HHS recruiting federal officials for pain management task force

HHS is taking member nominations for a new pain management task force that will work to establish best practices for prescribing pain medications and managing chronic and acute pain.

The task force will be made up of representatives from relevant HHS agencies, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense and the Office of the National Drug Control Policy. Once assembled, the group will be charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Determine if there are gaps in pain management best practices among federal agencies
  • Offer recommendations to address these potential gaps and inconsistencies
  • Give the public an opportunity to comment on proposed recommendations
  • Develop a plan for the delivery of best practices information

"This task force represents a critical piece of HHS's five-point strategy to defeat the opioid epidemic, which includes advancing the practice of pain management," said HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD. "Top experts in pain management, research, addiction and recovery can help us reassess how we handle the serious problem of pain in America."

Nomination applications are due Sept. 17. For more information, click here

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