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February 2, 2011


·  House Shifts To Medical Liability Overhaul After Health Reform Vote

·  Just a Few Spots Remain for February Course

·  ASIPP Abstract Registration Open

·  Senate to Vote on Health-Law Repeal

·  State Officials Divided on Meaning of Judge's Health-Care Ruling

·  Study Shows Delayed Side Effects Persist in IV Iodinated Contrast Media

·  Retired NFL Players More Likely to Take Painkillers

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted


House Shifts To Medical Liability Overhaul After Health Reform Vote

Washington -- House Republicans followed up their Jan. 19 vote to repeal the national health reform law with the Jan. 24 introduction of medical liability reform legislation that would cap damage awards.

The Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Health Care Act of 2011 would limit noneconomic damages to $250,000, and punitive damages to the greater of $250,000 or twice the amount of economic damages. It would not preempt state laws that establish higher or lower damage limits.

Rep. Phil Gingrey, MD (R, Ga.), an obstetrician-gynecologist, sponsored the bill as a replacement for the health reform law because he said the legislation would save billions of taxpayer dollars by reducing defensive medicine. "If the president and Congress are truly interested in lowering the cost of health care in this country, the HEALTH Act is a very good place to start."


Just a Few Spots Remain for February Course

Registration is now open for the
February and April Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop in Interventional Pain Management. Both courses feature Basic, Intermediate, and Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management Examination section levels. The courses will be held on February 18-20 and April 8-10 in Memphis, Tenn. In order to maintain an optimal participant/instructor ratio, space in both courses is limited so please register early to assure a spot in the course and in the level of your choice.

During the 2½-day Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop, you can improve existing skills and/or learn new techniques. You will have the opportunity for personal interaction with our distinguished faculty comprised of excellent teachers and lecturers. It is always our goal is to create a thorough and compelling educational experience for you.

Whether you have been practicing interventional pain management for many years or are new to the field with basic skills, we are confident you will find these courses and workshops to be beneficial to you in your practice. With the ever changing dynamics in healthcare and in the specialty of interventional pain management, it-is essential that we continue learning and exploring new procedures and techniques in our specialty.

Both courses will take place at the Marriott Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard (901-362-6200) on Friday. Ask for the ASIPP reduced room rate of $129 when making your accommodations. On Saturday and Sunday we will transport you the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) for a hands-on learning experience.

February brochure Click HERE for February Registration

April brochure Click HERE for April Registration

Register for 2011 Course Today

ASIPP Abstract Registration Open

The Online Abstract Submission for the 13th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) is now open. The meeting will be held June 25- June 29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

To 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 form.

Submit Abstract

Senate to Vote on Health-Law Repeal

WASHINGTON-Senate Republicans, seizing on a court ruling that the health-care overhaul passed last year is unconstitutional, will push ahead with a vote to repeal the legislation.

The Senate effort, expected Wednesday, is almost certain to fail, likely ensuring that the push by Congress to undo the health measure goes no further, at least until the next election.

But GOP leaders said the law was unpopular, and that given two court rulings declaring all or part of the legislation unconstitutional, they were sending an important message by holding the vote. Two other federal judges have upheld the law.

Wall Street Journal

State Officials Divided on Meaning of Judge's Health-Care Ruling

A day after a federal judge struck down the government's plan to overhaul the health-care system, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a stern statement: "This means that, for Wisconsin, the federal health care law is dead," and that his state "was relieved of any obligations or duties" to carry out the statute.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), on the other hand, pointed to the 700 people in his state with serious medical problems who already found insurance under the law. "Who goes to these people," the governor said in an interview, "and tells them, 'Sorry, a judge in Florida has decided we now need to put you out in the cold?' "

Washington Post

Study Shows Delayed Side Effects Persist in IV Iodinated Contrast Media

Intravenous iodinated contrast agents are generally safe. Though the frequency of side effects has fallen significantly since the introduction of nonionic, monomeric contrast agents,1 however, side effects remain an important issue.2 Late adverse reactions were first recognized in the mid-1980s.3 Many aspects of these reactions remain controversial, and uncertainty is widespread among radiologists about their incidence, significance, and management.

To shed some light on the topic, we conducted a questionnaire study of patients undergoing CT scans. We addressed the common delayed side effects following administration of iodinated contrast media and considered the current literature.

Diagnostic Imaging Europe. Vol. 25 No. 3

Retired NFL Players More Likely to Take Painkillers

FRIDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Retired professional football players use opioid painkiller drugs four times more than people in the general U.S. population, a new study shows.

Researchers asked 644 former NFL players who retired between 1979 and 2006 about their overall health, level of pain, history of injuries and concussions, and use of prescription pain drugs.

Seven percent of the retired players said they were currently taking opioid painkillers, which include morphine, Vicodin, codeine and oxycodone, said the researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Bloomberg Business Week

State Society News

RSVP now for the 2011 ILSIPP Annual Meeting

The members of the Illinois Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will meet at 6 p.m. March 17 at the the Braxton Seafood Grill in Oakbrook.

Jeffrey D. Petersohn, MD, an adjunct Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, will serve as the featured speaker. His topic is "New Technology in the Treatment of Lower Back Pain."

The event is being hosted by Dr. Timothy Lubenow, ISIPP President, from Rush University Medical Center in conjunction with Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Please direct RSVPs directly to 312-942-5773 or TTRRLLMD@aol.com. Please include the full names of each guest in your party.

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. We've had some very good feedback about the educational content of our meetings, and the 2011 meeting is shaping up with some exciting topics:

  • "Soft Tissue Pathology"
  • "The Musculoskeletal Physical Exam with Pearls"
  • "An MCO Medical Director's Perspective on Pain Management - Medical and Interventional"
  • "Clinical Research Breakthroughs/Updates"
  • "The Evolution of Epidural Lysis of Adhesions"
  • "The Dangers of Transforaminal ESI"
  • "The Florida Statutes, DOH Regulations, and BOM/BOOM Rules Regarding Pain Clinics"

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

Physicians Wanted

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

Physicians Wanted




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