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Brian Parks, DO, joined Mercy Clinic Pain Management in Ada, Okla., according to The Ada News.
Forty-two hospitals in Michigan and Illinois joined the MHA Keystone: Pain Management collaborative to minimize opioid abuse, according to Midland Daily News.
David Nadler, DC, a pain physician in Philadelphia, will begin seeing patients in need of rehabilitation after suffering a sports injury or in need of preventative care, according to the Digital Journal.
Donald D. Chipman, MD, a fellowship-trained pain management specialist, has joined Orthopaedic Associates in Florida.
Louisiana Back Institute launched a new tool allowing residents to check their pain symptoms for free online.
Many patients seek alternative treatments for treating pain without their provider's knowledge. Researchers surveyed approximately 6,000 Kaiser patients in Washington and Oregon who had three or more outpatient visits due to chronic pain, according to Portland Business Journal.
For years, physicians have been prescribing opioids as a way to combat pain, yet this feeds into our nation's serious, often fatal, opioid abuse problem. The number of prescription opioid abusers is spiking, and healthcare professionals are addressing this problem head-on, to avoid unnecessary casualties.
Austin Pain Associates, the leader in pain management in central Texas, recently appointed Thomas D. Johnston, JD, and Twyla Fuertes executive leadership positions, according to Digital Journal.

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New surgical procedures and alternatives have been developed to decrease painkiller addictions that can result in fatalities, according to the Edmond Sun.  
Sciatica is the pain caused in the lower extremity resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve.
  At the 21st Annual Becker's ASC Conference in Chicago on Oct. 25, Peter G. Whang, MD, FACS, Associate Professor at the Spine Service Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale University School of Medicine, shared new techniques for managing postoperative pain following orthopedic spinal procedures performed at ASCs.
A medical practice owner, like all professional practice owners, should spend some of his/her time working on the practice, not just in the practice. We know this because we have our own professional practice ourselves. However, even if the owner works "on" the practice; if they ignore one fundamental legal contract, all of his/her work may be in jeopardy — as a single bad event could wipe out everything they have worked so hard to build.
As we approach the 4th quarter of the year, most of our pain specialist clients now have a fairly good idea of what their taxable income will be for 2014. If you are like these clients, you may be wondering "is there anything I can do NOW to save taxes on April 15?" The answer is very likely "yes."  
As financial advisors to hundreds of physicians throughout the U.S. and lecturers to thousands more, including pain physicians, we have seen a sharp increase in the last few years of questions about how investment firms, including ours, make money from advising their clients. Physicians are not alone, as a 2011 survey by Cerulli Associates and Phoenix Marketing International found that nearly two out of every three investors in the survey were confused about how they were paying their advisors.  
  Epidemiologist Dr. Maryam Navaie led a study recently published in the Journal of Anesthesia and Clinical Research showing how local anesthetics can help rapidly improve persistent symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
During a presentation during Becker’s ASC Review’s 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + the Future of Spine, June 12 in Chicago, Evalyn Cole, CEO and administrator of KeiperSpine and Spine Center of Eugene (Ore.), and Jennifer Kvanduch, patient accounts manager of the Spine Surgery Center of Eugene, shared their thoughts on the clinical and financial challenges associated with non-surgical spine care.
  As financial advisors to hundreds of physicians throughout the U.S., including pain physicians and lecturers to thousands more, we have seen a sharp increase in the last few years of questions about how investment firms, including ours, make money from advising their clients. Physicians are not alone as a 2011 survey by Cerulli Associates and Phoenix Marketing International found that nearly two out of every three investors in the survey were confused about how they were paying their advisors.  
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is asking for feedback to a series of questions that will help it assess the clinical utility of pain management injections for low back pain, according to an American Society of Anesthesiologists report.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service's 2014 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule significantly decreases reimbursement for several interventional pain procedures, and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians recently responded with a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
Actuaries are continuing to debate how healthcare reform will impact medical liability insurance premiums, even as the average indemnity payment in 2013 remained relatively stable, according to an American Medical Association report.
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