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" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

April 20, 2011

 

In this issue

·  Obama Administration Releases Action Plan to Address National Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

·  CMS Data Show Gains In Key Quality Indicators Through Physician Quality Reporting System And Eprescribing Incentive Program

·  Plan to Attend the 13th Annual ASIPP Meeting

·  Mark Your Calendars: August Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses

·  Fla. House Panel Oks Compromise Pill Mill Bill

·  Florida Governor Reverses Course, Will Allow Tracking Of Pain Pill Prescriptions

·  Medicaid Managed Care Close To Becoming A Reality In Florida

·  CVS Pays $17M To Settle Medicaid Fraud Allegations

·  Healthcare Leaders Worry That Boutique Medicine Will Exacerbate Physician Shortage

·  CMS May Require Some Doctors to Get Pre-Authorization for Imaging

·  Opioid Abuse Is Rising Concern in Cancer Patients and Survivors

·  Humanizing Anatomy: A Medical Student's First Patient

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted


Obama Administration Releases Action Plan to Address National Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic


New Strategy Strikes Balance between Cracking down on Drug Diversion and Protecting Delivery of Effective Pain Management

APR 19 - Washington, D.C. - Today, Gil Kerlikowske, White House Director of National Drug Control Policy; Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services, Howard Koh, M.D.; Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.; and DEA Administrator, Michele M. Leonhart released the Obama Administration's comprehensive action plan to address the national prescription drug abuse epidemic and announced new Federal requirements aimed at educating the medical community about proper pain management.

DEA


 


CMS Data Show Gains In Key Quality Indicators Through Physician Quality Reporting System And Eprescribing Incentive Program


2009 data show increases in how many eligible professionals successfully participate as well as how many instances professionals report delivering evidence-based care that can lead to better patient outcomes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a report that highlights significant trends in the growth of two important "pay-for-reporting" programs. The report also articulates key areas in which physician-level quality measures appear to show positive results in quality of care delivered to Medicare beneficiaries.

CMS's 2009 Physician Quality Reporting System and ePrescribing Experience Report states that 119,804 physicians and other eligible professionals in 12,647 practices who satisfactorily reported data on quality measures to Medicare received incentive payments under the Physician Quality Reporting System totaling more than $234 million-well above the $36 million paid in 2007, the first year of the program. Under the ePrescribing Incentive Program, CMS paid $148 million to 48,354 physicians and other eligible professionals in 2009, the first payment year for the program. Results show that participation in the Physician Quality Reporting System has grown at about 50 percent every year, on average, since the program began.

CMS


Plan to Attend the 13th Annual ASIPP Meeting


Mark you calendar to attend the 13th Annual Meeting, Legislative Session, and Capitol Hill Visits June 25-29 in Washington, DC.

This year in an effort to meet the needs of interventional pain physicians and other providers as well, we have created an educational program of the highest caliber with a focus on three very important topics for physicians, staff, and other healthcare providers all under the primary theme "A Vision For IPM In A New Decade e"; Evidence-Based Medicine, as well as Comparative Effectiveness in Interventional Pain Management and the Essentials of Practice Management.

The faculty is made up of experts in the field of IPM, practice management, and governmental affairs. We are honored to have Joseph T. Rannazzisi, DEA Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Diversion Control will address the agencies' role in controlling substance abuse. Dr. James Rathmell speaks on Evidence-Based Medicine: An Academic Perspective from Harvard. From the U.K., speaker Dr Sanjeeva Gupta gives us a sneak peek of IPM in the U.K. and Europe.

On Sunday evening, a special Business Meeting and Presidential Dinner and Dance is scheduled for 7 pm. This is the time ASIPP's newly elected officers will be introduced and then we will celebrate with food and dance.

Click HERE to view brochure.

Submit your Abstract Proposal

Selected Abstracts and accompanying posters will be presented at the annual meeting. o be considered for a presentation at the meeting, abstracts must be submitted and completed by the submission deadline of 5:00pm Central Standard Time (CST) Friday, May 6, 2011. Abstract submission must be completed through ASIPP's interactive online form.

Click HERE to access Abstract proposal submission form

Register Today!


Mark Your Calendars: August Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses


Make your plans today to attend the ASIPP Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses scheduled during the week of August 1-6 in St. Louis, Mo.

August 1-5, 2011 ASIPP Board Review Course Register Brochure

 

August 6, 2011 ABIPP Part I Examination (ABIPP application must be submitted prior to the exam for approval)

August 1-3, 2011 Comprehensive Review Course in Controlled Substance Management (August 1 -August 2) and Competency Examination (August 3) Register

August 4-6, 2011 Comprehensive Review Course in Coding, Compliance and Practice Management (August 4-5) and Competency Examination (August 6) Register

Register today


Fla. House Panel Oks Compromise Pill Mill Bill


TALLAHASSE, Fla. -- Compromise legislation designed to combat "pill mills" that supply prescription painkillers to drug dealers and addicts cleared a House committee Tuesday after the panel took out Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to repeal Florida's prescription monitoring system.

The revised bill (HB 7095) instead would strengthen the database by giving pharmacies only seven days rather than 15 to submit prescription information to the state.

"We have the governor's support," Attorney General Pam Bondi said in an interview before she urged the committee to approve the compromise. "The database will not be repealed."

Scott later confirmed his support but without mentioning the monitoring system.

Miami Herald


Florida Governor Reverses Course, Will Allow Tracking Of Pain Pill Prescriptions


WASHINGTON - Florida Gov. Rick Scott reversed course Thursday and said he will allow a prescription drug monitoring program that Kentucky officials have demanded to help block the flow of illegal prescription drugs coming from the Sunshine State.

Scott's opposition to funding the database in recent months brought sharp criticism from Kentucky's congressional delegation and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, causing the Obama administration to enter the fray. "It is no secret Florida's pill mills have been ground zero for the illicit diversion of the drugs that are wreaking havoc in Kentucky and around the country, and I'm glad Governor Scott has finally seen the light," said U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset.

Lexington Herald Leader


Medicaid Managed Care Close To Becoming A Reality In Florida


The Florida House on March 31 easily approved legislation that would change the state's Medicaid program from its hybrid of HMOs, fee-for-service payment and health professional networks to a system requiring nearly all enrollees to choose a managed care network.

Since 2010, the Florida Legislature has been working on measures to unite the state's $20 billion Medicaid program under managed care. State GOP lawmakers -- with majorities in the House and Senate -- said managed care would curtail fraud and make state Medicaid spending more predictable. Florida Gov. Rick Scott also supports this goal. The Florida Senate is crafting its own, similar version of the legislation that's expected to be approved within weeks.

"For the past several years, Medicaid has plagued our budget, and this year alone it has consumed one-third of general revenue," said Rep. Robert Schenck, the House bill's sponsor and chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee. This legislation not only will control costs, but also will improve access to coordinated, quality care, he said.

AMA news


CVS Pays $17M To Settle Medicaid Fraud Allegations


CVS has agreed to pay the federal and state governments more than $17 million to settle claims that the nationwide retail pharmacy chain overcharged Medicaid, according to a CNN report.

CVS allegedly submitted inflated prescription claims in 10 states - California, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, Rhode Island, Alabama and Minnesota. The case was originally brought forward by a CVS whistleblower pharmacist in Minnesota.

The federal government will receive approximately $8 million and the 10 states will r

eceive a total of $9.5 million. The whistleblower will receive more than $2.5 million.

Becker's ASC


Healthcare Leaders Worry That Boutique Medicine Will Exacerbate Physician Shortage


More physicians are moving into boutique practice, in which patients pay an annual fee on top of insurance in exchange for more personal care and better access to their physicians, according to a Boston Globe report.

According to a survey commissioned by a congressional agency last year, there were 756 concierge physicians in the country, an increase of 610 since 2006. By choosing boutique practice, physicians generally shrink their workloads and collect compensation in the form of the annual fee, which offsets losses from decreased case volume. The move to concierge medicine is driven in part by decreasing reimbursement and the necessity of long hours, according to the report.

Some healthcare leaders worry that more physicians will choose boutique medicine as reimbursement drops. When one physician moves to boutique practice, hundreds of patients are left without a physician - a problem considering the already existing shortage of providers.

Becker's Hospital Review


CMS May Require Some Doctors to Get Pre-Authorization for Imaging


High utilizers of advanced medical imaging beware: the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) just voted 15-1 this month to recommend to Congress that the top tier of referrers of advanced medical imaging should get prior authorization first.

The imaging studies include MRI, CT, PET scans, and nuclear medicine, with the stated intent of ensuring that outliers are appropriately using imaging.

The idea is that the change takes aim at high referrers who do so inappropriately. CMS would divide providers into two categories: those who order substantially more studies than their peers, and those who don't. For the latter category, no authorization requirements will be needed when ordering imaging studies. For the high utilizers, those who are found by CMS to have a low rate of inappropriate use would only be subject to prior notification for these advanced imaging studies, while the providers deemed high referrers for inappropriate imaging use would be required to obtain prior authorization from CMS.

Diagnostic Imaging


Opioid Abuse Is Rising Concern in Cancer Patients and Survivors


NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. - Opioid misuse, and substance abuse in general, is a growing problem among cancer patients and survivors, according to a panel of experts at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

With the number of cancer survivors - people who can live for years and decades after diagnosis - on the rise, clinicians are seeing a corresponding growth in risk for pain medication addiction, they said. In addition, earlier cancer diagnoses can mean more patients may commence cancer therapy with a history of substance abuse.

"We're starting to see a lot more in the way of substance abuse of every stripe. ... There are a lot of folks making it to tertiary cancer care centers with a history of addiction," said Steven D. Passik, Ph.D., a professor of clinical psychiatry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Internal Medicine News


Humanizing Anatomy: A Medical Student's First Patient


Most people do not choose their names, but they can choose to love them, loathe them or change them. About a decade ago, one woman was known as Mercedes -- like the German luxury car. It was not the name her parents gave her. It was not how she was listed on her death certificate.

Mercedes was the name she was given by a medical student dissecting her cadaver as part of the gross anatomy course at Indiana University School of Medicine Northwest in Gary.

"Why do you call her Mercedes?" asked anatomy instructor Ernest F. Talarico Jr., PhD. "Because," the student said, "she's going to enable me to purchase a bunch of Mercedes."

For Talarico, the student's comment was the wake-up call that things needed to change. "That wasn't what we were trying to communicate or trying to teach," he said.

AMA news


State Society News


FSIPP Annual Meeting 2011 set for May 13-15, 2011

Be sure to save the dates of May 13 - 15, 2011, for FSIPP's Annual Meeting, Conference & Tradeshow, to be held again at The Gaylord Palms, Kissimee (Orlando). The event will kick off Friday evening, May 13, with a Welcome Reception and a presentation on The Health Benefits of Wine!

Continuing education lectures will go on all day Saturday and Sunday morning, as has been our format for the last couple of years.

Please watch http://flsipp.org/ for developing program and registration details, or call 904-221-9171.


CASIPP Second Annual Meeting set for June 3-5, 2011 in Santa Barbara

The California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (CASIPP) is proud to present the Second Annual Meeting June 3-5 2011 in Santa Barbara. As with last year's successful event, CASIPP will welcome leading experts to lecture on clinical techniques, political issues and state programs relevant to the Pain Management physician and staff.

Earn eight CME credits while enjoying the luxurious grounds of the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort. To sweeten the deal, the Biltmore has offered discounted rooms to those who register early for the meeting!

Registration is easy online at https://www.casipp.com/register.html.


New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

Will hold a meeting on June 9, 2011 from 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm at Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. For more information call Lisa Hansen at 732-297-2600 or e-mail: njsipp_lisah@yahoo.com


Physicians Wanted


Visit the ASIPP Web site to find available positions for IPM physicians.

Physicians Wanted


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