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Better insurance coverage of non-drug therapies might help ease opioid crisis

Nadereh Pourat, professor-in-residence of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the Fielding School, was quoted in a Reuters story about health insurers providing little or no coverage of non-opioid treatments for back pain.

 

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

When it comes to non-drug therapies for back pain, U.S. insurance plans vary widely in what they will cover, a new study finds.

Private and public insurers are missing important opportunities to promote alternatives to opioids, the investigators write in JAMA Network Open.

While insurers may eventually fix the problem on their own, sometimes it takes legislation to make sure everyone gets what they need, said Nadereh Pourat, associate director of the Center for Health Policy Research at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Read more in Reuters