December 7, 2011
|Iowa Nurses Not Trained to
Oversee Fluoroscopy, Judge Rules
Physicians score a court victory after a
rule allowing advanced registered nurse practitioners to supervise the
radiological procedure is reversed.
An Iowa judge has overturned a state rule that
allowed nurse practitioners to supervise fluoroscopy, ruling in favor of doctors
who opposed the regulation.
The decision protects
patients from risks associated with undertrained medical professionals
overseeing the procedure, opponents of the rule said.
"This is really a patient
safety issue," said family physician Lawrence Hutchison, MD, president of the
Iowa Medical Society. "Radiologists have to have special training in order to
supervise fluoroscopy. How can a nurse practitioner with no formal training
supervise this procedure?"
|Health Care is Drowning in
Regulatory Burdens - Act Today!
The American Society of
Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), is greatly concerned about three
regulatory issues: single dose vials for infection control, ICD-10
implementation, and electronic medical records implementation. Each one is very
expensive, have not been proven with evidence, and may result in the closing of
multiple practices due to escalating costs beyond imagination that could exceed
the costs associated with HIPAA and Y2K.
First, ASIPP would like to thank you for all the
letters regarding SGR. We are optimistic that the SGR will once again be
resolved temporarily before the end of the year and we are hoping for a
permanent fix coming early next year. The political climate is certainly right
for this to happen. We are in a good place now with SGR and can stop sending
those letters to focus on other issues.
We ask for your assistance by voicing your
concern to Congress. Please take a few minutes of your time to send the
following Capwiz letter to Congress and HHS. We encourage you to personalize the
letter but if you prefer you may send it as it is written. Either way your
letter(s) will help in the fight to save health care, your practice, and patient
Please get your family,
staff, and patients involved as well.
For more information see
Release and our letter to HHS
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
|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
|CMS Tightening the Screws
on Unnecessary Procedures in Florida and 10 Other States
After years of
criticism that it has paid billions of dollars for unnecessary procedures, the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon ramp up efforts to
rein in costs for unnecessary procedures. In 2012 CMS will perform an audit
before paying for several big ticket cardiology and orthopedic procedures in
certain key states. The news has provoked strong reactions from cardiologists
and Wall Street.
In Florida, in fact, 100%
of stent, ICD, and pacemaker implantation procedures will undergo review before
payment. Similar programs will take place in California, Michigan, Texas, New
York, Louisiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, and Missouri, but
the precise percentage and mix of cases that will undergo auditing has not yet
Identifies Watch List for 2012: 5 Issues to Impact Practicing Physicians in the
As the New Year
approaches and the future of health reform hangs in the balance, The Physicians
Foundation -- a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the work of
practicing physicians and improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans --
has identified five key areas that will impact the practice of medicine in the
year ahead. The Physicians Watch List for 2012 is based on research the
Foundation released earlier this year, including the 2010 Health Reform Research
Study and 2011 Roadmap for Physicians to Healthcare Reform Paper.
- Changing nature of medical practices.
Decreased return on increased burden.
Acute shortages of primary care physicians
Critical need for physician leadership tools / skills.
- Impact on patients.
|SAMHSA Releases Data from
the Latest National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment
The Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released findings from the
2010 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS).
N-SSATS is an annual census
of substance abuse treatment facilities that provides data on the location and
characteristics of alcohol and drug abuse treatment services throughout the
United States. It also provides information on the scope and nature of how these
facilities and programs are used.
The report finds that
overall there was very little change in the scope and nature of these treatment
facilities from 2006 to 2010.
Copies of this report and
all its detailed findings are available on the Web at http://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/10nssats/nssats2010web.pdf.
For related publications and information visit the SAMHSA Web site at
|Back and Arthritis Pain
Drugs Top Sales in Chronic Therapies Market
Between 2010 and 2020 the overall market for
chronic pain therapies will remain stable at approximately $20 billion, with
treatments for back pain and arthritis predicted to be the most lucrative,
according to findings from healthcare research firm Decision Resources.
In its report "Chronic
Pain," Decision Resources notes the chronic back pain and arthritis pain
segments comprised nearly 57 percent of the overall chronic pain drug market in
2010, driven by increasing prevalence as populations age in the world's major
|Recovering Addicts in
Rise in overdoses
feared as doctor's arrest limits Rx access
State officials, doctors
and pharmacists are teaming up to combat what they fear could be a drastic spike
in drug overdoses now that one of the state's largest suppliers of a popular
anti-addiction drug closed his dozens of treatment centers amid accusations of
The arrest of Dr.
Punyamurtula Kishore on Medicaid fraud charges in September, and the shuttering
of his 29 offices, left hundreds and possibly as many as 2,000 recovering
addicts without access to Vivitrol. State officials have been scrambling to
provide them with alternative sources for the popular anti-addiction medication.
Meanwhile, doctors reported being swamped with calls from desperate recovering
|Doctor Accused of Illegally
Distributing Drugs at Paintsville Clinic Plans to Plead
A doctor accused of
illegally distributing drugs at a Paintsville clinic plans to plead guilty,
according to a court motion.
Richard W. Albert had been
scheduled to go to trial next week on a federal drug charge, but his attorney
filed a motion Tuesday seeking a hearing for Albert to plead guilty.
A grand jury charged Albert
in July with conspiring to distribute prescription drugs without a legitimate
medical reason between January 2008 and Feb. 16, 2011.
|Don't Miss Out on Your New
ASIPP is pleased to
announce a new member benefit coming soon. We are creating a "Doctor Finder"
page on the ASIPP Web site to assist patients and physicians to locate an IPM
physician. In order to receive this benefit and have your name listed, you must
be a physician member in good standing and give consent to ASIPP to post your
name and information.
If you are a member in
good-standing and you haven't already done so, please submit your consent form
today. This page will be posted within the next two weeks so act today to be
Click on the following link to submit your
authorization form and also to define the information you would like
Wisconsin chapter to hold meeting
WSIPP will hold a meeting on Friday,
December 9 at 6 pm. The meeting will take place at the Mason Street Grill
located on 425 E. Mason St., Milwaukee.
Items on teh agenda include: planning goals for
2012, a presentation of the new IPG by Medtronic, and discussions on the
political climate, the guidelines/bias of other guidelines with conflict of
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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