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Comment NOW on the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Task Force

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You have an opportunity until June 15 to comment on the recently established Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, which was authorized by Section 101 of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.

To comment, visit https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=HHS-OS-2018-0009.

You can watch the patient testimonials (including PAINS-KC Citizen Leader Jonathan Bell) from the May 30-31 meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch….

You can read Celeste Cooper’s blog about this comment opportunity at: https://www.celestecooper.com/…/comment-now-to-nih-pain-man….

Remember, YOUR VOICE MATTERS!


Additional information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force was established to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is overseeing this effort with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense.

The Task Force, which was authorized by section 101 of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, will also provide the public with an opportunity to comment on any proposed updates and recommendations and develop a strategy for disseminating information about best practices.

The Task Force consists of representatives from relevant HHS agencies, the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Non-federal representatives include individuals representing diverse disciplines and views, including experts in areas related to pain management, pain advocacy, addiction, recovery, substance use disorders, mental health, minority health and more. Members also include patients, representatives from veteran service organizations, the addiction treatment community and groups with expertise in overdose reversal, including first responders, medical boards and hospitals.

The charter for the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Working Group was approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services on October 24, 2017.

Section 101 of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in cooperation with the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs, to convene the Task Force no later than two years after the date of the enactment of CARA (by July 22, 2018) and develop a report to Congress with updates on best practices and recommendations on addressing gaps or inconsistencies for pain management, including chronic and acute pain. The Task Force is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.

The Task Force will identify, review, and determine whether there are gaps or inconsistencies between best practices for pain management, including chronic and acute pain, developed or adopted by federal agencies; propose updates to best practices and recommendations on addressing identified gaps or inconsistencies; provide the public with an opportunity to comment on any proposed updates and recommendations; and develop a strategy for disseminating such proposed updates and recommendations to relevant federal agencies and the general public.

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