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The National Pain Care Policy Act
Congressman Rogers has reintroduced the National Pain Care Policy Act, now renumbered HR 1020, which, among other things,

establishes a national center for Pain and Palliative Care Research at the NIH as part of a campaign to raise public awarenss about pain and palliative care,
requires NIH to establish programs that develop and advance the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of pain and palliative care, and
authorizes the HHS to award grants, cooperative agreements, and public/private contracts to further the education and training of healthcare professionals
authorizes a White House Conference on Pain Care
requires the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to collect and disseminate protocols and evidence=based practices regarding pain and palliative care clinicians and the general public and fund education and trainingprograms for healthcare professionals in pain and palliative
requires the DHHS to develop and implement a national outreach and awareness campaign to educate consumers,patients, families, and other cargives on the signfiicance of pain as a national public health problem; risks to patients if pain is not treated; and patient's rights
This bill is a huge step toward gaining federal recognition of the importance of pain as a critical and unanswered health care problem in America today. For a Summary of the Bill, click here.

However, with the current media buzz about the 2006 federal budget, it is no secret that funding is going to be tight. This bill will only become reality if every person in America who suffers from chronic pain gets involved; we must all contact our state representative and ask him or her to support this bill.

Write to Your Representative
We are asking the CRPS/RSD community to become active in this campaign by doing the following:

Hand write a personal letter to your representative and urge him/her to co-sponsor this bill. Or, you can call or email your representative and also get a few of your friends to do the same.
Make your letter short and personal. Tell your story so your representative can understand how CRPS/RSD impacts your life.
Plan a letter-writing gathering in your church, community center, school, workplace, etc.
Plan a visit to your representative's office.
For information on contacting your representatives, please visit the the American Pain Foundation (APF) website,

I'm forwarding a letter of thanks from Senator Bingaman's aide re the passage of an amendment that eliminated the drastic cuts to Medicaid. Together, we can made a difference. 
Best of health, Jim Broatch

" I think that I can speak on behalf of both Senators Smith
and Bingaman on this one!  THANKS to everybody on this list
and in your coalitions for today's vote of 52-48 to pass the
amendment!!!  It was a truly incredible effort that took
place across this country and kudos to all!  What an
incredible moment it was!  Thanks everybody!!! "

-Bruce Lesley
Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman



For immediate Release:

Chronic Pain Relief For Brooklyn!
All Welcome! For the first time ever, a Columbia Presbyterian trained pain Doctor, Andrew M.G. Davy, talks to the Brooklyn community about interventional pain management.

Where: The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Auditorium
             121 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY

When:   Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Time:     5:30PM-7:30PM

This FREE lecture courtesy of The Brooklyn Hospital Center and medical manufacturers is open to those who call and register :
You will have the opportunity to hear patients who have been treated with various modalities. Those treated with the same stimulator, as actor/comedian Jerry Lewis, will also be present.

Refreshments will be served during a fifteen-minute break.

Presented in cooperation with MedtronicMedia Contact: Bruce Lander
Tel: 212-523-6069

For Immediate Release


Free Lecture on Advancements in the Treatment of Chronic Pain

NEW YORK, March 11, 2005 - Ronny Hertz, MD, chairman of pain management at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center will present with other physicians a free lecture on the latest advancements in the treatment of chronic pain on Monday, April 4, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at The Lighthouse International, 111 East 59th Street in Manhattan.  Patients who have been treated with various modalities, including spinal cord stimulation and radio frequency, also will discuss their experiences.  Registration is required.  To register or for more information, please call 1-800-920-3320.  The lecture is sponsored by Medtronic Neurological.

FYI: Another seminar in the Chicago area

Dr. Madison is having a meeting on Thursday, April 14th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.  It will be held at Water Tower Place, 845 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 913E, Chicago, IL  60611.  The meeting is being sponsored by  Midwest Pain Clinic, Watertower Clinic Associates and Advanced Bionics.  Refreshments will be served. The program will be about symptoms, diagnosis, interventional pain procedures and state of the art treatment.  Rsvp to 312-654-2180.

Best of health, Jim Broatch



Here is the link (cut & paste) to the latest Purdue Pharma e-newsletter
Best of health, Jim Broatch

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