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Thursday, June 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: APTANJ
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In a recent NJ 101.5 article, entitled “Jersey Doctors Say They’re Helping Beat Opioid Abuse,” a spokesperson for the NJ Medical Society stated the following:

"We hear from a lot of our physicians that they would love to put a patient on a non-opioid, or even a non-pill medication, but oftentimes access to alternatives like Lyrica or physical therapy or other things like that are...not covered by insurance, and insurance usually does cover opioids," she said. "They are cheaper, unfortunately."

APTANJ appreciates that physicians are taking an active role in working to prevent prescription drug abuse which has plagued our society for too long; however, we feel that the above statement is inaccurate and potentially misleading.

Physical Therapy is recognized as a healthcare profession performed by licensed practitioners in New Jersey. Lyrica is a medication used to treat nerve and muscle pain.

Physical Therapy is considered to be an essential benefit covered by all major health insurance providers, including Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Cigna, United and Aetna; to name a few.

APTANJ feels it is important to our members and their patients that we clarify misstatements, such as this one, so that all New Jerseyans have an accurate understanding of what healthcare services are available and accessible to them.

We encourage members to have conversations with physicians, patients and others, on how the physical therapy profession provides non-narcotic pain relief, which is oftentimes covered by insurance companies.

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