Last modified: July 1, 2021
We encourage you to use non-pharmacologic and non-opioid alternatives when deciding on the best course of treatment for Medicaid patients in Rhode Island with chronic pain.
According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 1.5 billion people around the world have chronic pain. This prevalence of pain is occurring as we face a widespread opioid epidemic in U.S. Consider programs like the UnitedHealthcare Low Back Pain Management program. The program:
Call 401-732-7373 or email CareManagement_RI@UHC.com to refer members to the Low Back Pain Management Program.
Non-pharmacologic and non-opioid alternatives
Combine non-pharmacologic alternatives with counseling, exercise and other lifestyle changes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the consideration of non-opioid medications before an opioid medication is prescribed for pain management. Examples include: