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" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

February 23, 2011

 

 

·  Obama Budget Would Delay Medicare Pay Cuts

·  2011 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Reminder-Avoiding the Adjustment

·  Register Now for April Review Course and Cadaver Workshop

·  13th Annual ASIPP Meeting Brochure Now Available

·  ASIPP Abstract Registration Open

·  HHS Imposes A $4.3 Million Civil Money Penalty For Violations Of The HIPAA Privacy Rule

·  Safety Alert: Urgent Medical Device Correction and Recall

·  Feds Charge 111 in Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown To Date

·  Ohio Workers' Comp Bags Largest-Ever Restitution Payment: $830K From Jailed Anesthesiologist

·  Pseudoephedrine Bill Languishing In KY Senate

·  Prescription Medications Take On Leading Role In Illegal Drug Trade

·  EMRs, Quality Efforts Key To Viability Of Practices, Obama Officials Advise

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted


Obama Budget Would Delay Medicare Pay Cuts

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Washington -- President Obama's fiscal 2012 budget proposal would freeze current Medicare pay rates for physicians until 2014, spreading the $54 billion cost of the freeze over a decade in part by squeezing savings from drug manufacturers and states.

Obama supports a permanent repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula that helps determine physician pay, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew said during his Feb. 14 budget presentation. But doing so would cost an estimated $371 billion over 10 years. Instead, Obama's budget would extend physician payment rates in effect through Dec. 31 until the end of 2013. Without congressional intervention, doctors face a cut of more than 25% starting in January 2012 and an additional cut the following January.

AMA


2011 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Reminder-Avoiding the Adjustment


In November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that, beginning in calendar year 2012, eligible professionals who are not successful electronic prescribers based on claims submitted between January 1, 2011 - June 30, 2011, may be subject to a payment adjustment on their Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) covered professional services. Section 132 of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) authorizes CMS to apply this payment adjustment whether or not the eligible professional is planning to participate in the eRx Incentive Program.

From 2012 through 2014, the payment adjustment will increase each calendar year. In 2012, the payment adjustment for not being a successful electronic prescriber will result in an eligible professional or group practice receiving 99% of their Medicare Part B PFS amount that would otherwise apply to such services. In 2013, an eligible professional or group practice will receive 98.5% of their Medicare Part B PFS covered professional services for not being a successful electronic prescriber in 2011 or as defined in a future regulation. In 2014, the payment adjustment for not being a successful electronic prescriber is 2%, resulting in an eligible professional or group practice receiving 98% of their Medicare Part B PFS covered professional services.

The payment adjustment does not apply if <10% of an eligible professional's (or group practice's) allowed charges for the January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011 reporting period are comprised of codes in the denominator of the 2011 eRx measure.

CMS


Register Now for April Review Course and Cadaver Workshop


Registration is now open for the April
Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop in Interventional Pain Management. The course features Basic, Intermediate, and Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management Examination section levels, and will be held April 8-10 in Memphis, Tenn. In order to maintain an optimal participant/instructor ratio, space in the course are 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.

The course will take place at the Marriott Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard (901-362-6200) on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday we will transport you the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) for a hands-on learning experience.

April brochure Click HERE for April Registration

Register for 2011 Course Today


13th Annual ASIPP Meeting Brochure Now Available


Mark you calendar to attend the 13th Annual Meeting, Legislative Session, and Capitol Hill Visits June 25-29 in Washington, DC.

This year in an effort to meet the needs of interventional pain physicians and other providers as well, we have created an educational program of the highest caliber with a focus on three very important topics for physicians, staff, and other healthcare providers all under the primary theme "A Vision For IPM In A New Decad e"; Evidence-Based Medicine, as well as Comparative Effectiveness in Interventional Pain Management and the Essentials of Practice Management.

The faculty is made up of experts in the field of IPM, practice management, and governmental affairs. We are honored to have Joseph T. Rannazzisi, DEA Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Diversion Control will address the agencies' role in controlling substance abuse. Dr. James Rathmell speaks on Evidence-Based Medicine: An Academic Perspective from Harvard. From the U.K., speaker Dr Sanjeeva Gupta gives us a sneak peek of IPM in the U.K. and Europe.

Click HERE to view brochure.

Register 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


HHS Imposes A $4.3 Million Civil Money Penalty For Violations Of The HIPAA Privacy Rule


Action marks first civil money penalty issued by HHS for HIPAA Privacy Rule violations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a Notice of Final Determination finding that Cignet Health of Prince George's County, Md., (Cignet) violated the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). HHS has imposed a civil money penalty (CMP) of $4.3 million for the violations, representing the first CMP issued by the Department for a covered entity's violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule

The CMP is based on the violation categories and increased penalty amounts authorized by Section 13410(d) of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

"Ensuring that Americans' health information privacy is protected is vital to our health care system and a priority of this Administration. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is serious about enforcing individual rights guaranteed by the HIPAA Privacy Rule," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

HHS


Safety Alert: Urgent Medical Device Correction and Recall

FDA Recalls Implantable Infusion Pumps and Refill Kits

FDA issued a class I recall of Medtronic's SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL implantable infusion pumps and refills kits. Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the recalled product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. These pumps and refill kits have been recalled because pocket fills - the unintended injection of drugs or fluids into the tissue under the skin at the pump pocket site - have occurred and may result in patient harm, serious injury, and/or death due to drug overdose or underdose.

Medtronic, which manufactures these pumps for the long-term infusion of pain, cancer treatment and anti-spasm medications, issued a "Urgent: Medical Device Correction letter to health care providers on January 14, 2011. The letter reminded health care providers to check needle placement within the pump septum during the drug refill procedure - the needle must be inserted through the refill septum until it has reached the needle stop in the pump reservoir. Health care providers should review the signs and symptoms of drug overdose, underdose, and withdrawal with their patients and caregivers at EVERY refill.

FDA


Feds Charge 111 in Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown To Date


In the largest healthcare fraud takedown thus far, more than 100 physicians, nurses and other defendants from nine cities were charged today for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving more than $225 million in false billing, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

The 111 defendants are accused of various healthcare fraud-related crimes, including conspiracy to defraud Medicare, false claims, kickbacks, money laundering and aggravated identity theft. The alleged fraud schemes involved various medical treatments and services, including home healthcare, physician and occupational therapy, nerve conduction tests and durable medical equipment.

Here are some of the cities and defendants involved in the federal takedown by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force:

  • Miami: 32 defendants, including two physicians and eight nurses, were charged for their participation in various fraud schemes involving a total of $55 million in false billings for home healthcare, durable medical equipment and prescription drugs
  • Brooklyn, N.Y.: 10 individuals, including three physicians and one physical therapist, were charged with fraud schemes involving $90 million in false billings for physical therapy, proctology services and nerve conduction tests
  • Detroit: 21 defendants, including three physicians, where charged for schemes to defraud Medicare of more than $23 million.

Department of Justice


Ohio Workers' Comp Bags Largest-Ever Restitution Payment: $830K From Jailed Anesthesiologist


The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation has received its largest-ever restitution payment: $830,000 from Jorge Martinez, MD, an anesthesiologist serving a life sentence for 56 criminal counts, according to a Columbus Business First report.

??Dr. Martinez was convicted in 2006 on 56 criminal counts for a scheme in which he submitted $60 million in fraudulent claims to state and federal government and private insurers. According to the Ohio Bureau, the conviction included a charge of healthcare fraud that resulted in death.

According to the report, Dr. Martinez was found to have billed for unnecessary or unwritten prescriptions while he saw more than 100 patients a day. ??After the $830,000 payment, Dr. Martinez still owes the Bureau $5 million, according to the report

Becker's ASC Review


Pseudoephedrine Bill Languishing In KY Senate


FRANKFORT - A bill that would require a prescription for over-the-counter cold medicines that contain the drug pseudoephedrine has sat in the Senate for 10 days awaiting a vote as lawmakers who support it try to find enough others to join them and pass the bill.

Senate Bill 45 would require a prescription for all drugs containing pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in methamphetamine. Only two states have passed similar laws, Oregon and Mississippi.

It's a move supporters say will curb the scourge of meth in Kentucky, making it more difficult for manufacturers to get the pills they need to make the toxic and highly addictive drug. Last year, a record number of meth labs were found in Kentucky, a total of 1,100, according to state police.

Louisville Courier Journal


Prescription Medications Take On Leading Role In Illegal Drug Trade


When Lt. J.A. LeBlanc arrived at the New Hanover County Vice and Narcotics Unit in 2001, one detective could handle the volume of prescription drug cases. Now, he said, all 16 detectives investigate them.

Street drugs such as cocaine and heroin have long been the targets of authorities seeking to root out illicit substances. But in recent years, growing prescription drug abuse has shifted law enforcement's focus to stemming the flow of dangerous medications onto the black market.

Abuse of prescription medications, particularly narcotic pain relievers such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, is rising precipitously, leading White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske last June to call it the "nation's fastest-growing drug problem." Between 1998 and 2008, treatment admissions for prescription pill addicts posted a 400 percent increase, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Star News


EMRs, Quality Efforts Key To Viability Of Practices, Obama Officials Advise


Washington -- Physicians who fail to tackle quality improvement, adopt electronic medical records and embrace teamwork risk being at a competitive disadvantage with doctors who join the modern era of health care, federal officials warned physicians at the AMA National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

CMS Administrator Donald M. Berwick, MD, told physicians in his Feb. 9 keynote speech at the annual conference that the national health system reform law is encouraging doctors and hospitals to embrace quality improvement the way other businesses already have. He acknowledged that the law is contentious.

"But let me tell you it's good. It's what we need as a step forward to help us in this new world of care," Dr. Berwick said.

AMA


State Society News


LSIPP Annual Spring Meeting set for Tomorrow, February 24, 2011

The Louisiana state chapter of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will meet at Fleming's restaurant in Baton Rouge, La. on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm with cocktails followed by dinner. RSVP 318-323-6405


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: 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.


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Physicians Wanted


 

 

 


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