Pain Care Initiatives Provided by Health Care Programs of the DoD

Report to Congress
15 Nov 2010
This letter responds to House Report 110-652 to accompany House Report 5658, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which requests the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, develop a plan for a Pain Care Initiative in all health care facilities of the Uniformed Services. The enclosed report describes the Department's Pain Care Initiative Plan, which consists of ( 1) a review of each individual facility's assessment and treatment of pain through the accreditation process, (2) evidence-based standardization of care in the realm of pain, and (3) other specific initiatives to address unique areas of pain.