The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force is a new, high-level federal think-tank consisting of 28 appointees, including Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy for U.S. Pain Foundation.

Overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the task force has been charged with the following:

Propose updates to pain management best practices

  • Issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain
  • Provide the public with an opportunity to comment on any proposed updates and recommendations
  • Develop a strategy for disseminating such proposed updates and recommendations to relevant Federal agencies and general public
  • Provide expert advice and recommendations for pain management and prescribing pain medication

Take Action: Submit Comments from the Patient Perspective

As part of its inaugural meeting on May 30 and 31, the task force is accepting comments in person, via webcast, and online. Written comments can be submitted online through the Federal eRulemaking Portal and are due by May 25.

Submit written comments here.

You also are invited to participate in person or by webcast and give public comment on May 30 from 11:40 am to 12:10 pm, and May 31 from 1:50 pm to 2:20 pm during the task force’s meeting at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.

Participate in person or by webcast here. 

Comments made at the meeting will be limited to three minutes per person. Individuals who need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should indicate the accommodation when registering or notify the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health by email at: by Tuesday, May 22; subject line should read “Task Force Meeting Accommodations.”