: Limited evidence is available regarding long-term outcomes of opioids compared with nonopioid medications for chronic pain. Objective: To compare opioid vs nonopioid medications over 12 months on pain-related function, pain intensity, and adverse effects. Read more...
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Study: Pain's Origins May Be Significantly Different in Males and Females

Source: The University of Texas at Dallas New research from The University of Texas at Dallas supports the growing consensus that pain begins differently for men and women at the cellular level. Dr. Ted Price BS'97, Dr. Salim Megat and their colleagues in the Pain Neurobiology Research Group recently found that a specific manipulation of receptors ...
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The Fear Avoidance Model Predicts Short-Term Pain and Disability Following Lumbar Disc Surgery

Source: PLOS One Abstract: Objective: To examine the prognostic value of the Fear Avoidance Model (FAM) variables when predicting pain intensity and disability 10-weeks postoperative following lumbar disc surgery. Read more...

Cannabis Products for Adults with Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Source: Cochrane Bottom line: There is a lack of good evidence that any cannabis-derived product works for any chronic neuropathic pain. Background: Neuropathic pain is pain coming from damaged nerves. It is different from pain messages that are carried along healthy nerves from damaged tissue (for example, a fall, or cut, or arthritic knee). Neuro...
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Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH Receives 2018 Elizabeth Narcessian Award

AAPM congratulates Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH , AAPM Past President (2009) and Editor, Pain Medicine journal, on receiving the 2018 American Pain Society's Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements in the Field of Pain.  Read the full story on the American Pain Society website

Association of Multimodal Pain Management Strategies with Perioperative Outcomes and Resource Utilization: A Population-Based Study

Source: Anesthesiology Abstract: Background: Multimodal analgesia is increasingly considered routine practice in joint arthroplasties, but supportive large-scale data are scarce. The authors aimed to determine how the number and type of analgesic modes is associated with reduced opioid prescription, complications, and resource utilization. Read mor...
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UNB Researchers Test Virtual Reality to Treat Phantom Pain

Source: University of New Brunswick, CA Researchers at the University of New Brunswick's Institute of Biomedical Engineering are studying whether virtual reality helps patients quiet the signals that cause phantom pain. Full story...
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Cryoanalgesia to Treat Post-Amputation Phantom Limb Pain

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Shining the LAMP on Efforts to Transform Pain Care in America

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine Editorial by Robert D. Kerns, PhD: Pain, particularly chronic pain, is a public health crisis requiring a comprehensive national and international effort to address it. In the seminal report " Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research ," the Institute of Med...
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Research Looks to Reduce Side Effects in Commonly Used Drugs

Source: The Australian National University (ANU) New research from The Australian National University (ANU) has drilled down to the molecular level to find similarities across six pharmaceutical drugs used in pain relief, dentist anaesthetic, and treatment of epilepsy, in a bid to find a way to reduce unwanted side-effects. Full story...

IU Research Suggests Failed Osteoarthritis Drug Could Get New Life as Opioid-Addiction Treatment

Source: Indiana University A new study from Indiana University suggests that a drug proven safe for use in people may prevent opioid tolerance and physical dependence when used in combination with opioid-based pain medications. Researchers in the Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science at IU Bloomington have discovered that a compound p...
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Identification of Brain Region Responsible for Alleviating Pain Could Lead to Development of Opioid Alternatives

Source: University of Cambridge The team, led by the University of Cambridge, have pinpointed an area of the brain that is important for endogenous analgesia – the brain's intrinsic pain relief system. Their results, published in the open access journal eLife , could lead to the development of pain treatments that activate the painkilling system by...
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Literacy-Adapted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Versus Education for Chronic Pain at Low-Income Clinics: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine Abstract: Background: Chronic pain is common and challenging to treat. Although cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is efficacious, its benefit in disadvantaged populations is largely unknown. Read more...  
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Brain-to-Brain Coupling During Handholding Is Associated with Pain Reduction

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Association of Coprescription of Triptan Antimigraine Drugs and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor or Selective Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressants with Serotonin Syndrome

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Separating Side Effects Could Hold Key for Safer Opioids

Source: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Scientists have discovered a way to separate the two effects of opioid pain relievers -- pain relief and breathing -- opening a window of opportunity to make effective pain medications without the risk of respiratory failure. The research, published in Cell , was funded by the National Inst...
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Opioid Abuse Leads to Heroin Use and a Hepatitis C Epidemic, USC Researcher Says

Source: University of Southern California Heroin is worse than other drugs because people inject it much sooner, potentially resulting in increased risk of injection-related epidemics such as hepatitis C and HIV, a Keck School of Medicine of USC study shows. Full story...

Cost Savings from Reducing Pain through the Delivery of Integrative Medicine Program to Hospitalized Patients

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Do Pain Medications Carry Different Heart Risks?

Source: Wiley A British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study including 55,629 patients with hypertension in a Taiwanese database did not observe different cardiovascular risks in patients who received cyclooxygenase-2 enzyme selective NSAIDs or nonselective NSAIDs during 4 weeks of follow-up. Full story...

Medical Marijuana Laws and Adolescent Marijuana Use in the United States: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Source: Addiction Abstract: Aims: To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies in order to estimate the effect of US medical marijuana laws (MMLs) on past-month marijuana use prevalence among adolescents. Read more...

Opioid Prescribing Behavior of Interventional Radiologists Across the United States

Source: Journal of the American College of Radiology Abstract: Purpose: To study opioid prescribing behavior of US interventional radiologists (IRs). Conclusion: Most IRs write few, if any, prescriptions for Medicare beneficiaries. Of those who do, the large majority writes for opioids, at rates higher than national physician benchmarks. Read more....
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Genetic Study Paves Way for New Neuropathic Pain Treatments

Source: University of Granada A pioneering international study, carried out by the University of Granada, Harvard University, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Florida, Laval University and the Jackson Laboratory has conducted an in-depth analysis of the molecular differences between the most common symptoms associ...
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Recalled Early Life Adversity and Pain: The Role of Mood, Sleep, Optimism, and Control

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Hyperactivity of Anterior Cingulate Cortex Areas 24a/24b Drives Chronic Pain-Induced Anxiodepressive-Like Consequences

Source: Journal of Neuroscience Abstract: Pain associates both sensory and emotional aversive components, and often leads to anxiety and depression when it becomes chronic. Here, we characterized, in a mouse model, the long-term development of these sensory and aversive components as well as anxiodepressive-like consequences of neuropathic pain and...
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Hydroxychloroquine Effectiveness in Reducing Symptoms of Hand Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Trial

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Combination Pharmacotherapy for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia in Adults

[Source: The Cochrane Library] Abstract: Background: Fibromyalgia is a chronic widespread pain condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Current pharmacotherapies are often ineffective and poorly tolerated. Combining different agents could provide superior pain relief and possibly also fewer side effects. Read more...
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Patient-Centered Prescription Opioid Tapering in Community Outpatients with Chronic Pain

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine Beth D. Darnall, PhD; Maisa S. Ziadni, PhD; Richard L. Stieg, MD, MPH; Ian G. Mackey; Ming-Chih Kao, PhD, MD; Pamela Flood, MD, PhD Abstract: The risks associated with prescription opioids are well described.1,2 Although reducing opioid use is a national priority, existing opioid tapering models use costly interdiscip...
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Neuroinflammation and Central Sensitization in Chronic and Widespread Pain

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In the Opioid Crisis, Military Research May Protect Citizens and Warfighters

Source: Armed with Science DOD Blog Ten thousand times more potent than morphine, the drug carfentanil poses a risk to both civilians and warfighters. The powerful opioid, with lethal amounts smaller than a poppy seed, was developed as a tranquilizer for use on large animals and is now part of the illicit drug trade. Easily obtained, concern about ...
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Pilot Study in Kenya Shows Link Between Chronic Pain and Glutamate Consumption

Source: American University Preliminary research from a small pilot study carried out in Meru, in eastern Kenya, shows a link between chronic pain and consumption of glutamate, a common flavor enhancer found in Western and non-Western diets worldwide. Results demonstrated that when study participants cut monosodium glutamate from their diets, their...
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A Qualitative Analysis of Gabapentin Misuse and Diversion Among People Who Use Drugs in Appalachian Kentucky

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New Guideline Warns Pain Benefits of Medical Cannabis Overstated

Source: University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry A new medical guideline suggests Canada's family physicians should take a sober second thought before prescribing medical cannabis to most patients. Published in Canadian Family Physician , "Simplified Guideline for Prescribing Medical Cannabinoids in Primary Care" states there is li...
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FDA Advisory Committee Nixes Novel Pain Drug

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Association Between Knee Pain, Impaired Function, and Development of Depressive Symptoms

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Head Movements and Postures as Pain Behavior

Source: PLOS One Abstract: Pain assessment can benefit from observation of pain behaviors, such as guarding or facial expression, and observational pain scales are widely used in clinical practice with nonverbal patients. However, little is known about head movements and postures in the context of pain. In this regard, we analyze videos of three pu...
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Randomized Double-Blind Controlled Study of Bedtime Low-Dose Amitriptyline in Chronic Neck Pain

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Response to Senator McCaskill Report

A statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine As pain physicians, our primary commitment is to provide the best possible care and treatment to our patients. The Academy's policies prohibit our education and advocacy positions to be compromised by outside influences, such as pharmaceutical companies, just as newspapers and other media outle...
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Suppression of RGSz1 Function Optimizes the Actions of Opioid Analgesics by Mechanisms that Involve the Wnt/ß-catenin Pathway

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Pain Relief Now, More Pain Later? Early Use of Opioids Worsens Pain Down the Road for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Source: Association of Academic Physiatrists A new study presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Atlanta found that opioids prescribed to patients soon after an acute traumatic spinal cord injury is associated to increased pain just one year later. Full story...  
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Prescription Opioids Increase Risk for Serious Infections

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Response to Inquiries about Payments from Opioid Manufacturers

A statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine As a professional medical society, the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is committed to integrity and transparency in all of its activities. Like other professional medical societies, the Academy relies on a number of revenue sources, including membership dues, event registration fees, ...
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Opioids for Muscle and Joint Pain in Older People May Be Harmful

Source: University of Sydney, Australia A new study has shown that opioids offer older people with muscle and joint pain little benefit, while significantly increasing the risk of serious negative side effects. Full story...  
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Unexpected Outcome (Positive or Negative) Including Adverse Drug Reactions Cold Forced Open-Water Swimming: A Natural Intervention to Improve Postoperative Pain and Mobilisation Outcomes?

Source: BMJ Case Reports Abstract: Summary: Postoperative neuropathic pain exacerbated by movement is poorly understood and difficult to treat but a relatively common complication of surgical procedures such as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. Here, we describe a case of unexpected, immediate, complete and sustained remission of postoperative int...
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Altered Pain Processing After Opioid Discontinuation

Source: Society for Neuroscience An imaging study of the brain and spinal cord published in JNeurosci reveals pain processing changes in healthy men after receiving a short-term application of a strong opioid. The research provides a plausible mechanism underlying increased pain sensitivity after discontinuation of opioid medication. Full story... ...
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Targeted Probe and Education (TPE)-New CMS Initiative

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: February 7, 2018 In October 2017 CMS launched a nationwide program to better target medical review, limit the number of medical records requested, and put an emphasis on education and assistance in correcting claims errors. The goal is to help identified providers and practices by having Medicare...
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Efficacy of Treatments for Opioid-induced Constipation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Source: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Abstract: Background & Aims: Opioid induced constipation (OIC) is a common problem in patients on chronic opioid therapy for cancer-related and non-cancer related pain. Approved treatments for OIC are methylnaltrexone, naloxone, naloxegol, alvimopan, naldemedine, and lubiprostone. Since a meta-an...
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SLU Research: Opioid Cessation May Be More Successful When Depression Is Treated

Source: Saint Louis University The study, "Impact of adherence to antidepressants and on long-term prescription opioid use" was published in the February issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry . Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph.D., professor of family and community medicine at Saint Louis University and his co-authors have found depression is a consequence...
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Eplerenone as a Supplement to Epidural Steroid Injections

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Epidemiological Characteristics, Safety and Efficacy of Medical Cannabis in the Elderly

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Effect of Virtual Reality Technology for Pain Management of Vaso-Occlusive Crisis in Patients With Sickle Cell Disease

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Migraine and Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases: Danish Population Based Matched Cohort Study

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Mechanistic Differences in Neuropathic Pain Modalities Revealed by Correlating Behavior with Global Expression Profiling

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Decline in Prescription Opioids Attributable to Decreases in Long-Term Use: A Retrospective Study in the Veterans Health Administration 2010–2016

Source: Journal of General Internal Medicine Abstract: Background: Improved understanding of temporal trends in short- and long-term opioid prescribing may inform efforts to curb the opioid epidemic. Conclusions: Opioid prescribing trends followed similar trajectories in VHA and non-VHA settings, peaking around 2012 and subsequently declining. Howe...
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Surgery Patients in Enhanced Recovery Program Leave Hospital Sooner, Take Fewer Opioids

Source: American Society of Anesthesiologists Colorectal and bariatric surgery patients benefited from an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program, leaving the hospital sooner and requiring fewer opioids to control pain, according to new research presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Practice Management 2018 meeting. Full sto...
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Exceeding the Daily Dosing Limit of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Among Ibuprofen Users

Source: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Abstract: Purpose: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are effective and very commonly used, but also have side effects. We determined prevalence of NSAID dosing exceeding the daily limit (EDL) and identified related user characteristics and dosing patterns among current ibuprofen users. Read m...
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A Randomized Matched-Pairs Study of Feasibility, Acceptability, and Effectiveness of Systems Consultation: A Novel Implementation Strategy for Adopting Clinical Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care

Source: Implementation Science Abstract: Background: This paper reports on the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of an innovative implementation strategy named "systems consultation" aimed at improving adherence to clinical guidelines for opioid prescribing in primary care. While clinical guidelines for opioid prescribing have been deve...
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Bilateral Surgery and Medically Unlikely Edits

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: January 24, 2018 CMS has released a revised article that addresses the appropriate reporting of bilateral procedures and the potential impact of its rules known as "medically unlikely edits" (MUE) on reimbursement. The revised article provides more examples and details. Bilateral procedures are t...
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Predicting Drug Efficacy in Chronic Low Back Pain by Quantitative Sensory Tests

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FDA Clears Vagus Nerve Stimulator for Migraine Pain

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Tamper-Resistant Opioids No Panacea for Opioid Crisis

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Length of Opioid Prescription, Number of Refills Spell Highest Risk for Misuse After Surgery

Source: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center With opioid overdoses now a leading cause of nonintentional death in the United States, data show most of these deaths can be traced back to an initial prescription opioid. A new study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) sheds light on the...
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Default Setting in Electronic Medical Records 'Nudged' Emergency Department Physicians to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 10 Tablets

Source: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine For patients who have never been prescribed opioids, larger numbers of tablets given with the initial prescription is associated with long-term use and more tablets leftover that could be diverted for misuse or abuse. Implementing a default option for a lower quantity of tablets in the electroni...
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Postsurgical Prescriptions for Opioid Naive Patients and Association with Overdose and Misuse: Retrospective Cohort Study

Source: BMJ Abstract: Objective: To quantify the effects of varying opioid prescribing patterns after surgery on dependence, overdose, or abuse in an opioid naive population. Conclusions: Each refill and week of opioid prescription is associated with a large increase in opioid misuse among opioid naive patients. The data from this study suggest tha...
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Researchers Devise Decoy Molecule to Block Pain Where It Starts

Source: University of Texas Dallas For anyone who has accidentally injured themselves, Dr. Zachary Campbell not only sympathizes, he's developing new ways to blunt pain. Campbell's team took the approach of blocking the creation of the proteins that set pain in motion. After an injury, instructions provided by the genome — the full set of genetic i...
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Rapid Turnover of Cortical NCAM1 Regulates Synaptic Reorganization after Peripheral Nerve Injury

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Intrathecal Morphine Microdose Method Sensory Changes

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2018 Pain Management Codes Posted on Website

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: January 10, 2018 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 2018 Relative Value Units (RVUs) for codes commonly reported by Pain Medicine Physicians. The title ...
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Prescription Opioid Use and Satisfaction with Care among Adults with Musculoskeletal Conditions

[Source: Annals of Family Medicine] Abstract: Purpose: In the current payment paradigm, reimbursement is partially based on patient satisfaction scores. We sought to understand the relationship between prescription opioid use and satisfaction with care among adults who have musculoskeletal conditions. Read more...
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Power Transmission and Workload Balancing Policies in Ehealth Mobile Cloud Computing Scenarios: a Real IoT Ehealth Scenario for and Prediction of the Migraine Disease Is Shown

Source: Future Generation Computer Systems Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) holds big promises for healthcare, especially in proactive personal eHealth. Prediction of symptomatic crises in chronic diseases in the IoT scenario leads to the deployment of ambulatory monitoring systems. These systems place a major concern in the amount of data to...
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University of Michigan/Wayne State Chronic Pain Study

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Scientists Take a Big Step Toward Building a Better Opioid

Source: University of North Carolina School of Medicine For the first time, scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and collaborators solved the crystal structure of the activated kappa opioid receptor bound to a morphine derivative. They then created a new drug-like compound that activates only that receptor, a key step i...
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Gabapentinoid Use in the United States 2002 through 2015 (Research Letter)

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine Gabapentin and pregabalin are the 2 clinically used medications in the gabapentinoid drug class. Pregabalin and gabapentin have both been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for treatment of partial seizures and postherpetic neuralgia. Gabapentin enacarbil has also been approved for restless legs syndrome,...
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Reduction of Opioid Use and Improvement in Chronic Pain in Opioid-Experienced Patients After Topical Analgesic Treatment: An Exploratory Analysis

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The Appropriate Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Refractory Restless Legs Syndrome

Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings Abstract: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a distinct disorder, differing from chronic pain in many ways. Refractory RLS is characterized by unresponsiveness to dopamine agonists or alpha-2-delta ligands due to inadequate efficacy, augmentation, or adverse effects. This may result in severely impaired quality of life,...
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AMA House of Delegates Adopts AAPM Resolution on Future of Pain Care

  Action planned to discuss and organize medicine's response to the public health crisis of pain   (and opioid addiction) CHICAGO—A Future of Pain Care resolution, introduced by the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates during its June 2017 Annual Meeting, highlight...
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Intensive Outpatient Pain Management Shown as Cost-Effective Method for Treating High Utilizer Chronic Pain Patients

March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – High utilizers of medical services account for disproportionate healthcare costs, with up to 21% of expenditures spent treating the top 1% of patients (Jiang et al, Characteristics of Hospital Stays for Super-Utilizers by Payer, 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality H-CUP Nov 2014), and chro...
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Stem Cell Transplantation Produces Remarkable Therapeutic Effects on Neuropathic Pain in Animal Models

March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – Chronic pain from nerve injury is common and often debilitating. Current treatment options for neuropathic pain include physical, cognitive, behavioral, pharmacological, interventional, and surgical therapies. Unfortunately, none of these therapies is particularly effective, according to Jianguo Cheng,...
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Simulation and Immersive Learning Shown to Successfully Teach Safe Opioid Prescribing in a Medical School Setting

  March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – Negative consequences from opioid prescribing stem in part  from a lack of education and skills training in all levels of medical education. A 2011 study that  assessed U.S. and Canadian medical school curricula concluded that pain education for North  American medical school students is limited...
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Novel Naloxone Device Offers Hope to Community Organizations Grappling with Drug Overdose Epidemic

March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – Deaths from drug overdose have increased sharply in the past decade, an unfortunate trend that is associated with overdoes of prescription opioid pain relievers more than tripling from 1983 to 2013 (Mack MMWR Suppl . 2013;62(3):161-3). The drug naloxone has been established as a safe and effective medi...
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Interdisciplinary Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program Shown as Successful Method for Treating Older Adults with Chronic Pain

  March 16, 2017, ORLANDO, Fla. – Up to half of older adults (aged 60 years or more) report  experiencing chronic pain. A study presented today at the American Academy of Pain  Medicine's 33rd Annual Meeting as a scientific poster abstract considered the utility of  interdisciplinary chronic rehabilitation programs in treating t...
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American Academy of Pain Medicine Endorses First Comprehensive National Pain Strategy

March 28, 2016, CHICAGO, Ill – The Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pain  Medicine (AAPM) enthusiastically endorses the National Pain Strategy (NPS) issued earlier this  month by the US Department of Health and Human Services. "For AAPM to issue such a formal  endorsement is unusual," said AAPM President Daniel B. Carr, ...
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CHOIR Results Demonstrate Shortest Path Between Primary Care and Pain Medicine for the Most Complex Patients

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. –- The care of complex patients with pain exhibits a closer connection between primary care and the specialty of pain medicine than that seen with less complex patients, Stanford researchers reported today. Results presented in a scientific poster at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Me...
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Intradiscal Biacuplasty Sustains Long-term Superiority Over Conservative Treatment for Discogenic Low-Back Pain

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Patients treated with intradiscal biacuplasty (IDB) for discogenic back pain maintained benefits a year later, and those who crossed over to IDB treatment mid-study reported similar gains, study investigators reported. The results were presented today in a scientific poster at the 32nd Annual Meeting of th...
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More Evidence of the Power of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplant to Block Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia and Tolerance

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Cleveland Clinic researchers have found new evidence that modulating neuroinflammation with stem cell transplants may prove to be an effective strategy to treat both opioid tolerance (OT) and opioid-induced hyperalgesia (OIH). The latest results in this line of inquiry, which may have the potential to tran...
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Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block is Found Fast, Effective and Safe for Postdural Puncture Headache in Obstetric Patients

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – New research suggests that sphenopalatine ganglion block (SPGB) relieves disabling headache from dural puncture faster than the usual care of epidural blood patch (EBP) and lacks the potential for rare but profound complications that can accompany EBP. A non-invasive treatment with minimal side effects, SP...
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Stanford Researchers Tout Successful CHOIR Rollout as Example of Private-Public Partnership That Works

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. –- In an example of a successful private-public partnership, the creators of a technologically advanced national registry to collect data on the experience of pain sufferers and their responses to treatment are reporting significant growth across the globe. The results are on view today in a scientific poste...
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Study Shows Epidural Steroid Injections Associated With Lower Outpatient Costs in Low-Back Pain

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) may help lower health care spending in patients with low-back pain, with most of the savings coming in outpatient care, new research suggests. Patients who received ESIs showed a much sharper decline in health care spending compared to controls who did not, according to r...
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Study Suggests Multimodal Pain Care Leads to Shorter Hospital Stays, Lower Opioid Doses After Surgery

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. –- Pain care for patients already taking opioids can be improved by bringing together multiple non-opioid treatment modalities during hospitalization, a prospective pilot study showed. Patients so treated were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 60 days, according to results reported in a sci...
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Two Routes of Administration Outperform Systemic Steroid Alone, Extend Pain Control of Intercostal Nerve Blocks: Controlled Trial

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Researchers interested in prolonging the effect of an intercostal nerve block (INB) to ease post operative pain were able to do so through administering dexamethasone by two separate routes. The resulting superior pain control suggests that perineural and systemic steroids provide analgesia by two separate...
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Bleeding Complications Rare in Interventional Pain Procedures, Retrospective Study Shows

Feb. 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Recent findings support the safety of common interventional pain procedures, even in the presence of aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Mayo Clinic researchers reported results in a poster on view today at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.  I...
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Four Pain Fellowship Programs Receive Fellowship Excellence Awards from the American Academy of Pain Medicine at its 32nd Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs, CA—The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Awards. The awards recognize Pain Medicine Fellowship Programs that provide an exceptional learning experience, preparing fellows to deliver the highest standard of care to patients with pain....
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Top Pain Physicians, Researchers Are Honored with AAPM 2016 Awards and Presidential Commendations

February 18, 2016, PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is pleased to announce its Pain Medicine 2016 Awards and Presidential Commendations for exceptional service to the Academy and/or the field of Pain Medicine. Recipients will be honored on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the AAPM's Annual Meeting in Palm...
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Pain Physicians from AAPM Welcome Primary Care to “Big Tent”

The critical role of primary care physicians and clinicians in pain prevention and treatment will be apparent throughout many of the educational sessions at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's (AAPM's) Annual Meeting, beginning Thursday, at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, Calif. The meeting co-chairs promise top-flight ...
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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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