Innovation & Progress in Person-Centered Pain Management

May 13-14, 2020

The Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management’s (AACIPM) virtual symposium, Innovation & Progress in Person-Centered Pain Management, was held on May 13-14, 2020.  This two-day symposium includes a careful sampling of the nation’s leading examples of innovation and progress which support advancing a cultural shift to evidence-informed, whole-person-oriented pain management featuring multi-disciplinary, team-based approaches.

Some highlights include:

  • The Whole Health Approach for Pain: Outcome Data from Veteran Health Administration Flagship Facilities
  • A Partnership between BC/BS of Vermont and Univ. of VT Medical Center – The Comprehensive Pain Program
  • Reflections from The Boeing Company, United Health Group, and an Insurance Reform Expert Living with Chronic Pain – Value-Based Care and Policy Changes
  • Reflections about Recent Determination from Medicare to Cover Acupuncture and Impact on Future Determinations from Perspectives of CMS, Duke, The Hartford and Monmouth University
  • Reality Check about Accessing Person-Centered Pain Care From People with Pain
  • Reflections from Leadership at West Virginia’s Largest Health System – A Transition from Interventional to Integrative Pain Management to Address Public Health Needs
  • Patient Engagement: Changing the Conversation from What’s the Matter with You to What Matters to You?
  • Overarching Innovation & Challenges in Care Delivery During COVID-19 – Implications for Policy, Practice, Research and Education
  • A State of the Union re: HHS Inter-Agency Pain Management Best Practices Task Force Report
  • Interactive Discussion about the Current State of Evidence, Clinical Practice Examples, and Core Competencies that Impact Person-Centered Pain Management Delivery

All sessions will be recorded and available afterwards along with the captured Q&A.

Symposium Purpose—A Call to Action

This symposium will highlight the current landscape of pain management along with practical examples of innovation in caring for people with pain, including in response to COVID-19. Many stakeholders are involved as advisors and presenters for this symposium. The ultimate goal is to coalesce around development of a Repository of Resources (e.g., clinical practice examples, core competencies, evidence-based studies, alternative payment models, metrics/tools, outcome data) to support stakeholders looking for practical information to change their policies and practices for a whole-person oriented approach to pain management.

How is the Pain Policy Congress Work Connected to this Symposium?

This Symposium is a modified version of what was to take place during the in-person Pain Policy Congress to be held in Kansas City on the same days. AACIPM is a multi-stakeholder collaborative with a history of uniting stakeholders around shared priorities to  advance a person-centered, coordinated approach to pain management that is affordable, sustainable, informed by evidence, and connected to quality outcomes.

The first Pain Policy Congress in San Diego in October 2017 united 75 people from 55 organizations and developed a consensus definition of CIPM.

The second Pain Policy Congress united 95 leaders from 75 organizations in November 2018 in Boston. Leaders discussed and illuminated the complexities in caring for people with pain, the differences in approach from all stakeholder perspectives, and the need to coalesce around a common body of research, metrics and standards of care.

The third Pain Policy Congress will still take place in-person during 2020 or 2021 – details around rescheduling this meeting are in process. Information and action coming out of the symposium will inform the agenda for the next in-person meeting.

Symposium Sponsors

We thank our generous sponsors for their matching contributions to support this paradigm shift to advance comprehensive integrative pain management.

Paradigm Shifter – $10000

A not-for-profit organization founded in 2003, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) informs and educates the general public about the value of safe, effective, drug-free chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain and general health management. With over 28,000 members, the F4CP generates evidence-based resources for F4CP members to build greater awareness at the grassroots level, while the F4CP pursues national marketing campaigns to showcase the profession’s value. Chiropractic care has been shown to improve outcomes, reduce costs and yield high patient satisfaction. Visit or call 866-901-F4CP (3427) to learn more.

Leader – $2500

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is the largest non-profit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools. AMTA’s mission is to serve its members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy. The association works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, support for quality research on the value and efficacy of massage therapy, and public education on the benefits of massage. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its chapters in all states.

The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) supports research and education in yoga and serves as a professional organization for yoga teachers and yoga therapists worldwide. Our mission is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. IAYT publishes the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and Yoga Therapy Today, produces the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research and the Symposium on Yoga Research, accredits Yoga therapy training programs, and certifies individual practitioners. IAYT serves over 5,000 members in 50 countries, and over 170 member schools and 50 accredited programs.

Expert – $1000

The Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists (SPPCP) promotes exceptional patient care by advancing pain and palliative pharmacists through education, development, and research in collaboration with the transdisciplinary team.

Collaborator – $500

American Physical Therapy Association

The American Physical Therapy Association is raising public awareness about the opioid epidemic through its award-winning #ChoosePT campaign located at

National Association of Social Workers

NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. NASW works to enhance the professional growth of its members, create and maintain professional standards, and advance sound social policies. Across health settings, social workers are important members of interprofessional care delivery teams that help patients with complex needs navigate medical and social supports.

Contributor – $250

Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health

The Collaborative enhances health by cultivating partnerships and advancing interprofessional education and collaborative practice, and envisions a patient-centered healthcare system accessible to all populations.

American Holistic Nurses Association

AHNA is the specialty nursing professional association for registered nurses focused on the mind, body and spiritual health of the whole person.

National Patient Advocate Foundation

NPAF represents the voices of millions of patients and families coping with chronic and serious diseases nationwide. We influence public policies that put people at the heart of health care.

The Pain Community

An active, safe and informed community engaging patients, caregivers, healthcare providers and researchers by promoting CIPM education, wellness information and advocacy for quality pain care.



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