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    The Special Commission to Examine the Feasibility of Establishing a Pain Management Access Program is a 21-member commission appointed by the Governor. This commission was created by the Act Relative to Substance Use Treatment, Education, and Prevention, signed into law by Governor Baker in March 2016. This commission is charged with reviewing the development of a referral process to make pain management specialists accessible to primary care providers, including a process similar to the Massachusetts child psychiatry access project (MCPAP); reviewing the establishment of a pain management specialty certification through the board of registration in medicine to refer a primary care provider through MCPAP; reviewing ways to incorporate a full spectrum of pain management methods into provider care practices including non-opioid evidence-based alternative treatments; reviewing the current coverage of pain management through commercial and public insurers; and reviewing ways to ensure a full spectrum of pain management interventions are covered through commercial and public insurance health plans. The commission will submit an initial report with its recommendations and drafts of proposed legislation or regulations, if any, by November 1, 2016; and the commission will submit a final report providing a full report on the commission’s charges by November 1, 2017.

    Special Commission to Examine the Feasibility of Establishing a Pain Management Access Program (MCPAP)


    Updated on August 11, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    When

    September 19, 2016, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Where

    1 Ashburton Place
    21st Floor, 1st Conference Room
    Boston, MA 02108

    Second Meeting Agenda

    1. Welcome & Review Minutes
    2. Babra Rabson presenting Mass. Health Quality Partners’ proposal
    3. Dr. Carr presenting on opioids and chronic pain management
    4. Dr. Sigman presenting on non-opioid acute pain management
    5. Division of Insurance presenting survey sent out to carriers
    6. Discuss deliverable – recommendations of the commission are due by November 1st, 2016
    7. Conclusion

    Next Meeting Date/Location

    Thursday, October 20, 2016, 10 AM -12 PM
    1 Ashburton Place
    21st Floor, 1st Conference Room
    Boston, MA 02108,


    When

    August 16, 2016, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Where

    1 Ashburton Place
    21st Floor, 3rd Conference Room
    Boston, MA 02108

    First Meeting Agenda

    1. Welcome
    2. Introductions
    3. Review Open Meeting Law
    4. Review legislative authority
    5. Review MCPAP
    6. Review Mass. Medical Society’s Proposal
    7. Review Mass. Health Quality Partners’ Proposal
    8. Discuss deliverable
    9. Review next meeting dates

    This information is from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.