October 23, 2014
DRAFT, LCD, Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain and Controlled Substance Monitoring and Drugs of Abuse Testing
Below are links for the proposed DRAFT Local Coverage Determinations (LCD) from First Coast Service Options (FCSO) for the above services. FSIPP has representatives on the Medicare Advisory Committee and provided significant input for recommended changes. You may review these DRAFTS and provide further input during the open public comment period. To submit a comment email or write to:
Medical Policy and Procedures
P.O. Box 2078
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0048
September 11, 2014
DEA Classifies Tramadol a Controlled Substance
Under a final rule published in the Federal Register, the pain reliever tramadol is classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance (CS) starting August 18, 2014. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will require manufacturers to print the “C-IV” designation on all labels that contain tramadol, including its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers. See Florida BOM website.
Articles on Genetics Testing in Pain Management
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The Pain Truth is a statewide community campaign to bring the prescription drug addiction epidemic to the forefront. Prescription drug addiction knows no boundaries. By banding together, we as a community will have greater power to educate, to influence, and to put an end to the pain. Read more...
Our parent organization is ASIPP, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Visit ASIPPs website, for a bountiful resource for pain practitioners, and to review a list of ASIPPs accomplishments which have greatly benefited both pain patients and pain physicians.