AMA supports monitoring to curb opioid abuse

The American Medical Association is urging doctors to use prescription drug monitoring programs to combat opioid abuse. The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse is urging health care providers to use state­run prescription drug monitoring programs to check a patient’s history when considering treatment options, the Chicago­based group said in a statement on Wednesday. …

Cognitive behavioral therapy reduces pain

The vast majority of people with chronic pain rely on pain medications like prescription opioids for relief, but as the use of these drugs has increased, so has the incidence of serious problems including overdose, addiction and health complications. Often pain killers don’t improve a person’s ability to function well (because they feel too sedated) …

Workers comp payers backing cognitive behavioral therapy

Cognitive therapy aids return to work. Some prominent workers compensation payers are taking an unusual step: actively recommending cognitive behavioral therapy for claimants who suffer from chronic pain and psychosocial issues that are hindering their recovery. When properly applied, the psychotherapeutic approach can help workers comp and nonoccupational disability claimants return to work sooner by …