Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Pick up the phone! Support pain care legislation


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The American Pain Foundation issued an alert today to promote an upcoming event related to the National Pain Care Policy Act of 2007 (HR 2994). A Thursday, November 8, congressional briefing will provide leaders with the information they need to recognize the depth of the pain care crisis in this country and to learn how the bill addresses areas of concern.

Please contact your Congressional representatives right away and ask them to attend the briefing to learn more about this important bill. Also encourage them to co-sponsor the proposed legislation and to push for its passage. You can find contact information for all of them in one place by heading to Congress.org and typing in your zip code.

This National Pain Care Act of 2007 calls for increased research of pain treatments, training for health care professionals, a pain consortium in the National Institutes of Health, an Institute of Medicine conference on pain care and a public education and awareness campaign.

These people will speak in support of the legislation at the briefing:

Scott Fishman, M.D., is a leading pain medicine clinician, researcher, teacher, lecturer and writer. He is Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of California, Davis, and Board certified in Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Hospital and Palliative Medicine, and Pain Medicine.

Carmen R. Green, M.D., is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University Of Michigan Medical School as well as an attending physician at the Center for Interventional Pain Medicine, Director for Pain Research, founding Chair of the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) Pain Management Steering Committee, and former Medical Director for the Acute Pain Service at UMHS. Her research examines the effects of sociodemographic factors on pain management and health outcomes as well as clinician variability in pain management decision-making and the quality of pain care.

Mary Vargas, J.D., is a lawyer, pain patient, and active advocate on behalf of others in pain. Following a debilitating auto accident at the age of 23, Mary faced many barriers to getting proper treatment of her pain. She now advocates on behalf of pain patients and their families through the American Pain Foundation and the Maryland Pain Initiative and speaks frequently on disparities in the treatment of pain.

According to the APF's e-mail the event will be held from 12-1:30 p.m. in Rayburn House Office Building, room 2218, which is located at the intersection of Independence Avenue and S. Capitol S, SW.

Related posts:
- National Pain Care Policy Act of 2007

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