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Titan Alpha Awarded Contract with Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Specialty Care Program Office to Help Promote and Expand Pain Management Care for Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC – Titan Alpha, a joint venture between Prometheus Federal Services (PFS) and Customer Value Partners (CVP), was awarded a contract to assist the Veteran Health Administration’s (VHA) National Pain Management, Opioid Safety, and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PMOP) Office. As part of VHA’s National Specialty Care Program Office, PMOP is responsible for pain, opioid, and prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) related initiatives and policies in VHA. The Titan Alpha team will collaborate with PMOP leaders, other VA and VHA leaders, and external stakeholders to develop and implement plans to promote and expand pain management care for Veterans. 

Pain is the most frequent reason patients seek physician care in the United States (U.S.). It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, “pain medicine” is a medical specialty that is evolving along with its place in the medical hierarchy. Although there are many treatment modalities, a major component for the treatment of pain is the use of over-the-counter and prescription medications. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that more than 10 million people in the U.S. misuse prescription opioids annually. 

The mission of PMOP is to support a comprehensive and integrated approach to pain management that reduces pain and suffering and improves quality of life and functioning for Veterans experiencing acute or chronic pain. PMOP provides guidance and funding to support implementation of Pain and Opioid Safety initiatives, including legislative mandates and oversight requirements. 

Carl Fortune, PFS Vice President, Health Services Research & Evaluation, says, “Because pain is invisible, too often we underestimate the extent of patients’ suffering and their care may not be managed with the care attention they deserve. We are eager to put our expertise and passion for healthcare to work in this meaningful project that will help Veterans manage their care more safely and effectively.”

Support for PMOP leaders will include developing, updating, and implementing operational strategy plans and facilitating and structuring field support to promote and expand pain management care for Veterans. This requires coordination, collaboration, communication, and innovation to ensure Veteran-centered, integrated, team-based, and Whole Health-oriented care.  

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