New Research: Acupuncture May Reduce Joint Pain in Breast Cancer Patients

Members & Publications


December 8, 2017

Originally published in the American Medical Association's newsletter, AMA Morning Rounds®

"Acupuncture may reduce joint pain in breast cancer patients prescribed aromatase inhibitors, research suggests"

TIME (12/7, MacMillan) reports that research “suggests that acupuncture may reduce drug-related joint pain” in breast cancer patients “prescribed aromatase inhibitors.” The findings were presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

HealthDay (12/7, Preidt) reports that investigators “tracked outcomes for 226 postmenopausal women with early stage breast cancer who were taking...aromatase inhibitors.”

MedPage Today (12/7, Smith) reports that the researchers “found that reported pain was significantly better for those getting true acupuncture, compared with either sham or no acupuncture, but there was no difference between those getting sham or no acupuncture.” 



Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.