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Optum Pain Management Program to Rollout in Florida January 2020

Wednesday, October 23, 2019  

You may have heard about a pain management pilot program to waive out of pocket costs for the first three visits for consumers seeking musculoskeletal care for low back pain from an Optum® physical medicine provider. This program was piloted for UnitedHealthcare® large group members in selected states beginning July 1, 2019.

Beginning January 1, 2020, this pilot will expand to include select small groups in the following states:

• Alabama
• Arkansas- UnitedHealthcare of the River Valley
• Florida
• Georgia
• Louisiana - UnitedHealthcare and UnitedHealthcare of the River Valley
• Mississippi
• North Carolina
• South Carolina
• Tennessee - UnitedHealthcare of the River Valley
• Virginia - UnitedHealthcare of the River Valley

The intent of the pilot is to encourage consumers with low back pain to seek conservative care from a physical therapist or chiropractor first, as an alternative to injections, imaging, and opioids.

UnitedHealthcare will be contacting consumers and providers in the expansion states in the coming months.

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