The NIH Pain Consortium has named 11 health professional schools as Centers of Excellence in Pain Education to develop, evaluate and distribute pain-management curriculum resources for medical, dental, nursing and pharmacy schools. The NIH finds that chronic pain affects 100 million Americans, leading to $635 billion in lost productivity and medical treatment each year.
On 5/17/12, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) introduced the “Graduate Medical Education Reform Act of 2012” (S. 3201), bipartisan legislation to strengthen accountability and transparency in Medicare’s support of graduate medical education.
The Washington Post reported on 5/12/12 that the Institutes of Medicine is calling for the medical profession and health insurers to become more rigorous in calculating body mass index—an indicator of whether someone is obese or overweight—at checkups and in treating it as a vital sign.