Massachusetts Pain Initiative

Our Purpose

We are focused on improving the quality of life for people suffering from pain though focus on . . .

Knowledge • Education • Policy

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Our Major Initiatives

Professional Pain Education

  • Create and conduct an annual education program for healthcare professionals involved in pain care
  • Bring together regional and national experts from a variety of healthcare disciplines and policy makers to speak about different pain conditions, therapies, and policies
  • Speaker topics are based in part on feedback from healthcare professionals about what they would like to learn more about
  • Create and manage other programs to meet specific needs of healthcare providers

NEXT CONFERENCE (WEBINAR FORMAT): Thursday, October 13, 2022

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rebecca G. Baker, PhD
Director, Helping End Addiction Long-Term Initiative (HEAL)
National Institutes of Health, U.S. Health and Human Services

Policy Advocacy

  • Identify policies that limit the delivery of effective and necessary pain care to patients and hinder their healthcare providers
  • Work with state and federal policy makers to provide important information and perspective from healthcare providers and pain patients
  • Work with key policy makers to sponsor or support expert commissions, legislation, regulations, and improvements to access and insurance coverage for appropriate pain care

Communication of Pain Knowledge & New Information

  • Provide updated pain knowledge and information through various types of communications 
  • Support the delivery of pain knowledge through our professional education and policy initiatives

News Updates

Important perspectives from two experienced pain physicians.

One article represents the formal CDC comments about the new draft guidelines; the other reflects on the harm of under treatment of serious pain.

Summary of the key changes in the new proposed CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline

Article summarizing what has and has not changed in the proposed versus the original 2016 guideline

CDC releases its draft of new pain guidelines, including the use of opioids

The draft guidelines are open for public comments until April 11, 2022 with final guidelines expected in late 2022.

MassPI supports a bill to improve access to non-opioid pain treatments for chronic pain patients.

MassPI advocates for legislation to remove non-opioid barriers to pain management.

Key Links

  • CDC Draft Opioid Prescribing Guideline 2022
  • HHS Pain Mgmt. Best Practices 2019
  • MGH Pain Relief Connection (Archived Collection)
  • Pain Symposium Registration (coming this summer)

Join Us

  • WHAT YOU CAN DO — Make a Difference with your knowledge, skills, and experience
  • WHAT YOU GET — Rewarding Experience
  • START BY SIGNING UP — Receive updates on major news, events, or new policy developments
  • TELL US ABOUT YOUR INTERESTS - Mass PI and pain sufferers need you!