Sunday, October 23, 2016

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 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;


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]

Academy News

Save the Date! Our 28th Annual Meeting

The Right Meeting, the Right Time, the Right Place! Join 1,000 pain professionals for the only clinical meeting dedicated to integrative pain management. Learn how to safely and effectively manage peoples’ pain through the latest integrative, multidisciplinary, and multimodal approaches to care. Advance to the next level in pain management via the intensive 2-day Comprehensive Review Course to


Faster, Higher, Stronger: Advocate like an Olympian

As I watched the XXXI Summer Olympic Games, it occurred to me that there are analogies between Olympic competition and pain policy advocacy. Academy members are, like Olympic competitors, the world’s experts in what they do. Policymakers rarely have more than the most rudimentary knowledge of what is involved in providing good pain care, and

The Pain Practitioner

Strategies for Evaluating the Patient with Chronic Pain

A comprehensive evaluation of the patient with chronic pain is rarely straightforward, and it begins with the recognition that a complete cure is unlikely. The patient’s pain experience may be complicated by numerous factors, including lack of an obvious pathological cause, concomitant anxiety and depression, and a downward spiral of inactivity and lowered self-esteem. Often,