SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico council has made 11 recommendations to cut drug overdose rates in the state.
The New Mexico Overdose Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Council is...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A pain management clinic with facilities in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina is accused of "liberally" prescribing unnecessary opioid painkillers.
Pain doc guilty plea in urinalysis drug test kickback scheme
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A doctor who co-owned a Louisiana pain management clinic has pleaded guilty in a scheme to get about $336,000 in health care kickbacks.
The U.S. Attorney in Baton Rouge says 58-year-old Gray Wesley Barrow of Baton Rouge pleaded guilty to conspiracy.
Financial judgments awarded victims of ex-Oklahoma doctor
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma pain management doctor who pleaded guilty in the overdose deaths of several of his patients owes millions of dollars to his victims' families, but it's unlikely they'll ever receive much money.
Chronic pain patients says they’re ‘treated like criminals’
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — When the former nonprofit director_a woman with a master's degree in social work_moved from North Carolina to Spotsylvania County last fall, she brought detailed medical records about her chronic pain and the opioids she takes to treat them.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of Tennessee's largest pain management companies is closing multiple clinics throughout the state in July, leaving some patients searching for a new source of painkillers.
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The mother of a man who overdosed in West Virginia is suing a pain management clinic that federal prosecutors say was run as a pill mill.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Inez Lewis filed her lawsuit on June 29, four months after 12 people involved in the Hope Clinic were indicted.
NEW YORK (AP) — The BIG3 says players in the 3-on-3 league of former NBA players are allowed to use cannabidiol (kan-uh-bih-DY'-ahl), or CBD, for pain management and recovery.
Under the change announced Wednesday, the BIG3 becomes what's believed to be the first professional sports league in the United States to allow use of the marijuana ingredient for pain management and recovery.
Health fair highlights pain management, vein treatment, fibroid procedure
La PORTE — A string of health fairs at the Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care are introducing patients to the growing range of services offered by physicians in the business.
The group recently expanded its services to include treatment for uterine fibroids.
Dr. Keerthi Prasad, a board-certified interventional radiologist, said the practice is growing because its offices fill a need in Northwest Indiana.
SSM Health St. Clare Hospital offers nitrous oxide for pain management during childbirth
Nitrous oxide has been used as a pain treatment for more than 100 years, but in modern times most people associate the drug with surgery or “laughing gas” at the dentist’s office.
It was commonly used in the early 1900s to ease the pain of childbirth but lost popularity in the United States in favor of stronger painkillers. Now hospitals across the country are reintroducing the treatment in delivery rooms, and SSM Health St. Clare Hospital will soon join the growing list.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A state grand jury has indicted a Tucson doctor who owns a pain management medical clinic on fraud and drug charges.
The indictment charges Dr. David Ruben with prescribing opioids 25 times to 11 patients over a half-year period when he was barred by an Arizona Medical Board order from prescribing, administering, or dispensing certain controlled substances.
COLUMBUS – The subject of opioid abuse has been getting national headlines because of high addiction rates and numerous deaths associated with the prescription medication.
Cutbacks to opioid prescriptions leave chronic pain patients without help
Opioid addiction is getting more attention nationally, but a Washington State University researcher says not enough is being done to help patients transition to non-opioid pain management.
Marian Wilson, an associate professor at WSU’s College of Nursing, has spent much of her career looking at pain management and chronic pain, including alternatives to opioids that can help some people manage pain more effectively.
Alex Azar: Trump opioid plan includes retraining physicians on pain-management options
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday that President Trump is committed to reducing the number of prescribed opioids and retraining physicians on how to handle pain management.
"He is saying that within three years, we will reduce the prescribing of legal opioids by one-third," Mr. Azar said on Fox News.
This is the third part in a series on opioid abuse and addiction. — Eds.
Opioids are addictive. And as opioid overdoses continue to rise around the country, the medical community is rethinking the drugs’ place in pain management after decades of thinking they were less dangerous.
STAMFORD — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma ranked as the top donor among a group of five pharmaceutical companies that poured millions of dollars during the past five years into prominent nonprofits supporting large-scale opioid use, according to a new report from U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.
New Medicaid rule will further open acupuncture services to 108,000 Ohio patients with low back pain, migraines
New Medicaid rule will further open acupuncture services to 108,000 Ohio patients with low back pain, migraines
CLEVELAND, Ohio—Starting January 1, more than 108,000 Ohioans on Medicaid who have diagnosed low back pain or migraines will be able to see an acupuncturist for pain management. The change in policy is part of an effort to reduce the number of unnecessary opioid prescriptions and overdose deaths in the state that arise from treating chronic pain with addictive drugs.
A year and a half ago, Jerry started the pain management routine that has changed his life.
He wakes up every morning around 7 at his home in a Fairfield County suburb and takes a vitamin-sized capsule of cannabis oil.
The tablet takes a few hours to work on the pain that courses through his legs, an ongoing symptom of his arachnoiditis — a pain disorder caused by the inflammation of a membrane that surrounds the spinal cord’s nerves.
Lurie recognized for approach to managing pain in children
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago children's hospital has been recognized for its approach to relieving patients' pain.
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital reports it has been awarded a certificate for a "comprehensive approach to pain prevention and management in children."
WV cities file lawsuit against health commission over opioid recommendations
HUNTINGTON — Several West Virginia cities have filed a federal lawsuit against a non-profit that accredits United States health care organization, accusing the group of downplaying the effects of opioids through its recommended pain management standards.
Norwich — Backus Hospital leaders are working to hire a replacement for the doctor at a hospital pain management clinic on Salem Turnpike, but a nationwide shortage of pain specialists could mean a delay.
Dr. Edward Hargus, the primary physician at the clinic, retired recently, leaving the 150-patient Backus Pain Management & Palliative Care Services center without a permanent doctor.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are launching a multi-component research project focusing on nondrug approaches for pain management addressing the needs of service members and veterans. Twelve research projects — including three at Yale University — totaling approximately $81 million over six years will focus on developing, implementing, and testing nondrug pain management.
AGs want health insurers to review policies in opioid fight
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys general from 35 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia are urging health insurers to review their policies for pain management treatment to spark higher use of alternatives to opioid prescriptions.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Monday announced the bipartisan coalition's efforts in the ongoing fight to end opioid addiction.
Dr. Asmitha Sathiyakumar joins Harbin Clinic Spine and Pain Management Rome
Harbin Clinic Spine & Pain Management Rome welcomes Dr. Sathiyakumar to its team of physicians dedicated to caring completely for the backbones and achy joints of Rome.
City officials discussed the status of locating a proposed suboxone clinic at the Clearinghouse, 100 E. Second St., during Tuesday's Madison City Council meeting. City Attorney Joe Jenner said he informed the clinic owner, Groups: Recover Together, that the clinic falls under the city's pain management definition. Operation of the clinic would not be allowed under the pain management umbrella because of the Clearinghouse's proximity to residential areas and public spaces. Jenner said he has...
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The man who killed himself after shooting up a Las Vegas pain-management clinic has been identified.
The Clark County coroner's office said Friday that 50-year-old Chad Broderick of Las Vegas had pulled the trigger with the gun aimed at his mouth.
Police say the man was a regular patient at the Center for Wellness and Pain Care in northwest Vegas but was denied a same-day appointment Thursday afternoon. He opened fire and then fatally shot himself.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee attorney general is suing a chain of pain management clinics over claims of millions of dollars in TennCare fraud.
Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced the lawsuit Thursday against MMi Pain Clinics, which operated at least 18 clinics in Tennessee.
The lawsuit in Williamson County Circuit Court claims the pain clinic chain filed the fraudulent TennCare claims dating back to at least 2006.
The NFL faces another public relations nightmare, and this time it directly involves team doctors and athletic trainers.
BOSTON (AP) — At Dr. Fathalla Mashali's pain management clinics, the waiting rooms were often so packed with patients that people sat on the floor, leaned against walls and spilled into the hallways.
The Latest: Pain doctor apologizes for health care fraud
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a pain management doctor who federal prosecutors say prescribed opioids to drug abusers (all times local):
A pain management doctor has apologized for falsely submitting claims for services he did not provide while prescribing opioids to patients at his four pain clinics in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Dr. Fathalla Mashali pleaded guilty Wednesday to 44 counts of health care fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering.
2 Alabama doctors convicted in pill mill case
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Two doctors who operated a pain management clinic on the Alabama coast are facing time in federal prison after being convicted of running what authorities describe as a pill mill.
Jurors in Mobile returned the verdict Thursday against Drs. John Patrick Couch and Ziulu Ruan.
The two physicians were convicted on 19 of 20 counts after a trial that lasted a month.
GREENWICH — The Nathaniel Witherell has added to its services, unveiling specialty care enhancements that will enable patients to avoid hospitalization, according to administrators.
Pain management physician resolves Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act allegations
ATLANTA, GA –Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Attorney General Andy Beshear of the Commonwealth of Kentucky this week in announcing that pain management physician, Dr. Robert Windsor, has agreed to the entry of a $20 million consent judgment to resolve allegations that he violated the Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act, the federal False Claims Act and other state laws and regulations by billing federal healthcare programs, including Georgia Medicaid, for medically unnecessary diagnostic tests and for billing Medicare and Tricare for surgical monitoring services that he did not perform. Dr. Windsor owned pain management clinics in Georgia and Kentucky that operated under the umbrella of National Pain Care, Inc.