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2022 Kaua'i Pain Conference Program

Forum: Keeping Chronic Pain Patients Engaged in Care

Mar 5, 2022 4:15pm ‐ Mar 5, 2022 5:15pm


Provider anxiety as well as prior authorization, denials, and arbitrary limits by insurers, pharmacy benefit management companies, and pharmacies, and some overreaching state regulations have contributed to some patients with pain being inappropriately denied or terminated off opioid therapy. 

Closures of pain clinics and loss of specialist care has resulted in many patients doing rapid opioid tapers, including nonconsensually. Despite the many current barriers to providing opioid therapy for patients with pain, physicians are encouraged to do the best they can to keep patients engaged in care, and to treat their patient’s pain in a holistic, evidence based and evidence informed way.

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