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Two Comment Opportunities Concerning Pain Issues

January 10, 2019

Consideration of Pain in the Disability Determination Process

Deadline: February 15, 2019

The Social Security Administration is asking for public input on an Advance Notice of Public Rulemaking to align consideration of pain in adult and child disability claims with current medicine and health care practices. They seek comments and data related to the consideration of pain and documentation of pain in the medical evidence used in connection with claims for benefits. Responses will help determine whether and how revisions should be proposed to current policy regarding evaluation of pain.

See more details and information on how to submit comments.


Comments on Draft Report from HHS Pain Management Task Force

Deadline: March 28, 2019

The HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force) issued a draft report on December 28. The draft report identified gaps or inconsistencies, and proposed updates to best practices and recommendations for pain management, including chronic and acute pain as required by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Public input is sought on the draft report and recommendations.

View the report and information on how to submit comments.



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