Rhode Island: Refer to the Low Back Pain Management Program
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:
Focuses primarily on members who have chronic non-traumatic back pain
Includes non-medication supports, as well as alternative pain management options, such as chiropractic coverage, to help reduce or stop the use of any opioid medications
Provides an RN to work with the member to create a treatment plan that addresses their specific lower back pain needs
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: