Amniotic Fluid

Amniotic fluid therapy has emerged as an option in regenerative medicine, drawing attention for its potential in treating orthopedic conditions. Although often thought to contain live stem cells, the packaging and delivery of viable stem cells from amniotic fluid have proven problematic. It is essential to understand the true nature of amniotic fluid and its applications, along with the limitations and challenges it presents as a therapeutic solution.

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Why a PA Getting Hit with 240 Years in Jail is Just the Beginning

If you read this blog, you know that I have previously covered the ongoing ridiculous saga of fake birth tissue stem cells and the billing of these products to Medicare. This past week, the first shoe to drop in the ongoing criminal investigation into that activity happened, with a Physician’s Assistant getting tagged with a…read more

Medicare Finally Handcuffs the Birth Tissue Scammers

It’s taken several years of tracking the great birth tissue scam to see it finally come to some conclusion. When we last left off, the scammers who tried to get Medicare reimbursement for things like Wharton’s Jelly to treat knee arthritis had hit a serious snag. Now that little problem has turned into a massive…read more

What’s the Difference Between All of the Types of Stem Cell Therapy?

I’ve blogged on this topic many times in the past, but it recently came up again through a patient, so I decided to revisit it with an update. This is an incredibly confusing topic for patients as they are usually bewildered by the vastly different claims between bone marrow, fat, and birth tissue “stem cell”…read more

Why Language from a New FDA Amniotic and Umbilical Cord Warning Letter Is a Big Deal

I’ve covered the stem cell wild west for years. One of the crazier things out was amniotic and umbilical cord tissue vendors claiming to sell “stem cell” products that don’t actually contain any live and functional stem cells. In addition, despite an FDA crackdown on these companies, there are still vendors selling this stuff with…read more

What Can We Learn from the Medicare Birth Tissue Injection Scams?

As I reported a few days ago, we are in the midst of perhaps the largest single Medicare part B clawback in history. What can providers and patients learn from this massive fraud? Let’s dig in. Medicare and Birth Tissue Injections Medicare just issued a sweeping nationwide payment clawback for amniotic, placental, and umbilical cord…read more

Amniotic and Placental Injection Medicare Claims Clawbacks Begin

It’s often said that the federal government is like a huge destroyer. It doesn’t turn quickly, but when it points its guns in your direction, you don’t want to be there. I’m sure that’s what thousands of clinics around the country that offered Amniotic and Placental “Medicare Covered” injections are thinking now. Why? The largest…read more

Signature Biologics: Beyond Stem Cells?

We’re entering the 5th month after the end of the FDA discretionary period and the vast majority of Amniotic and Umbilical Cord scams seemed to have disappeared. However, as I’ve been writing about periodically, there are still some that persist. Those have tweaked their messaging, but they all really have the same problem. They all…read more

New Research On Amniotic Injections: ReNu

As I have maintained for years, amniotic tissue may have a role in musculoskeletal treatment, but early sales scams hurt the industry. In the meantime, several companies have begun to pay for clinical trials to see where this stuff may work the best. Today we’ll cover some new data published on a product named ReNu.…read more
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