An incredible 6,000 groups and individuals stepped up to give feedback on the draft report from the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force during the comment period that ended April 1. Among the groups was a coalition of pain-patient related organizations, including U.S. Pain Foundation, which submitted a united letter outlining their feedback.
On May 9 and 10, the task force will hold its last public meeting to vote on the final version of the report and discuss plans to disseminate it. The meeting will run from 10 am to 5:30 pm EST Thursday and from 9 am to 12 pm EST on Friday in Washington, D.C.
Cindy Steinberg, U.S. Pain’s National Director of Policy and Advocacy and a member of the task force, will be in attendance.
“We are incredibly proud of her participation in this effort as the only patient and patient advocacy representative on the task force,” says Interim CEO Nicole Hemmenway. “We also are grateful that Katie Golden, U.S. Pain’s Migraine Advocacy Liaison, will be speaking tomorrow as one of several patient testimonials.”
Golden will be speaking between 4 to 5 pm EST on Thursday.
Viewers can tune in live here to watch the proceedings from the comfort of home. Individuals who live in the D.C. area are welcome to register to attend in person and speak during an open comment period from 11 to 11:30 am EST on Thursday.
“We are hopeful this report will bring about much-needed improvements in care for the pain community,” adds Hemmenway. “Thank you for your support as we work together to create positive change for people with pain.”