Friday, March 8 (24)

Noon–1:30 pm

Lunch Non-CME Satellite Symposia


Noon-12:30 pm

AAPM Lunch Provided

12:30-1:30 pm

Opioid Therapy Insights: A Holistic Approach to Managing Patients


In this interactive, industry-sponsored presentation, we will discuss when to consider an abuse-deterrent opioid for chronic pain. We will also explore treatment options for opioid-induced constipation in adult patients with chronic non-cancer pain.

Activity sponsored by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. & Inspirion Delivery Sciences

11 am–Noon

The Pain Clinician’s Diagnostic Armamentarium: Demystifying Appropriate Utilization and Limitations (204)

This session will focus on 1) understanding the role, timing, and limitations of electrodiagnostics, tests for small fiber dysfunction, and tests for immune mediated neuropathic pain; 2) when non-routine spine imaging may be preferable or complementary to routine spine MRI; 3) an approach to uncertain spine MRI findings.

Neuropathic Pain Diagnostic Modalities

James C. Watson, MD

Spine Imaging: When MRI Is Not Enough

Felix E. Diehn, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the role and limitations of electrodiagnostic testing in the evaluation of neuropathic pain conditions.
  • Interpret the unique, but now widely available studies available to evaluate small fiber nerve dysfunction (sudomotor testing and epidermal nerve fiber density testing through skin biopsy) and immune mediated neuropathic pain syndromes (voltage gated potassium channel, LGI1 and CASPR2 antibodies).
  • Distinguish when non-routine imaging may be preferable or complementary to routine spine MRI.
  • Define a practical approach to uncertain spine MRI findings in a pain medicine practice.
11 am–Noon

The 'Newish' Skill of Measuring Pain Care in Routine Clinical Practice and Outcomes So Far (203)

Why you should collect patient reported outcomes in your practice, how to do it, and what the collected data in tens of thousands of patients tells us thus far.

Enhancing Patient by Patient Clinical Decision-Making Using Patient Reported Outcomes

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc

Overcoming the Challenges to Deploying an Electronic Patient-Reported Outcomes Tracking System

Gwynne Kirchen, MD

Advances In Medical Informatics and Cutting Edge Data Analysis of Registry Data

Sean Mackey, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess the practical mechanics involved in measuring pain care.
  • Explain what the collected registry data tells us thus far.
  • Restate the cutting edge medical informatics and data analysis approaches that are used to analyze such data.
11 am–Noon

Controversial Topics in Neuromodulation (202) Featured

The session is designed for all pain providers and will evaluate the current evidence on spinal cord stimulation in various pain conditions. These procedures are being critically evaluated by payors, government systems, and physicians due to cost. A clear understanding of the evidence will improve outcomes and function in this vulnerable population.

Can We Predict Success With Spinal Cord Stimulation?

Ameet S. Nagpal, MD MS Med

Not All Waveforms Are Equal: Comparing and Contrasting Different Methods of Stimulation

Brian Boies, MD

Performing the Procedure and Ethical Considerations

Sanjog Sharad Pangarkar, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe situations in which it is appropriate to refer a patient for spinal cord stimulator evaluation.
  • Interpret imaging, historical data, psychological screening, and physical examination to establish a pre-test probability of successful pain relief and functional outcomes with spinal cord stimulation.
  • Adjust your practice patterns to improve overall safety of spinal cord stimulation.
  • Optimize clinical practice management related to billing, malpractice, and collections in an ethical manner.
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