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Insurance coverage for scrambler therapy is on the upswing

When it comes to convincing government and private medical insurance to cover newer medical treatments, it can feel like climbing a mountain. At night. With no shoes. In the pouring rain.

But, we’re happy to begin to see some light at the end of the tunnel. At last, health insurers are recognizing the cost benefit and effectiveness of Calmare’s scrambler therapy in comparison to endless medications, expensive and invasive chronic pain treatments such as Ketamine therapy and spinal chord stimulators (SCS).

 Here is what we know or have been advised to date:

 Worker’s Comp:

The following states are covering scrambler therapy:

New York

Connecticut

Rhode Island

Wyoming

Private Insurance:

*There have been sporadic reimbursements for indications including CIPN, RSD, Herpes and CRPS from the following private health insurers who have approved and paid for at least one patient of treatment for Scrambler Therapy: 

United  

Aetna  

Chartis 

Beacon Mutual  

BCBS UT

Cigna   

Zurich

Liberty Mutual

GHI

BCBS-NV

Anthea

CorVel

Empire BCBS

The Empire Plan 

 *Patients have reported the highest percentage of success when they appeal an initial denial of coverage. 

Additionally, patients living in New York and Wyoming with private insurance have reported the highest percentage of coverage in the U.S., to date.

Without appeals or submittal of claims for coverage, the insurance company’s Medical Directors see no demand from providers for the new technology and therefore have little motivation to establish coverage.

 CPT Code for Scrambler Therapy

The AMA released the new CPT code (0278T) on January 1, 2012.   This code is now used by all Scrambler therapy sites for billing/reimbursement claims.

If you live in a state where Worker’s Comp offers coverage and would like to pursue Calmare Therapy:

1) Schedule a consultation with a certified Calmare provider to determine if your medical condition is appropriate for Calmare Therapy. Bring along your medical records and a history of other chronic pain treatments you have undergone.

2) IF your doctor confirms Calmare is appropriate for your medical condition, contact your Worker’s Comp representative to obtain “pre-certification” before beginning treatment.

There is activity, we are getting there

Slowly but surely, insurers are beginning to see that scrambler therapy is a cost-effective treatment to help people minimize or eliminate chronic pain which is preventing them from working and enjoying the high quality of life they deserve. It’s proven and remarkably inexpensive in comparison to prescription drugs, Ketamine therapy, spinal cord stimulators (SCS) and other invasive and painful treatments.

But patients and their loved ones must put up a fight. What does this mean? According to patients we have spoken with who received reimbursement for Calmare, they did not accept the bevy of “Denial of Coverage” form letters. They wrote their own letters, appealed, appealed and appealed until someone listened.

As a Calmare provider, we will do anything we can to help you win the coverage you deserve. We have staff that interacts with insurance companies and Worker’s Comp personnel 40 hours a week. We are fighting the same battle, right beside you.

 

More scrambler therapy clinical study news: American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) completed a clinical trial on the benefits of scrambler therapy to be presented June 1:

“Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on post herpetic neuropathy (PHN) with prompt and continued relief and no side effects.” PHN is a chronic, painful burning condition affecting nerve fibers and skin.

Why is this important?

Continued independent clinical trial studies confirm that Calmare scramber therapy offers substantial and ongoing relief from several sources of chronic pain, including cancer and chemotherapy-related treatment.

Abstract:

Background: Post herpetic neuropathy (PHN) is common in cancer and hematologic malignancy patients. It can be debilitating and difficulty to treat effectively. Scrambler therapy, a patient-specific neurocutaneous stimulation device, can be effective in treating chemotherapy induced neuropathy (JPSM 2010) and other neuropathic pain (JPSM 2012).

Methods: We treated ten patients, 2 with cancer as their primary diagnosis, with refractory PHN Scrambler therapy at two institutions. Scrambler therapy was given as 30 minute sessions daily for 10 days. Pain was recorded before and after treatment.

Results: The patient mean age was 54 ± SD 13 years, 6 men and 4 women, with a mean duration of PHN for 15.6 months (range 2.5 to 48 months) without satisfactory relief despite conventional drugs. The average pain score rapidly diminished from 7.64 ± 1.46 at baseline to 0.42 ± 0.89 at one month, a 95% reduction, with continued relief at 2 and 3 months. Patients achieved maximum pain relief with less than 5 treatments.

Conclusions: Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on PHN, with prompt and continued relief and no side effects. Further research is warranted.

Join me on “Winning Life Through Pain” May 1

Marla Martindale
Host
"Winning Life Through Pain"

I am so looking forward to a guest appearance on Marla Martindale’s “Winning Life Through Pain” BlogTalk Radio program. Marla, from Texas, has lived with RSD after sustaining a broken ankle in 2003.  A few years later, she was also diagnosed with MS, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia. But, in her words, “None of those conditions even compared to the pain I lived with from RSD.”

 Her program is both informal and informative and offers listeners an opportunity to call in and share experiences, ask questions or just share a good (or bad) day. I hope you will call in as I welcome an opportunity to meet you, if only by phone, and answer your questions about Calmare Therapy. I’ll be discussing recent RSD and other neuropathic case studies and happy to answer questions you may have about your health or that of a loved one.
 
 “Winning Life Through Pain”

Date:  Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Time:  2:00 PM Eastern (NYC) time to 3:00 PM

Link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/winninglifethroughpain

Call-in Number: (347) 324 – 5661

RSD advocate Joseph Aquilino’s quest to appear on Dr. Oz

Joseph Aquilino

As you know, we treat many patients living with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) with Calmare Therapy. Via Facebook, I was fortunate to meet Joseph Aquilino, “Joey Giggles,” a nationally recognized  advocate for RSD and other chronic diseases. He has lived with severe RSD since 2008 after a work-related accident. Nonetheless, he tirelessly speaks out about new treatment options and medical insurance challenges. Ultimately, he provides a supportive nationwide sounding board for people living with chronic disease and pain via his Blog Talk radio programs. To date, he has amassed tens of  thousands of friends and followers who support him via several social media outlets.

I’ve had the privilege of appearing monthly on his “RSD and You” radio program since late last year. He and his many supporters are on a quest to have Joey appear on the “Dr. Oz Show” to discuss life with RSD. He has started a petition which will eventually be submitted to program producers. We encourage you to take a moment and support his herculean effort http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/RSDanddroz .

Thank you and best regards,

Dr. Cooney

Charles ends lifelong chronic neck pain with Calmare

January 2012

Charles Bartel has lived a rich and full life. He splits his time between owning a hotel in Ghana and living in northern New Jersey. He has endured severe chronic neck pain from an accident as a baby (more than 40 years). As a result, Charles has lived with restricted mobility most of his life. After exhaustive research, he heard about FDA-cleared Calmare Pain Therapy and reached out to Dr. Michael Cooney at Rutherford Allied Medical Group for help. Here, Charles talks about his experience.

“Medical Daily” Touts Calmare Therapy

A neuron connection illustration (Flickr).

We were delighted to read the in-depth article in Medical Daily about Calmare Therapy by reporter Angelina Tala. Even three days after the article was posted, it continues to be listed as one of the site’s most popular pieces.

A Letter from an RSD Patient After Calmare Therapy

Click here to watch Bill's video.

December 2011

I hope this gets through in time for the radio show. Anyway, here’s my story–
After right knee replacement surgery 1 1/2 years ago, I experienced severe pain in right foot. After much searching, it was diagnosed as RSD. We tried many different types of therapy, none of which helped. I was also able to see a specialist in doing Ketamine Infusions, but was rejected. Looking back on that, I am so glad to have not gone through that because of the invasion that would have occurred on my body. The only thing that brought any relief was opiate prescriptions and that only took a bit of the edge off. Many nights, when the pain was at an 8 or 9 level, with 10 being the absolute worst, I cried myself to sleep, if I could sleep at all. It was extremely challenging and depressing.

Over this past Thanksgiving weekend my wife and I discovered this new therapy, called Calmare, which we had never heard of before. Upon looking into it further, we decided to call Dr. Cooney to see if there was the possibility that this therapy could help. We set an appointment and were thrilled that there at least was some possibility for some relief from the intense pain. Dr. Cooney offered to do one treatment to see if there was any help at all in lowering the pain. After one treatment, I felt minimal, if any, pain and was able to walk up and down stairs normally, which I had not been able to do since before the knee surgery!! Imagine our delight! It looked as though the treatment was going to help.

I completed the 10 initial treatments several days ago, and I can confidently report to you that I am currently having minimal, if any, pain at all in my foot!! It is a miracle!! And, oh, by the way, I am no longer taking any pain medications at all!! My wife and I are so grateful to have found Rutherford Allied and Dr. Cooney, and we are so grateful for the relief from the pain. We realize that this treatment may not have cured the problem, but we are confident that we have found a non-invasive therapy that will dramatically ease the pain!! Thank you, Dr. Cooney, and thank you to the wonderful and caring staff at the office!

Bill F, Michigan

Calmare Therapy – 2012 Clinical Trial for MS Patients

 

 

For Patients Living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Study Conducted by: Dr. Michael J. Cooney

Rutherford Allied Medical Group / Calmare Therapy NJ

Location: Rutherford, NJ (Bergen County)

Study Start Date: January 2012

Update: 1.9.2012: We still have spots open for applicable patients living with neuropathy as a result of MS. Please call (201) 933.4440 for more information.

Details:

Rutherford Allied Medical Group, Rutherford, NJ, is one of only six certified providers of Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment®, an FDA-cleared, non-invasive, pain-free, drug-free technology to treat patients suffering from long-term chronic high-intensity pain.

Scope of 2012 Calmare Study:

We will be conducting a free clinical trial study in January 2012 for pre-qualified patients who have been experiencing chronic neuropathy as a result of diagnosed multiple sclerosis (MS) for more than one year.

 Candidate Criteria:

 Approved study patients must be available to undergo a protocol of 10 treatments once per day (30 – 60 minutes). There is no charge to patients for the series of 10 treatments.

To Apply / Contact Us / For More Information:

To find out more and determine if you may be an appropriate candidate for the no cost study, please call Dr. Michael Cooney at Rutherford Allied Medical Group at (201) 933.4440.

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Talk with Dr. Cooney Live on Friday, Nov. 4

Dr. Cooney shares a laugh with one of his patients after her Calmare Therapy treatment.
Dr. Michael J. Cooney of Rutherford Allied Medical Group will be discussing Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment on Friday, Nov. 4 from 3-4 p.m. (Eastern time) on Joseph Aquilino’s popular and informative program, “RSD and You”. 
 
Joey is a nationally-recognized advocate of RSD treatment and research. He also lives with the disease himself. 
 
Listeners are invited to call in at (310) 982 – 4253  and ask Dr. Cooney questions about this non-invasive, drug-free, pain-free treatment for chronic pain–RSD, fibromyalgia and other types of neuropathy. Log in at  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/joeygiggles

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