Adequate pain treatment is essential for quality medical care. Chronic pain treatment is predominantly the responsibility of primary care practices - only 5% of patients ever receive a pain specialist consultation.

Reducing over reliance on opioids for both acute and chronic pain, as well as utilizing other methods of managing pain will help reduce the negative consequences of opioid treatment as well as the potential for abuse and diversion.

This module was supported by Funding Opportunity 1L1CMS31476-03-00 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.

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