Saturday, April 28 (29)


7:30 am - 5 pm Registration Open

10 - 11:30 am Resource Center Open

1-2 pm

Concurrent Commercially Supported Lunch Symposium

Legislation and Litigation: A Moving Target Impacting Patient Care

Policymakers under pressure to pass legislation to address the continuing opioid crisis, and overzealous prosecutors seeking to crack down on inappropriate opioid prescribing sometimes overlook the needs of patients with legitimate pain conditions. In this rapidly changing landscape, it is important that pain practitioners are aware of recent trends in state legislation. By understanding what rules apply to their practice, they can be diligent in their practice of prescribing opioids and other controlled substances, thereby safeguarding appropriate patient access. Adopting such practices will also help to protect their patients from harm, and to shield themselves from criminal, civil, or administrative liability.

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify recent trends in state legislation around opioid prescribing
  • Evaluate the impact of legislation on patient care and professional liability
  • Review cases where opioid prescribers are prosecuted to apply lessons that help them protect their practice from investigation

AAPM provided lunch.

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Activity funded by: Pernix Therapeutics


Michael C. Barnes, Esq
Lynn R. Webster, MD

1-2 pm

Concurrent Commercially Supported Lunch Symposium

Clinical Issues in Chronic Pain: Debates and Discussions About Therapeutically Targeting Nerve Growth Factor Signaling

During this CME-accredited Clinical Issues™ program, a multidisciplinary panel of faculty experts in pain management, rheumatology, neurology, and anesthesiology will examine the mechanistic underpinnings of chronic osteoarthritic and low back pain, focusing on clinically relevant roles of nerve growth factor (NGF) in the potentiation, progression, and severity long-term nociceptive signaling. The panel will also discuss the ongoing—albeit at times interrupted—development of NGF as a therapeutic target. The faculty conversations will be enhanced at times by expert-narrated 3D animations and the latest data published onsite in Vancouver, providing learners with multimedia explanations of new paradigms in chronic pain management.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the pathophysiologic underpinnings of chronic osteoarthritic and low back pain with a focus on contributions from NGF
  • Educate patients about limitations in efficacy, and personal and public risks associated with currently available pharmacologic treatment options for chronic osteoarthritic or low back pain
  • Describe the mechanistic rationales and clinical evidence for emerging analgesic strategies designed to inhibit NGF signaling

Physician Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Integritas Communications. Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This CME/CE activity complies with all requirements of the federal Physician Payment Sunshine Act. If a reportable event is associated with this activity, the accredited provider managing the program will provide the appropriate physician data to the Open Payments database.

Physician Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Global Education Group (Global) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

Americans with Disabilities Act

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AAPM provided lunch.

This activity is supported by an independent medical education grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R&D, Inc.


2:15–3:15 pm

The New Definition(s) of Pain: Update on Pain Taxonomies, HCAHPS Metrics, and Diagnostic Systems (307)

View a recording of this live session when you purchase 2018 Annual Meeting On Demand.

Recently, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, FDA, and American Pain Society and have developed new approaches towards establishing a formal taxonomy of acute and chronic pain conditions. This session reviews existing and proposed systems for categorizing pain conditions, including those with related mandates by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The New Taxonomies of Pain: AAPT, AAAPT, HCAHPS, and ICD11

Patrick J. Tighe, MD MS

How to Change the Discussion: Principles of Formulation and Validation of Diagnostic Criteria

Stephen Bruehl, PhD

From Publication to Practice: Clinical Impact of Updated Taxonomic Structures in Sickle Cell Disease Pain

Carlton Dampier, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the rationale, development, and implementation of new taxonomies for acute and chronic pain.
  • Review key requirements for the validation and utility of pain classification systems.
  • Review multidimensional considerations of acute and chronic sickle cell pain management.
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