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Did Your Pain Specialist Test You For PCP? Cocaine?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Nov 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As crazy is it seems, your pain doctor may be testing you for illegal street drugs even if you have no history of using them. Why? To make money, of course.  The Wall Street Journal has published anarticle documenting how many pain specialists are making large sums of money by doing drug tests. In some cases, the doctors make more money on drug screening than they do on providing actual medical treatment.  This is all possible because Medicare pays for advanced drug screening.  Some time ago, Medicare began to encourage doctors to check their chronic-pain patients to be sure they were not abusing pain pills. This involved drug screening.  Once the costs for routine drug screening got to be too much, Medicare capped what they would pay for such testing. Creative doctors simply switched to more high tech drug screening. Medicare has no caps on what it will pay for these more advanced drug screening procedures. Indeed, the more substances your doctor screens for, the more Medicare will reimburse her.  A doctor in North Carolina boasted that “Urine drug testing is how I pay the bills,”  If you have a pain specialist, ask him or her about drug screening. Find out if your doctor is screening you for heroin or meth or PCP.  You may discover your doctor is treating you like a junkie so that he or she can soak Medicare for more money. More tax money, that is. 

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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