October 5, 2011
Available Through Oct. 18 for November Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver
Register today to attend the Nov. 11-13
Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop for Basic, Intermediate, and
Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management Examination Preparation course
This 2½-day review course and workshop is
designed for interventional pain physicians, for a review, skills improvement or
to assist in preparation for Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management
ASIPP offers the most
in-depth, comprehensive, and individualized programs available in interventional
pain management, featuring maximum hands-on training with cadavers in a
state-of-the-art facility and maximum ability to interact with other
Early Bird - On or before
October 18, 2011. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Memphis and the MERI
Center in Memphis, TN,
click HERE to view brochure
|Lawmakers Refereeing 'Turf
Battle' Over Interventional Pain Management Care
The question of who
exactly should be legally authorized to shoot powerful medications into easily
injured areas of the body, like a patient's spine, dominated talk on Capitol
Lawmakers heard testimony from the medical
community about rules governing the tricky job of pain management.
Members of a House Health and Human Resources
subcommittee are studying the implications of HB1896, a bill that limits when nurse practitioners and other caregivers
with advanced training can administer "interventional" pain medications, which
are injected within a half-inch of the spinal cord.
Under the proposal, which
won committee approval in the Senate but stalled in the House, these nurses
would only be able to perform the procedures under the supervision of
Lawmakers walked away from
their four-hour discussion generally in agreement to add government mandates for
better training of nurse practitioners, assistants and physicians alike as they
try to defuse a war among the competing health care occupations.
"Sometimes though, these
are turf battles, and money's involved. And it's whether which side is going to
end up with the most procedures to make the most money," said Rep. Mike Turner,
the House Democratic Caucus chairman and a member of the panel examining who can
perform the pain-management procedures.
|TN Members Encouraged to
Show Support for HB1896: Pain Management Care Compromise
Tennesee members are urged to write their
congressmen to show their support for the Tennessee House
In spite of attempts to
portray physicians as unyielding and intransigent, this bill IS a compromise.
Rather than restricting interventional procedures to those who are Board
Certified in Pain Management, this bill would allow mid-levels to perform these
procedures with proper supervision.
This is NOT a turf battle. It would be easy to
allow our opponents to miscast this as a battle between those who have an MD
after their name and those who do not. This is simply not true! Many MDs are not
qualified to perform these procedures, either. The goal of this bill is to
restrict spinal procedures to those who have had proper training.
This is NOT about access to care. Most
interventional pain physicians take Tenncare. If you live in Tennessee, you are
within 60 miles of a TNSIPP physician*.
This is NOT about saving
money, either for the patient or the healthcare system. No one ever said that
improperly trained providers were charging anything less than list price for
their work. More providers performing more procedures does not equal less
|Fourth Quarter National
Correct Coding Policies Released
These new edits have
been effective since 10/1/2011 and will be effective through 12/31/2011.
For detailed analysis of
NCCI for most commonly used interventional techniques, please follow the
following link. http://www.asipp.org/feeschedules.html
|Republicans Target Health,
Education for Cuts
House Republicans on
Thursday released their draft 2012 budget for labor, health and education
programs, a giant $153.4 billion measure that moves toward the Democrats in
total dollars but still challenges President Barack Obama almost across the
board on labor rules and his prized education and healthcare reforms.
Total appropriations would fall $4 billion from
2011, but in line with the August budget accords, Republicans have agreed to
restore at least $14.2 billion in additional reductions that had been called for
by their budget resolution last April.
|Medicare Patients Abusing,
Selling Rx Drugs, GAO Says
WASHINGTON -- As many
as 170,000 Medicare beneficiaries may be "doctor shopping" in order to get
multiple prescriptions of commonly abused drugs for their own use or to sell to
others, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of Medicare's Part D
The audit found that
170,000 Medicare beneficiaries received prescriptions from five or more doctors
for any of 14 types of commonly abused prescription drugs at a cost of about
$148 million to the Medicare program, according to the report, written by GAO
investigator Gregory Kutz.
Most of the doctor shoppers were not on Medicare
because of their age -- 71% had Part D coverage because of a disability and 72%
received a Medicare Low-Income Cost-Sharing subsidy.
|Insurers to Pool Claims
Data for Study on Health Care Costs
Four of the country's
largest private health insurers -- in what is believed to be the first
collaboration of its kind -- have agreed to offer their claims data for use in
health research projects in the hopes of adding to the understanding of what is
driving health care costs.
The project, unveiled Sept.
20, is called the Health Care Cost Institute. It will rely on data from Aetna,
Humana, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealth Group. Organizers said they hope to
persuade other insurers to join as well.
The four companies agreed
to share claims information dating from 2000 to the present and update the
claims database twice a year. The data will not identify individual patients or
Pilot Project Grants Announced
WASHINGTON - The
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) first major funding
opportunity will support approximately 40 awards totaling up to $26 million
announced the organization on Wednesday.
PCORI's Pilot Projects
Grant Program first round of grants will offer $13 million per year for two
years. Those requesting grants may ask for up to $250,000 in direct costs per
year. The grants are open to a range of organizations, including higher
education institutions, nonprofit, public and commercial organizations and
"The PCORI Pilot Projects
Grant Program will fund foundational research that will support and inform our
national research priorities and agendas, which will evolve over time to reflect
the needs of patients and the entire healthcare system," said Joe Selby, MD,
PCORI executive director in a statement. "We know there are gaps in research and
gaps in methodology that must be filled if we are to fulfill our mission of
providing patients and those who care for them with high integrity,
evidence-based information to support healthcare decisions and improve
healthcare delivery. These pilot projects will begin to lay the ground work for
our primary patient-centered research that will follow in the coming
|Despite FDA Efforts,
Shortages of Drugs Tripled in 5 Years
Prescription drug shortages are increasing faster than federal health officials
and drug companies can address them, according to witnesses before a
Drug manufacturers and
federal health officials disagreed about what is driving drug shortages during a
House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee hearing on Sept. 23. But they
agreed that the causes will require multiple solutions.
|HHS Wants to Give Patients
Test Results Straight from Lab
Proposed changes to
federal regulations would override existing laws in 20 states and give patients
access to laboratory test results without having first to talk with the
physicians who ordered the tests.
The Dept. of Health and
Human Services said its proposal, announced in September, could enable wider
deployment of personal health record systems and give patients more control over
their health care information. Yet some physicians say the changes could come at
a cost, because life-altering test results delivered without the context of a
doctor's explanation may increase patient anxiety and degrade the
In 13 states, labs are
forbidden from sending test results directly to patients, according to HHS. The
results must go to the ordering physician or another authorized health care
entity. Seven states allow labs to send test results to patients, but only with
the approval of the ordering physician.
|Older, Busier Docs More
Likely to use Novel EHR Functionality
BOSTON - Contrary to
popular belief, a new study has found that older physicians who are clinically
busier and see more complex patients are more likely to use new EHR
functionality than younger clinicians.
The findings were
determined by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), who analyzed
the intervention arm of a randomized trial of new EHR-based tobacco treatment
functionality. The trial included 207 clinicians and the functionality was used
by 50 percent, or 103 clinicians.
KSIPP Plans Annual Meeting, Oct.
KSIPP is hosting its annual meeting from 10
am to 5 pm Oct. 22 at the Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green,KY. Click HERE to view brochure.
The meeting is open to Kentucky and Indiana
members. Cost is $75 for active members, $100 for non members, $50 for associate
members or non-physician, non-members; and no cost for fellows. Click HERE to register.
Participants can earn up to 5 CME credit hours.
Discussions will include an introduction to KASPER and a presentation by the
Drug Enforcement Agency. A meeting of the Kentucky Society of Interventional
Pain Physicians Board of Directors will follow the review course sessions. Lunch
will be provided, but participants must reserve their seat and let organizers
know which entrée they prefer: sautéed chicken or grilled vegetables. For more
information, call Connie Smith at 270-781-2212.
NYSIPP to Host Symposium, Nov.
The New York Society of Interventional Pain
Physicians is hosting a symposium titled: Pain Medicine Symposium 2011: Evolving
Advanced Pain Therapies, November 11-12, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency, Jersey
Staten Island University Hospital designates
this activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Early bird registration
discounts available through Oct. 15. To register, go to www.etouches.com/NYSIPP
FSIPP Annual Meeting Dates May
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
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