The World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the eleventh revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11) at its World Health Assembly meeting in May 2019. It addition to other major changes, ICD-11 includes a new classification for chronic pain as well as new groups of codes for chronic pain conditions. After a decade of preparation, ICD-11 will become effective in January 2022. The advance release allows countries to plan how to use the new version and train health professionals.
Medicare recently announced a plan to streamline the process of finding coverage and documentation requirements for applicable services. Currently, documentation requirements appear in various locations and on separate websites requiring physicians and staff to navigate multiple websites for information.
The PCSS Discussion Forum provides the opportunity for health professionals to discuss clinical practices around substance use disorders and opioid use disorder with colleagues and addiction and pain experts. (Sign up is required.)