If you have been referred by your doctor, the Chronic Pain Management Program admissions coordinator will contact you to set up a screening evaluation. However, you do not need a doctor's referral. You may call 402.559.4364 to set up a screening evaluation. Any payment or insurance issues will be discussed with you at that time.
What is a screening evaluation?
A screening evaluation consists of one-on-one interviews with a nurse, psychologist and physical therapist. Each interview lasts approximately one hour. You will also be asked to complete questionnaires related to your pain experience and medical history.
What is the purpose of the screening evaluation?
A screening evaluation is to ensure that the Chronic Pain Management Program is appropriate for you. Additionally, it helps the staff learn as much as possible about your situation before starting treatment.
How long does it take?
Completion of the screening interviews and paperwork can take 3 to 4 hours. Typically, the screening evaluations with staff are scheduled sequentially to minimize the time out of your day. However, if there are special scheduling needs, the screening evaluations may be over a longer period of time.
What should I bring?
- All medical records that your physician may not have had at the time you were given the medical recommendation to be treated at the Chronic Pain Management Program
- A complete list of all medications and dosages that have been prescribed for you; even medications prescribed for conditions other than pain
- It is helpful to bring a written list of all the medical procedures not performed at Nebraska Medicine, including:
- Surgeries (all surgeries)
- Medical treatments
- Non-medical treatments including alternative healing arts
- Any X-ray, CT, MRI or other scans that were not available for your pain physician. Most often it is best to have BOTH the films and the written interpretations (reports) related to those diagnostics
See a sample schedule of what a typical week looks like in this program.