AIPM is the country's leader in pain management policy and advocacy.

The Academy of Integrative Pain Management is widely recognized as the nation’s foremost voice in proposing and advocating for public policy that allows its members and other healthcare practitioners to provide optimal pain care.

Our Mission: Advocating for Balanced State and Federal Policy

It’s critical that policymakers hear the voices of pain management advocates. AIPM carries the balanced policy message through its federal policy efforts and its State Pain Policy Advocacy Network (SPPAN).

Our Federal Policy Efforts

The Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM) is the only pain management organization in the U.S. with a dedicated, in-house Policy and Advocacy Department, which is directed by Bob Twillman, PhD — one of the nation’s most respected pain policy leaders. Dr. Twillman carries AIPM’s positions on key issues to policy makers on Capitol Hill and elsewhere in the Washington DC area, as well as in state capitals throughout the country, educating them on AIPM’s mission and the importance of good integrative pain care.

Our State Policy Initiative

AIPM’s State Pain Policy Advocacy Network (SPPAN) project is led by its Director, Amy Goldstein, MSW. SPPAN coordinates advocacy efforts in all 50 states by members of more than 100 organizations concerned about pain management policy. Helping these disparate groups speak with one voice amplifies our message and ensures that our ability to steer policymakers toward good, balanced, pain management policy is unparalleled.

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State Pain Policy Advocacy Network

Find the latest updates on state pain policies, easy-to-read analyses, and learn about SPPAN's 2016 Policy and Advocacy Priorities.

Review Legislation and Regulation

Access our database of legislation and regulation related to the pain management field.

Recent News

Keep up with the latest stories from our integrative pain management blog.

New Law Protects West Virginians from Unsafe Step Therapy

We have great news, West Virginians! With the passage of House Bill 2300, patients and prescribing practitioners are guaranteed access to a clear and convenient process to request a step therapy exception determination made easily accessible on the health plan issuer’s or utilization review org...

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Michigan Expands Access to Care in Rural Areas

Michigan has greatly expanded access to high quality care in rural areas through the use of telehealth, thanks to the recent passage of Senate Bill 213. Signed on 3/29 and effective immediately, the new law allows a health professional to prescribe a controlled substance via telehealth if they co...

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Utah Makes Extensive Opioid-Related Policy Changes

During what can only be described as a whirlwind of a legislative session, Utah’s legislature adjourned earlier this month after passing more than half a dozen bills addressing opioid medications, many of which will directly affect the way that health care providers may provide care to people l...

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AIPM Executive Director Testifies at FDA Hearing on Opana ER

On March 14, 2017, Bob Twillman, PhD, FAPM and Executive Director of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, testified at the FDA Hearing on Opana ER. Below is a transcript of his testimony, and you can read the results of the hearing here. My name is Bob Twillman and I am the Executive Direc...

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Lost In Chaos: The State of Chronic Pain in 2016

Millions of Americans living with chronic pain struggle because two important public health issues— chronic pain and opioid addiction—are misunderstood and have been conflated. Until these two health conditions are properly distinguished, studied and addressed, the problems associated with bo...

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How Virginia’s New Laws Affect Pain Practices

The Virginia legislature and governor recently approved a number of bills that will affect your practice: Prescription Monitoring Program Requirements Under existing law, a prescriber was required to check the PMP when initiating a new opioid prescription expected to last more than 14 consecutive...

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AIPM’s Advocacy Efforts Help to Bring Positive Change across the Nation

For more than five years, AIPM’s State Pain Policy Advocacy Network has been working to improve the state of pain care across the country, advocating for policies that allow pain care providers to deliver optimal care to their patients and that improve access to, and affordability of, that opti...

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