This 2019 patient/provider decision tool lists alternative pain management therapies that may be considered as an alternative to opioids and whether or not listed treatments are covered by Minnesota Medicaid health plans.
These presentation slides provide an overview of the elements of yoga and briefly review studies of the effectiveness of yoga to treat chronic pain. A thorough summary of yoga principles including a discussion of meditation/mindfulness practices.
In 2019, CMS issued this informational bulletin to state Medicaid directors describing strategies state Medicaid programs could adopt to provide non-opioid and non-medication based treatments for chronic pain.
In 2017, researchers at Boston Medical Center published a study where they compared the effectiveness of physical therapy to a manualized yoga program for the treatment of chronic low back pain. This document is the Yoga Teacher Training Manual used in the study.
This 2017 study at Boston Medical Center enrolled 320 patients with chronic low back pain and offered them either a manualized yoga program, physical therapy, or patient education on pain management.
In 2017, researchers at Boston Medical Center published a study comparing the effectiveness of physical therapy to a manualized yoga program for the treatment of chronic low back pain. This document is the participant guidebook to the yoga program.
The ALTO or Alternative to Opiates initiative is a an emergency department (ED) based program intended to utilize non-opioid approaches as a first-line therapy for certain pain conditions commonly treated in the ED. These slides briefly describe the ALTO protocols and the results of a pilot study of the program.
In 2016, state leaders in Minnesota convened a summit to discuss the impact of the opioid crisis in Indian Country. This report summarizes the conversations held at the summit and provides policy and budget recommendations for tribal nations and state government programs.