By Dr. Sanford Silverman
January 5th, 2014
The federal government took a dangerous step backwards late last month that will not only cost taxpayers more, it will eventually lead to the broader use of narcotics and other pain medications.
Under proposed rules related to the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued proposed guidelines earlier this summer. Those proposed guidelines offered some cuts in payments for interventional pain management practices.
Fair enough. The cuts were tough, they were bad policy, but they were bearable.
On April 23, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Safety Alert warning that injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in rare but serious neurologic problems, further, it also states that they are not effective.
We are Board Certified physicians who employ state of the art interventional techniques to scientifically diagnose and accurately treat and reduce your pain. We employ a multidisciplinary approach that integrates pain management, behavioral medicine, and physical therapy to treat your pain in the most effective manner.