Commitment to Quality

The Center for Pain Medicine physicians have been treating patients with painful conditions since 1969. Each year we evaluate and treat thousands of patients. All of our specialists are Board-certified and ABA sub-specialty certified in pain management, with advanced training in diagnosing and treating acute and chronic pain of the spine and musculoskeletal systems. We utilize state-of-the-art image guided techniques to ensure safety and accuracy. We specialize in a multidisciplinary approach to assessing and treating pain, which includes a full-time clinical psychologist who specializes in treating the psychological effects of dealing with chronic pain.


Delivering quality care to our patients is our central focus. We adapt and develop the most creative solutions to deliver quality pain medicine. In an ongoing effort to provide the highest quality in pain medicine administration, we have voluntarily adapted the American Society of Anesthesiology’s Quality Guidelines. These measures represent factors that are unique to pain medicine practice and have been proven to be associated with high quality delivery of care. The guidelines are based on these proven statements:

• Multi-disciplinary care of chronic pain patients has been proven to be of significant value.
• Active involvement of patients in the planning of their care has also proven to improve patient outcomes.
• Psychological factors are important in a patient’s response to pain and behavioral therapy is a significant factor in the successful treatment of many pain syndromes.
• Follow-up care planning may well be more important than any other aspects of initial evaluation and treatment.
• Coordinated discussion and planning among those practitioners caring for the pain patient is also associated with improved outcomes.

These factors form the basis of the recommendations made by the Agency for Healthcare Policy & Research for quality pain management practice in its Clinical Practice Guidelines for Management of Cancer Pain.


Each initial and subsequent encounter with a chronic pain patient will include a Comprehensive Pain Management Plan with documentation of the following six elements of care, each based on different outcomes:

• Patient education and participation in pain management planning.
• Contingency plan for treatment of any future poorly controlled pain.
• Documentation of any potential or actual indications for behavioral-cognitive therapy and actions taken, if any, to provide such therapy.
• Indications and intents regarding consultation of other health professionals, including physical or occupational therapists.
• Planned follow-up assessment of therapeutic outcome and procedures for obtaining unplanned (emergent/urgent) follow-up, if needed.
• Timely reporting of the patient’s condition and the pain management plan to other health professionals attending the patient, to include at minimum the patient’s primary care physician.

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