Message from the Director
Joint Efforts with Purchasers of Healthcare
I hope this issue finds all of you safe and healthy during this challenging time. Our AACIPM team is focused on advancing our work as we navigate through this uncharted territory.
On a positive note, I am enthusiastic about the information in this month’s newsletter. In Connecting the Dots below, you can read about AACIPM’s efforts to educate employers — purchasers of healthcare — and our new partnership with the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. And don’t miss Dr. Kavitha Reddy’s spotlight below, where you can read highlights from the Veterans Health Administration’s Whole Health Flagship Site Initiatives and related evaluations. In Relevant Reading (to the right), you will find some helpful information about care during COVID-19.
Also, save the dates, May 13-14 (see details below in Pain Policy Congress update) to be a part of AACIPM’s first virtual meeting. More information will be coming soon, including an important survey being developed with input from the Duke-Margolis Health Policy team.
I appreciate the opportunities to learn from each of you and look forward to more meaningful work ahead.
Onward and upward,
Connecting the Dots
Joint Efforts Yield Important Discussions and Action to Educate Employers about Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management
The Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management (AACIPM) and the Midwest Business Group on Health convened the first Healthcare Purchasers Focus Group on March 4th in Chicago, Illinois.
And AACIPM and the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions are joining efforts to elevate the importance of including comprehensive, value-based approaches to treating pain within employer health coverage plans.
“At this early point, decision-makers are telling us that the information we’re sharing about comprehensive integrative pain management is useful and is changing their thoughts and questions as they assess cost, design, and quality outcomes in their health plans,” said Amy Goldstein, Director, AACIPM.
Click below to read more information and next steps about the focus group and partnership.
Pictured (left to right): David Elton, United Health Ventures; Alyssa Wostrel, AACIPM; Leah Hole Marshall, Washington Health Benefit Exchange; Amy Goldstein, AACIPM; Daniel Blaney-Koen, American Medical Association; Christine Goertz, Duke University; Lance Luria, Mercy Care Management; Kavitha Reddy, Veterans Health Administration
Pain Policy Congress 2020
AACIPM’s in-person Pain Policy Congress is postponed until we have further information to reschedule. We are holding a virtual meeting with a modified agenda to share important updates and move forward with AACIPM’s core work.
Please hold these times as we are working out the details to make this experience as informative and productive as possible. We may shorten the time frames listed below once we have the new agenda finalized.
- Wednesday, May 13, 1:00-5:00pm CDT
- Thursday, May 14, 9:00-12:00pm CDT
Important Pre-Meeting Survey is Coming in April
This is modeled after the pre-meeting survey completed by 88% of participants before the November 2018 Pain Policy Congress when 95 leaders representing 75 organizations came together. This survey is being developed with collective input from AACIPM leaders and in collaboration with the Duke-Margolis Health Policy Center.
Guest Spotlight: Kavitha Reddy
Kavitha Reddy, MD, Whole Health System Clinical Director, Veterans Health Administration, was one of five presenters during the Focus Group facilitated by AACIPM and Midwest Business Group on Health on March 4 in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Reddy shared some exciting preliminary findings from VA’s Whole Health initiative, such as veterans with chronic pain who used whole health services had a 3-time reduction in opioid use compared to those who did not use whole health services.
A challenge in complementary and integrative health is examining the effectiveness of approaches that have not been tested through formal research. VA researchers are conducting studies to determine which approaches are truly safe and effective. This information can help clinicians and people with pain make informed decisions about treatment options. Read about these outcomes and more in the VA Center for the Evaluation of Patient Centered Care (EPCC): Whole Health Flagship Site Evaluation.
Read more about VA’s Whole Health initiative and the flagship facility in St. Louis, Missouri, where Dr. Reddy and team are making a positive impact on the lives of veterans.
The team at one of VA’s eighteen flagship Whole Health facilities in St. Louis, MO
NIH Announces Spring Lecture Series on Mental Health & Pain
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has announced the dates of the NCCIH Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series. This year, the series includes three lectures under the theme “Novel Approaches at the Intersection of Mental Health and Pain.” Access the videocasts. Learn more about the speakers at NCCIH’s Research Blog.
- Telemedicine in the Time of Coronavirus, Practical Pain Management, March 24, 2020
- Listen to People With Chronic Illness When We Talk About COVID-19, The Mighty, March 20, 2020
- Amid Pandemic, Programs Struggle to Reach Vulnerable Seniors Living at Home, Chicago Health, March 20, 2020
- We Are At War: People With Chronic Pain Must Prepare, Dr. Lynn Webster, March 14, 2020
- House Committee Advances Medical Marijuana Bills for Veterans, The Hill, March 12, 2020
- Comp Embracing Physical Medicine, Non-opioid Meds, Business Insurance, March 11, 2020
- Taking the Co-Pay Out of Coronavirus, Institute for Patient Access, March 10, 2020
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is Helping Veterans with Chronic Pain, Department of Veterans Affairs, March 9, 2020
- How Medical Technology is Helping Ease Chronic Pain, Grit Daily, March 8, 2020
- Impact of Chiropractic Care on Use of Prescription Opioids in Patients with Spinal Pain, AAPM, March 6, 2020
- Pain Management Program Cuts Long-Term Opioid Prescriptions by 64%, HCP Live, March 4, 2020
- Conservative Approach to Pain Management Better for Older Adults, UPI, March 2, 2020
- Americans Looking to Find Alternative Pain Treatment Amidst Opioid Epidemic, Siouxland Proud, February 28, 2020
- How to Improve Care for High-Need, High-Cost Medicaid Patients, Harvard Business Review, February 27, 2020
- Massage, Chiropractic and Other Therapies Might Lessen Addiction, Overdose & Suicide in U.S. Army Veterans, Massage Magazine, February 26, 2020
- Opioid-free Surgery Program Initiated by Intermountain Healthcare, KSL News Radio, February 26, 2020
- A Short Meditation Could Help with Pain Management Even if You’ve Never Tried it Before, Science Alert, February 25, 2020
- Medicare Will Now Cover Acupuncture for Pain Relief, Legal Reader, February 24, 2020
- The Opioid Crisis is Making Insurers Take Alternative Medicine Seriously, Fast Company, February 24, 2020
- Managing Pain in the Age of Opioids, Penn Today, February 24, 2020
- Approach Brings Pain Relief Without Opioids, Michigan Health, February 24, 2020
- Novel Drug for Pain Management Granted FDA Approval, Pharmacy Times, February 21, 2020
- Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) – Pain Management Toolkit
- Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Patient Treatment Results 2019-2020 (Download the PDF)
- HHS – HHS Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics (Download the PDF)
- NIH – Free App on Herbs
- NIH – New Tools Will Help Guide Clinical Researchers
- NIH – Analysis of Data Gives Insight into Complementary Health Recommendations from U.S. Physicians
- NIH – HEAL Investigator Meeting – Watch the VideoCast