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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) opened a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit input into the development of an Action Plan on the opioid crisis and the treatment of acute and chronic pain as specified in the SUPPORT Act.

The deadline for comment was Oct. 11.

National Director of Policy and Advocacy Cindy Steinberg submitted on behalf of U.S. Pain Foundation, outlining 10 recommendations for ways CMS could improve pain care.

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Are you a baseball fan?

During the New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins game this Saturday at 5:05 pm on Fox Sports, announcer Ken Rosenthal will be rocking a very special bowtie featuring the U.S. Pain logo in honor of the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program. He’ll also say a few words about the program, which offers retreats, educational events, awareness efforts, and more for children with pain and their families.

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Shari Ling, MD, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of CMS, left, with Steinberg

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) convened a public meeting on Sept. 20 to solicit input into the development of an Action Plan on the opioid crisis and the treatment of acute and chronic pain as specified in the SUPPORT Act. The Action Plan is due to Congress June 1, 2020.

Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy, was among the meeting’s speakers as a member of a panel, “Personal Perspectives on Pain and Substance Use Disorders.” To read about her comments on the panel, click here.

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U.S Pain Foundation has announced the details for its next Pediatric Pain Warrior retreat, which will take place Nov. 15 to 17 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee, IL. The third semi-annual retreat will host more than 60 children with pain and their families for a day-long education workshop, as well as opportunities for fun and relaxation. The event promises to bring pediatric pain warriors together for meaningful connections and friendships with those who truly “get it.”

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U.S. Pain Foundation’s network of peer support groups, Pain Connection, hosted its sixth chronic pain support group training the weekend of Sept. 20 to 22 in Newark, NJ. The trainings follow an evidence-based, patient-centered curriculum and are led by Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, Pain Connection Clinical Director, and Cindy Steinberg, U.S. Pain’s National Director of Policy and Advocacy.

This was the largest training yet, with a total of 20 attendees.

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Thanks to its dedicated volunteers, U.S. Pain Foundation’s 2019 Pain Awareness Month campaign, #LetsTalkAboutPain, was the most robust yet. All of the month’s activities—from educational events to the daily social media challenge—were possible through the generosity of Thrive Tape, makers of a far-infrared kinesiology tape.

“We chose the theme because we believe that speaking up about personal experiences is the first step to creating awareness and change,” says Interim CEO Nicole Hemmenway. “We are incredibly grateful to our supportive, passionate community for bringing pain to the forefront throughout September, and to Thrive Tape for providing the funding to support these efforts.”

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The U.S. Pain Foundation is pleased to announce its newest member of the Board of Directors: Shawn Dickens.

Dickens, a resident of Florida, is a Senior Program Manager at Leonardo DRS, specializing in government defense programs. He is a graduate of Worcester State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and holds an MBA from the University of Miami.

Shawn has been a staunch advocate for people with chronic illness for nearly a decade. His daughter, Melanie, lives with severe chronic pain stemming from multiple diagnoses, including complex regional pain syndrome and mitochondrial disease. When she was first diagnosed in 2010, at the age of 10, they searched desperately for answers.

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On Sept. 20, National Director of Policy and Advocacy Cindy Steinberg spoke on a panel at a public meeting about chronic pain and substance use disorder at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in Washington, D.C.

The goal of the meeting was to discuss CMS’s plans to address the opioid crisis and pain management. That included reviewing current efforts underway by various federal agencies, along with exploring new approaches through presentations from leading experts. (In 2018, Congress directed CMS to review its coverage and payment policies to determine whether they have resulted in incentives or disincentives that have contributed to the opioid crisis.)

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In honor of Pain Awareness Month, U.S. Pain is collaborating with Enso to raffle off one Enso Model 1 device, valued at $250. The device delivers electric pulses similar to implanted stimulators to relieve pain. The giveaway is free to enter and will close Thursday, Sept. 26, at 11:59 PM PST.

About Enso

Enso Model 1 is a wearable device that delivers a patented high-frequency electrical stimulation. Enso Model 1 is small and unobtrusive and delivers a more comfortable treatment vs other stimulators. It is also controlled using your smartphone.

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