FAQ for TN's New Pain Management Laws--Effective 7/1/15
Senate Bill 1266 was signed by the governor in April 2015 after long debate and several amendments. Read more about the implications of this new law in the American Academy of Pain Management's Frequently Asked Questions document regarding Medical Directors of Pain Management Clinics in Tennessee.
The Academy Policy Team was engaged and actively opposed the passage of SB 1266 every step of the way. We submitted several sets of comments (the third letter that we sent can be found here) and facilitated several phone calls to discuss the matter with representatives from the Tennessee Pain Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Alliance for Patient Access, and others. We put out a survey to our Tennessee members in order to better understand the potential implications of this bill passing, and that information informed us in our discussions. We stand ready to address any future concerns and will continue to monitor this situation and advocate for inclusion of the Academy’s Advanced Credential as a qualification as a pain management specialist.