" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary

March 23, 2011


·  A Panel Decides Washington State's Health Care Costs

·  MedPAC Calls for Small Pay Increase for Docs in 2012

·  Carelessness Behind Many Health Data Breaches

·  Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop: Early Registration Discount Ends Tomorrow

·  Plan to Attend the 13th Annual ASIPP Meeting

·  IOM offers standards for clinical practice, comparative effectiveness

·  Majority Of State Insurance Regulators, Charged With Implementing Federal Health Reform, Have Ties To The Insurance Industry

·  U.S. Patients Turn to Facebook for Health Information Needs

·  State Society News


A Panel Decides Washington State's Health Care Costs

The health care board was in session, and Deryk Lamb was pleading for them to continue paying for the spinal injections he receives to dull the pain from a workplace injury.

"My life would be a living hell without these injections," said Mr. Lamb, a 44-year-old carpenter from Lake Stevens, Wash., who was crushed between two trucks in 1996. "I don't deserve to be sentenced by a committee to a life of agony."

Mr. Lamb was testifying on Friday before Washington State's Health Technology Assessment committee. The committee has authority under state law to determine which medical devices and procedures Washington will cover for state employees, Medicaid patients and injured workers, about 750,000 people in all.

The New York Times

MedPAC Calls for Small Pay Increase for Docs in 2012

Codifying recommendations made at a meeting last month, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has officially recommended that physician reimbursement under the Medicare program be increased by 1% in 2012.

MedPAC -- an independent agency of 17 trustees that provides Congress with advice on Medicare -- sends a report to Congress each March on Medicare's fee-for-service payment system and recommends payment updates for the following year.

World Book and News

Carelessness Behind Many Health Data Breaches

For all the high-tech security work that physician practices do so that no outsiders get unauthorized access to their patients' data, one very low-tech cause of data insecurity often is overlooked: plain old forgetfulness.

For example, Massachusetts General Hospital on Feb. 24 settled with the Dept. of Health and Human Services to a pay a $1 million fine for a patient data security breach that was not caused by a hacker breaking into its system. Instead, HHS said, it was caused by an employee who inadvertently left a stack of paper files on a subway train on the way to work. In a Feb. 17 report, the Government Accountability Office criticized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for failing to align the two programs, which provide bonus money for physicians who implement the technology by a certain date and eventual Medicare penalties for those who don't. For example, the e-prescribing program does not require the use of the kind of certified technology that is required in the EMR meaningful use program, the GAO report states. Also, each program has different reporting criteria, which may confuse health care professionals.


Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop: Early Registration Discount Ends Tomorrow

We are still taking registrations for the April
Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop in Interventional Pain Management. The course will take place on April 8-10 in Memphis, Tenn.

The course features Basic, Intermediate, and Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management Examination section levels.

The course is excellent for those who want to improve existing skills and/or learn new techniques. You will have the opportunity for personal interaction with our distinguished faculty. 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 to the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) for a hands-on learning experience.

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. Register on or before March 24 to receive an early registration discount.

April brochure Click HERE for April Registration

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Plan to Attend the 13th Annual ASIPP Meeting

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 Decade 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!


IOM offers standards for clinical practice, comparative effectiveness

The Institute of Medicine has issued eight recommended standards to develop trustworthy clinical practice guidelines and 21 recommended standards for systematic review of the comparative effectiveness of medical or surgical interventions. "If guideline users had a mechanism to immediately identify high quality, trustworthy clinical practice guidelines, their health-related decisionmaking would be improved-potentially improving both healthcare quality and health outcomes," the IOM wrote in a description of its report Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust, which outlines eight standards that address issues including transparency, conflict of interest and external reviews.

Meanwhile, the second report-Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews-focuses on the reviews that healthcare decision makers use for evidence-based comparisons of health interventions. In its description of the study, the IOM said systematic reviews identify, select, assess and synthesize the findings of similar but separate studies. "But the quality of systematic reviews varies; often the scientific rigor of the collected literature is not scrutinized or there are errors in data extraction and meta-analysis," the IOM wrote.


Majority Of State Insurance Regulators, Charged With Implementing Federal Health Reform, Have Ties To The Insurance Industry

A majority of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), which is meeting in Austin, Texas, this week to make key decisions on issues that will determine how much Americans have to pay for health insurance, have ties to the insurance industry, according to an analysis released today by Consumer Watchdog.

Twenty-four of the state insurance commissioners worked for the insurance industry before being appointed and two were elected with insurance industry campaign contributions according to the Consumer Watchdog analysis. Six past presidents of the NAIC exited since 2000 to work for the insurance industry as lobbyists and consultants.




U.S. Patients Turn to Facebook for Health Information Needs

Many U.S. residents are turning to Facebook for medical information, according to a recent
National Research Corporation survey, the Dayton Business Journal reports.

The survey of nearly 23,000 U.S. residents found that 41% of respondents reported using social media as a health care resource. Of those, 94% said they use Facebook to find health information, such as health education videos, and diet and exercise tips.


State Society News

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.

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

CASIPP Second Annual Meeting set for June 3-5, 2011 in Santa Barbara

The California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (CASIPP) is proud to present the Second Annual Meeting June 3-5 2011 in Santa Barbara. As with last year's successful event, CASIPP will welcome leading experts to lecture on clinical techniques, political issues and state programs relevant to the Pain Management physician and staff.

Earn eight CME credits while enjoying the luxurious grounds of the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort. To sweeten the deal, the Biltmore has offered discounted rooms to those who register early for the meeting!

Registration is easy online at https://www.casipp.com/register.html.

New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

Will hold a meeting on June 9, 2011 from 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm at Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. For more information call Lisa Hansen at 732-297-2600 or e-mail: njsipp_lisah@yahoo.com


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