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National Spine & Pain Centers’ Dr. Staats attends 2018 Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Meeting

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  • Written By: NSPC Team

National Spine & Pain Centers’ Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peter Staats recently attended the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force 2018 Meeting.

L-R: Dr. Peter Staats, Dr. Vanila Singh, Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran, Dr. Dr. Rahul Gupta, and Dr. Andrea Trescot

Dr. Staats joined other health professionals from around the country for the two-day meeting in Washington, D.C. He weighed in on Current Medical and Professional Perspectives on Pain Management in a session which included perspectives from federal, regional and professional associations on issues regarding pain management. Also presenting during this session were:

Federal Perspectives

  • HHS Overview: Dr. Vanila M. Singh, Task Force Chair
  • CMS Overview: Mr. Demetrios Kouzoukas, Principal Deputy, Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Director for the Center of Medicare, Centers for Medicare and
  • Medicaid Services, CMS, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • VA Overview: Dr. Friedhelm Sandbrink, Acting National Program Director for Pain Management Specialty Care Services, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Regional Perspectives

  • Texas: Dr. Sherif Zaafran, President, Texas Medical Board
  • West Virginia: Dr. Rahul Gupta, Commissioner and State Health Officer, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources,Bureau for Public Health

Medical and Professional Perspectives

  • Dr. Andrea Trescot, Director, The Pain and Headache Center
  • Dr. Asokumar Buvanendran, Chair, Committee on Pain, American Society of Anesthesiologists

About Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force

The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force was established to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is overseeing this effort with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense. The Task Force consists of representatives from relevant HHS agencies, the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Non-federal representatives include individuals representing diverse disciplines and views, including experts in areas related to pain management, pain advocacy, addiction, recovery, substance use disorders, mental health, minority health and more.

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