Evaluating Federal and State Policies Addressing Chronic Pain

Last week, DCBA Managing Partner Michael C. Barnes presented at PAINWeek in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barnes’s presentation, entitled “I’m Not a Doctor, But I Play One in DC: Federal Action and Its Impacts on Pain Care,” touched on several federal and state policies that affect people with chronic pain and the professionals who treat these patients. Barnes provided a detailed overview of relevant provisions of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, as well as other Congressional efforts to regulate opioid prescribing and dispensing. The presentation also touched on calls from experts and government agencies to evaluate the impact of such policies on patients with pain. Finally, Barnes discussed several state efforts, such as the Massachusetts CARE Act, and other trends relating to the practice of pain management and their effects on patients with pain.