Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that is associated with significant medical, emotional, and economic burdens. The International Association for the Study of Pain defined chronic pain as pain that persists past the normal time of healing, which may be less than 1 month, or more commonly, 3 months.
The main article in this publication highlights the rising incidence of chronic pain that afflicts 43% of the adult US population (as of 2010).
Practitioners, healthcare providers, governing bodies, and patients all agree that there are significant gaps in the adequate management of pain in our current healthcare system.
Managed care organizations (MCOs) must play a pivotal role in the management of patients with chronic pain. Payers already recognize that pain is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions and that it is generally associated with significant comorbidities.
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