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May 22, 1011

 

·  Evidence-Based Medicine: A View from the Top to the Bottom: ASIPP's 13th Annual Meeting

·  The Real Medicare Debate: Deciding Who Decides

·  Beware Physician Compare: Medicare Site Inaccurate, Say Wronged Practices

·  Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to May 16

·  Make Plans to Attend August Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses

·  2 More Senators Introduce Bills to Publish Medicare Claims Data

·  Ban Proposed on Physician Ties, White Coats, Jewelry

·  ASIPP's 2010 Practice Benchmark Survey Results

·  Coalition Pushes for Safe Injection Practices

·  Modernizing Medicaid Pharmacy Could Save States $33 Billion

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted


Evidence-Based Medicine: A View from the Top to the Bottom: ASIPP's 13th Annual Meeting


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!


The Real Medicare Debate: Deciding Who Decides


Medicare, perhaps even more than Social Security, has become the Third Rail of American politics. Touch it and you die. At least that is the common fear on Capitol Hill.

Congressional Democrats voted to slash Medicare benefits last year as part of health care "reform" and paid a high price in November. Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan recently offered his own plan and has come under ferocious attack. But he offers the far better proposal.

Americans risk spending themselves into bankruptcy. Medicare is big part of the problem. The program fails to adequately meet seniors' needs. It also is fiscally unsustainable.

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Beware Physician Compare: Medicare Site Inaccurate, Say Wronged Practices


Doctors say if CMS can't get simple biographical information right, expanding the website to include quality scores by 2013 might not produce a trustworthy resource.

Washington -- Doctors and other health professionals have been disheartened with what they've found out about themselves on Medicare's Physician Compare website. Name misspellings, locality mistakes and other errors have physicians questioning the integrity and accuracy of the information on the site and wondering if it can become a legitimate comparison tool for health care consumers.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched Physician Compare on Dec. 30, 2010. The agency did so after expanding its physician directory on the Medicare program's website. The health system reform law required CMS to offer such a site to patients by 2011 and expand the site to include physician quality performance information by 2013.

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AMA news


Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to May 16


Deadline for submission Abstracts for the 13th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) has been extended to Monday, May 16, 2011. Selected abstracts and accompanying posters will be presented at the annual meeting 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) Monday, May 16, 2011.

Click HERE to submit.

All accepted abstracts will be accompanied by a poster to be displayed during the annual meeting.

Submitted Abstract Today


Make Plans 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


2 More Senators Introduce Bills to Publish Medicare Claims Data


Citing concerns about identity theft and privacy, the American Medical Association opposes making individual physician data public..

Washington -- Two additional senators have proposed separate bills to open Medicare claims data to the public, a move that doctors organizations have opposed on privacy and anti-fraud grounds.

Sens. Dick Durbin (D, Ill.) and John Cornyn (R, Texas) introduced their versions of Medicare transparency bills on April 14. Sens. Charles Grassley (R, Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D, Ore.) introduced a joint transparency bill earlier in the month. Even though the three bills are different, all would accomplish the same goal of opening billions of claims filed by health professionals every year to public scrutiny.

AMA news


Ban Proposed on Physician Ties, White Coats, Jewelry


Lawmakers in New York are proposing to ban physicians and other healthcare professionals from wearing neckties, jewelry and other items to help prevent the spread of infection, according to a report in the Democrat and Chronicle.

The proposal would bar physicians and other healthcare workers from wearing ties and white coats in a clinical setting, and would adopt a "bare below the elbow" policy, which would require doctors to wear short-sleeve shirts, regularly clean identification badges, ban wrist watches and jewelry.

"By making common sense changes to the way that our health professionals dress in a clinical setting, we can prevent suffering, lower costs, and most importantly save lives," Jeffrey D. Klein, (D., Bronx/Westchester) said in a statement.

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ASIPP's 2010 Practice Benchmark Survey Results


Responses to ASIPP's 2010 Practice Benchmark Survey showed that no matter where the practice, there are common themes in most interventional pain physicians' offices.

With the help of Gary Janko, Executive Vice President and CEO of Pain Solutions, ASIPP designed a member survey that would determine patterns of practice organization, management and staffing in respondents' offices. The questionnaires were distributed at ASIPP meetings, through the mail and online. ASIPP collected the responses and created the following reference guide:

Click Here to read the survey results.

Benchmark Survey Results


Coalition Pushes for Safe Injection Practices


Reuse of syringes has led to outbreaks of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C.

More education and research and superior product designs are needed to end unsafe injection practices that have led to 30 infectious-disease outbreaks in the last 10 years, said a coalition of physicians, nurses, manufacturers and government officials.

In the last decade, more than 125,000 patients have been notified about potential exposure to infectious diseases such as hepatitis C due to reuse of syringes, according to the Safe Injection Practices Coalition, which was formed in 2008. Along with Premier, an alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals, the coalition co-sponsored an April 26 meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss the problem.

AMA news


Modernizing Medicaid Pharmacy Could Save States $33 Billion


DALLAS - A new study by the National Center for Policy Analysis shows that states and the federal government could save $33 billion in prescription medication costs by switching to models used by Medicare and other private payers.

"Drug therapies often substitute for more expensive and less effective surgical treatment and can reduce the need for hospitalization. Americans see their doctors more than 890 million times each year, and two-thirds of office visits to physicians result in prescription drug therapy," said Devon M. Herrick, senior fellow with NCPA and an author of the report. "Even though they appear to provide better value for money than other forms of therapy, drug expenditures are one of the fastest growing components of the Medicaid program."

"Increasing the Cost-Effectiveness of Medicaid Drug Programs" identified a number of areas in which states could save money, including increased use of generic drugs, negotiating competitive rates for drug dispensing, coordinating and tracking drug therapies, establishing reimbursement rates similar to what private plans pay, and empowering consumers with some control of the money they spend on medications.

Healthcare Finance News


State Society News


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


Physicians Wanted


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

Physicians Wanted

 

 


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