" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary

May 4, 2011


·  Adverse Events: Ten Times More

·  ASIPP's 2010 Practice Benchmark Survey Results

·  Rx Side Effects Causing More Hospitalizations

·  White House Report Calls for NASPER Support

·  Medicare Plans to Cover MRI Scans for Patients With Pacemakers

·  Top Healthy Policy Expert Speaks Out on Current State of Reimbursement

·  Abstract Submission Deadline Friday

·  Plan to Attend the 13th Annual ASIPP Meeting

·  Mark Your Calendars: August Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses

·  Electronic Medical Records: What Your Data Can Tell You

·  3M Introduces New Mobile Software for Physicians

·  Doc Holiday

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted

Adverse Events: Ten Times More

In a study just published in Health Affairs journal, adverse events were found to occur ten times more than previously recorded. The title of the article is "Global trigger tool' shows that adverse events in hospitals may be ten times greater than previously measured."

Identification and measurement of adverse medical events is central to patient safety, forming a foundation for accountability, prioritizing problems to work on, generating ideas for safer care, and testing which interventions work. We compared three methods to detect adverse events in hospitalized patients, using the same patient sample set from three leading hospitals. We found that the adverse event detection methods commonly used to track patient safety in the United States today-voluntary reporting and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Patient Safety Indicators-fared very poorly compared to other methods and missed 90 percent of the adverse events. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Global Trigger Tool found at least ten times more confirmed, serious events than these other methods. Overall, adverse events occurred in one-third of hospital admissions. Reliance on voluntary reporting and the Patient Safety Indicators could produce misleading conclusions about the current safety of care in the US health care system and misdirect efforts to improve patient safety.

Health Affairs

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

Rx Side Effects Causing More Hospitalizations

Painkillers are among the top medications sending patients to hospitals. A White House plan would mandate physician training on prescribing opioids.

The number of hospitalizations due to medication side effects jumped by more than half between 2004 and 2008, says a federal report that heightened concerns about polypharmacy among an aging U.S. population.

Antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs, benzodiazepines, corticosteroids, insulin, and blood thinners and other cardiovascular drugs were among the leading causes of more than 2.7 million hospital stays and treat-and-release visits to emergency departments in 2008, said the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report, released in April.

Opiates such as codeine and morphine were a principal culprit, implicated in 121,200 hospital stays and 44,300 ED visits. The latest confirmation of problems associated with painkillers came as the Obama administration launched an inter- agency attack on opioid misuse that a White House report dubbed "America's prescription drug abuse crisis."

AMA news

White House Report Calls for NASPER Support

The White House is calling for the Support of the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) Act reauthorization in Congress in the report issued by the White House in April.

The report Epidemic: Responding to America's Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis," addresses the growing concerns of abuse of prescription drugs

Read report: www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/publications/pdf/rx_abuse_plan.pdf

ASIPP was the lead organization in the original passing of NASPER, which is a formula grant program administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that funds state PDMPs. The program outlines specific, uniform criteria states must have in place to be awarded funding, which increases consistency among state PDMPs. (SAMHSA/ONDCP)

The report also calls for more education for physicians on opioids. ASIPP is a leading organization when it comes to the education and certification of it's member physicians.

White House Drug Policy

Medicare Plans to Cover MRI Scans for Patients With Pacemakers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have submitted a proposed rule that, among other changes, would reimburse radiologists for MRI exams on patients with permanent pacemakers

The ruling expands a Feb 24 decision to cover MRI scans only if the Medicare beneficiary were participating in a clinical trial.

CMS said it decided to reconsider its rules after receiving a letter from Medtronic Inc., the Finley, Minn.-based manufacturer of the RevoMRI SureScan Pacing System, the the first MRI-safe pacemaker to go to market. The FDA approved the device in early February.

Diagnostic Imaging

Top Healthy Policy Expert Speaks Out on Current State of Reimbursement

Gail Wilensky, Ph.D., one of the most knowledgeable career health policy experts in Washington and someone who once ran the Medicare program, now says last year's passage of the healthcare reform law was a "wasted opportunity" because it did not include physician payment reform.

From the tone of her remarks to a large group of physicians who had come to Washington to meet with members of the House and Senate, it was obvious that those words understated her real sentiments.

The former administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) and former chairwoman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), Dr. Wilensky is an economist and now senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation.


Modern Medicine

Abstract Submission Deadline Friday

Deadline for submission Abstracts for the 13th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) is Friday, May 6, 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) Friday, May 6, 2011.

Click HERE to submit.

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

Submitted Abstract Today

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.

On Sunday evening, a special Business Meeting and Presidential Dinner and Dance is scheduled for 7 pm. This is the time ASIPP's newly elected officers will be introduced and then we will celebrate with food and dance.

Click HERE to view brochure.

Register Today!

Mark Your Calendars: 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

Electronic Medical Records: What Your Data Can Tell You

Data analysis will help your practice achieve meaningful use, qualify as part of an accountable care organization, and identify at-risk patients or inefficient business practices.

One of the perceived advantages of electronic medical records is that physicians will have a wealth of information that can help them gain greater insight about patients.

The process of gathering and examining this information is called data analytics. For practices that are applying for federal bonuses for meaningful use of technology, or planning to work with accountable care organizations, analytics will be critical for proving that a practice is doing well enough to earn a bonus.

But even a practice that isn't participating in these programs can use analytics to get a solid, fact-based snapshot of how it is performing. Analytics can show physicians how similar chronic-care patients are faring, or show common threads among patients, or even help a practice identify expansion opportunities. And with more health plans offering performance-based pay, being able to collect data can help a practice prove its case for a better bonus.

AMA news

3M Introduces New Mobile Software for Physicians

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New mobile technology introduced today by 3M makes it easy for physicians to manage their daily schedule, review patient information, dictate progress notes, and log accurate charges all on a single mobile device in the palm of their hand. Simple to use, but with advanced time-saving features, 3M Mobile Physician Solution provides instant access to critical patient information any time and from any location. Available on the iPad®, iPhone®, Androi, Blackberry®, and Windows Mobile® devices, 3M Mobile Physician transforms the day-to-day work life of the physician, making it more efficient so that physicians can focus on patient care instead of paperwork.

3M Mobile Physician Solution offers a complete suite of mobile software applications, including Mobile Patient Lists, Mobile Rounds, Mobile Dictation, and Mobile Charge Capture. It is the healthcare industry's first mobile solution to offer comprehensive intelligent coding advice to physicians as they capture and record professional fees. Built on 3M coding and reimbursement technology used by more than 5,000 healthcare facilities worldwide, 3M Mobile Charge Capture with physician advice notifies physicians of potential missing or lost charges, improving the accuracy of claims and helping physicians receive full reimbursement for their services.

Business Wire

Doc Holiday

The doctor is not in.

The United States already faces a growing physician shortage. As our population ages, we require more and more intensive health care. At the same time, enrollment in medical schools has been essentially flat, meaning we are not producing new physicians at anywhere near the rate we need to. In fact, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges, we face a shortfall of more than 150,000 doctors over the next 15 years.

And it could get a whole lot worse. The health reform bill signed into law last year is expected to significantly increase the number of Americans with health insurance or participating in the Medicaid program. Meanwhile, an aging population will increase participation in Medicare. This means a greater demand for physician services.

New York Post

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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