" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary

November 23, 2011


·  Health Care is Drowning in Regulatory Burdens

·  Is There a Doctor Fix in the House and Senate?

·  Send a Messege to Congress Today

·  February in Phoenix! Three Courses - One Venue

·  AMA Wants To Put Brakes On ICD-10 Implementation

·  Health-care groups laying groundwork for post-election debate over cost cuts

·  Purchase Your Patient Copies of PAIN-WISE Today

·  Opinion: Doctors strike balance when treating pain and preventing prescription abuse

·  When Is Too Much Information Too Much?

·  Register Today the Dec. 7 Coding Webinar

·  Don't Miss Out on Your New Member Benifit!

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted

Health Care is Drowning in Regulatory Burdens

The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), is greatly concerned about three (3 regulatory issues: single dose vials for infection control, ICD-10 implementation, and electronic medical records implementation. Each one is very expensive, have not been proven with evidence, and may result in the closing of multiple practices due to escalating costs beyond imagination that could exceed the costs associated with HIPAA and Y2K.

On Friday, Nov. 18 ASIPP sent a letter to Secretary of Health, Kathleen Sebelius addressing these concerns. We ask for your assistance in correcting these issues by taking a moment of your time to send the following letter(s) to Congress and HHS. We encourage you to send a personal letter or if you prefer you may send it as it is written. Either way your letter(s) will help in the fight to save health care, your practice, and patient access.

Physician Capwiz Letter

Patient Capwiz Letter

For more information see ASIPP's Press Release and our letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Is There a Doctor Fix in the House and Senate?

Holiday cheer and bipartisan bonhomie are still possible on Capitol Hill.

For evidence, one need only look at the so-called "doc fix," where Congress every year overrides a previous effort at health care cost control to ensure physicians get paid at least as much as they did the year before. Expect another present to arrive at physicians' offices sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, now that the Super Committee has failed to permanently resolve the issue as part of Medicare's contribution to long-term deficit control.

The Fiscal Times

Send a Messege to Congress Today

On January 1, 2012, physicians will face a 27.4% cut if Congress does not vote to postpone it once again. Year after year we face the same panic and urgency as we approach the end of the year. Imagine the health care system as a rope and we are holding on to the very end of it with nothing but ground below us. A permanent fix to the flawed SGR system is long overdue

27.4% reduction to doctor pay starting Jan. 1 would have devastating consequences on all physicians and the millions of patients who rely on the insurance program for coverage, patient advocacy associations and organized medicine groups have warned.

Please take a few minutes out of your day and tell Congress enough is enough. Click on the links below to access Capwiz letters to Congress for both you and your patients. Please do your part to let Congress know that it is no longer ok to ignore the flawed SGR.

Physician href="Https://www.capwiz.com/asipp/issues/alert/?alertid=56847


February in Phoenix! Three Courses - One Venue


ASIPP is offering three different courses in one warm, wonderful, and scenic location! Join us on Februrary 24 at the beautiful Hilton Pointe Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, AZ.

The course choices are: Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop with basic, intermediate, and ABIPP preparation (advanced) levels; Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Comprehensive Review Course (Feb 24-25) Competency Examination - (Feb 26); and Controlled Substance Management Comprehensive Review Course - (Feb 24-25) Competency Examination - (Feb 26)

Take this opportunity to not only break away from the cold but also earn CMEs. Consider comimg early or staying over. Bring your family and stay and play!

Brochure and Registration for Review Course and Cadaver Workshop

Coding, Complinace, and Practice Management brochure and registration

Controlled Substance Management brochure and registration

AMA Wants To Put Brakes On ICD-10 Implementation


The American Medical Association's (AMA) House of Delegates has voted to "work vigorously to stop" the implementation of the ICD-10 diagnostic codeset, scheduled for Oct. 1, 2013.

"The implementation of ICD-10 will create significant burdens on the practice of medicine with no direct benefit to individual patients' care," said Peter W. Carmel, MD, AMA president, in a statement. "At a time when we are working to get the best value possible for our healthcare dollar, this massive and expensive undertaking will add administrative expense and create unnecessary workflow disruptions."


Information Week Health Care

Health-care groups laying groundwork for post-election debate over cost cuts

Regardless of whether Congress's supercommittee meets its deadline for finding ways to reduce the federal deficit, budget and policy experts are braced for Washington to soon face the painful task of finding even more savings - and they anticipate that health spending, which makes up more than a fifth of the federal budget, will be a main target.

Some health-care leaders are already laying the groundwork to redirect a debate they're expecting in 2013, after the 2012 election. They hope to prevent spending from simply being shifted from one part of the system to another.


The Washington Post

Purchase Your Patient Copies of PAIN-WISE Today

ASIPP is pleased to announce a newly published patient education book. PAIN-WISE is the perfect tool to provide your patients' the reliable information they need and deserve.

PAIN-WISE offers complete and authoritative information on diagnosis, medication compliance, treatment options, and also a guide to doctor check-ups. Written by ASIPP members for interventional pain physicians and their patients, this publication was edited for clarity and conciseness and features appealing color images.

PAIN-WISE is the most comprehensive yet affordable publication you can purchase to educate your patients.

How to Order

To enable our members to provide a copy of PAIN-WISE to each patient in their care, ASIPP has made available through the publisher, a very special discount. You can purchase these books at a discounted price of up to 50% off the $15 retail price. Your cost for this must-have ASIPP patient education initiative can be as low as $7.50 per copy plus shipping and handling.

Follow the link today to order online at www.hatherleigh.com or call toll-free 1-800-367-2550 to place your order by phone.

All royalties from sales go to the nationwide education program supported by ASIPP.

Opinion: Doctors strike balance when treating pain and preventing prescription abuse

During the past decade, overdose deaths from painkillers have more than tripled -- a troubling rise that has put physicians increasingly in a difficult position. They must try to detect when "doctor shoppers" and even established patients seek pain medicine to abuse the drugs.

At the same time, doctors are expected to prescribe medications when appropriate for pain relief. Recently, we examined the guidance physicians are getting to treat their patients' pain at a time when opioid abuse is climbing. We looked at how states are hoping to reduce overdose deaths by monitoring and restricting opioid prescriptions. Our coverage also reported on research showing that doctors need to monitor their patients more closely to make sure pain medication is not misused.


When Is Too Much Information Too Much?

The first day of medical school, the class was told to "Read Reader's Digest; your patients will and if you do not know what's in, they will lose confidence in your competence as their physician." That was in 1968. Today, keeping up with medical information in the lay media is more important than ever and the sources of information include not only Reader's Digest, but TV news, papers, Medscape, WebMD, Wikipedia, Google, etc., etc., etc. As a means to controlling medical costs, the government is trying to identify and limit unnecessary medical testing and in this quest, there have been an escalating number of articles concerning the validity of testing. A few examples are:



Register Today the Dec. 7 Coding Webinar

Coding expert Marvel Hammer, RN, CPC will present a webinar on Coding: Planting Seeds for Success in 2012 from 11 am to 12:30 pm Dec. 7.

Cost for the 90-minute webinar is $175. Hammer has more than 25 years in a variety of specialities including Pain Management, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology and Occupational Medicine.

The webinar will bring you information on the RVU changes in the 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

The AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) continues to review codes that are commonly reported together, i.e. more than 75 percent of the time. For 2012, the AMA RUC Relativity Assessment Workgroup identified CPT codes 62367-62368 and 95900-95991 as part of this "Codes Reported Together 75 percent or More" screen. Consequently, practices that include implanted infusion pumps for chronic pain management will find not only code changes but also new CPT codes that they will need to incorporate into their billing.

Registration and Addtional Information

Don't Miss Out on Your New Member Benifit!

ASIPP is pleased to announce a new member benefit coming soon. We are creating a "Doctor Finder" page on the ASIPP Web site to assist patients and physicians to locate an IPM physician. In order to receive this benefit and have your name listed, you must be a physician member in good standing and give consent to ASIPP to post your name and information.

If you are a member in good-standing and you haven't already done so, please submit your consent form today. This page will be posted within the next two weeks so act today to be included.

Click on the following link to submit your authorization form and also to define the information you would like shared.

Consent Form

State Society News

FSIPP Annual Meeting Dates May 18-20, 2012

The Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians has set the date for their next annual meeting for May 18-20, 2012 at the Gaylord Palms, Orlando, FL.

Read more about the meeting and other activities going on in the state of Florida in their newsletter. Click HERE to read latest issue.

For a complete look at the May meeting schedule and CME information, click HERE

CASIPP Annual Meeting Dates Nov. 9-11, 2012

The California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Annual Meeting of the will be Nov. 9 -11, 2012 at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, CA.

Go to www.casipp.com for more information.

Physicians Wanted

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

Physicians Wanted




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