Multisociety Pain Workgroup (MPW)

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What is the MPW?

Who are the MPW members?

KEY PROJECTS


What is the MPW?

The Multisociety Pain Workgroup (MPW) is a group of specialty societies that have a proven track record in collaboration and consensus-building to provide a unified voice in advocating on behalf of all interventional pain physicians and the patients they treat.

To read more about the MPW's formation, purpose, and processes, please see the MPW Fact Sheet.

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Who are the MPW members?

The MPW societies represent over 100,000 of members dedicated in whole or in part to interventional pain management. They represent divergent backgrounds, including, but not limited to, anesthesiology, interventional pain, radiology, physiatry, and neurosurgery.

  • American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR)
  • American College of Radiology (ACR)
  • American Pain Society (APS)
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
  • American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR)
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
  • American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS)
  • North American Spine Society (NASS)
  • Spine Intervention Society (SIS)
  • Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR)

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Key Projects


Preserving Access to Interventional Spine Procedures


Mint Radiofrequency Neurotomy Trials

 

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Response to AHRQ’s Technology Assessment Pain Management Injection Therapies for Low Back Pain

 

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Oregon Health Authority

 

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Washington Health Care Authority

 

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Safe Use of Epidural Steroid Injections


Rathmell JP, Benzon HT, Dreyfuss P, Huntoon M, Wallace M, Baker R, Riew KD, Rosenquist RW, Aprill C, Rost NS, Buvanendran A, Kreiner DS, Bogduk N, Fourney DR, Fraifeld E, Horn S, Stone J, Vorenkamp K, Lawler G, Summers J, Kloth D, O'Brien D Jr, Tutton S. Safeguards to Prevent Neurologic Complications after Epidural Steroid Injections: Consensus Opinions from a Multidisciplinary Working Group and National Organizations. Anesthesiology 5 2015, Vol.122, 974-984. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000000614. 

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Local Coverage DeterminationS

In 2013-2014, the MPW developed consensus-based coverage recommendations to Medicare Administrative Contractors on the following topics:

  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Joint Interventions
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty
  • Overarching Pain

 

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Other Collaborative Efforts

 

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