NPS Oversight Panel and Working Groups

Oversight Panel 

Member Roster
Presentation - Advancing Research and Treatment for Pain Care Management(pdf, 475 KB)
The IPRCC has developed a framework to address the IOM recommendation 2.2. To ensure the development of a progressive, integrated strategy with practical goals, the IPRCC plans to establish an Oversight Panel to coordinate and integrate the efforts of six focused working groups. The working groups will be structured to address the objectives outlined in the IOM report that relate to recommendation 2.2. These groups and the problems they will address are described below.

 

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Names of the 6 NPS working groups arranged in shape of overlapping flower petals

 

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Working Groups

Professional Education and Training 

The problem

Curricula for health care professionals lack adequate materials on pain prevention and treatment. Despite the significant responsibility that health care professionals have for pain patients, many health professionals, especially physicians, are inadequately prepared and require greater knowledge and skills to contribute to the cultural transformation in the perception and treatment of people with pain.
Presentation - Professional Education and Training(pdf, 156 KB)

Objective 1

Develop, promulgate, and update core competencies for pain care education, licensure and certification at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Objective 2

Develop a pain education portal that contains a comprehensive set of materials to enhance curricula.

Membership Roster

Rollin Gallagher, MD, MPH – Co-Chair
National Program Director, Pain Management
Veterans Health Administration
Philadelphia Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Director, Pain Policy Research and Primary Care
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

James Rathmell, MD – Co-Chair
Professor, Anaesthesia
Harvard Medical School
Executive Vice-Chair and Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital

Brian Berman, MD
Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Director, Center for Integrative Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Chester Buckenmaier III, Colonel, MC for:
Major General Richard W. Thomas, MD, DDS, FACS
Director of Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management
Fellowship Director of Acute Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia
Walter Reed National Military Center

Daniel B. Carr, MD, MA
Professor, Public Health and Community Medicine, Anesthesiology and Medicine
Director, Pain Research, Education, and Policy Program
Tufts University School of Medicine
Steven P. Cohen, MD
Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Director, Medical Education and Quality Assurance, Pain Management Division
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Director, Pain Research
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Terrie Cowley, BA
President and Co-Founder
TMJ Association

Margaret Faut-Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Interim Provost, Dean, and Professor, Nursing
Marquette University

Scott M. Fishman, MD
Charles and Patricia Fullerton Endowed Chair of Pain Medicine
Executive Vice Chair and Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
University of California, Davis School of Medicine

Francis Keefe, PhD – Liaison
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Duke Pain Prevention and Treatment Research Program
Duke University Medical Center

Bill McCarberg, MD
Founder
Chronic Pain Management Program for Kaiser Permanente (retired)
Physician
Neighborhood Healthcare in Escondido California

Brian Schmidt, DDS, MD, PhD
Director, Bluestone Center for Clinical Research
Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Physiology and Neuroscience
New York University

Christina Spellman, PhD
Executive Director
The Mayday Fund

David J. Tauben, MD
Interim Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Medical Director, Center for Pain Relief
Director, Medical Student Education in Pain Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine and Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
University of Washington

David Thomas, PhD
Deputy Director, Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research
National Institute of Drug Abuse
National Institute of Health


Public Education and Communication 

The problem

Education is a central part of the necessary cultural transformation of the approach to pain. High quality, evidence based education programs for people with pain and the public that are designed to promote a transformation in their expectations, beliefs, and understanding about pain, its consequences, its management, and its prevention are needed to make the transformation.
Presentation - Professional Education and Communication(pdf, 120 KB)

Objective 1

Develop and implement a public awareness campaign about the impact of chronic pain to counter stigma and misperceptions.

Objective 2
Develop and implement an educational campaign encouraging safer medication use, especially opioid use for patients with pain.

Member Roster

Penney Cowan – Co-Chair
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)

Linda M. Harris, PhD – Co-Chair
Senior Health Communication and ehealth Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Team Lead, Health Communication and ehealth
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Office of the Secretary
Department of Health and Human Services

Humayun J. Chaudhry, D.O., M.S., MACP, FACOI, FAODME
President and CEO
Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) of the United States

Myra Christopher, BA
Kathleen M. Foley Chair in Pain and Palliative Care
Center for Practical Bioethics

Lee Claassen, CAE
Executive Director
Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA)

Ronald Dubner, DDS, PhD
Professor, Neural and Pain Sciences
University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Keith Humphreys, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry
Stanford University School of Medicine
Career Research Scientist
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Francis Keefe, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Duke Pain Prevention and Treatment Research Program
Duke University Medical Center

Rebecca Kirch, JD
Director, Quality of Life & Survivorship
American Cancer Society

Julie Madden, MA
Associate Director, Policy for the Human Capital and Resources Management Office
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Susan E. Maier, PhD
Deputy Director
Office of Research on Women’s Health
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health

John Piette, PhD
Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
Co-Director, Center for Chronic Disease Management
University of Michigan School of Public Health

Tina M. Tockarshewsky, BA
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Neuropathy Association

Mary Vargas, JD
Founding Partner
Stein & Vargas, LLP

Lynn Webster, MD, FACPM, FASAM
Vice President, Scientific Affairs
PRA


Disparities

The problem

Cultural perspectives influence reports of pain in general and within specific racial/ethnic groups. Available data substantiate under-treatment and inappropriate treatment of pain among racial and ethnic minorities, those with mental health problems, and those perceived as inappropriately seeking drug prescriptions, for a wide range of settings, illness, or injury. These Presentation - Public Health: Care, Prevention, and Disparities Working Group(pdf, 139 KB)

Objective 1

Reduce bias and its impact on care.

Objective 2

Improve access to high-quality care for vulnerable groups.

Objective 3

Facilitate communication among patients and providers.

Objective 4

Enhance data on the impact of pain on high risk population groups, their access to care, and costs of disparities in pain care.

Member Roster

J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE – Co-Chair
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
Director, Office of Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Carmen R. Green, MD – Co-Chair
Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusion
Professor, Anesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Health Management and Policy
University of Michigan

Diana Burgess, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine
University of Minnesota
Research Scientist, Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research
Veterans Affairs Health Services & Development (VA HSR&D) Center of Innovation (COIN).

Vyjeyanthi Periyakoil, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine
Director, Stanford Palliative Care Education and Training Program
Stanford University School of Medicine

Beverly Thorn, PhD, ABPP
Professor and Chair, Psychology
University of Alabama

Elizabeth Unger, MD, PhD
Chief, Chronic Viral Diseases Branch
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Salina Waddy, MD
Program Director, Health Disparities
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Diana Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, Biobehavioral Health Science
Harriet H. Werley Endowed Chair for Nursing Research
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing


Prevention and Care 

The problem

People's experience with pain touches the entire health care system and many aspects of life. Only a cultural transformation could increase substantially the accessibility and quality of pain care. Cultural perspectives influence reports of pain in general and within specific racial/ethnic groups. Available data substantiate under-treatment and inappropriate treatment of pain among racial and ethnic minorities, those with mental health problems, and those perceived as inappropriately seeking drug prescriptions, for a wide range of settings, illness, or injury. These disparities also are seen for women versus men and in different socio-economic strata.
Presentation - Public Health: Care, Prevention, and Disparities Working Group(pdf, 139 KB)

Objective 1

Characterize the benefits and costs of current prevention and treatment approaches

Objective 2

Develop nation-wide pain self-management programs.

Objective 3

Develop standardized, consistent, and comprehensive pain assessments and outcome measures across the continuum of pain.

Member Roster

Daniel B. Carr, MD, MA
Professor, Public Health and Community Medicine, Anesthesiology and Medicine
Director, Pain Research, Education, and Policy Program
Tufts University School of Medicine
Sean C. Mackey, MD, PhD – Co-Chair
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine
Redlich Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine; Neurosciences; and Neurology (by courtesy)
Stanford University School of Medicine

Christine Branche, PhD, FACE
Principal Associate Director
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Col. Chester Buckenmaier, III, MD
Director, Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management
Fellowship Director, Acute Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia Program
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Department of Defense

Kathleen M. Foley, MD
Attending Neurologist, Pain and Palliative Care Service
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Professor, Neurology, Neuroscience, and Clinical Pharmacology
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Sharon Hertz, MD
Deputy Director, Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Richard Ricciardi, PhD, NP
Health Scientist, Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Jackie Rowles, MBA, MA, CRNA, ANP, FAAPM, DPNAP, FAAN
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Adult Nurse Practitioner Pain Specialist
Meridian Pain Group

Cindy Steinberg
National Director of Policy and Advocacy
U.S. Pain Foundation
Chair, Massachusetts Pain Initiative (MassPI) Policy Council


Services and Payment

The problem

Public health entities have a role in pain care and prevention because of the high utilization of publicly funded service delivery programs (e.g. community service programs, public housing, rural and migrant health centers, services for the homeless, the IHS, and the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems Program). Aside from its role in direct service delivery, the public health establishment reimburses for care in nonpublic settings, including hospitals, doctors' offices, and pharmacies.
Presentation - Public Health: Service Delivery and Reimbursement(pdf, 102 KB)

Objective 1

Define and evaluate integrated, multimodal, and interdisciplinary pain care.

Objective 2

Enhance evidence for care.

Objective 3

Incentivize payments for quality care based on a biopsychosocial model of pain: integrated, cost-effective, and comprehensive.

Member Roster

Robert D. Kerns, PhD – Co-Chair
Special Advisor for Pain Research, Pain Management, and
Director, Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-morbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center,
Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Professor, Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology, Yale University

Mark Wallace, MD – Co-Chair
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology
Director, Division of Clinical Research, UCSD Clinical and Translational Institute
University of California, San Diego

Paul Arnstein, PhD, RN, FAAN
Pain Relief Specialist
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Pain Management Nurse Massachusetts General Hospital

Sean Cavanaugh
Deputy Administrator and Director, Centers for Medicare
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Jan Favero Chambers
President and Founder
National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA)
Editor-in-Chief
Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE magazine

Jack Conway, JD
49th Attorney General
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Elizabeth B. Gilbertson, MA
Chief of Strategy
Unite Here Health

Karl Lorenz, MD, MSHS
General Internist and Palliative Care Physician
Director, VA palliative care Quality Improvement Resource Center (QuIRC)
VA Greater Los Angeles
Associate Professor, Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
Professor, RAND

Brook I. Martin, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Dartmouth College

Judith Paice, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, Cancer Pain Program, Division of Hematology-Oncology
Research Professor, Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Patricia Sinnott, PT, MPH, PhD
Health Economist
VA Health Economics Resource Center (HERC)
Department of Veterans Affairs

Steven P. Stanos, Jr, DO
Director, Corporate Pain Services
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)

Marianne Udow-Phillips
Director, Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation
University of Michigan

Catherine H. Underwood, MBS, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
American Pain Society

CAPT Sherri Yoder, PharmD, BCPS
Director, Pharmacy Services
Crow Service Unit in Crow Agency, Montana


Population Research 

The problem

Improvements in state and national data are needed to (1) monitor changes in the incidence and prevalence of acute and chronic pain; (2) document rates of treatment or under-treatment of pain and restrictions to treatment options; (3) assess the health and societal consequences of pain; and (4) evaluate the impact of related changes in public policy, payment, and care.
Presentation - Population Research(pdf, 88 KB)

Objective 1

Estimate the prevalence of chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain.

Objective 2

Refine and employ standardized electronic health care data methods to determine use and costs of care.

Objective 3

Develop a system of metrics to track changes in prevalence, impact, treatment, and costs.

Member Roster

Ann Scher, PhD – Co-Chair
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Michael Von Korff, ScD Co-Chair
Senior Investigator, Group Health Research Institute
Group Health Cooperative
Olivia Carter-Pokras, PhD
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health

David W. Dodick, MD
Professor, Neurology
Program Director, Neurology Residency Program and Headache Medicine Fellowship Program
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Joseph L. Goulet, MS, PhD
Director, Statistics and Methodology Core
Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-morbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Yale University

Scott R. Griffith, MD, LTC, MC, USA
Director, NCC Pain Management Fellowship
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Robin J. Hamill-Ruth, MD
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Pain Medicine
Co-Director, Pain Management Center
University of Virginia Health System

John Kusiak, PhD
Director, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Program
Center for Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Institutes of Health

Linda LeResche, ScD
Professor, Oral Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Oral Health Sciences
Associate Dean for Research
University of Washington School of Dentistry

Walter F. Stewart, MPH, PhD
Vice President and Chief Research & Development Officer
Sutter Health
Raymond C. Tait, PhD
Vice President for Research
Professor, Neurology and Psychiatry
Saint Louis University

Gregory Terman, MD, PhD
Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
University of Washington

Christin Veasley, BSc
Co-Founder
Chronic Pain Research Alliance