PAIN SOLUTIONS

Non-pharma alternative for providers
 

Physicians who treat acute, subacute or chronic pain face legislative, pharmacological, quality-of-care and patient compliance challenges that require new approaches, and new tools.

Read below to learn more about the issues, understand the science and solutions now available to health providers, and to signup for a free quick-start guide that outlines the steps to enabling a digital pain management tool-set in your practice.

Learn more about the issues and solutions below, and signup for a free quick-start guide for providers.

Quick-Start Guide

Challenges

Today, with pharmaceutical abuses, restrictive legislation, medical licensure risks, and even potential malpractice claims (arising out of the failure to properly consider non-pharmacologic modalities), these challenges are growing rapidly.

Common approaches today include NSAIDs, skeletal muscle relaxants, superficial heat and massage, mind-body work, TENS, physical therapy, and, of course, opioids, steroids and other pharmaceuticals. New educational and digital approaches are also being used to expand access and help patients take control of self-care.

Although pharmaceuticals—and opioids in particular—may be effective and appropriate for some, the risks are real, even for NSAIDs. As we’ve seen in our national opiate abuse epidemic, 4% of the world’s population now consumes 80% of the world’s opiate supply, and 140 people die from overdoses daily.

In addition, most pharmaceuticals lose their effectiveness over time. With opiates, effectiveness fades quickly and for some patients pain is worsened via opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Common painkillers such as acetominophen and tricyclic anti-depressants show no clinical benefit compared with placebo. NSAIDs even carry risks over time.

Compounding these problems are the administrative costs of managing a multimodal approach to pain, and the belief of many patients (and some doctors) that pills are better than non-pharmacologic solutions. Plus, doctors confront the poor habits of patients, their unwillingness to modify behavior, the high cost of prescriptions or travel associated with non-pharmacologic treatments, and the increasing reach of prescription regulation.

With these obstacles, how is a doctor to help patients with pain and keep them from seeking alternative, unsafe or unregulated drugs?

Legislation

Pain management and opioid prescription regulations and guidelines are evolving rapidly in response to the devastating US opioid addiction epidemic and other drug abuse issues, and with the evolution of medical marijuana. This infographic from Athena Health shows the complexity of the issues and legislation, and how challenging it is for busy providers to keep track of it all. The American Academy of Pain Medicine also maintains state-by-state updates on opioid regulation.

What physicians need to know – and prepare for – is that medical options for treating pain are being quickly restricted. Regulations are changing state-by-state, as new regulations are passed by the governments responding to the needs of their citizens. Many states have already passed regulations restricting the use of opioids for categories of acute, subacute and chronic pain. Many more regulations are on the way. Some physicians predict unintended consequences due to increasing black-market opiate acquisition and abuse, and in some cases, angry or even violent patients.

For many states and most physicians, prescription restrictions, continuing education and risk assessment requirements for patient substance abuse disorders are already here, or coming soon.

Solutions

For most physicians the answer to navigating pain treatment lies in creating a multimodal treatment model that can be applied with discretion to each unique patient, and within the time and infrastructure limitations of the practice.

This can include pharmaceuticals, referrals to specialists, and physical or psychotherapeutic approaches. Practically speaking, multimodal care models must also be efficient for physician practices already stretched to the limit. Pain management education and training, via newly available digital products such as BreatheAware for Pain, teach patients and doctors the benefits of self-care and enable a multimodal, trackable care model. Patients can now benefit from CBT, mindfulness, light movement, breathing and PT, in a single, integrated program.

The benefits of adding digital health training for pain are diverse and complement other physician-led approaches:

  • Patient education & behavior change
  • Patient progress tracking & compliance
  • Common language for patient-provider engagement
  • Increased focus on the patient’s role in pain reduction
  • Effectiveness: techniques are evidence-based
  • Low overhead and cost for patient and provider
Ready to learn more about the program?

BA For Pain

For most physicians the answer to navigating pain treatment lies in creating a multimodal treatment model that can be applied with discretion to each unique patient, and within the time and infrastructure limitations of the practice.

This can include pharmaceuticals, referrals to specialists, and physical or psychotherapeutic approaches. Practically speaking, multimodal care models must also be efficient for physician practices already stretched to the limit. Pain management education and training, via newly available digital products such as BreatheAware for Pain, teach patients and doctors the benefits of self-care and enable a multimodal, trackable care model. Patients can now benefit from CBT, mindfulness, light movement, breathing and PT, in a single, integrated program.

The benefits of adding digital health training for pain are diverse and complement other physician-led approaches:

  • Patient education & behavior change
  • Patient progress tracking & compliance
  • Common language for patient-provider engagement
  • Increased focus on the patient’s role in pain reduction
  • Effectiveness: techniques are evidence-based
  • Low overhead and cost for patient and provider
Ready to learn more about the program?

Who Pays?

Most regulatory entities and advisory groups are telling doctors to cut back on opioids for chronic pain and to recommend non-pharmacologic alternatives, yet most payers won’t reimburse for these modalities – for now. There is reason to believe this will change very soon, but in the meantime, here are ways we’re approaching the payment issue with customers.

TREATMENT AGREEMENTS Many doctors use treatment agreements for patients using opioids, with conditions that must be meet if they are to have prescriptions renewed. Click Click here to obtain a sample treatment agreement with language that (1) requires the patient to use and pay for a non-pharma product like BreatheAware for Pain (2) authorize the doctor to access patient tracking information, to assess regular use of the program.

REMEMBER: BREATHEAWARE FOR PAIN PROVIDES PATIENTS EVIDENCE-BASED TECHNIQUES THAT ARE OFTEN MORE EFFECTIVE THAN OPIOIDS AND OFFER PATIENTS AN ALTERNATIVE IF IT BECOMES NECESSARY TO WEAN THEM FROM OPIOIDS.

LOW COST PAYMENTS It’s easy for patients to pay—even Medicaid patients. On a monthly basis, BreatheAware for Pain is affordable for most, and discretionary discounts are available for providers to offer lower income patients.

REIMBURSEMENT SUPPORT & GUARANTEE Scientific literature supports the effectiveness of the various modalities used by BreatheAware programs, and with increased pressure to provide non-opioid alternatives payers are beginning to reimburse digital health-related programs. This is especially true for programs like BreatheAware, which are currently undergoing clinical study. For a limited time, providerswho prescribe our product can offer patients a 100% money-back guarantee backed by BreatheAware, to the extent that payments, not part of a deductible or co-pay, are not accepted for reimbursement. Our staff will even work with provider office teams to document and submit appropriate appeals. Be an advocate on behalf of your patients to obtain reimbursement for safe and effective non-pharma alternatives!'

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Contact us to schedule a personal consultation and demo, learn more about how BreatheAware can help advance your pain management practice, and prepare for legislative changes to come.

Schedule a consultation with BreatheAware founder Curt Rosenthal.

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