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Key Issue: Pain Management

AAPM&R aims to be a leader in the implementation of the strategies and efforts related to opioids and pain management. The Academy is an active partner for national initiatives such as the AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse, the National Pain Management Strategy, and the Multi-society Pain Workgroup (MPW). The Academy also actively monitors state legislation concerning opioid prescribing and pain management.

Combating the Opioid Crisis

The Academy is an active partner on the American Medical Association’s Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse. Learn more about how AAPM&R, along with the Task Force, is addressing America’s opioid crisis:

AAPM&R also offers extensive, complimentary physician education on proper opioid prescribing. Learn more about the REMS Playbook for Opioid Prescribing.

Helping Craft the National Pain Management Strategy 

As a member of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), Dr. Steven P. Stanos, Jr., DO, was instrumental in helping draft the National Pain Management Strategy (NPS). 

The NPS draft report was released on April 2, 2015 for a 60-day public comment period. The final NPS release is pending and under review by the Department of Health and Human Services.  This document includes objectives and plans related to key areas of pain and pain care, including professional education and training, public education and communication, service delivery and reimbursement, prevention and care, disparities, and population research.  

The IPRCC was charged by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health to create a comprehensive population health level strategy for pain prevention, treatment, management, and research. 

Dr. Stanos is currently Medical Director of the Swedish Pain and Headache Center, Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, and Medical Director of Occupational Medicine Services at Swedish Spine, Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine, Swedish Medical Group. Read the full article in the September 2015 issue of The Physiatrist on page 6​.

Participating in the Multi-society Pain Workgroup (MPW) 

AAPM&R participates in a multi-specialty pain workgroup (MPW) involving 14 national specialty societies representing well over 100,000 physicians. MPW was created by a small group of Contractor Medical Directors who were reviewing services and LCDs ranging from Spinal Cord Stimulation to Epidural Steroid Injections and were in search of the best evidence supporting a given treatment for the Medicare population to assist in the definition of “best practices”. This MPW has made consensus recommendations for a number of potential LCDs involving pain-related procedures including lumbar epidural steroid injections.

AAPM&R Comments on Opioids and Chronic Pain Management