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For Providers - Stay Current

For Providers - Stay Current !

Pain Care evidence and national and state policies, guidelines, and laws are evolving rapidly. The section will help VA healthcare providers stay up to date with current evidence, policies, guidelines, and laws.

VA/ DoD Guidelines:

Title Link
Management of Opi oid Therapy (OT) for Chronic Pain  
Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain (LBP)  
The Non-Surgical Management of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) 
Management of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) 
Management of Obesity and Overweight 
Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide
Management of Major Depressive Disorder
Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Reaction
Management of Concussion-mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Amputation
The Management of Upper Extremity Amputation Rehabilitation

VHA Policies and Directives:

Title                                                Link
VHA Directive 1306: Querying State Prescription Drug Monitoring

Querying Prescription Drug Monitoring(PDF)

VHA Notice 2019-15: Conduct of Data-Based Case Reviews of Patients W/Opioid-Related Risk Factors Conduct of Data-Based Case Reviews of Patients with Opioid-Related Risk Factors  (PDF)
VA National Stratification Tool for Opioid Risk Mitigation (STORM) - (for VA Providers)
VA - Stratification Tool for Opioid Risk Mitigation (STORM) FAQs - (for VA Providers)
VHA Directive 1137: Provision of Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) Provision of Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH) (PDF)
VHA Directive 1315: Access to VHA Clinical Programs for Participating in State-Approved Marijuana Programs (PDF)
VA Answers Governor Christie's Call on Opioid, Launches S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N Advices and Guidelines icon place holder
  VA Notice 2019-18 – Buprenorphine Prescribing For Opioid Use Disorder (PDF)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain:

Title Link                                               
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain - Therapist Manual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain - Therapist Manual (PDF)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain - Clinician Fact Sheet Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain - Clinician Fact Sheet (PDF)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain - Patient Brochure Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain - Patient Brochure (PDF) 

VA CBT for Chronic Pain Video Vignettes:

Title Video Link                                               
CBT- CP: Treatment Models*
CBT-CP: Kinesiophobia and Walking *
CBT-CP: Time-Based Pacing *
CBT-CP: Relaxation Techniques *
CBT:CP:  Pleasant Activities *
CBT-CP:  Cognitive Coping *
CBT-CP: Discharge Planning *

Resources from other Federal Partners:

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 new AHRQ Resources  
    - Opioid Treatments for Chronic Pain *
    - Nonopioid Pharmacologic Treatments for Chronic Pain *
    - Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review Update *
Rural Community Toolbox Compilation of federal resources to address substance use disorder(SUD) and the opioid crisis.*
Joint Pain Education Program (JPEP) JPEP collaboration between Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) & Department of Defense (DoD) to develop a standardized pain management curriculum - *
CDC Resources  
- Rx Awareness*
- Opioid Overdose*
SAMHSA Resources  
- Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit*
- Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (TIP 63)*
Opioids: The Crisis Next Door*
Pathways to Safer Opioid Use Training*
VA-Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program (CPRP) Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program (CPRP) is an award-winning, comprehensive, inpatient pain treatment program established in 1988 to help Veterans with chronic pain cope with their conditions. National referrals welcome. For more information on the CPRP and referrals please visit:

VA Pain Center-Center for Integrative Care (CIPC)
Center for Integrative Pain Care (CIPC) provides the highest quality, innovative, multidisciplinary and evidence based advanced pain care to Veterans in chronic pain. Developing individualized pain treatment plans. Please visit: 
NIH: Pain Case Presentations - Discussions through CoEPEs
Comprehensive List of Federal Partners Links  - Opioids 

HHS Resources  

   - Pain Management Best Practices

VHA Publication Website 

This website contains information regarding VHA-wide policies, procedures, requirements and other information of general applicability.

Providers Pain Management - Resource Topics

Stay Current site Whole Person Pain Care site Team-Based Pain Care Site  Specific Population site 

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