Oregon Chronic Pain Treatments Under Review

Apr 12, 2019

The Oregon Health Authority announced Friday a third-party review is underway to consider expanding Medicaid coverage for certain chronic pain conditions.

The conditions include pain from trauma, chronic pain syndrome and fibromyalgia. The proposal under consideration by the Health Evidence Review Commission would expand access to prescription opioids for some of these ailments.

Dr. Dana Hargunani is Chief Medical Officer at OHA.

“And if there is strong evidence for effectiveness of treatments in those conditions, have a big impact on the populations,” says Dr. Hargunani, “they get prioritized high on the list and ultimately the Legislature then funds those conditions.”

Credit Oregon Health Authority

Dr. Hargunani says funding under the Oregon Health Plan could cover pain treatments like massage, acupuncture and pharmaceuticals including opiates. If approved by the Commission, the proposal would go into effect in 2020.