The new normal in opioid prescription guidelines for providers is here. The US Centers for Disease Control and Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Association are merely the latest and most prominent to prefer and recommend non-opioid alternatives for chronic, non-cancer pain:
“Non-pharmacologic therapy and non-opioid pharmacologic therapy are preferred for chronic pain”
– US Centers for Disease Control
“The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has adopted a new standard that opioids should not be the first or second treatment options to manage pain, mirroring guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”
– Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Association
The question is how a busy physician can achieve documented compliance with these recommendations in a cost-effective manner? Here are several options that we can share from our work with physician practices:
The goal of these options is to offer a physician a professional and ethical way to avoid prescribing opioids where the patient has failed to utilize appropriate non-pharma options first.
We’d love to hear your additional ideas or experiences, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.