Is Stem Cell Training Really Worth It? As a provider of PRP and stem cell training, we find ourselves in the midst of an emerging field of medicine that promises to change the way we practice healthcare. At the same time, we also find ourselves in the midst of a sometimes- contentious debate. That debate centers on two fundamental questions: 1.Is regenerative medicine legitimate? 2.Is stem cell training really worth it to doctors? The first question does not bear a detailed explanation. Science has long known the benefits of harvesting stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP), so even if you could make the case that some of the procedures now on the market are quackery, the principle of regenerative medicine is still a valid one worth pursuing to exhaustion. This leads us to the second question of whether regenerative medicine training is worth it to doctors. Training from the Outcome Perspective The best way to determine whether PRP in stem cell training is worth it to the doctor is to look at the question from two angles, beginning with the outcome perspective. Simply put, what does regenerative medicine offer doctors in terms of improving patient outcomes? We start here because medicine is ultimately supposed to be about improving the lives of patients. Let us say a doctor is seeing a patient suffering chronic pain as a result of osteoarthritis. Traditional medicine says throw a prescription at it and let the patient manage the pain until it gets unbearable. At that point, simply replace the knee with a synthetic counterpart. But what if that patient does not want to engage in long-term pain medication use? What if that patient does not want to risk surgery?
Both PRP and stem cell therapies could provide the relief that a patient is after – without the use of pharmaceuticals or surgery. Doesn't it make sense to offer the therapies in order to achieve a positive outcome? Absolutely. Why would anyone want to withhold PRP or stem cell therapy while at the same time encouraging a person to use a traditional option he or she is not interested in? Training from the Business Perspective As much as we might like to, we cannot dismiss the business perspective. Doctors have to continue maintaining revenue growth if their practices are to thrive in the ever-changing healthcare environment. And with the U.S. healthcare system slowly transitioning away from a fee-for-service model to a more outcome-based model, it is gradually getting tougher for doctors to maintain solid revenues. Offering PRP and stem cell therapies addresses many of the financial concerns doctors now face. Because health insurance companies do not cover most regenerative medicine therapies, patients pay for treatments out of pocket. That makes regenerative medicine a cash generator. There are no insurance companies to deal with, no reimbursement rates to argue over, etc. PRP and stem cell training are absolutely worthwhile for any doctor looking to increase cash flow. Consider it an investment in your business. As a doctor, you have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in obtaining your education. You have invested in your office space, your staff, and who knows how much in equipment. Every year you invest in malpractice insurance. Is it not time that you invest in something that will generate positive cash flow almost immediately? We believe it is. That is why Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) offers both PRP and stem cell training throughout the year, in various locations around the country. If you are ready to begin offering regenerative medicine procedures to your patients, contact us for more information about our next training session.