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.

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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Big Win in Big Apple for People with Chronic Conditions

We at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management and State Pain Policy Advocacy Network, along with our partner organizations, have some fabulous news to help ring in the New Year! In a move that will help countless New Yorkers living with chronic pain and other chronic illnesses, Governor Cuomo ...

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Health Care Profoundly Affected By 2016 Elections

As you are undoubtedly aware, the recent elections had, and will continue to have, profound effects on many aspects of health care. We are readying our strategies for the fast-approaching 2017 legislative sessions—which, in part, means re-evaluating the health-related landscape in light of rece...

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Reducing Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse and Misuse Summit

This November, join the the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) for a three-day summit that focuses on bridging the legal, public health, consumer protection, enforcement, and medical gaps to address the epidemic surrounding drug and opioid use disorders, dependenc...

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Policy Update: New SPPAN Resource for Clinicians; Must Read Op-Ed; VT Rules; NPS Meeting; and More

Most legislatures around the country have adjourned for the year, but the world of pain-related policy and advocacy is not slowing down.  Here are a number of highlights: New Educational Resource for Clinicians—Opioid Dosage & Morphine Equivalency Read SPPAN’s first resource in a se...

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How the CDC Guidelines Play Out in Primary Care

One very well-attended presentation at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management’s Annual Clinical Meeting was “From Policy to Practice: How the CDC Guidelines Play out in Primary Care.“ Participants learned how the CDC and state guidelines impact the use of opioids to treat p...

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Response to the Surgeon General’s Opioid Pledge: It Misses the Point

Last week, the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (formerly the American Academy of Pain Management) held its 27th Annual Meeting, educating attendees on a broad range of non-pharmaceutical treatments they could use to effectively, safely, and sanely treat patients in pain. Given the national...

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