Affecting Health Care on Behalf of our Specialty and Patients

AAPM supports pain patients and pain medicine clinicians by advocating for a balanced approach to safe and effective pain treatment. AAPM works to influence legislators, payors, and others in a position to set policies that impact patients. 

The Academy recognizes the need for policies that support effective control of drug abuse without harming the appropriate treatment of pain and works with members and other pain societies to establish programs and to educate public along those lines. 

AAPM members are sought-after opinion leaders who serve on many key national coalitions and federal agency workgroups.

AMA House of Delegates

AAPM holds a seat in the American Medical Association House of Delegates (HOD) and speaks for its members concerning issues critical to their pain practices. Read about AAPM’s AMA activities.

Representation in the HOD is apportioned to medical specialty societies based on the portion of its physician members who also maintains AMA membership. 

Because you and your peers have joined AMA, your voice is being heard.


If you are not one currently, we encourage you to become an AMA member

Multisociety Pain Workgroup

AAPM participates in the Multisociety Pain Workgroup, a coalition of Medical Specialty Societies that collectively advocates for continued coverage of important pain treatment options.

Collectively, MPW Societies represent 100,000+ members dedicated in whole or in part to Pain Management.

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National Pain Strategy

AAPM supports the National Pain Strategy (NPS), developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services, which many AAPM leaders helped to shape. 

AAPM believes that successful implementation of the strategic goals in the NPS will create the cultural transformation of pain prevention, care, and education desperately needed for the American public.


A Comprehensive Population Health-Level Strategy for Pain

AAPM Representation
AAPM is represented at the HOD by AMA Delegate Robert E. Wailes, MD, and AMA Alternate Delegate Donna M. Bloodworth, MD.

Our role as physicians includes looking at the bigger picture regarding healthcare. It is all of our responsibility to support the advancement of healthcare utilizing organized medicine through our specialty, state and national organizations. The AMA is the strongest voice for physicians on a national basis. It is very important that we maintain our specialty representation within the AMA which requires our AAPM members to also be part of the AMA.

--Dr. Wailes
House of Delegates (HOD)

The HOD is the principal policy-making body of the American Medical Association. 

This democratic forum represents the views and interests of a diverse group of member physicians from all 50 state medical associations and more than 120 medical specialty societies. 

Delegates meet twice per year to establish policies on health, medical, professional and governance matters, as well as the principles within which the AMA’s business activities are conducted.

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Learn how to be an advocate for the field of pain and its patients

AAPM’s mission is to advance and promote the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care, education, advocacy, and research to improve function and quality of life for people in pain. 

AAPM is pleased to offer members the following tools to enhance political activism and information needed to advocate to Congress.

What to Do When the Media Calls

Prepare for media requests with this primer on media relations. 

It includes key messages for AAPM, how to prepare for the interview, tips on taking the call, and how to handle the tough questions. 

Specific information on broadcast interviews is included.


To take a more active role please visit these government websites:

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