Pain Rules Are a Pain for Doctors
Proponents of the revised chronic pain rules touted them as a step specifically to crack down on the proliferation of pill mills. Some argued the old chronic pain rules were merely guidelines, rather than requirements. For physicians treating chronic pain, the revised rules make it clear compliance is not optional. But after just a few months of attempting to follow the beefed-up requirements, some physicians involved in pain management say adhering to the revised rules is already a burden on practices.