Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced plans to establish the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force.
The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in cooperation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense, is forming a new Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force and is seeking members.
The Task Force, which was called for by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, is assigned the following responsibilities:
- Determining whether there are gaps or inconsistencies in pain management best practices among federal agencies,
- Proposing recommendations on addressing gaps or inconsistencies,
- Providing the public with an opportunity to comment on any proposed recommendations, and
- Developing a strategy for disseminating information about best practices.
The Task Force will consist of representatives from relevant HHS agencies, the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Non-federal representatives will include individuals representing diverse disciplines and views. Members will include experts in areas related to pain management, addiction, opioid use disorders, mental health, minority health and more. Nominees will also be sought from pain advocacy groups, veteran service organizations and groups with expertise in overdose reversal, including first responders, medical boards and hospitals.
The charter for the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Working Group was approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services on October 24, 2017.
The deadline for nominations to serve on this Task Force closed on September 27, 2017. HHS is currently in the process of reviewing all applications and will update this page when Task Force members are selected.