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Friday, July 25 • 11:50am - 12:50pm
Medical Innovation and Documentation—A Case Study

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This session will discuss protocols developed by Dr. Odell and Dr. Richard Sorgnard to successfully treat all forms of peripheral neuropathies. The combined electrochemical treatment (CET) is composed of low doses of local anesthetic block combined with an advanced electromedical cell signaling device manufactured in Germany. This has produced about an 80% success rate in local and nationwide patients.                                                                                                                                                                          

Medical groups around the country were trained to perform the treatment protocol with the appropriate electrical stimulation device. Unfortunately, untrained individuals, employing non-validated protocols and devices, offered inferior treatment protocols and devices while citing our research as proof of the efficacy of the technique. Unscrupulous device salesman cited peer-reviewed studies authored by Dr. Odell and Cindy Cernak, DPM, as support for these inferior protocols and devices. Such citation was grossly misleading. These activities led to push-back from Medicare around the country.

Fortunately, complete, accurate, and ethical documentation had always been a mainstay in Dr. Odell’s practice. Shortly after the CET inception and spread, groups using CET came under attack by Medicare in the form of audits and new Local Coverage Decision implementations denying medical necessity for the protocol. An early adapter to EMR, Dr. Odell created ethical, complete, and nearly bullet-proof templates that have enabled him to 1) win all appeals to date at the Administrative Law Judge level and continue treating our Medicare patients; 2) not even be audited because of record completeness.

Learning Objectives:
1. Introduce concept of the Electrochemical Block for the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain.
2. Learn how safe and effective this technique is.
3. Trace how maximize the chances of true medical innovation being accepted against a backdrop of “Evidence Based Medicine” requirements.
4. Underscore the importance of medical documentation when dealing with the government and third party payers.
5. Gain an understanding of how medical literature can be misused when a new technique is popularized.

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avatar for Robert H Odell, Jr, MD, PhD, DABA, DABPM, FIPP

Robert H Odell, Jr, MD, PhD, DABA, DABPM, FIPP

Neuropathy & Pan Centers of America
Robert H Odell, Jr, MD, PhD, a fellow of the Medical Scientist Training Program, received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Stanford University in 1974 and his MD degree in 1976. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at UCLA, serving as chief resident at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in 1982. He assisted in the development of Neuralscan, used to detect the level of the pain generator in spine and peripheral nerve pain. He has extensive... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 11:50am - 12:50pm
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