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The Patient/Provider Relationship Under Stress & How Do We Improve It? --- A two-part webinar series
In 2022, U.S. Pain Foundation conducted a survey to better understand the impact of chronic pain. Respondents included 2,275 people with chronic pain (96%), defined as pain lasting three months or more, as well as 72 caregivers (3%) and 31 health care professionals (1%).

U.S. Pain is hosting a two-part webinar series looking at one of the main findings – the breakdown of the patient/provider relationship – and how to mend it.

The Problem - Sept. 27 | 1-2:30pm ET
Nicole Hemmenway, CEO of U.S. Pain, will share data points from the survey addressing the problem. She will be joined by CMS’s Morgan Taylor. Morgan is the Technical Advisor and Human–Centered Design Lead of the Customer Focused Research Group who worked on the creation of the CMS Chronic Pain Journey Map. Morgan will discuss what CMS heard, and therefore depicted in the Journey Map, about the patient-provider relationship and the challenges people with pain face in seeking care. Two patients will then share their struggles to find care, and the stigma they encountered.

Finding Solutions - Sept. 29 | 1-2:30pm ET
Cindy Steinberg, director of Policy and Advocacy at U.S. Pain, will moderate. She will review policy initiatives previously tried, explore where they have stumbled, as well as discuss policy steps that have led to CMS's recent proposal. Dr. Scott Lawrence, Deputy Director for the Division of Practitioner Services in the Center for Medicare at CMS, will discuss its intention to create two new CPT codes specifically for comprehensive chronic pain management. The codes are intended to pay for care coordination and the development of treatment plans. Dr. Scott Fishman, chief of the division of pain medicine at UC Davis, will discuss his work to improve graduate medical education in pain management. Dr. Dave Nagel, a physiatrist specializing in pain management for 30 year in Concord, NH, will discuss the source of provider attitudes toward patients and how to improve them.
You can choose to attend one or more of the following webinars.


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