Pain Policy Congress

AACIPM is Hosting The Pain Policy Congress

May 13-14, 2020 – Kansas City, MO
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

This invitation-only meeting will convene 125 leaders from more than 75 organizations that share interest to improve access to comprehensive integrative pain management for people with pain.

Purpose of AACIPM Pain Policy Congress

Together, we have made great strides to keep the tens of millions of people with pain at the center of our mission as we advocate, care for, research, and support comprehensive integrative pain management. We are not alone in our efforts. We now have the seminal report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, with recommendations that validate and highlight the barriers we’ve been focused on addressing.

AACIPM is convening and actively engaging key thought leaders and decision makers on consensus recommendations and creating content and educational materials to address access to quality comprehensive care. We are incorporating relevant previous work accomplished by leaders from more than 75 organizations and agencies during the 2017 and 2018 Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress meetings to accelerate progress toward the next level for action.

There are numerous policies and guidelines that affect pain management, and not yet a clear path for consistency around measured outcomes. Furthermore, enacting solutions to the nation’s opioid misuse and overdose epidemic has often left people with pain with few options. AACIPM is focused on building a stronger network of engaged stakeholders and connecting the dots so that all the important work currently happening will align in defining and activating a quality integrated pain care policy and practice paradigm shift.

Some of the Distinguished Participants Include:

  • Vanila Singh, M.D., M.A.C.M., Stanford, former Chair, Inter-Agency Pain Management Task Force, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS
  • Shari Ling, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Daniel Blaney-Koen, J.D., Senior Legislative Attorney, American Medical Association
  • Penney Cowan, Founder and Executive Director, American Chronic Pain Association
  • David Elton, DC, Chief Strategy Officer, United Health Ventures
  • Tracy Gaudet, M.D., Executive Director, The Whole Health Institute
  • Denise Giambalvo, Vice President, Midwest Business Group on Health
  • Christine Goertz, DC, Ph.D., Chairperson, PCORI Board of Governors; Director of System Development and Coordination for Spine Health at Duke Health
  • Patricia Herman, N.D., Ph.D., RAND Corporation
  • Rebecca Kirch, J.D., Executive Vice President, Healthcare Quality and Value, National Patient Advocate Foundation
  • Benjamin Kligler, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Veterans Health Administration's National Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation
  • Clay B. Marsh, M.D., Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences, West Virginia University
  • R. Douglas Metz, DC, Executive Vice President & Chief Health Services Officer, American Specialty Health
  • Kate Nicholson, J.D., Health Policy & Civil Rights Attorney
  • Bonnie Sakallaris, Ph.D., R.N., Vice President, Optimal Healing Environments, Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation
  • Eric Schoomaker, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (RET)
  • Adam Seidner, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer, The Hartford
  • Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy, US Pain Foundation

Sponsorship Opportunities

AACIPM is aligning and activating key stakeholders in shared interest and investment to advance comprehensive integrative pain management (CIPM).  Please consider sponsorship opportunities to match the initial and partial funding for AACIPM.

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