Some of SPPAN’s accomplishments include:
Taking Action and Providing Information
- Developed annual policy and advocacy priorities since 2013: Developed criteria and a process to survey advocates to identify SPPAN’s policy and advocacy priorities.
- Provided expert testimony: In more than half the states, SPPAN members have provided expert testimony and/or assisted other advocates with testimony on legislation and regulations related to prescription monitoring programs, prior authorization, abuse deterrent formulations, continuing education, and other pain-related issues.
- Developed practice guidelines: Provided extensive comments offering guidance to policymakers in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and elsewhere, as those states developed and implemented new guidelines and rules addressing prescription drug abuse and pain management.
- Tracked legislation daily: In 2014, SPPAN’s research team identified, tracked, and analyzed more than 1400 bills and 500 regulations.
- Issued action alerts: When immediate action was required to support or oppose a bill, SPPAN initiated fifteen urgent requests for action during 2014, resulting in 300+ emails and phone calls to 80+ legislators.
- Sent weekly legislative updates during sessions: These weekly updates included summaries, analysis, and action alerts related to priority bills.
- Created End of Session Report: Complete with summaries, effective dates, and full text links, the SPPAN team produced a 110-page report including more than 200 pain-related bills that passed in 2014.
Convening Advocacy Leaders:
- Facilitated first meeting of new Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force.
- Developed new ad hoc groups on Clinician Pain Education and Improving PMPs as Effective Healthcare Delivery Tools.
- Created active Leadership Advisory Council for SPPAN, composed of 12 pain policy and practice experts.
- Connected advocacy leaders in California through regular, SPPAN-facilitated calls.
Communicating with Stakeholders:
- Held teleconferences: Facilitated multiple teleconferences on a variety of topics with over 100 advocacy leaders.
- Surveyed stakeholders: Contracted with experts and coordinated focus groups in order to build the most relevant and effective website possible.
- Sent timely information: Shared important action alerts and policy updates through electronic distribution.
Providing Expertise and Support to Others’ Advocacy Efforts
- Gave policy presentations: Since 2012, SPPAN staff has given more than 30 presentations on topics including prescription monitoring programs, pill mills, state pain policy, and policy responses to prescription drug abuse. These presentations were heard by more than 8,000 healthcare professionals, regulators, legislators, patient advocates, and people living with life-changing pain.
- Provided support to advocacy leaders: SPPAN’s leadership provided individualized state policy training, in-depth analysis, assistance with drafting language, and more, to many advocates and organizations.
- Worked in collaboration with others: SPPAN joined state-based coalitions and other efforts to advance positive pain policy.