In the six months following the release of the National Pain Strategy, most of the attention has been on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for safely prescribing opioids, which were released around the same time. Little focus has been placed on the next steps to begin moving toward the pain strategy's goals, which include adopting interdiscplinary care, self-management techniques and getting insurance companies to pay for those alternatives, says James Atchison, D.O., medical director of the Center for Pain Management at RIC.  

To read more on how hospitals are shifting the pain treatment paradigm in a new direction and expanding the toolbox of options for providers, check out Hospitals & Health Networks' October cover story