October 12, 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
|Obama Gambles on Health
Reform Before Supreme Court
Legal experts say the decision by the Obama
administration to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a 26-state challenge of
the health system reform law shows confidence that the justices will uphold the
statute, but the move poses some risk. The high court opinion probably will
arrive in the thick of the 2012 election process, and any decision that goes
against the law will be used to try to weaken the president's re-election
campaign, experts said.
Public Policy Research in
Washington. However, the administration is facing some implementation deadlines
that make it unwise to keep the statute in limbo into 2013 or beyond, he said.
"The court needs to deal with this."
|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
|OIG to Compare Surgery
Center Payment Rates, Safety and Quality to HOPDs
The Office of the
Inspector General at the Department of Health & Human Services has released
its 2012 Work Plan, which includes two studies concerning ambulatory surgery
centers, according to an ASCA release.
The first study, entitled "Ambulatory
Surgical Centers: Payment System," will review the appropriateness of Medicare's
methodology for setting ASC payment rates under the revised payment system. The
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association has raised ongoing concerns regarding the
growing disparity between payment rates to ASCs and hospital outpatient
departments. The two facilities are updated based on two different systems: the
CPI-U for ASCs and the market basket for HOPDs.
The second study, "ASCs and
HOPDs: Safety and Quality of Surgery and Procedure," will review the safety and
quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries in both settings. The OIG
will assess pre-surgical care and surgical care in both settings, identify
adverse events and compare quality and safety between the settings.
|FDA, CMS launch pilot
program for voluntary parallel review of innovative
The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today
launched a "parallel review" pilot program for concurrent review of medical
devices for FDA approval and Medicare coverage.
The FDA and CMS, which will
begin accepting submissions today, issued procedures for voluntary participation
and guiding principles that the agencies will follow during product review. The
FDA and CMS anticipate that parallel review will facilitate the development of
innovative new products and increase the efficiency of the review processes for
|Sen. Schumer Calls for FTC
Investigation into Gray Market Drugs
NEW YORK CITY - In light of the record drug
shortages currently plaguing U.S. healthcare, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is
calling for a Federal Trade Commission investigation into gray market drug
resellers' exorbitant price mark-ups as possible price gouging.
Media reports noted that at a press conference
on Sunday, Schumer cited a Premier healthcare alliance report released in August
that claimed gray market vendors add huge price mark-ups to desperately needed
drugs. In its analysis, Premier found the average mark-up for shortage drugs was
650 percent. The single highest mark-up was 4,533 percent for a drug used to
treat high blood pressure.
|Medicare Tests Monthly
Incentives for Innovative Primary Care
Washington -- Medicare
will partner with private insurers to offer physicians patient management fees
and the opportunity to share savings under a primary care payment initiative led
by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Comprehensive Primary
Care Initiative is a new collaboration between public and private payers to
strengthen primary care, CMS officials said during a Sept. 28 news conference.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation is inviting insurers to join
government health plans in trying a new approach to paying for primary care
starting in 2012.
|As Premiums Rise, Are Even
the Insured Scrimping by Skipping Doctor Visits?
Americans are spending
more money on insurance premiums, and they're spending less out of pocket on
health services. The trend doesn't reflect patients getting more health coverage
for their insurance money, experts say. It reflects patients, even those with
insurance, avoiding spending cash on health care they think can be put
"Patients are paying more,
and they are getting less. It's a distortion of the economics of health care in
our country," said Glen Stream, MD, president of the American Academy of Family
Physicians. "And we see people for economic reasons deferring important
screening procedures or coming in less often for chronic conditions such as
|Many Pills, Many Not
When it comes to
medicine, as many as half of Americans don't stick to their regimens. They fail
to fill about 20% to 30% of prescriptions written by doctors, don't take drugs
as directed, and don't refill medications when they run out.
Now, health-care providers
have new strategies to increase medication adherence, as concerns rise about
health risks and the high costs of treating noncompliant patients who have
Prescriptions that don't
get picked up or refilled can be tracked using electronic medical records and
prescribing technology. Clinical pharmacy specialists, case managers and other
team members follow up with reminders, phone calls and counseling to get
patients back on the wagon.
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
CASIPP Annual Meeting Dates Nov.
The annual meeting of the California chapter
of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will be Nov. 9 -11 at
the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, CA.
Go to www.casipp.com for more
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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