There have been numerous changes since the CDC guidelines were first published. During this time, HHS Inter-Agency Task Force developed Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations. This is an excellent document with significant importance to interventional pain management. Yesterday, ASIPP sent a letter of response to the CDC with the following requests:
1. Please utilize the Inter-Agency Task Force recommendations in its entirety for opioid prescribing, interventional techniques including neuromodulation.
2. Please postpone the final decision due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
3. Please include the practitioner community along with CMS officials.
4. Please consider and include only the systematic reviews and guidelines performed by experts in the pain management field and relevant societies developing evidence-based guidelines.