The Connector: December 2020

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AACIPM Year-End Review

As we say goodbye to 2020, we are proud of our contributions towards this paradigm shift in care.  Don’t skip reading this one – we think you’ll say “WOW” as we did once we put it all together. 

We’re all in this together so let’s keep on moving into 2021!

A Paradigm Shift to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management

Year-End Review 2020

A Paradigm Shift: Partnering & Aligning to Change Policy & Practice

AACIPM is a leader thoughtfully connecting key stakeholders and influencers towards the paradigm shift we all want to see – person-centered, evidence-based, comprehensive, integrative, integrated, interdisciplinary pain management. 

70+ Signed Response to AHRQ Protocol on Integrated Pain Management Programs

During Thanksgiving week, AHRQ issued a request for comment regarding their research protocol for integrated pain management programs.

In response, AACIPM facilitated a December 15 call among coalition members to discuss.

Thirty-five (35) people representing payors, providers, people with pain, and researchers came together to discuss the research protocol and discovered strong agreement around a few key concerns. Essentially, we are concerned that the current inclusion and exclusion standards, as well as the short timeframe for response, will result in relevant data being missed by AHRQ’s systematic review. 

And within a few days, a subgroup drafted a response and more than seventy (70) respected individuals and organizations signed before the deadline on December 21.

The letter begins…

We are grateful for the efforts of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in designing this systematic review. An integral part of the Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management Study, this review will aid in the design of Medicare benefits so that whole person pain management is optimized by providing access to evidence-based modalities, including non-opioid pain management treatments. These efforts should also avoid financial incentives to use opioids instead of non-opioid treatments. The members of our coalition have been working on the complex issues related to comprehensive integrative pain management for many years… 

Message from the Director

I need to look no further than my own 10-year-old son to hear the elation about saying goodbye to 2020. This year tested all of us to our limits and there will be repercussions for years to come.

I cannot help but go high and take this moment to be abundantly proud of our work, despite it all and because of it all. I am grateful for all that I have and can continue to give for people who may not have the voices to do so.

Wishing you light and love – from my family to yours. I celebrate our differences and similarities and look forward to more meaningful connections in 2021.

Onward and Upward!


New Funding Opportunity for Innovative Research

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is participating in the interagency funding opportunity Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science.

This National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation collaboration supports innovative, high-risk/high-reward research with the promise of disruptive transformations in biomedical research. Proposals submitted must make fundamental contributions to two or more disciplines to improve the fundamental understanding of biomedical and health-related processes and address a key health problem.

Within the broad scope of this funding opportunity, NCCIH is particularly interested in research that advances technologies, analytics, and models of complementary and integrative health approaches for any of the following:

  • Pain management
  • Improving sleep
  • Reducing symptomatic conditions, such as those associated with menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Improving management of mental health conditions commonly managed in primary care
  • Adopting and sustaining healthy behaviors
  • Promoting emotional well-being.

The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio database provides information on pain research and training activities supported by the Federal Government. The participating agencies – AHRQ, CDC, DoD, FDA, NIH, and VA – are represented on the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), a Federal advisory committee to enhance pain research efforts and promote collaboration across the government.


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