Thinking about Opioid Alternatives - Medicare Coverable Services for Integrative and Nonpharmacological Chronic Pain Management

Published: 09/05/2019

Sources:
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a MLN Matters article reviewing National Coverage determinations (NCDs) for integrative and nonpharmacological chronic pain management, which may be viable alternatives to opioids for chronic pain management. NCDs are policies CMS issues that cover, non-cover, or limit coverage of items, new technologies or services on a national basis. CMS develops NCDs through an evidence-based process; the evidence must show the servi

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