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Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress - Workgroups
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Following the inaugural meeting of the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress, and as a result of feedback from Policy Congress participants, three workgroups were established to implement focused action steps to advance comprehensive, integrative pain care and address our nation’s challenges with pain, opioid misuse, and mental health.  Since the workgroups began meeting in April, each has made exciting progress in anticipation of our next in-person meeting in November.

Below you will find a summary of each workgroup’s initial goals and progress, the co-facilitators, and the monthly meeting schedules.

Improving Access to Quality Pain Care 

This workgroup began with comprehensive analysis of policy and coverage issues as they apply to pain care. A draft concept outline was shared in advance of the first meeting in April, and the workgroup participants have been working to refine this outline and develop the first phase of a white paper. Because the scope of this white paper was becoming unwieldy and not feasible to complete in a timely manner, the group has modified the focus of the outline to center around four main assumptions related to barriers to advancing comprehensive, integrative pain management.  These assumptions came hearing from many members of the Policy Congress, from environmental scans, and from interviews.

Monthly meetings will occur from 7-8AM PST / 8-9AM MST / 9-10AM CST / 10-11AM EST on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Co-facilitators are Ravi Prasad, PhD, Associate Chief, Stanford University Division of Pain Medicine; Doug Metz, DC, EVP & Chief Services Officer, American Specialty Health; and Dania Palanker, Researcher, Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Georgetown University.

View the roster of participants for Improving Access to Quality Pain Care.


Promoting Comprehensive, Integrative Pain Care

This group began with an analysis of successful models of comprehensive, integrative pain care, looking for common components that will inform future goals related to expanding access to this type of care. A concept outline was shared in advance of the first meeting in April, and the workgroup participants have been working to refine this outline so that the first phase of the white paper can be developed.  As of the workgroup’s July meeting, there are now five separate subgroups that are tackling the key components of the consensus definition: (1) biomedical, (2) psychosocial, (3) complementary health, (4) spiritual care, and (5) person-centered / shared-decision making.  These subgroups are only separated to allow a smaller group of people to be successful when trying to meet and draft language (5 people in each subgroup vs. 45 people in the whole workgroup), and the separate drafts will be thoughtfully brought back together into one cohesive white paper related to successful models of comprehensive, integrative pain care.

Monthly meetings will occur from 2-3 PST / 3-4 MST / 4-5 CST / 5-6 EST on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Co-facilitators are Steve Stanos, DO, President, American Academy of Pain Medicine; and Kevin Galloway, BSN, MHA, Colonel, US Army (Retired), Board member, Academy of Integrative Pain Management.

View the roster of participants for Promoting Comprehensive, Integrative Pain Care.


Strategic Communication 

This group has been working to develop easy-to-access documents with a consistent look and feel to effectively communicate and build momentum around common language and other outputs from the Policy Congress. They started by (1) organizing support of the consensus definition of comprehensive, integrative pain care developed at our first meeting, (2) creating a robust Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress Blog and blog guidelines to help guide those who wish to submit a guest post, and (3) organizing and communicating effectively around the second in-person Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress being planned for November 10, 2018.  

Monthly meetings will occur from 11-12 PST / 12-1 MST / 1-2 CST / 2-3 EST on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Co-faciliators are Cindy Leyland, Director of Program Operations and PAINS Project Manager for Center for Practical Bioethics; and James Specker, Government & Industry Relations Director, American Massage Therapy Association.

View the roster of participants for Strategic Communication.