Friday, December 9, 2016

The Fastest Way to Demonstrate Your Pain Management Expertise

  Many clinicians have learned the art of managing people’s pain by spending time with patients, listening to them, studying the available literature, and attending workshops or seminars.  Your clinical experience combined, with continuing education, gives you a unique expertise in pain management. However, documenting that experience has been out of reach for so many

Prescription Monitoring Program

Kansas City Joins Rest of Nation in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

We’d like to share some interesting news today regarding Missouri, our country’s only remaining state without a prescription monitoring program.  On December 1, 2016, the Kansas City, Missouri City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will implement a prescription monitoring program (PMP) at the municipal level. Because the Missouri Legislature has been unable to pass

Policy

Health Care Profoundly Affected By 2016 Elections

As you are undoubtedly aware, the recent elections had, and will continue to have, profound effects on many aspects of health care. We are readying our strategies for the fast-approaching 2017 legislative sessions—which, in part, means re-evaluating the health-related landscape in light of recent election results. Medical marijuana was significantly expanded, with Arkansas, Florida, Montana,

Integrative Methods

5 Online Courses for Non-Pharmacologic Treatments

Continuing education is a must for any practitioner, and our growing library of online courses comply with many CME requirements. Here are 5 courses we offer for non-pharmacologic treatments that you can take anytime, anywhere: An Evidence-based Review of Dietary Supplements Used to Treat Pain 1-hour CME activity; Free for Acacdemy members; $25 for non-members

Policy

Reducing Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse and Misuse Summit

This November, join the the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) for a three-day summit that focuses on bridging the legal, public health, consumer protection, enforcement, and medical gaps to address the epidemic surrounding drug and opioid use disorders, dependence and misuse. AIPM’s Executive Director Bob Twillman will be on a panel entitled

Opioids

Featured Online CME Programs: Prescribing

For many practitioners, continuing education courses are required to maintain your license or to continue to prescribe controlled substances. Our growing library of online courses comply with many of those CME requirements. Here are 5 for prescribing that you can take anytime, anywhere: Who is at Risk for Opioid Addiction: How do I know? 1-hour

Policy

Policy Update: New SPPAN Resource for Clinicians; Must Read Op-Ed; VT Rules; NPS Meeting; and More

Most legislatures around the country have adjourned for the year, but the world of pain-related policy and advocacy is not slowing down.  Here are a number of highlights: New Educational Resource for Clinicians—Opioid Dosage & Morphine Equivalency Read SPPAN’s first resource in a series, Opioid Dosage & Morphine Equivalency: Implications for Meeting the Standard of

27th Annual Meeting 2016

How the CDC Guidelines Play Out in Primary Care

One very well-attended presentation at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management’s Annual Clinical Meeting was “From Policy to Practice: How the CDC Guidelines Play out in Primary Care.“ Participants learned how the CDC and state guidelines impact the use of opioids to treat pain; how these guidelines play out in day-to-day practice with primary care physicians;

News

Response to the Surgeon General’s Opioid Pledge: It Misses the Point

Last week, the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (formerly the American Academy of Pain Management) held its 27th Annual Meeting, educating attendees on a broad range of non-pharmaceutical treatments they could use to effectively, safely, and sanely treat patients in pain. Given the national furor over opioid prescribing, the meeting provided timely alternatives for nearly

27th Annual Meeting 2016

Highlights: Closing Day of Our 27th Annual Meeting

Even though the last day of our 27th Annual Meeting was the shortest in terms of time, it was certainly one of the most intensive! Catch up on the presentations from the final day of our Annual Meeting below: [View the story “Highlights: Closing Day of Our 27th Annual Meeting” on Storify]