HHS Seeks Members of New Pain Management Task Force

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now accepting nominations for the inaugural members of the new Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force.

According to the HHS, the task force will be charged with:

  • Determining whether there are gaps or inconsistencies in pain management best practices among federal agencies
  • Proposing recommendations on addressing gaps or inconsistencies
  • Providing the public with an opportunity to comment on any proposed recommendations
  • Developing a strategy for disseminating information about best practices

The 30-member taskforce will consist of interprofessional health care providers, researchers of pain and addiction, and experts in prescription opioid abuse, minority health, and mental health treatment. Also eligible are people who are recovering from substance abuse or who have been members of pain advocacy groups.

Applications are due by September 27. For information on how to apply, see the official call for applications on the Federal Register website.