Pain Care Coalition
The Pain Care Coalition (PCC) was formally organized in June 1998. The current organizations that make up the coalition include the American Pain Society (APS), the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).
The mission of the PCC is to work to influence federal healthcare policy via legislative, regulatory, and research avenues on behalf of people with pain by addressing quality-of-care and access-to-care issues. The PCC has taken active positions on a number of legislative and regulatory activities:
- enactment of the Veterans Pain Care Act
- congressional directive for a Military Pain Care Initiative
- incorporation of the Pain Care Policy Act into the Affordable Care Act passed March 21, 2010
The PCC Steering Committee includes two voting members and the executive director of each of the three component organizations, and has guidelines for new members who might wish to join.
Legislative and regulatory monitoring and advocacy is coordinated by Robert Saner of Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville, PC, a law firm based in Washington, DC.