Monday, March 27, 2017

Policy

Lost In Chaos: The State of Chronic Pain in 2016

Millions of Americans living with chronic pain struggle because two important public health issues— chronic pain and opioid addiction—are misunderstood and have been conflated. Until these two health conditions are properly distinguished, studied and addressed, the problems associated with both will continue. Tension and misunderstanding surrounding chronic pain and opioid addiction characterize the state of

Policy

How Virginia’s New Laws Affect Pain Practices

The Virginia legislature and governor recently approved a number of bills that will affect your practice: Prescription Monitoring Program Requirements Under existing law, a prescriber was required to check the PMP when initiating a new opioid prescription expected to last more than 14 consecutive days. Passage of House Bill 1885 will require that PMP check

Opioids

AIPM Executive Director to Speak at Chronic Pain Seminar in April

AIPM’s Executive Director Bob Twillman, PhD, will be a speaker at a seminar entitled, “Natural Approaches to Chronic Pain: Effective Alternatives to Opioids,” on Saturday, April 29 from 8 am – 2 pm at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Through a joint providership with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Academy

News

Important Changes to DEA Registration Renewal

Health care providers need to be aware of an important change from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which affects all providers and patients.  If you are a prescriber, be sure to renew your DEA  registration before it expires.  Failure to do so could leave you unable to prescribe, and more importantly, could leave your patients

Policy

Big Win in Big Apple for People with Chronic Conditions

We at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management and State Pain Policy Advocacy Network, along with our partner organizations, have some fabulous news to help ring in the New Year! In a move that will help countless New Yorkers living with chronic pain and other chronic illnesses, Governor Cuomo has signed a bill that requires

Federal Medicine

Veterans Endure Higher Pain Severity than Nonveterans

American veterans experience higher prevalence of pain and more severe pain than nonveterans, with young and middle-aged veterans suffering the most, according to a new analysis of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), by the lead epidemiologist at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health. This survey

Academy News

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,