The Maryland State Advisory Council on Pain management was established by House Bill 423, entitled “Health Care – Programs and Facilities – Pain Management”, of the 2002 General Assembly Session. The Legislature charged the Advisory Council with the responsibility to provide advice and recommendations with respect to pain management policy, including:
- Acute and chronic pain management treatment practices by health care providers in Maryland;
- State statutes and regulations relating to pain management therapies;
- The sanction and use of alternative therapies;
- Acute and chronic pain management education provided by medical, nursing, pharmacy, and dental schools;
- Acute and chronic pain management needs of both adults and children;
- Development of a pain management resource compendium and palliative care hot line; and, Other issues relating to pain management that the Advisory Council deems appropriate.
The Advisory Council has members representing a cross-section of the health care providers including physicians – geriatric and pediatric specialties, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, consumers, as well representatives from government agencies and the legislature.