2019 Sacramento Educational Briefing

“Bettering the Lives of Californians Impacted by Chronic Pain”


Sacramento Educational Briefing Press Release


2019 Sacramento Educational Briefing

Sacramento, California at the State Capitol, Room 113

Wednesday, August 14th @ 10am – Noon

Briefing Host Organization:
For Grace

Briefing Format:
This will be a two hour briefing that will include a keynote and panel.

Purpose of Briefing:
We will educate state legislators, staffers and health agency officials about chronic pain as a major public health concern, the merits of the NIH’s National Pain Strategy and HHS’s Pain Management Task Force Report, integrative health, drug-free interventions and value-based healthcare.

Desired Outcome of Briefing:
We will implement a California-specific pain strategy that will trail blaze a model for improved care for six-seven million Californians impacted by chronic pain. The National Pain Strategy provides an excellent blueprint for optimal pain care and by teaming with state legislators and health agency leaders we will move forward legislatively with our key recommendation – a  Pain Center administered under the state’s Health and Human Services agency.

The Pain Center would implement the following:
1) establish a network of Comprehensive Integrative Pain Treatment and Research Centers of Excellence across the state,
2) improve and expand pain management education/training opportunities for all types of health care providers (and students),
3) work with state agencies responsible for state employee health insurance, Medi-Cal coverage and Worker’s Compensation to revise coverage and reimbursement policies for chronic pain
4) develop and implement state-wide public health campaign to educate California residents about chronic pain and chronic pain patients about pain treatment options including self-care

Briefing Background:
In 2010, the National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) called for “a cultural transformation in pain prevention, care, education, and research.” In response to this call to action experts from the public and private sectors, including healthcare professionals, payers, advocates, and patients came together and developed the National Pain Strategy (April 2016) which has been described as “a roadmap toward achieving a system of care in which all people receive appropriate, high quality and evidence-based care for pain.” For Grace’s November 2018 Pain Summit responded to that call to action. We focused on developing concrete strategies in four of the six key areas identified by the NPS: Prevention and Care, Disparities, Service Delivery and Payment, and Medical Education – and our healthcare luminaries responded with recommended solutions. At the end of 2018, the US Health and Human Services’ Pain Management Task Force released a comprehensive report which strongly emphasized a multi-disciplinary, integrated, integrative model while stating “effective chronic pain care requires access to a wide range of treatment options, including biomedical, behavioral health and complementary treatment.”

Briefing Invitees:
State legislators, legislative staffers, representatives from Medi-Cal, Department of Health Services, Department of Public Health, Department of Insurance, Department of Managed Health Care and other health-related agencies. We will be seeking partnerships with Capitol-based legislative entities (i.e., individual legislators, Women’s Legislative Caucus, Senate and Assembly Health committees, etc.) to encourage attendee participation and a Capitol-based meeting site.

Confirmed Briefing Speakers and Panelists:
Dr. Sean Mackey (Stanford), Dr. Steven Richeimer (USC), Diane Hoffmann (University of Maryland), Christin Veasley (Chronic Pain Research Alliance), and Dr. Fasih Hameed (Petaluma Health Care Center).

Briefing Agenda:
~ Welcome & Introduction(10 mins)
~ Presentation focusing on Chronic Pain, NIH National Pain Strategy and HHS Pain Management  Task Force Report (15 mins)
~ Panel Addressing Needs to Improved Pain Care (30 mins)
~ Core Recommendation to Improve Pain Care  – A Pain Center under the California Health and Human Agency (10 mins)
~ Next Steps and Q&A (15 mins)

Briefing Speakers & Panelists:

Dr. Sean Mackey
Co-Chair, National Pain Strategy & Chief of the Division of Pain Management, Stanford University

Dr. Steven Richeimer
Chief of Pain Medicine, University of Southern California

Dr. Fasih Hameed
Associate Medical Director, Petaluma Health Center

Diane Hoffmann, JD
Director, Law and Health Care Program, University Of Maryland School of Law

Christin Veasley
Oversight Panel Member, National Pain Strategy, Co-Founder & Director, Chronic Pain Research Alliance

2018 Summit People In Pain Intro Video

2018 Summit Highlight Video

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