Saturday, April 28 (19)


7:30 am - 5 pm Registration Open

10 - 11:30 am Resource Center Open

11:30 am–12:30 pm

Fake News: The Risk of Promoted Flawed Data and Crucial Role of Evidence-Based Interventional Pain Management (306)

An evidence-based review of common interventional procedures focusing on epidural steroid injections and radiofrequency neurotomy. The importance of patient selection and procedural techniques to help counteract the inappropriate combining of divergent techniques and patient populations that is frequently done in review articles and practice guidelines will be highlighted.

Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy: An EBM Overview of Selection and Technique

David J. Kennedy, MD

Epidural Steroid Injections: Evidence-Based Techniques Yield Positive Outcomes

Timothy P. Maus, MD

Practical Application of Evidence-Based Medicine Principles to the Mint Randomized Clinical Trials

Yakov Vorobeychik, MD PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify patients suffering from pain of facet joint origin with high specificity and appropriate sensitivity.
  • Perform anatomically correct RF neurotomy that will lesion the medial branch effectively.
  • Select epidural steroid injection techniques that maximize outcomes in radicular pain patients.
12:30–2:00 pm

Networking & Lunch Break

Potential AAPM-provided lunch and commercially supported satellite symposia (CSS). Additional details will be provided in early-2018 pending confirmation of the 2018 AAPM Annual Meeting CSS schedule.

2:15–3:15 pm

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

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.
2:15–3:15 pm

Cannabis Conundrum! Medical Marijuana Prescribing and Integration into the Recreational Marketplace (308)

This session will provide an overview of the Canadian Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR): history, status, implications for practitioners and providers, and opportunities for research and pharmacosurveillance. Issues around patient communication, screening, monitoring and follow up will be discussed. The session will further review how the medical market was integrated into the regulated market established under I-502 in 2012. In 2015, Substitute Senate Bill 5052 was passed to create the integrated market. The new system allows for additional benefits for patients and their designated providers not previously available. Case-based scenarios will assist attendees in understanding this complex law.

Medical Cannabis in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities

Mark A. Ware, MD MSc

Integrating Medical Marijuana into a Recreational Market: The Washington State Experience

Chris Baumgartner, BS

Learning Objectives:

  • Review Washington laws and rules regarding medical marijuana.
  • Explain how to assist a patient in receiving authorization for use and a recognition card.
  • Recognize all the additional benefits available to a patient in the regulated market.
  • Discuss Canadian medical cannabis regulations and practice considerations.
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