Draft Report Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force

Request for Public Comments on the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations

Please Comment by April 1, 2019 Click Here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=HHS-OS-2018-0027-0001

The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians wants to express their support and gratitude after the release of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force draft report. The report is available at https://www.hhs.gov/ash/advisory-committees/pain/reports/2018-12-draft-report-on-updates-gaps-inconsistencies-recommendations/index.html The Task Force is a federal advisory committee that was established by the comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations to address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain

The importance of this report lies in the fact that multiple stakeholders, including physicians, patient advocacy groups, and regulators, called for the individualized treatment of patients in pain. The committee also considered specific information regarding the Pain Management Best Practices, represented by numerous organizations, including American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, is headed by Vanila Singh, MD, from Stanford, the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, an interventional pain physician herself.

Chronic pain affects almost 20% of the adult population with effects on all facets of life, including health care and resources. The Task Force’s report not only calls for individualized treatment like many other reports, but goes further and provides appropriate recommendations in a number of areas, including:

  • Clinical best practices and guidelines,
  • Approaches to chronic pain management,
  • Above all, pain treatments, including medications, interventional procedures, behavioral health approaches, and complimentary and integrative approaches.

Dr. Manchikanti, Chairman of the Board and CEO of ASIPP, stated that, “These recommendations, based on extensive review of the evidence, improve the access to pain care and remove the stigma, providing patients and providers with appropriate education, training, risk assessment, and evaluation.”

ASIPP is a not-for-profit professional organization founded in 1998 now comprising over 4,500 interventional pain physicians and other practitioners who are dedicated to ensuring safe, appropriate and equal access to essential pain management services for patients across the country suffering with chronic and acute pain. There are approximately 8,500 appropriately trained and qualified physicians practicing interventional pain management in the United States. ASIPP is comprised of 50 affiliated state societies, and the Puerto Rico Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

Click here to read the ASIPP comment letter send to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services