About this Research Topic
When evaluating the current state of pain management, we must consider who the main consumers are, what the current state of the market is, and what flaws are consistent within the market. Acute pain patients tend to fluctuate in and out of the pain management market, while chronic pain patients tend to stay longer periods of time. Chronic pain (CP) patients are eager to seek immediate comfort within the market of pain relief. Patients are often in a repetitive cycle which goes from primary care/ER visits to medication/Injections, and finally to neuromodulation therapies/surgery. For this reason, pain management is taxing on both the patients and providers. Significant barriers alter the current state of the pain market for chronic pain patients. These include insufficient quantity of providers/specialists, insurance costs, and the urge for quick fixing.
The goal of this Research Topic is to bring together a collection of papers that address pain management from an economic standpoint, such as provider compensation, patient advocacy, healthcare resource utilization, and the chronic pain market. In doing so, we will broaden pain research by identifying successful treatments for pain, which in turn, impact the pain market. We will also shed light on the current flaws of the chronic pain market and pinpoint practices to eliminate and overcome these hurdles.
We welcome the submission of manuscripts including, but not limited to, the following topics:
• Economics of chronic pain management
- Basics of the RVS Update Committee (RUC)
- Basics of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Economics of multidisciplinary teams
• Coding in pain management practices
- The use, development, and implementation of T-codes and new codes
- How cases are performed
• Advocacy of chronic pain patients
• Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) and health-care utilization
• Neuromodulation under International Health Services
• Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and neuromodulation
Keywords: economics, neuromodulation, pain management, coding, spinal cord stimulation, advocacy
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