50 organization pain summit turns the dial toward integrative
October 24, 2017
by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News and Reports October 21-22, 2017 may go down as the fulcrum moment that leveraged the U.S. toward an integrative pain treatment focus. The 70 participants from over 50 key organizations left the invitational event “100% aligned with what needs to happen – there is consensus that we need to find a way to access integrative approaches,” shared Bob Twillman, PhD in a post even interview for this article. The first Integrative Pain Policy Congress, as it was called, took place in San Diego. It was led by a quartet of organizations: Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM), for which Twillman serves as president; Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC); PAINS Project; and the Alliance for Balanced Pain Management. The organizers had four goals:
- Achieve consensus on the definition of comprehensive, integrative pain care.
- Review the evidence base for this approach to pain management, and identify the gaps.
- Explore payment models that take into account the intersections between pain management, addiction, and behavioral health.
- Develop meaningful outcomes for post-Congress action among the participants and other interested organizations.