Friday, February 28 (18)

4:45 PM–5:45 PM

Do We Still Need Placebo Studies? (216)

Numerous studies have demonstrated that placebos can be powerful analgesics. If placebos aren't as inactive as we once thought, do we still need placebo-controlled studies in pain? This session will explore the placebo effect, underlying mechanisms, modifying factors, and its role in the design and interpretation of clinical pain trials.

Understanding the Placebome: How Genomics Affects Placebo Response

Kathryn Hall

The Power of Placebo in Pain Studies

Luana Colloca

'Placebo' Interventions: Are They Even Possible?

Tina Doshi

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify patient and study design characteristics that can alter the placebo effect in pain studies and improve clinical trial design.
  • Assess various types of placebo treatments in pharmacological and interventional pain studies and their impact on study interpretation.
Co-Presenters:

Kathryn Hall

Luana Colloca

Moderator:

Tina Doshi

Pain Medicine Practice Management: Knowledge for Practice Efficiency, Growth, Economic Viability, and Compliance (215)

In this practical session participants will learn about highly relevant ongoing changes in the practice of pain medicine with regards to practice mergers, compliance and regulatory issues. Topics discussed will also include how to enhance practice operational performance through benchmarking and continuous quality improvement.

Updates on Coding and Compliance

Kevin Vorenkamp

Methods to Achieve Economically Viable, High-Quality Pain Programs

David Provenzano

Enhancing Practice Efficiency Using Process, Technology, and People

Kayode Williams

Developing Novel Academic Coordinated Care Pain Programs

Marie Hanna

Learning Objectives:

  • Review pain medicine coding changes and discuss existing errors in coding compliance.
  • Define integrated care networks and evaluate the role of physician-owned practices in the drive toward integrated health delivery care.
  • Review key metrics to benchmark practice and how to detect inefficiencies in workflow and methods to improve clinical flow.
4:45 PM–5:45 PM

Lumbar Facet Block and Radiofrequency Ablation International Consensus Guidelines Part 2 (214)

This symposium presents the findings of an international consortium of pain medicine and governmental organizations on the treatment of lumbar facet joint pain to include patient selection, performance and interpretation of diagnostic blocks, and optimization of radiofrequency ablation outcomes.

Minimizing Complications with Lumbar Facet Blocks

Samer Narouze

Should Facet Block Patients Routinely Be Sedated?

Robert Hurley

Differences Between Clinical Practice and Clinical Trials

Mark Wallace

Should a Trial of Conservative Care Be Mandatory Before Facet Blocks?

David Kennedy

Should Sensory and Motor Testing Be Used Before Radiofrequency Ablation?

Zirong Zhao

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve selection criteria for “diagnostic” facet blocks.
  • Learn how to maximize lesion size and its relationship to RF ablation success rate.
  • Identify the issues surrounding patient selection for clinical practice and clinical trials.
Co-Presenters:

Samer Narouze

Robert Hurley

Mark Wallace

David Kennedy

Zirong Zhao

Moderator:

Steven Cohen

4:45 PM–5:45 PM

How to Get Your Research Published (213)

This recurring symposium is designed to assist new or young researchers in understanding the process of formalizing and executing publishable ideas and concepts and goes through the step-by-step process of preparing, writing, and submitting this work for publication.

Nuts and Bolts of Preparing a Publishable Idea

Norman Harden

Pragmatic Hints for Publication Strategy

W. Michael Hooten

Publishing FAQs

Rachel Safer

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the research process a propos developing projects that will ultimately be publishable.
  • Review the basic and common rules of publication.
  • Review the basic editorial process, using pain medicine as an example.
Co-Presenters:

R. Norman Harden

W. Michael Hooten

Rachel Safer

Moderator:

Rollin M. Gallagher

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