Title

The payer side: patient outcomes and cost.

Publication/Presentation Date

11-1-2008

Abstract

Payers and clinicians share a commitment to successful clinical outcomes in patients with acute or chronic pain. However, there are several issues that concern payers and managed care plans, including the cost of therapy and the cost of treating side effects. This article reviews the economic implications of pain management and the need to provide care in a clinically and economically responsible way. The article also addresses the value of medications to patients, the need for more judicious use of very expensive medications, and the use of evidence-based treatment guidelines.

Volume

15 Suppl 10

First Page

20

Last Page

22

ISSN

1536-3686

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

PubMedID

19127125

Department(s)

Department of Medicine

Document Type

Article

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