Effect on Chronic Pain Patients
The opioid epidemic has affected the ability of health care providers, especially pain management doctors, to treat chronic pain. In addition, insurance companies now require pre-authorization for pain medications, including non-narcotic options, and many health care providers are promoting non-medication options for chronic pain. Unfortunately, these alternative options for pain management can be expensive because insurance plans often don’t cover alternative treatments.
PainScale’s article section “Effects on Chronic Pain Patients” focuses on the opioid epidemic’s impact on individuals living with chronic pain. This section provides information about various topics, ranging from the specifics of the CDC guidelines to how to deal with medication tapering.