Prescription opioids can be an effective form of pain management, but they are not always the only option. It is important to understand the potential benefits and risks before you begin taking medications.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to reducing opioid misuse by promoting person-centered care that encourages safe and effective pain management, including opioid and non-opioid pain treatments. Medicare Part B helps pay for the following services that may help individuals manage their pain:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Manual manipulation of the spine (when medically necessary)
- Behavioral health services, like depression screening
Prescription opioids, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, codeine and fentanyl, can be used to help relieve moderate-to-severe pain.
For More Information:
- Medicare Coverable Services for Integrative and Non-pharmacological Chronic Pain Management
- Pain Awareness Article for Medicare Patients
- Medicare.Gov Pain Management Webpage
- HHS Pain Management Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Treatment Options
- Taking Care of My Pain Management
- Know Your Rights, Risks and Responsibility
Great Plains Quality Innovation Network is partnering with healthcare providers in our region to identify ways to avoid medication safety issues. We offer education and tools to help individuals better manage and communicate medications prescribed as well as share updates on new guidelines and resources available. Learn more.