The new pain management protocols go into effect later this month.
One of the goals is to prevent opioid abuse by injured workers. "It's key to identify early who's got addictive behaviors," said Karen Caterino, risk manager for the State of Nevada. "It's critical to see them."
Pain management specialists will be a part of the process, along with psychological counselors and experts in functional restoration. Caterino says collaborating with experts from a variety of medical fields will help raise red flags among claimants who could otherwise end up addicted to opioids.
December 19, 2011
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