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celebrating our 10th anniversary

May 18, 2011


·  ASIPP's 13th Annual Meeting: Once in a LIfetime Event

·  ABIPP Application Deadlines Set

·  Prescription Drug Addiction Addressed

·  Growing Internet Use May Help Explain The Rise in Prescription Drug Abuse in the United States

·  AMA Unveils SGR Replacement Plans

·  Register Today to Attend August Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses

·  Supreme Court is Asked to Re-examine Diagnostic Test Patents

·  Telling the Patient No

·  The Social Life of Health Information, 2011

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted

ASIPP's 13th Annual Meeting: Once in a LIfetime Event

You are invited to explore the exciting future of Interventional Pain Management at ASIPP's 13th Annual Meeting on June 25 - 29, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Washington, DC. Join us for a view from the top, the bottom, and in-between the future of evidence-based medicine.

James Rathmell, MD will present "Evidence-Based Medicine: A View from the Top," while ASIPP Chairman of the Board and CEO Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD will present the opposing perspective in his lecture, "Evidence-Based Medicine: A View from the Bottom."

The forum will also feature discussion of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Established in 1999, NICE is an independent organization responsible for preventing and treating illness as part of England's healthcare rationing program. Drs. Sanjeeva Gupta and Stephen Ward are coming all the way from the United Kingdom to share with us their knowledge on the subject.

Click HERE to see the NEWLY REVISED meeting content. If you are not already registered, I encourage you to do so today and begin making plans to attend this extraordinary meeting.

Register Today!

ABIPP Application Deadlines Set

ABIPP will accept applications for ABIPP Part I examination until June 30, 2011. The examination will be held on August 6, 2011 in St. Louis, MO at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

Applications for those taking ABIPP Part II must be received no later than July 31, 2011. The Part II Practical examination will be held on September 9-10, 2011 in Memphis, TN at the Hilton Memphis and the Medical Education and Research Institute.

Applications and additional information can be found on the abipp.org Web site. Questions can be directed to Melinda Martin at 270-448-4985 or mail to:abipp@abipp.org

ABIPP Application

Prescription Drug Addiction Addressed

A GP summit examined how to address addiction to prescription and over-the-counter drugs following publication of two new reports into the scale of the issue commissioned by the Department of Health

The two studies, which were conducted by the National Addiction Centre and National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, provide important insights into the issue of addiction to medicines. They will inform future guidance and policy such as the development of new Royal College of GPs guidelines for the use of benzodiazepine and similar drugs in general practice.

People can become dependent on tranquilisers, sleeping pills and opiate based painkillers, such as codeine, particularly if taken at high doses for prolonged periods. Long-term dependence on substances such as benzodiazepines has been identified as a particular issue. Today's reports reveal that the overall prescribing of benzodiazepines is falling but that prescription of benzodiazepines to treat anxiety continues to increase as do the sale and prescription of opioid painkillers.

The findings suggest:

  • most prescribing falls within current guidelines
  • long-term prescribing increases the likelihood of dependency but this is not inevitable
  • over the last 19 years dispensing of benzodiazepines has decreased but there has been an increase in the prescribing of anxiolytic benzodiazepines and the sale and prescription of opioid painkillers
  • dependence may be overcome if individuals are supported to reduce gradually their medication
  • of the 32,510 people in drug treatment who reported problems with prescription or over-the-counter medicines only 3,735 were not also using illegal drugs; and
  • most local areas provide some treatment for people who develop problems in relation to medicines

Click HERE to read the National Addiction Centre was literature review bringing together the published evidence on the scale of the problem and how best to respond to dependence on medicines

Click HERE to read the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse investigation into Primary Care Trusts and treatment providers on prescribing patterns and the help that is currently offered to people who develop problems.

Department of Health - England

Growing Internet Use May Help Explain The Rise in Prescription Drug Abuse in the United States

A recent study by Health Affairs investicates the use of the Internet and its affects on prescription drug abuse.

Abstract: The rising availability through the Internet of commonly abused prescription drugs has raised public health concerns. We examined whether the growth of US prescription drug abuse may be explained by the parallel growth in high-speed Internet use. We find that for every 10 percent increase in high-speed Internet use at the state level, associated treatment facility admissions for prescription drug abuse rose by 1 percent. Admissions for abuse of alcohol, cocaine, and heroin, which are not readily purchased online, had minimal or negative growth during the same period. The results suggest that better surveillance of online prescription drug sales is warranted, and aggressive efforts to curb illegitimate online pharmacies may be necessary.


Health Affairs

AMA Unveils SGR Replacement Plans

Washington -- Members of organized medicine have offered Congress more specific alternatives to Medicare's payment formula, which has physician pay in line for a 29.5% cut in 2012.

House lawmakers heard testimony from physician organizations at an Energy and Commerce health subcommittee hearing on May 5. Witnesses discussed the need for a permanent pay fix -- ending the practice of passing stopgap measures to prevent pay cuts mandated by the sustainable growth rate formula. Inaction on an SGR fix has exacerbated the payment problem and threatens patient access to care, doctors said.

The full committee had solicited input before the hearing on how to overhaul the pay system. Dozens of associations responded by supporting the elimination of the SGR.


AMA news

Register Today to Attend August Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses

Make your plans today to attend the ASIPP Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses scheduled during the week of August 1-6 in St. Louis, Mo.

August 1-5, 2011 ASIPP Board Review Course Register Brochure

August 6, 2011 ABIPP Part I Examination (ABIPP application must be submitted prior to the exam for approval)

August 1-3, 2011 Comprehensive Review Course in Controlled Substance Management (August 1 -August 2) and Competency Examination (August 3) Register

August 4-6, 2011 Comprehensive Review Course in Coding, Compliance and Practice Management (August 4-5) and Competency Examination (August 6) Register

Register today

Supreme Court is Asked to Re-examine Diagnostic Test Patents

Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minn., is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to re-examine whether a test that measures patients' metabolite levels to determine drug dosages should be patentable.

The seven-year court dispute, which twice has been to an appellate court and once to the high court, has generated conflicting opinions about whether the patents held by Prometheus Laboratories Inc. violate federal law.

Prometheus sued Mayo Collaborative Services and Mayo Clinic Rochester in 2004, claiming that Mayo infringed on its test patents. Prometheus' test measures metabolite levels in patients taking thiopurine drugs, then correlates those levels with the drugs' efficacy. Mayo developed its own test, which measured the same metabolites, but said its method used different levels to determine toxicity, according to court documents.

AMA news

Telling the Patient No

Patients are not used to hearing the word no from their hospital or physician. But they will have to start getting used to it. When the discussion takes place about the need for expensive tests or procedures that perhaps don't follow evidence-based guidelines, such conversations will be novel for a number of physicians and hospitals as they start to take on a bigger role in reducing waste and inefficiency in healthcare.

Through bundled payments and other reimbursement mechanisms being implemented by commercial health plans, hospitals and other healthcare providers will be penalized for ordering tests, procedures, and other items that the evidence shows to be unnecessary. In most cases, the determinations about care processes will take place outside the patient's view. But often, patients do come in and ask for various treatments, drugs, and types of care because a friend or relative recommended it. So how should hospitals and physician practices prepare for this likely backlash?

HealthLeaders Media

The Social Life of Health Information, 2011

The internet has changed people's relationships with information. Our data consistently show that doctors, nurses, and other health professionals continue to be the first choice for most people with health concerns, but online resources, including advice from peers, are a significant source of health information in the U.S.

As broadband and mobile access spreads, more people have the ability - and increasingly, the habit - of sharing what they are doing or thinking. In health care this translates to people tracking their workout routines, posting reviews of their medical treatments, and raising awareness about certain health conditions.

These are not yet mainstream activities, but there are pockets of highly-engaged patients and caregivers who are taking an active role in tracking and sharing what they have learned.

Pew Internet

State Society News

GSIPP Annual Meeting 2011Set for Aug. 5

The GSIPP 7th Annual Pain Summit will be held Friday, August 5th thru Sunday August 7th at the Ritz Carlton Lodge on Reynolds Plantation.

For more information email info@gsipp.com

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

Arizona Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Newsletter Available

The Arizona Society of International Pain Physicians has released its quarterly newsletter. Click HERE to read.

Physicians Wanted

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

Physicians Wanted




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