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Non-Drug Solutions to Opioid Use and Chronic Pain Management in Underserved Populations

  • 1539 Longworth House Office Building (map)

Dear Colleague:

Please join us for a briefing and discussion to learn about non-pharmacological strategies to address opioid use and chronic pain management in underserved populations. This topic is timely and important because on January 1, 2018, in an effort to address the opioid epidemic, the Joint Commission mandated that hospitals provide or educate patients on non-pharmacologic pain treatment options including acupuncture, chiropractic care and massage therapy. While these non-drug options have often been seen as a complementary approach, potentially reducing the need for opioid medications, more and more health care organizations are recognizing that in order to mitigate the opioid epidemic, non-drug therapies should be used as first-line treatments for pain management.

This briefing will reveal innovative ways to prevent opioid addictions and treat chronic pain, as well as enhance access to treatment in Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHCs) and other underserved settings that are often the front lines in the battle against opioids. These therapies include behavioral health interventions, acupuncture, chiropractic, group medical visits, and more.  The panelists will share clinical and cost-savings data, information about provider and patient satisfaction, as well as a patient testimonial. The briefing will also discuss barriers to effectively implement non-drug approaches, specifically the lack of reimbursement for many of these evidenced-based practitioners and services by insurances including Medicaid and Medicare, or by rules limiting what is considered “billable” in FQHCs.

Panelists include:

  • Melissa Clarke, MD – VP of Population Health and Provider Contracting, Medical Home Development Group, Washington, DC
  • Jeffrey Geller, MD – Director of Integrative Medicine and the Group Medical Visit Programs, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC), Lawrence, MA
  • Fasih Hameed, MD – Associate Medical Director, Petaluma Health Center, Petaluma, CA

We hope you, or a member of your staff, can join us for this event. Food and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP with Evelyn Knapp at Evelyn.Knapp@mail.house.gov


Henry C. “Hank” Johnson