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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

Do IV “Stem Cells” Make Sense for Orthopedic Problems?

Many clinics are offering IV “stem cells” to treat orthopedic problems. Does this make sense? No. Please share this infographic with your friends or family who are considering these treatments!

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

Are Umbilical Cord “Stem Cells” a Thing?

Let’s say you’re in a US clinic and someone offers you stem cells from Wharton’s Jelly? Is that for real or fiction? Based on the existing research, it’s not real. While Wharton’s Jelly is a component of an umbilical cord that can contain stem cells, the US products being sold to clinics do not have…read more

UC Expanded Stem Cells in Arizona? How the Bernal Decision has Caused the Stem Cell Wild West to Spin Out of Control

In late August of 2022, a much anticipated and COVID-delayed legal decision was handed down on using stromal vascular fraction and FDA approval. IMHO, that local decision has now had wide-reaching, national impacts on the stem cell wild west beyond what any credible attorney would tell you is the law. Let’s dig into this topic…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 is the Justice Department Involved in the Birth Tissue Q-code Clawback?

If you read this blog, you know about the birth tissue Q-code debacle. Basically, hundreds of millions were billed to Medicare for clinical indications that weren’t covered, prompting one of the largest clawbacks in CMS history. Now that this is in full swing, the really interesting part is that I keep hearing that physicians are…read more

Necrobiology, Fake Umbilical Cord “Stem Cell” Products, and Clinical Efficacy

An entire industry has been built on the idea that you can find mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in Wharton’s Jelly and that these plentiful stem cells can be safely used in patients without foreign tissue rejection. However, in-vitro research has shown that these cells are dead and dying. How does this impact their clinical efficacy?…read more
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