December 21, 2011
Leaves Medicare 27.4% Pay Cut in Place -- For Now
House and Senate
leaders reached an impasse over bills containing a temporary Medicare pay patch,
with just days left until the Jan. 1 deadline.
Washington -- Congress is in a standoff over
legislation that would prevent a 27.4% cut to Medicare physician payments in
House and Senate lawmakers are at odds with each
other over temporary measures to stabilize Medicare pay rates and payroll tax
cuts next year, part of a package of legislative priorities. After a bipartisan
Senate agreement on the issue was rejected by House Republicans, the Obama
administration said it would instruct Medicare contractors to hold off on
processing physician claims starting Jan. 1 with the hope that Congress will
reach an agreement soon after the new year.
Physician Payment Fee Schedule
ASIPP has compiled a list
of physician payment fees that affect Interventional Pain Physicians.
Click HERE for current Physician Payment Fee Schedule.
|February in Phoenix! Three
Courses - One Venue
ASIPP is offering three
different courses in one warm, wonderful, and scenic location! Join us on
Februrary 24 at the beautiful Hilton Pointe Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix,
The course choices are:
Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop with basic, intermediate, and
ABIPP preparation (advanced) levels; Coding, Compliance and Practice Management
Comprehensive Review Course (Feb 24-25) Competency Examination - (Feb 26); and
Controlled Substance Management Comprehensive Review Course - (Feb 24-25)
Competency Examination - (Feb 26)
Take this opportunity to
not only break away from the cold but also earn CMEs. Consider comimg early or
staying over. Bring your family and stay and play!
Brochure and Registration for Review Course and Cadaver Workshop
Coding, Complinace, and
Practice Management brochure and registration
Management brochure and registration
|What's To Become of the
News outlets report
about what the future could hold for Medicare physician reimbursements now that
Congress has, so far, failed to take steps to avert a scheduled payment cut.
Also, without congressional intervention, Medicare's rehab therapy caps will hit
|Five Reasons Your Doctor
SAN DIEGO, December 18,
2011 ― Even with the American Medical Association's endorsement, a large
majority of American physicians remain staunchly against Obamacare. They see the
program as creating an undue burden on their practices in light of decreased
reimbursement, increased bureaucratic oversight, and a complex array of
unnecessary and intrusive technological mandates which will further distance
them from their patients.
The following are five
reasons why your doctor will not be happy working under "Obamacare":
Wild: Perhaps one of the most insidious and dangerous trends in modern
health care is the "hit" that physicians will take in the form of mandated
electronic medical records and e-prescription requirements, all bundled under
Obamacare's new health information technology (HIT) requirements. Beginning last
year and continuing through 2014 (when mandates and penalties begin to take
effect), physicians and medical offices must start to invest between $40-80K
up-front on expensive, unwieldy, and inefficient computer systems so that the
federal government can track every move and detail of your medical care. These
requirements will insure that your doctor spends more time looking at his or her
computer screen than focusing on you during your exam.
|Dates Set for Supreme Court
Health Care Reform Arguments
Washington (CNN) -- The
Supreme Court has carved out a week in late March to hold oral arguments in
perhaps its biggest case in a decade -- the sweeping healthcare reform law
championed by President Obama.
The court announced Monday
it will hear 5½ hours of arguments spread over three days March 26-28.
The Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA) was signed into law March 23, 2010, passed by
a Democratic congressional majority with the support of the president. It has
about 2700 pages and contains 450 some provisions.
|Pain Management Doctor and
Clinic Administrator Indicted on 130 Counts
PHOENIX- A federal grand jury in Phoenix
returned a 130 count indictment against Angelo Chirban, 62, and Marilyn Chirban,
60, of Queen Creek, Arizona, for Conspiracy to Illegally Distribute Controlled
Substances, Illegal Distribution of Controlled Substances, Health Care Fraud
Conspiracy, Health Care Fraud, and Transactional Money Laundering.
The indictment alleges that between 2008 and
2010, Marilyn Chirban-Angelo Chirban's ex-wife and then office administrator, a
non-medical provider-with the knowledge and agreement of Angelo Chirban, and
using Angelo Chirban's name, signed thousands of prescriptions for controlled
substances such as Oxycodone, Morphine, Methadone, Fentanyl, and
|CMS Gives Industry More
Time on Sunshine Rule
WASHINGTON -- The
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has pushed back the deadline by
which drug and device makers must begin the process of reporting financial
relationships with doctors and teaching hospitals.
Under the "Physician
Payment Sunshine" provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), drug, medical
device, biologic, and medical equipment manufacturers are required to begin
collecting data on financial relationships with doctors and hospitals starting
on Jan. 1, 2012, and to report the relationships to CMS by March 31,
|Drug-Testing Proposal for
Welfare Recipients Debated
A proposal to require
welfare recipients to pass a drug test - an idea being pushed by GOP lawmakers
in Ohio and other states - is being questioned as an inefficient use of taxpayer
Ohio Gov. John Kasich,
himself a Republican, is among those expressing reservations.
"You've got to balance the
taxpayers off about what's the common-sense thing to do with the right thing to
do, the compassionate thing to do," Kasich said. "What's the right thing for the
|Purchase Your Patient
Copies of PAIN-WISE Today
ASIPP is pleased to
announce the newly published patient education book, PAIN-WISE. It is the
perfect tool to provide your patients the reliable information they need and
PAIN-WISE includes complete
and authoritative information for your patients including:
- Identification of various parts of the body that can cause pain, using a
simple anatomy guide
Tips for getting the most out of doctor's visits
* Basic explanations of common interventional pain management techniques
* Information on minimally invasive surgery techniques
- Explanation of implantable therapies for the treatment of severe chronic
Written by three ASIPP
members, PAIN-WISE was edited for clarity and conciseness and features numerous
illustrations and photographs to help your patients better understand their
diagnosis and treatment protocols.
PAIN-WISE is a
comprehensive and affordable publication you can offer to your patients to help
educate them on their path to wellness.
Here's How to Order
To enable ASIPP members to
provide a copy of PAIN-WISE to each patient in their care, ASIPP has made
available through the publisher, a very special discount. You can purchase these
books at a discounted price of up to 50% off the $15 retail price. Your cost for
this must-have ASIPP patient education initiative can be as low as $7.50 per
copy plus shipping and handling when purchased in quantity.
Follow the link today to order online at www.hatherleigh.com or call toll-free 1-800-367-2550 (All royalties from sales of PAIN-WISE
go to a national media campaign about pain awareness supported by ASIPP.)to
place your order by phone.
|Philadelphia Doctor Charged
with Running Pill Mill
PHILADELPHIA - A
23-count Indictment was returned and four Informations were unsealed today
charging a total of eight defendants, including Philadelphia physician Dr.
Kermit B. Gosnell and members of his former staff, in a drug conspiracy case.
Gosnell is charged with illegally prescribing highly-addictive painkillers and
sedatives outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a
legitimate medical purpose, along with related charges. The charges were
announced by United States Attorney Zane David Memeger, Federal Bureau of
Investigation Special Agent-in-Charge George C. Venizelos, Drug Enforcement
Administration Special Agent-in-Charge Vito Guarino, and Department of Health
and Human Services Special Agent-in-Charge Nick DiGiulio.
The indictment alleges that
Gosnell, with the assistance of several of his former office staff at Family and
Women's Medical Society ("WMS"), ran a prescription "pill mill" out of his
office located at 3801-3805 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From
June of 2008 through February 18, 2010, Gosnell allegedly engaged in a
continuing criminal enterprise by writing and dispensing fraudulent
prescriptions for thousands of pills of the frequently-abused tablets OxyContin,
Percocet, and Xanax, and the frequently-abused syrups Phenergan and Promethazine
with Codeine. The charges state that customers, often referred to as drug
"seekers," met with Gosnell briefly for a cursory exam or no exam, paid him a
fee, and then were given prescriptions for controlled substances without there
being any legitimate medical purpose for the prescriptions.
Between Opioids, Mood Disorders
Patients may use
prescription opioids to self-medicate mood disorders, but use of the drugs can
also induce those conditions, researchers found.
In a longitudinal study,
non-medical use of prescription opioids was associated with the development of
various mood and anxiety disorders, while at the same time, baseline disorders
were associated with future non-medical use of the drugs, Silvia Martins, PhD,
of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and colleagues reported
online in Psychological Medicine.
|Blame for Prescription Drug
Abuse Falls on Online Pharmacies and Uninformed Doctors:
America's addiction to
prescription drugs is fed via the Internet, not just through prescriptions
signed by a doctor.
.Many physicians are
unaware that patients can obtain painkillers through online pharmacies,
according to an article in the most recent edition of the Annals of Internal
drugs like Oxycontin, Xanax and Ritalin are easily purchased over the Internet
without a prescription, yet physician awareness of this problem is low," says
Dr. Anupam B. Jena, the article's lead author.
FSIPP Annual Meeting Dates May 18-20,
The Florida Society of Interventional Pain
Physicians has set the date for their next annual meeting for May 18-20, 2012 at
the Gaylord Palms, Orlando, FL.
Read more about the meeting and other activities
going on in the state of Florida in their newsletter. Click HERE to read latest issue.
For a complete look at the May meeting schedule
and CME information, click HERE
CASIPP Annual Meeting Dates Nov. 9-11,
The California Society of Interventional
Pain Physicians Annual Meeting of the will be Nov. 9 -11, 2012 at the Pelican
Hill Resort in Newport Beach, CA.
Go to www.casipp.com for more information.
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