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Recommendation: The Undersecretary for Health should ensure that all VISNs have implemented an academic detailing program that supports all medical facilities in the VISN and that all VHA medical facilities have a designated primary care pain champion as required. (Recommendation 4)
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: VA concurred with this recommendation. To fully implement this recommendation, VHA needs to ensure, as required by VHA policy, that all 18 VISNs have an academic detailing program established that regularly provides support and counseling to all VHA medical facilities located in the VISN. Also, all VHA medical facilities should have a designated primary care pain champion who is knowledgeable about pain care and can serve as a resource for other primary care providers by promoting safe and effective pain care. VA reported that it plans to complete both of these actions by April 2019.