Alternative Pain Management and Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder – Federal Employees' Compensation Act Bulletin NO. 18-06



Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)


Shares a policy, announced August 8, 2018, guiding the authorization of alternative, non-opioid pain management treatments and treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) for federal workers receiving workers' compensation. Aims to reduce barriers to non-opioid pain treatment, such as alternative pain medication, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), physical therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and other treatment without medication, as well as in-patient pain management programs. Increases patient access to OUD treatments, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), opioid treatment programs, in-patient, out-patient, and emergency services.

Geographic Coverage



Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Opioids • Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing • People with Disabilities • Policy • Prevention • Treatment