December 28, 2011
|27.4% Cut Averted for 2
months: Congress to Take Up After Holidays
Washington -- The
threat of an across-the-board Medicare physician pay cut was defused with just
over a week to spare, but the congressional agreement only maintains rates for
an additional two months before Congress must act again to avoid a steep
The House and Senate on Dec. 23 approved a
two-month payroll tax cut extension package that included a two-month doctor pay
freeze. That means physicians will continue to receive 2011 rates for Medicare
services they provide through the end of February, and lawmakers will need to
agree on a longer-term patch if they are to prevent the 27.4% cut from taking
effect on March 1.
|Register Today to Attend
February Course in Phoenix! Three Choices
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
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staying over. Bring your family and stay and play!
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Coding, Complinace, and
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Management brochure and registration
|New Powerful Painkiller Has
Abuse Experts Worried
NEW YORK - Drug
companies are working to develop a pure, more powerful version of the nation's
second most-abused medicine, which has addiction experts worried that it could
spur a new wave of abuse.
The new pills contain the
highly addictive painkiller hydrocodone, packing up to 10 times the amount of
the drug as existing medications such as Vicodin. Four companies have begun
patient testing, and one of them - Zogenix of San Diego - plans to apply early
next year to begin marketing its product, Zohydro.
|Health Care Future Bright
for Nurses, Stinks for Doctors
There are lots of
losers in President Obama's effort to remake the U.S. health care system, and
chief among them are the doctors. But there are also winners, especially nurses
and physician assistants (PAs). Indeed, nurses and PAs win big in part because
doctors lose badly.
Surveys repeatedly show
doctors are fed up with low reimbursement rates from Medicare and even lower
from Medicaid, which have increasingly led doctors to no longer see new patients
in those government-run plans. For example, a recent Texas Medical Association
survey found that "34 percent of Texas doctors either limit the number of
Medicare patients they accept or don't accept any new Medicare patients." Even
more do not accept patients with Medicaid.
|Epidurals Linked to
Paralysis Cloud Pain Market
Valinda Parrish talks
to her 60-year-old husband like a doting mother speaks to a child. "I am going
to go outside for a little bit," she tells him. "Use your horn if you need
Rollie Parrish, nearly
blind and in a wheelchair, toots the air horn he keeps on his lap if he wants
something to eat or has to go to the bathroom. Four years ago, the Vietnam
veteran had just spent a weekend deer hunting when he went to a hospital near
his home in Nederland, Texas, for a shot of steroids to his neck to ease chronic
pain. He suffered a stroke during the procedure, according to a lawsuit that was
settled out of court."He knows what happened to him, and he is angry," his wife
of 29 years said in an interview.
A surge in steroid
injections to alleviate back and neck pain in the U.S. is bringing with it an
increase in severe and unexpected complications, including paralysis and death.
Reports of the side effects have prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
to review the safety of steroid injections into the epidural space near the
spinal cord, in consultation with an advisory group, the agency confirmed. Some
8.9 million Americans received the shots last year.
"We used to say this is so
safe," said James Rathmell, chief of pain medicine at Massachusetts General
Hospital in Boston and a member of the advisory group, who alerted the FDA to
cases of such shots causing harsh complications. "It is a very rare event, but
it is not zero, and it's devastating."
Booming Pain Market
The review comes during a
boom in epidural shots, which take minutes to administer and bring doctors
profitable reimbursements from Medicare and private insurers.
Steroid shots have become the most popular way physicians in the U.S. treat
neck and back pain, according to research studies. One by Laxmaiah Manchikanti,
chairman of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, found the
number of such injections to Medicare patients increased 159 percent between
2000 and 2010.
|Drug Trials Not
Representative, Researchers Charge
Few major randomized,
controlled clinical trials examine the effects of a drug in patients who have
multiple chronic conditions, even though more than one-quarter of all Americans
are living with at least two chronic health conditions, researchers
The proportion is even
greater for older individuals, two out of three of whom are likely to have at
least two chronic health conditions, according to Alejandro Jadad, MD, and
colleagues from the Centre for Health, Wellness and Cancer Survivorship at the
University Health Network in Toronto.
That means that most trials
on which the FDA bases its approval of new drugs are not generalizable to the
U.S. population, they wrote in a research letter published in the Dec. 28 issue
of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
|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.
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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