The State of Oregon has included nondrug treatments such as chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga, massage, cognitive behavioral therapy, etc. for Medicaid patients with low back pain (LBP) starting in July of 2016. A newly announced study through Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Outcomes Institute (pcori) will be evaluating physicians’ opioid prescribing practices and other outcomes in Oregon in comparison to matched patients in comparable clinics in California where services for LBP are restricted to more conventional care. This $5.7 million dollar project is set to begin August 2017 and end July 2020.
For additional details: http://www.pcori.org/research-results/2017/naturalistic-experiment-evaluating-impact-medicaid-treatment-reimbursement