As America deals with the COVID-19 pandemic and the related response, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken unprecedented steps to loosen regulations around the use of telehealth. Consequently, this has expanded access to care during the pandemic response as patients avoid treatment at medical facilities and seek pain management at home or at alternative care facilities.
At this time, the concept of using telehealth as a pain management tool is more important than ever as patients, especially older and other vulnerable populations, need to continue responsibly managing their pain during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Protecting Access to Pain Relief (PAPR) Coalition invites you to a webinar that will examine:
• Use of telehealth by providers to help patients with their pain;
• Combating barriers to use of telehealth, especially for older Americans and vulnerable populations;
• HHS’ expansion of authorities related to telehealth in the COVID crisis and the future of telehealth during and after COVID;
• Additional strategies for ensuring access to OTC alternatives to opioids for pain management, where appropriate, as outlined by HHS and others;
• The power of coalitions, patient groups, and government entities in ensuring patients have the resources they need to responsibly treat their pain.
• Mei Kwong, JD, Executive Director, Center for Connected Health Policy, National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
• Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy, U.S. Pain Foundation
• Robert Blaser, Director of Public Policy, Renal Physicians Association
• Crozer Connor, Senior Legislative Assistant/Health Policy Lead, Office of Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA), Co-Chair, Congressional Telehealth Caucus