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Arnold, B.; Boeger, A.; Brinkschmidt, T.; Casser, H. -R.; Irnich, D.; Kaiser, U.; Klimczyk, K.; Lutz, J.; Pfingsten, M.; Sabatowski, R.; Schiltenwolf, M. and Soellner, W. (2018): Umsetzung der interdisziplinären multimodalen Schmerztherapie nach OPS 8‑918. Empfehlungen der Ad-hoc-Kommission „Interdiziplinäre multimodale Schmerztherapie“ der Deutschen Schmerzgesellschaft. In: Schmerz, Vol. 32, No. 1: pp. 5-14

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With the implementation of the German diagnosis-related groups (DRG) reimbursement system in hospitals, interdisciplinary multimodal pain therapy was incorporated into the associated catalogue of procedures (OPS 8-918). Yet, the presented criteria describing the procedure of interdisciplinary multimodal pain therapy are neither precise nor unambiguous. This has led to discrepancies in the interpretation regarding the handling of the procedure-making it difficult for medical services of health insurance companies to evaluate the accordance between the delivered therapy and the required criteria. Since the number of pain units has increased in recent years, the number of examinations by the medical service of health insurance companies has increased. This article, published by the ad hoc commission for interdisciplinary multimodal pain therapy of the German Pain Association, provides specific recommendations for correct implementation of interdisciplinary multimodal pain therapy in routine care. The aim is to achieve a maximum level of accordance between health care providers and the requirements of the medical examiners from health insurance companies. More extensive criteria regarding interdisciplinary multimodal pain treatment in an in-patient setting, especially for patients with chronic and complex pain, are obviously needed. Thus, the authors further discuss specific aspects towards further development of the OPS-code. However, the application of the OPS-code still leaves room regarding treatment intensity and process quality. Therefore, the delivery of pain management in sufficient quantity and quality still remains the responsibility of each health care provider.

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