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Involved Stakeholders and Those We Would Like to Engage

Posted By Katie Duensing, Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The inaugural meeting of the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress began with 70 leaders representing 50+ organizations having dinner with one another as they thoughtfully discussed their respective concerns and shared goals related to advancing individualized care for people with pain.  Attendees represented the full scope of licensed and certified health care professionals involved in pain care, along with insurers, people with pain, researchers, policymakers, and policy experts.

At dinner, each table was carefully designed to bring together diverse stakeholder viewpoints to ensure rich and balanced conversations. At one such table, for example, was a researcher, a person with pain, a policy expert, a nurse, a pharmacist, an integrative health physician, a pediatrician, a payer, and an orofacial pain specialist. 

In an effort to ensure our Policy Congress advocates for the best possible policies related to integrative pain care, Congress attendees took time at dinner to discuss what other stakeholders should and/or must be included in the collective conversation as the Congress moves forward. In addition to those who were already at the table (see roster), attendees suggested a number of stakeholders that should be engaged.

Feedback could be grouped in the following ways:

  • Areas of interest (e.g., dental, health care educators, sleep, nutrition, food health, homeopathic medicine, yoga)
  • Payors (e.g, workman’s compensation, state Medicaid directors, CEO private insurance)
  • Government—Federal (e.g., NIH, HRSA, FDA, CMMI, White House Opioid Commission, SAMSHA, NIDA, Congresspeople)
  • Government—State (e.g., NAAG, NGA, state health departments, state insurance commissioners, legislators)
  • Patient advocacy (e.g., professional athletes, voting block, AARP, consumer organizations)
  • Provider organizations (e.g, family physicians, naturopathic physicians, public health association, herbalist guild, college of nutrition, addiction, pediatrics)
  • Pain team representatives (e.g., chaplain, first responders, orthopedic surgeons, oral surgeons, surgeons, gynecologist, rheumatologists, mentors, coaches, behavorial health, family practice, AARP dental educators)
  • National associations (e.g., AHIP, AHA, ASTHO, NQF, NRHA, state EMS officials)
  • Provider education (e.g., ACGME)
  • Purchasers of health care (e.g., large employer coalitions, purchaser coalition, public and private sector, employee assistance)
  • Quality healthcare measurements (e.g., NCQA, HEDIS)

Who are we missing? If you know of other organizations/agencies/institutions that should be involved in developing and implementing policies related to comprehensive integrative pain management, please send your thoughts to Amy Goldstein.

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