Pain Policy Congress

Changing from In-Person Pain Policy Congress to Virtual Symposia

AACIPM leaders have hosted two in-person Pain Policy Congress, October 2017 in San Diego and November 2018 in Boston.  In response to the pandemic, we pivoted quickly to move the May Pain Policy Congress scheduled for Kansas City to become virtual.  This resulted in over 900 registrations for the virtual program instead of what would have been 100 people in-person from 75 organizations.  The symposium, Innovation & Progress in Person-Centered Pain Management, with a modified agenda, was on May 13-14.

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 Symposium Presenters and Advisors Include:

  • Vanila M. Singh, MD, MACM, Stanford, former Chair, Inter-Agency Pain Management Task Force, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS
  • Shari Ling, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Belinda Anderson, PhD, MA(Ed.), LAc, Monmouth University
  • Alice Bell, PT, DPT, Senior Payment Specialist, American Physical Therapy Association
  • Daniel Blaney-Koen, JD, Senior Legislative Attorney, American Medical Association
  • Robert Bonakdar, MD, Director, Pain Management, Scripps Center of Integrative Health
  • Heather Collins, Continuing Professional Development Portfolio Manager, American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Penney Cowan, Founder and CEO, American Chronic Pain Association
  • David Elton, DC, Chief Strategy Officer, United Health Ventures
  • Cara Feldman-Hunt, MA, MBC-HWC, Program Manager, UVM Integrative Health; Policy Working Group Vice-Chair, Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health
  • Kevin Galloway, BSN, MHA, Colonel, U.S. Army (RET), Deputy Director, Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management
  • Paula Gardiner, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Tracy Gaudet, MD, Executive Director, The Whole Health Institute
  • Denise Giambalvo, Vice President, Midwest Business Group on Health
  • Christine Goertz, PhD, DC, Chairperson, PCORI Board of Governors; Director of System Development and Coordination for Spine Health at Duke Health
  • Charles Helmick, PhD, Senior Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control
  • Patricia Herman, ND, PhD, RAND Corporation
  • Janet Kahn, PhD, EdM, LMT, Massage Therapist, Research Scientist, and Health Policy Analyst, Comprehensive Pain Program, University of VT Medical Center
  • Rebecca Kirch, JD, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Quality and Value, National Patient Advocate Foundation
  • Benjamin Kligler, MD, MPH, Acting Executive Director, Veterans Health Administration's National Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation
  • Courtney Kominek, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Pain Management, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital
  • Cindy Leyland, Project Director, PAINS-KC
  • Clay B. Marsh, MD, 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, JD, Health Policy & Civil Rights Attorney
  • Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, Managing Partner, Social Innovation Ventures, former Chief Medical Officer of US Medicaid program
  • Dania Palanker, Assistant Research Professor, The Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Georgetown University
  • Jason Parrott, Senior Manager, Global Healthcare and Wellbeing Strategy, The Boeing Company
  • Angel Perry, PAINS-KC Citizen Leader
  • Kalind Perry, PAINS-KC Citizen Leader
  • Joshua Plavin, MD, VP & Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Vermont
  • Jon Porter, MD, Founding Medical Director, Comprehensive Pain Program, University of VT Medical Center
  • Ravi Prasad, PhD, Pain Psychologist, University of California-Davis School of Medicine
  • Margaret Rehayem, VP, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions
  • Robert Saunders, PhD, Research Director, Payment and Delivery System Reform, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD, FACP, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (RET)
  • Adam Seidner, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, The Hartford
  • Julianne Speeney, MS, CES, CSS, Exercise Physiologist, WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management
  • Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy, US Pain Foundation
  • Matt Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT
  • Bob Twillman, PhD, Pain Psychologist, Saint Luke's Health System
  • Rick Vaglienti, MD, MBA, Director, Center for Integrative Pain Management, West Virginia University

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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