In 2011, the seminal IOM report, Relieving Pain in America, was released. One of its key recommendations called for the development of a comprehensive population health level strategy for pain prevention, treatment, management, and research. In the fall of 2013, HHS pulled together 80+ key opinion leaders from federal agencies, academic institutions, practice settings, policy organizations, and patient advocacy groups to serve on workgroups to develop a National Pain Strategy (NPS). A draft NPS plan was submitted to HHS in October 2014. The final NPS plan is estimated to be rolled out by HHS in March 2015. Prior to that, it will be published in the Federal Register for public review and comment. We will update you as soon as we know that has happened. PAINS does plan to submit a response.

Because PAINS believes that it will take many individuals and organizations working together to actualize the recommendations in the NPS plan, we are convening a national meeting June 29-30, 2015 at the Crystal City Marriott in Washington, DC to familiarize attendees with HHS’s National Pain Strategy (NPS) Report in detail, dialogue about the opportunities and obstacles to its implementation, and identify possible collaborations and public-private partnerships to advance it. We have recruited many of those who have worked on the NPS and other important leaders in healthcare and health policy to participate in the meeting as panelists, presenters, or breakout group facilitators. We have designed this meeting to be highly participatory, with ample time built into each panel or presentation for Q & A and discussion.

There will be no charge for the meeting, but it is by invitation only and registration is required. If you are interested in attending, please contact PAINS.

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