The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the Healthcare Reform Bill, signed into law last week by President Obama, includes several provisions from the National Pain Care Policy Act. The National Pain Care Policy Act is legislation designed to improve pain care for the more than 76.5 million Americans affected by pain. The American Pain Foundation made an announcement regarding this inclusion, attributing the success to a grassroots effort to bring attention to improving pain care in the United States.
The provisions of the National Pain Care Policy Act 2009 included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are located in Section 4305 of the Act, “Advancing research and treatment for pain care management.”
It is hopeful that this acknowledgement of the problem of chronic pain will make it easier for pain management specialists to obtain reimbursement for pain management procedures and defend audits from third party payors.
For more information on this topic or for assistance with defending a pain management audit, please contact a Wachler & Associates attorney at 248-544-0888 or contact us through our website at www.wachler.com.