ASPMN ’s Director of Government Affairs keeps us informed of bills and policies that matter
most. A Washington presence ensures that pain management issues are heard and represented when bills and regulations are proposed or amendments to them are suggested. We use our governmental affairs program to educate Congress, and the Administration on all of our issues. Additionally, we further use it to ensure that we are also represented in issues of importance to our field that arise in the states.
Organizational Advocacy Statements
This year ASPMN ’s Communications Committee began work on a series of organizational
advocacy statements around current issues of importance to pain management. Internally we all know that ASPMN®’s members have a wealth of knowledge in the field of pain management, but we need to make sure everyone knows it. These papers are intended to give elected officials, media, and other interested parties a snapshot of our expertise on topics of national interest, and to invite them to engage us in more in-depth conversations.
Advance Copy of Opioid Declaration Fact Sheet Available
regarding the opioid crisis.
National Pain Strategy
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services today released a National Pain Strategy, outlining the federal government’s first
coordinated plan for reducing the burden of chronic pain that affects millions of Americans. The National Pain Strategy is a roadmap toward achieving a system of care in which all people receive appropriate, high quality and evidence-based care for pain.
Please share within your networks as appropriate.
NIH Heal Initiative
CDC Draft Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) held a webinar on Wednesday, September 16, on Opioid
Prescribing Guidelines. During this webinar they released draft recommendations. The following
are the slides that include those recommendations.
Update February 17, 2016.
ASPMN Sends Letter to Health Canada Regarding Abuse
ASPMN Legislative Toolkit now available!
ASPMN Statement of Support