CMS provides resources to providers that can be used to promote a range of effective tools and services for addressing chronic pain. CMS is committed to exploring and offering viable options to address the opioid crisis, sharing information on the data that CMS collects with other agencies and organizations, and protecting the beneficiaries and communities affected by the crisis.
Opioids are one tool to help your patients with chronic pain. Providers may want to consider other treatments when they discuss options with their patients. Medicare covers a variety of services to treat pain; providers can find detailed information, related coding information, and any restrictions on the CMS website, along with a searchable database. Together, there can be progress made in addressing many aspects of the opioid epidemic. For questions on CMS opioid policies, refer to these available resources.
Please see the Reducing Opioid Misuse letter mailed to all Medicare fee-for-service providers for more details.