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We are the Country's Leader in Pain Management Policy and Advocacy

AIPM is widely recognized as the nation’s foremost voice in developing and advocating for public policies that enable health care providers to provide optimal care to those living with pain.

Improving Policies That Affect Your Patients and Practice

AIPM’s Policy and Advocacy Team works to improve the ability of health care providers to provide high-quality comprehensive integrative pain management to their patients. Further, in order to ensure patients can access this high-quality care, AIPM advocates for policies that improve access to, and affordability of, all appropriate therapeutic approaches to reduce pain and achieve optimal health and healing.

AIPM actively works to:

  • Ensure prescribing and dispensing guidelines related to pain treatments and/or opioid analgesics are balanced and thoughtful in their approach, helping state and federal policymakers to avoid negative unintended consequences to patients and their health care providers.
  • Improve insurance coverage and reimbursement for comprehensive integrative pain management services provided by the entire scope of licensed and certified health care providers.
  • Reform policies related to prior authorization and step therapy so that patients are able to receive their medications in a timely manner and so that health care providers are able to spend less time on the phone fighting for approvals and more time with their patients.

AIPM’s 2017 Policy Successes

In 2017, AIPM tracked and analyzed more than 1300 bills and nearly 500 regulations related to pain management—and took action on more than 70 policy proposals in 32 states and federally, resulting in many exciting successes across the country!

Further, AIPM’s State Pain Policy Advocacy Network (SPPAN) brought together more than 70 leaders from more than 50 organizations representing the full scope of licensed and certified health care providers, public and private payers, policy advocates, research organizations, and the patient voice for the inaugural Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress.

Helpful Resources

Our policy team is always looking for new ways to help our members navigate the many policies that affect their ability to provide high quality pain care to people living with pain. Recently, we’ve explained how to avoid dangerous complications related to opioid dosing limits and equianalgesic tables, how new opioid policies affected pain practices in Virginia and Utah, how and when to take advantage of new step therapy override exceptions in West Virginia, the implications for meeting the standard of care when comparing CDC recommendations to state policies related to opioid dosage and morphine equivalency, which state and federal policies support improved access to non-pharmacological pain management, and more!

We are currently renovating our Policy and Advocacy website,
so please check back for improved resources soon!

Who do I contact for more information?  

Have a question about a particular policy requirement?
Contact Katie Duensing, Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, at

Interested in learning more about involvement with the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress?
Contact Amy Goldstein, Director of SPPAN, at