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"As part of the process of creating the next edition of the guidelines, we urge the CDC to recommend that patients with chronic pain lasting for more than 3 months, be referred to a pain management specialist, who can assist in determining the precise cause of the pain and thereby best help guide treatment through a multimodal platform that may include nonopioid medications, minimally invasive interventions and surgical care when appropriate. A referral to a specialist in pain management would also assist in determining when and how opioid therapy should be continued in appropriately selected patients."
 
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drusso

Moderator Emeritus
Lifetime Donor
Nov 21, 1998
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Over the rainbow
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"As part of the process of creating the next edition of the guidelines, we urge the CDC to recommend that patients with chronic pain lasting for more than 3 months, be referred to a pain management specialist, who can assist in determining the precise cause of the pain and thereby best help guide treatment through a multimodal platform that may include nonopioid medications, minimally invasive interventions and surgical care when appropriate. A referral to a specialist in pain management would also assist in determining when and how opioid therapy should be continued in appropriately selected patients."


We often talk about moving interventional pain up in the continuum of care. People with heart conditions don’t go see a cardiothoracic surgeon first. They start by going to cardiologist. This same model makes sense for pain. Patients shouldn’t be sent immediately to a chiropractor or a spine surgeon. They should first go to an interventional pain management doctor to treat their pain.

It’s time to stop the talk and start the walk. Moving interventional pain up in the continuum starts with making payers and primary care doctors aware of interventional pain as a primary place to send pain patients for treatment and care. This starts with the CDC guidelines. We hear the CDC likes to see about 10,000 comments from physicians and patients before changing their guidelines. Right now we have less than 2,500 comments and the comment period ends on June 16th.

How can you help today? Get your healthcare provides on one of these 30 minute calls:

Agenda:

Addressing Patient Fear and Confusion – Jesse Feinkind, VP of Marketing
Current Reimbursement Landscape – Boston Scientific Regional Reimbursement Manager
CDC initiative – Nilesh Patel, MD, VP of Medical Affairs

June 10 at 12:15p PT
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Current and Future State of Interventional Pain Management: Addressing Patient Fear & Confusion; Current Reimbursement Landscape; CDC Call to Action. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

June 10 at 5:30p CT
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Current and Future State of Interventional Pain Management: Addressing Patient Fear & Confusion; Current Reimbursement Landscape; CDC Call to Action. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

June 11 at 5:30p ET
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Current and Future State of Interventional Pain Management: Addressing Patient Fear & Confusion; Current Reimbursement Landscape; CDC Call to Action. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

If they can’t make the calls, please help them understand how easy and essential this is for pain patients and providers. This is how we control our future and we only have one week left for our voices to be heard. Please do your part in influencing the future of pain management for all of us.

 

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