HHS Comment Deadline: Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices – Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking public comments on the draft report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations, which proposes updates to best practices and recommendations for pain management, including chronic and acute pain.

The Task Force is required to propose updates on best practices and recommendations to address gaps or inconsistencies for pain management, including chronic and acute pain, and submit such updates and recommendations to relevant Federal agencies and the general public. The duties of the Task Force are to:

  • Identify, review, determine, and propose updates to gaps or inconsistencies between best practices for pain management, taking into consideration:
    • Existing pain management research and other relevant research;
    • Recommendations from relevant conferences and existing evidence-based guidelines;
    • Ongoing efforts at the state and local level and by medical professional organizations to develop improved pain management strategies;
    • The management of high-risk populations who receive opioids in the course of medical care, other than for pain management;
    • The 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain issued by the CDC; and
    • Private sector, State, and local government efforts related to pain management and prescribing pain medication.
  • Provide the public with at least ninety (90) days to submit comments on any proposed updates and recommendations.
  • Develop a strategy for dissemination of information on best practices for pain management to stakeholders, if appropriate.

The Draft Report highlights the progress made towards identifying, reviewing, and determining whether there are gaps in or inconsistencies between best practices for pain management (including chronic and acute pain) developed or adopted by Federal agencies. It includes the Task Force's proposed updates to best practices and recommendations on addressing gaps or inconsistencies. On September 26, 2018, the Task Force voted on the proposed updates and recommendations that would be provided to the public for comment. The proposed updates and recommendations are included in the Draft Report. Once the ninety (90) day comment period concludes, the Task Force will consider comments received and compile a Final Recommendations Report with its proposed updates and recommendations.

The goal of this Request for Comment is to solicit feedback on the Draft Report, which includes the Task Force's proposed updates and recommendations. The Task Force invites comment on the full range of issues that may be relevant to the proposed updates and recommendations.

Comments may be submitted electronically, either by email or at Regulations.gov, or in written form. More information regarding the task force and the comment submission process can be found at this Federal Register notice.