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" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

August 10, 2011

  • Comprehensive Pain Management/IPM Review Books Now Available
  • HIPAA Security Changes to Be Addressed in Upcoming Webinar
  • Early Registration Discounts for September Spinal Cord Stimulation Course End Aug. 24
  • How Debt Deal Could Squeeze Medicare Pay Even More
  • Videos of 12th Annual ASIPP Meeting Available on ASIPP CAST
  • Health System Reform Law Expected To Spark Spending Rebound
  • Georgia Doctors Sue CMS
  • Physicians Wanted

  • Comprehensive Pain Management/IPM Review Books Now Available
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    This 3-volume project was undertaken, based on the curriculum for the ABMS pain medicine examination. The task was more difficult than writing a standard textbook. While providing comprehensive description of the literature, this project also attempts to provide readable, easily understandable information.

    Due to the nature of this difficult and extensive project, the information has been divided into three books:

    • Foundations of Interventional Pain Management and Pain Medicine: A Comprehensive Review
    • Clinical Aspects of Interventional Pain Management and Pain Medicine: A Comprehensive Review
    • Interventional Pain Management and Pain Medicine: Board Review and Self-Assessment

    Books are available individually or as a set. They are also available on CD.

    Individual Book:
    Foundations, Clinical Aspects, or Board Review Self-Assessment · Hard copy - $200 plus shipping · CD- $150 plus shipping

    3 Book Volume:
    Foundations, Clinical Aspects, and Board Review Self-Assessment · Hard copy - $500 plus shipping ·CD - $300 plus shipping

    3 Books with CDs:
    Foundations, Clinical Aspects, and Board Review Self-Assessment · $650 plus shipping

    Order Today!

    HIPAA Security Changes to Be Addressed in Upcoming Webinar
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    The government has been steadily ratcheting up its enforcement of the HIPAA Security regulations. Recent cases for HIPAA violations have led to imprisonment and significant fines. For example, the UCLA Health System recently paid over $865,000.00 to resolve government allegations that employees gained unauthorized access to patient records. According to a recent government study, failure to have appropriate security safeguards in place was the second most common HIPAA violation.

    Physician compliance with the HIPAA Security regulations, including documentation of compliance, is mandatory. ASIPP has made it easy for its members to comply by commissioning a handbook that puts the tools needed for compliance into your hands in an easy to understand format.

    The author of the handbook, Vicki Myckowiak, will be speaking about HIPAA Security and the handbook at a webinar on Tuesday, August 30 at 11 am CST. With your registration for the webinar, you will receive a free CD on HIPAA.

    Both the CD and webinar contain information on the hows and whys of HIPAA security along with sample policies and helpful worksheets. The goal is for an IPP to be able to walk through the HIPAA security requirements and implement a program that meets the rules but also fits his/her practice.

    To register, click HERE

    To register for the webinar, click HERE

    HIPAA Webinar and Free CD

    Early Registration Discounts for September Spinal Cord Stimulation Course End Aug. 24
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    The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) is pleased to bring you the most focused and comprehensive review course in spinal cord stimulation. We invite you to attend this didactic and hands-on cadaver workshop on September 9-11, 2011 in Memphis, TN.

    This in-depth review course and comprehensive spinal cord stimulation cadaver workshop will cover all the important aspects of these techniques and provide a comprehensive overview of the subject, with extensive case discussions, and interaction with the faculty. It is planned as a CME activity to prepare physicians seeking credentialing and as an in-depth review of spinal cord stimulation. During this three-day event, you can improve existing skills and learn new skills.

    The seminar will be conducted at the Hilton Memphis and the world renowned Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) in Memphis, TN. Make your plans early to attend. Early registration discounts end Aug. 24.

    Click HERE to view brochure.

    Register Today!

    How Debt Deal Could Squeeze Medicare Pay Even More
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    Washington -- The last-minute agreement that lawmakers and the White House reached to avoid a default on the nation's debt also considerably raises the stakes for physicians pushing for congressional action on Medicare payment before the end of the year.

    The debt measure President Obama signed into law on Aug. 2 does not address the sustainable growth rate formula that is set to slash doctor pay by 29.5% on Jan. 1, 2012. On top of that, doctors treating Medicare patients could see another cut -- projected at $10 billion to $15 billion annually -- if a special congressional committee fails to agree on a long-term deficit reduction plan that can pass Congress and be signed into law during this session.

    AMA news

    Videos of 12th Annual ASIPP Meeting Available on ASIPP CAST
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    ASIPP is pleased to bring you view videos of some lectures from the 2011 Annual Meeting on ASIPP CAST.

    Click on the lectures below to view:

    ASIPP's 13th Annual Meeting, Legislative Session and Capitol Hill Visits concluded on Get a glimpse of the 13th Annual meeting by viewing the Fellows/Residents presentation at the following address http://www.ustream.tv/channel/asipp-rfs-annual-meeting-lecture-series-2011

    Click HERE for a complete list of the 2011 ASIPP Meetings and Courses.

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    Health System Reform Law Expected To Spark Spending Rebound
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    Washington -- Last year, Americans continued to hold back on physician office visits, prescriptions and other health care due to the lingering effects of the economic recession. But coverage expansions in the health system reform law are projected to produce an across-the-board spike in health care spending in 2014 and beyond.

    National health spending grew by 3.9% in 2010 to reach $2.6 trillion, the lowest growth rate since at least 1960. The previous low was 4% in 2009, according to preliminary estimates by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary, published online July 28 in the journal Health Affairs.

    The recession may have ended officially in June 2009, but growth in health spending in 2010 remained slow in part because many people remained uninsured or underinsured, the report concluded. The number of people enrolled in private plans fell by 5 million in 2010. Private health spending grew by 2.6%, a slight recovery from its 1.3% growth in 2009.

    AMA news

    Georgia Doctors Sue CMS
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    BALTIMORE - Primary care doctors are continuing to ramp up the pressure on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services over how Medicare's physician payment rates are set. The latest volley is a suit filed by a group of primary care physicians from Georgia claiming CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services are violating federal laws by relying on the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, better known as RUC.

    The six doctors from Georgia suing CMS in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland allege that CMS and HHS are failing to comply with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Mandamus Act, the Delegation Clause of the United States Constitution and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

    Healthcare Finance News


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

     

     

     


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