September 28, 2011
|Register for November
Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop
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
|CAC News - Alabama CAC
The Carrier Advisory
Committee was established in order to foster better relations and trust between
carriers and providers and to get involved in policy development at the state
level. CAC is responsible for policy setting, payment processing, and
utilization review, all of which affect patient care.
Since March 2005 when IPM became the 34th
specialty to have representation on the CAC we have had the opportunity to shape
the practice environment through our CAC representatives.
Congratulations to Dr. Dean Willis and Dr. Xiulu
Ruan who have been named to the Alabama Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC) for
Interventional Pain Management and representing the interests of American
Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Willis will be the representative
and Dr. Ruan is the alternate.
Each and every state should
have a voice through CAC representation. According to the records of ASIPP, the
following states do not have representation.
- New Mexico
If you are interested in
representing one of the states listed above, please contact the ASIPP
|Supercommittee May Be Stuck
Arguing Over Sliver Of Spending
Political leaders, across the board, keep
pressuring the deficit-cutting supercommittee to "go big" and aim for trillions
in deficit reduction, but they keep saying "no" to anything that would actually
accomplish that goal.
Speaker John Boehner of
Ohio and other Republican leaders have vowed to reject a penny of tax increases.
President Barack Obama says Medicare benefits are untouchable if Republicans
won't raise taxes on the rich. Defense hawks - including Democrats like Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta - are concerned about Pentagon spending levels.
|Opinion: "Unique" New
Medical Malpractice Claims
As the general counsel
for Medical Justice, I see a number of bizarre and unfair medical malpractice
claims. However, recently I have read several claims that were so odd as to
attract my attention. The first involves a surgical patient at Baylor Health
Hospital in Dallas. A Nebraska man had traveled to Baylor for a routine tonsil
and sinus surgery. Following his surgery the patient, Michael Woolman, noticed
that his armpit was "bloody." He later filed suit in Federal Court against
Baylor Health Hospital alleging, in part, that a GPS tracking system had been
installed in his armpit. He goes on to complain that this surgery violated his
civil rights and has caused him mental anguish. He has filed this complaint on
his own and is not represented by counsel. Beyond this, I will not comment
In late July 2011, another interesting medical
malpractice claim was filed. This involves a man who was allegedly poisoned to
death by his wife. The man was admitted to the University Medical Center of
Princeton in January of this year for abdominal pain and numbness in his hands
and feet. During his hospital stay, which ended in his death, the man's wife
visited him daily. It is alleged that his wife had access to Thallium from her
employer Bristol Myers Squibb. It is further alleged that she poisoned her
husband to death with the Thallium while the man was in the hospital. In fact,
the woman was criminally charged with murder in February of 2011 and is
currently awaiting trial. The family brought action against the Medical Center
for not protecting the man from being poisoned by his wife. The family also
brought an action against Bristol Myers Squibb.
|Mistakes in Scientific
It was the kind of
study that made doctors around the world sit up and take notice: Two popular
high-blood-pressure drugs were found to be much better in combination than
"There was a 'wow'
reaction," recalls Franz Messerli, a New York doctor who, like many others,
changed his prescription habits after the 2003 report.
Unfortunately, it wasn't
true. Six and a half years later, the prestigious medical journal the Lancet
retracted the paper, citing "serious concerns" about the findings.
|Providers Ask Congress to
Renew Expiring Medicare Reimbursement Provisions
Provider groups Sept.
21 asked Congress to renew expiring Medicare reimbursement policies that carry a
price tag of at least $2 billion per year, saying extending the provisions gives
them the best chance to continue serving beneficiaries while awaiting broader
Testifying before the House
Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, hospital representatives, physicians, and
physical therapists urged Congress to extend a host of expiring Medicare
reimbursement provisions that address particular needs of patients and
The subcommittee is targeting nine Medicare
reimbursement policies that expire between Oct. 1 and July 1, 2012, covering a
host of providers, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, ambulance
services, clinical laboratories, and physicians.
|Washington Week: Obama
Outlines Deficit Reduction Plan
WASHINGTON -- President
Obama defended his plan to cut $3 trillion from the deficit though tax hikes on
the rich, and cuts to Medicare and Medicaid; a congressional panel heard about
the increasing number of shortages in injectable drugs; while another
congressional panel discussed soon-to-expire Medicare payment policies.
|GA Doctors Develop
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Program
The supply chain for abuse of highly
addictive drugs often can be traced back to a doctor's prescription pad.
So doctors are capitalizing on their unique
position to combat the illegal use of prescription drugs by leading a statewide
campaign to keep such medicines out of the wrong hands.
The Medical Association of Georgia, a statewide
organization that represents about 6,000 physicians, has developed the
initiative called Think About It, which kicks off at
1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the
Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. Gov. Nathan Deal will be the
|Medicaid Claims Audits To
Begin In January
Washington -- Physician
and hospital organizations praised several changes federal health officials made
to an earlier proposed version of a new Medicaid claims audit program authorized
by the health system reform law.
The Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services on Sept. 14 released a final rule detailing
implementation of the Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor program, based on a
similar Medicare program in operation nationwide. The Medicare RACs have come
under fire from physicians for what doctors have termed aggressive auditing
tactics, prompting some critics to label them "bounty hunters."
|Advisory Panel Proposes
Medicare Physician Pay Cuts
Washington -- The panel
that gives advice to lawmakers on Medicare pay rates has proposed significant
reductions in some physician payments as one way to avoid deep across-the-board
cuts required by law.
The Medicare Payment
Advisory Commission has drafted recommendations to Congress that would block a
29.5% pay cut scheduled for 2012 and future across-the-board Medicare rate
reductions, but the plan would pay for the changes by lowering rates for
nonprimary care services. Supporters of the proposal said it could provide more
stability to future payments under the Medicare program. But detractors warned
that the concept would split the physician community and pit primary care
physicians against specialists.
|Nearly All U.S. Doctors Are
Now On Social Media
The number of
physicians using sites such as Facebook and Twitter has grown so quickly that
Gabriel Bosslet, MD, realized the moment his study on physician social media use
appeared in June that it already was out of date.
The data, collected by Dr.
Bosslet between February and May 2010 and posted more than a year later on the
Journal of General Internal Medicine site, found that 41.6% of doctors use
social media sites.
|Employers Look To ACOs To
Help Increase Value, Keep Health Costs In Check
LINCOLNSHIRE, IL - A
new report from human resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt and healthcare
consulting firm Polakoff Boland says employer interest in accountable care
organizations is ramping up as they seek new ways to continue offering
healthcare benefits to employees.
"Seventy-seven percent of
employers are unlikely to exit healthcare management when health insurance
exchanges become available starting in 2014," the study authors noted. "This
finding indicates that employers intend to remain 'in the game' of offering
healthcare benefits for the foreseeable future. Sixty-five percent of
respondents have expressed interest in exploring the use of ACOs as an option
for providing healthcare benefits to their workforce."
|Employers Bear Brunt of
Health Insurance Hikes
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) --
Thank you, boss?: While the annual cost for employee family health insurance
jumped 9% this year, employers shouldered the bulk of that increase, according
to a new industry survey Tuesday.
For insured workers, it
cost $15,073 this year to buy health insurance for a family of four. That was up
sharply from $13,770 last year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation
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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