CERGM – Mission Statement

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Summary:

  • CERGM will be a nonprofit organization which informs and educates citizens with facts and opinions from sources both supporting and opposing the long term use of opiates in treating chronic pain conditions.
  • While CERGM’s position is pro-opiate for chronic pain management, it remains committed to using medical research and empirical data in forming those opinions.
  • CERGM does not provide individual medical advice or treatment recommendations, members and visitors are encouraged to seek advice from healthcare professionals in their area.
  • CERGM will publish or re-publish with permission, the information it collects through the World Wide Web, will conduct direct to consumer research, opinion polls, collect feedback and publish the results.
  • Knowledge and information are power but in medicine that information is so technical and specialized, it can’t be understood by the average person. CERGM will attempt to translate complex medical information into common conversational terms understandable to the average citizen.
  • Furthermore, the information, while often public, is buried in locations which can’t be easily found unless those seeking it understand the science and technology used to compile, collect and evaluate it.
  • CERGM’s mandate is to perform these services on behalf of its members and visitors.
  • CERGM will seek to engage and encourage the public and its members to debate the issues, always with the goal of uncovering truths and making that information available to the public.
  • CERGM will make attempts to fact check data it references when third party resources are available, will evaluate the methods in which the data was compiled, interpreted and used.
  • CERGM will attempt to explain how our healthcare system works, what roles government, business and industry play, what rights patients have under that system, so individuals are empowered in accessing healthcare services.
  • Ultimately, CERGM wants to see improved access to healthcare and better care for patients.

Why:

  • To educate, inform and raise public awareness on:
    • The roles of government, healthcare, business and its citizens in supporting equal and balanced access to healthcare.
    • Ethical standards, civil rights, medical standards of care, accountability and responsibility. Reviewing traditional roles of government and healthcare in supporting fair and balanced access to healthcare.
    • First Amendment Rights of free speech, offer guidance on conflict resolution with healthcare providers or bad actors.
  • CERGM is committed to identifying bias, prejudice, mythology, fear mongering and politicizing efforts of groups, organizations or individuals, who demonize the use of opiates for chronic pain in the absence of empirical data.
  • CERGM supports improved funding for high quality research and the collection of empirical data by recognized and respected universities and research organizations.
  • CERGM supports the use of empirical data which meets all conditions needed to satisfy scientific methodologies of healthcare research.
  • CERGM supports open access to empirical data collected and used by state and federal agencies in creating policy, regulations, guidelines and improving standards of care.
  • CERGM is committed to educating the public and dispelling irrational fears and the stigma around the use of opiates in restoring individuals to a functional level and as productive and contributing members of society.
  • CERGM will advocate for ethical, fair and balanced regulations and guidelines; which respect the rights of business, industry, providers, caregivers and patients.
  • CERGM recognizes opiate addiction as a physical, emotional and spiritual disease, which damages / destroys lives and families, robs business and industry of educated and skilled workers and threatens our economy and society as a whole.
  • CERGM recognizes the difference between opiate addiction and abuse from the distinct phenomena of physical dependence which occurs with prescribed opiates under the care of a licensed physician.
  • CERGM will support prescribers and providers in their efforts to return healthcare decision making back to those educated and trained in their appropriate use.
  • CERGM will advocate for medical prescriber and provider liability concerns when doing so leads to removing access barriers and improved treatments for chronic pain.

Who:

  • After eight years of research on the opiate crisis and chronic pain, CERGM is at the earliest stages of evaluating the formation of a nonprofit to support its goals in raising public awareness. It’s only member at this time is its founder, Randall L Carter CRNA.
  • CERGM will solicit up to five individuals with known education, training and experience; who have high ethical standards and sound judgment; to be members of a board of trustees providing guidance and direction in meeting CERGM’s stated goals.
  • If successful in forming a nonprofit and securing funding, CERGM will engage in establishing relationships with others in the fields of medicine, law, research and government as point sources of information related to its mission and goals. Such contacts will be used to fact check information collected by CERGM and at times, may offer opinion and commentary on its website.
  • Funds permitting, CERGM will recruit and engage research analyst, journalist, IT experts and others as needed, to carry out its mission and goals.
  • The remaining information published by CERGM will come from the general public, its members and sponsors as feedback, opinion and commentary, via a moderator lead web community. Free speech rights will be observed and only limited by a set of posting guidelines designed to keep posts on topic, avoid hate related commentary or profanity. (See Posting Guidelines).

What:

  • CERGM is first and for most an educational and informational publishing organization, dedicated to collecting and disseminating facts about the use, risks and benefits of opiates in treating chronic pain.
  • CERGM may conduct direct to consumer research and opinion polls on its website. Will use feedback and commentary from its website to guide its efforts in meeting its mission.
  • CERGM will advocate for funding of research which will further our knowledge and understanding of the long term benefits and risks of opiates in treating chronic pain.
  • CERGM has no official position on the use of cannabis in the treatment of long term chronic pain, but is committed to reviewing available research and sharing that information on its website.
    • CERGM holds out hope that research into cannabis will support its use as an opiate replacement therapy (ORT), reducing the need to rely on opiates which produce physical dependence.
  • CERGM will advocate for improvements in government guidelines and regulations which lead to identifying bad actors in healthcare who violate patient civil and HIPAA rights.
  • In the absence of permission to publish specific third party content, CERGM will publish summaries and commentaries, with links to such content, along with appropriate references to its authors and publishers.
  • Such publication may include:
    • Medical research.
    • Op-eds from medical consulting and watchdog organizations.
    • State medical associations and private medical specialties, which may include hospitals, provider specialist, pharmaceutical companies and other related healthcare entities.
    • Government agencies at a state and federal level.
    • For profit and nonprofit business entities.
    • Broadcast and print media.
    • Recognized individuals, leaders and experts in the fields, of medicine, law, research, and government.
  • Opinions and commentary from concerned citizens who both support and oppose this organizations efforts.

When:

  • CERGM began researching in 2010 and continues today.
  • CERGM began a blog in September 2018 which will go public in Q1 2019.
  • CERGM will apply for 501(c)(3) status in the second half 2019, simultaneously completing a business plan to facilitate funding efforts for:
    • Upgrading IT infrastructure to support its WWW presence.
    • Operations will be run from the authors current residence.
    • Subscriptions fees to medical journals and publications.
    • Fees to access data from other companies which collect, compile and report on topics related to CERGM’s mission.
    • Costs for legal counsel and guidance related to protecting CERGM’s mission.
    • Costs for consultants needed to organize operations and improve content delivery.
    • Costs and fees for IT products and services which improve CERGM’s ability to publish its content and evaluate the effectiveness of those efforts.
    • Costs and fees related to search engine optimization for its blog site and associated social media accounts.
    • Other mission critical costs as approved by the board of trustees.

Where:

  • CERGM’s content will initially target Ohio, but many of the topics covered have applicability to all 50 states.
  • Ohio has positioned itself as a model and the leading U.S. state in the opiate crisis. CERGM believes that in researching governments’ efforts to combat the opiate crisis, focusing on Ohio is the best way to serve the interest of CERGM members.
  • If the response from the public exceeds this boundary, under advisement from its board of trustees and funds permitting, CERGM may selectively expand its research and publications into other states.
  • CERGM has no plans at this time for expansion beyond the 50 U.S. States

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