Academy Endorses Report from the Mayday Fund

November 4, 2009

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The American Academy of Neurology Professional Association has endorsed a newly released report from the Mayday Fund entitled "A Call to Revolutionize Chronic Pain Care in America: An Opportunity in Health Care Reform."

Developed by a national panel that included neurologists, anesthesiologists, primary care doctors, pediatricians, emergency physicians, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, and patient advocates, this report calls on medical schools to train doctors and nurses on the basics of pain care, reform the nation's reimbursement system, and address pain as a public health crisis.

The panel writes that chronic pain has largely been left out of the national healthcare reform debate, even though the impact of pain on patients is a serious public health concern. According to the report, chronic pain costs the nation more than $100 billion a year in lost productivity and medical costs.

Members are encouraged to visit the Mayday Pain report site to find out more. If you have questions, contact Rod Larson, AAN Chief Health Policy Officer, at rlarson@aan.com.