Sunday, February 25, 2018

How the CDC Guidelines Play Out in Primary Care


One very well-attended presentation at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management’s Annual Clinical Meeting was “From Policy to Practice: How the CDC Guidelines Play out in Primary Care.

Participants learned how the CDC and state guidelines impact the use of opioids to treat pain; how these guidelines play out in day-to-day practice with primary care physicians; and from a patient’s perspective, what concerns are raised from these guidelines and their impact on primary care.

The three presenters were Bob Twillman, PhD, executive director (and former policy director) of AIPM, Dr. Robert “Chuck” Rich, a primary care physician and lead author of American Academy of Family Physician’s opioids and pain management policy; and Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy for US Pain Foundation.

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The State Pain Policy Advocacy Network (SPPAN) is an association of leaders, representing a variety of health care and consumer organizations and individuals, who work together in a cooperative and coordinated fashion to effect positive pain policy on the state level—policy that guarantees access to comprehensive and effective pain care for all people living with pain.