It is widely known that a majority of chronic pain patients suffer from coexisting sleep and mood disorders. Most pain clinics across the nation do not have easy access to behavioral health specialists to help manage these coexisting mood disorders. Multiple companies are now starting to appear that allow patient populations to manage mood disorders through the use of user-friendly phone applications. These newer technologies fill a void in behavioral healthcare and are being reimbursed by insurance providers. We will explore new applications, the assessments they are tracking, and how reimbursement may attract more physician groups to utilize these programs.
Review the association between chronic pain and coexisting psychiatric pathology
Review CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids and recommendations in those guidelines to track psychometric measures
Review CPT code 99484, its reason for introduction, and current reimbursement
Explore current platforms available for physicians/patients to better address psychiatric needs in the chronic pain population