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AAPM Annual Meeting: Focus on Primary Care

A preview of American Academy of Pain Medicine's goals and expectations for their annual meeting, being held in Palm Springs, CA, February 18-21, 2016.

Medicine integration with primary care, and the latest trends in opioid-centered education will receive much attention at the this year's American Academy of Pain Medicine’s (AAPM’s) Annual Meeting, February, 18-21, 2016, in Palm Springs, Calif.

“I increasingly view this as the one go-to meeting for pain specialists, primary care physicians, and for non-physician healthcare providers,” said Daniel B. Carr, MD, AAPM President Elect and a co-chair of the meeting for two years running.

AAPM attracts the highest levels of knowledge and innovation in the pain field from private practice to academia, and covers topics from molecules to social issues to reimbursement policy, said Dr. Carr, who is Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine and the Program Director of Pain, Research, Education & Policy at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

As Dr. Carr put it, the annual meeting offers the most dedicated and distinguished pain physicians in the country the opportunity to share the latest innovations, clinical practices and research from practices and teaching institutions.

The welcome extends to primary care providers, advanced practice providers, physical and occupational therapists, clinical and rehabilitation psychologists, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and all others who treat, teach or research pain, according to a press release from AAPM.

In the spirit of encouraging participation by healthcare providers outside the pain physician community, AAPM president, Bill McCarberg, MD, wrote in an email to members, “Don't delay, register and invite the colleagues in your professional circles so that we can work together to better serve people with pain.”

It is Dr. McCarberg’s strong background and interest in primary care, along with the program choices of the co-chairs, that helped to weave the unifying thread of pain care integration with primary care throughout this year’s program. Dr. McCarberg is an assistant adjunct clinical professor at the University of California in San Diego and practices at Neighborhood Healthcare. He’s also the founder of the Chronic Pain Management Program at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, Calif.

Leading up to and during his presidency, Dr. McCarberg has set a priority of forging new and vital partnerships between pain specialists and primary care teams, including the convening of three Primary Care Summits to unite pain specialists with representatives from multiple professional medical societies.

He will moderate the plenary session, Novel Approaches to Integration of Pain Medicine with Primary Care, which will consider the rising importance of transitioning pain care into the primary care medical home. In this model, the primary care provider coordinates the care of the patient with other specialties in a team-based approach, in keeping with requirements of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Last updated on: February 18, 2016

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