New Florida State Senate Bill Would Be a First Step to Fix an Out of Control Stem Cell Space

by Chris Centeno, MD /

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If you follow this blog, you know that the stem cell wild west is exploding now with a new phenomenon that has unshackled the good parts of stem cell technology from reality. We now have chiropractic clinics putting on aggressive sales seminars claiming to regrow new knees in patients with severe arthritis using dead amniotic stem cells. The physicians who have attended these seminars have been astounded by the ridiculous claims about how magic amniotic stem cells can regrow and, frankly, treat just about everything else. We now have a new ridiculous video produced by Jeff Hayes that claims that stem cells will also help you live longer! It’s in this context that a new Florida Senate bill has been introduced that seeks to try to put the brakes on the snake oil insanity. Let me explain.

Stem Cells Are NOT Magic

This week, the new Jeff Hayes film launched, called “The Healing Miracle: The Truth about Stem Cells.” If you want to know why this new Florida Senate bill was proposed, look no further than this film. In fact, it is the embodiment of the unhooking of stem cells as a tool used by trained physicians versus the hype that chiropractors and business owners have inserted into the field.

The Florida State Senate Bill Seems Like It Was Written for US Stem Cell and Chiro Management Groups

You may have seen the headlines this past year that discussed the blinding of three patients who had their eyeballs injected with stem cells in Sunrise, Florida. One of the most egregious things about the treatment was that it was performed by a nurse practitioner. Why? The usual reason is cost. Specialist ophthalmologists are very expensive providers and would charge roughly 5–10X more for the same service as a nurse practitioner.

New Florida Senate bill 1508 seems squarely aimed at this phenomenon. In the case of US Stem Cell, the clinic side of the operation was owned by a corporation, and in the instances of the three patients who were blinded, the company employed midlevel providers to perform treatments. The new Florida legislation would restrict the practice of stem cell therapies being provided by a nonphysician-run medical group.

The New Bill and the Chiro Stem Cell Explosion

The new bill would also heavily restrict the explosion in the chiropractic practices mentioned above. In this case, a chiropractor who employs a nurse practitioner or physician assistant, or even a physician part-time, to deliver stem cell therapies would be restricted from doing so. Why? Stem cells are medical therapies, and, ultimately, a physician’s license as the clinic owner has to be on the line. However, there’s an even more important reason: keeping physicians in control is good for the field.

Why Is Physician Control the Way to Go?

When you put a business in charge of a stem cell clinic or a nonphysician, the focus is to run it as a business. That means overpromise and hype everything, reduce the costs of delivering services to the absolute lowest by cutting corners, and do everything you can to maximize profits to shareholders or owners. While chiropractors are health care providers, they have never been responsible before for life and death decisions or invasive care that if done incorrectly can permanently injure a patient. Hence, they don’t know the controls that need to be put in place to protect patients and keep them safe.

The upshot? Please support Senator Dana Young from district 18 (Hillsborough County) in Florida as she pushes Senate bill 1508 forward. This is a critical bill that will protect the patients of the state of Florida and is much-needed legislation nationally. Take a minute to e-mail her right now in support of this excellent measure; her e-mail address is [email protected]

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15 thoughts on “New Florida State Senate Bill Would Be a First Step to Fix an Out of Control Stem Cell Space

  1. Sharon Brown

    What is your opinion about the webinar series now airing : The Healing Miracle The Truth about Stem Cells? Some are pushing umbilical stem cells, not so much adipose and amniotic.
    https://www.thehealingmiracle.com/fvep-1/[email protected]&view_key=348a4dt4a61702e3a131e0f9459c740wacd47&inf_contact_key=e137647e17d616fb06ffda760f7e4288ef32758c8d705caf0913f411d5a1512d

    1. Chris Centeno Post author

      I think it’s a ridiculous travesty that will damage the field more than help it. See https://regenexx.com/blog/jeff-hayes-healing-miracle-truth-stem-cells/

  2. Sh

    More questions about the webinar on stem cells….One man said the stem cells do not multiply. It is a signaling process. Correct or not? Some using DMSO.

    1. Chris Centeno Post author

      Questions about our webinar? Who said stem cells do not multiply? DMSO would only be used for frozen stem cells which would be illegal to use in the U.S.

      1. Sharon Brown

        Sorry I was not clear on which webinar. It was the The Healing Miracle. I have read your article and do appreciate your expertise on these matters. I have had stem cells done by your group in 2010. I only had enough from the culture for one injection but it did stabilize my knee.
        My sister had fat stem cell process done in Missouri around 2010 and Medicare covered it. It was cheap. They had to code it as something else to get it covered. She opted to have both knees replaced soon after. Why do people not realize you have to pay out of pocket for what is needed.

        1. Regenexx Team

          Sharon,

          Unfortunately, likely because they are simply being mislead. But importantly, coding something for something different than it is, is illegal…

  3. Brad

    I hope this spreads to other states and comes to fruition in Florida. There’s many reasons why a non physician individual or entity should not control medical decision making.

    Chiropractors in particular I agree perform a great form of myofascial care in the right patients. But their scope stops there legally. They should not be allowed to “own” medical physicians/ doctors or entities that employs them.

  4. Jack Garrity

    This whole controversy makes it very difficult for a “patient” to undertake a stem cell treatment. Who / what do you believe … at a very high unreimbursed $$ cost and health uncertainty; especially if your problem area is the foot/ankle which seems to have seen far, far less such treatments and, hence, not a lot of shared patient outcomes to read about. Makes me sad as, in theory, stem cells should have very good potential to improve my condition.

    1. Chris Centeno Post author

      We’ve treated hundreds of ankle patients (423 to be exact), those outcomes are here:https://regenexx.com/results/live-patient-outcomes/ Just change the body part to ankle… Yes, you should be very cautious about who you see, as scams abound. In the meantime, you may or may not be a candidate for a procedure like this, which is a determination that will be based on your MRI images, exam, and history.

  5. Steve Arcara

    In regards to deploying stem cell therapy in FL, have any FL insurance companies covered the cost of the stem cell procedures? I am an avid reader of the blog and currently assessing it’s deployment for work comp injuries. I look forward to receiving a reply on my question and any other follow up from Regenexx on this matter.

    1. Chris Centeno Post author

      While we have obtained coverage for about 500,000 US covered lives through self-insured health insurance, no worker’s comp program I know at this point (outside of a few companies working directly with us in other states) have decided to cover this in Florida. We are working to change that…

  6. BETSY Vingle

    I am a chiropractor in NC and see adds in AVL and Hendersonville …its embarrassing!

  7. Debbie

    I have a torn meniscus in my right knee. What type of regennex procedure would you recommend?

    1. Regenexx Team

      Debbie,

      We’d need more information, as some meniscus tears can be addressed with platelet procedures, others, require stem cell procedures. If you’d like us to evaluate your particular case to see if you’d be a candidate and what would be needed in your case, please submit the “Am I a Candidate” form.

  8. Edward Dieguez Jr. MD

    I am glad they are finally regulating this. However I hope they do not drive the cost up by over regulating since this would mean less number of patients could afford it. When government regulators go unchecked you know what happens sometime.

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