" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary

July 27, 2011


·  Comprehensive Pain Management/IPM Review Books Available for Pre-Order

·  Purchase a HIPAA CD and Join Us for Free Webinar August 30

·  Spinal Cord Stimulation Course Set for September

·  States May Get Substantial Power Over Health Insurance Exchanges

·  Manchikanti interview on PCORI published in ASC Review

·  Fewer Americans See Smoking as Risky: Survey

·  Revised Medicare Forms Ask Doctors If They Accept New Patients

·  Dorchester Pharmacist Convicted for Defrauding

·  CMS' recovery audit contractor update details millions in payment corrections

·  Walter Reed Closing in September

·  ASIPP Member Deaths

·  Physicians Wanted

Comprehensive Pain Management/IPM Review Books Available for Pre-Order

This 3-volume project was undertaken, based on the curriculum for the ABMS pain medicine examination. The task was more difficult than writing a standard textbook. While providing comprehensive description of the literature, this project also attempts to provide readable, easily understandable information.

Due to the nature of this difficult and extensive project, the information has been divided into three books:

  • Foundations of Interventional Pain Management and Pain Medicine: A Comprehensive Review
  • Clinical Aspects of Interventional Pain Management and Pain Medicine: A Comprehensive Review
  • Interventional Pain Management and Pain Medicine: Board Review and Self-Assessment

Books are available individually or as a set. They will also be available on CD.

Individual Book:
Foundations, Clinical Aspects, or Board Review Self-Assessment · Hard copy - $200 plus shipping · CD- $150 plus shipping

3 Book Volume:
Foundations, Clinical Aspects, and Board Review Self-Assessment · Hard copy - $500 plus shipping ·CD - $300 plus shipping

3 Books with CDs:
Foundations, Clinical Aspects, and Board Review Self-Assessment · $650 plus shipping

Order Today!

Purchase a HIPAA CD and Join Us for Free Webinar August 30

ASIPP is offering a free webinar Tuesday, August 30, with the purchase of the new HIPAA CD. The CD is available for purchase now and the webinar will be held at 11 am CST August 30.

The HIPAA security regulations were designed to protect patient protected health information that is stored and/or transmitted electronically. This includes any information that can link a patient to a medical condition, test, etc. The rules and regulations not only discuss how information is stored (e.g. in a password protected computer system) but also how the computer is stored (e.g. in a locked office with an alarm on it) and transmitted (e.g. encrypted).

Both the CD and webinar contain information on the hows and whys of HIPAA security along with sample policies and helpful worksheets. The goal is for an IPP to be able to walk through the HIPAA security requirements and implement a program that meets the rules but also fits his/her practice.

To register, click HERE

To order the CD, click HERE

HIPAA CD and Webinar

Spinal Cord Stimulation Course Set for September

The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) is pleased to bring you the most focused and comprehensive review course in spinal cord stimulation. We invite you to attend this didactic and hands-on cadaver workshop on September 9-11, 2011 in Memphis, TN.

This in-depth review course and comprehensive spinal cord stimulation cadaver workshop will cover all the important aspects of these techniques and provide a comprehensive overview of the subject, with extensive case discussions, and interaction with the faculty. It is planned as a CME activity to prepare physicians seeking credentialing and as an in-depth review of spinal cord stimulation. During this three-day event, you can improve existing skills and learn new skills.

The seminar will be conducted at the Hilton Memphis and the world renowned Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) in Memphis, TN. Make your plans early to attend. We look forward to seeing you in Memphis.

States May Get Substantial Power Over Health Insurance Exchanges

Washington -- States will have leeway in determining who operates their health insurance exchanges and which health plans qualify for sale in the exchanges, among other state powers outlined in proposed guidelines unveiled July 11 by the Dept. of Health and Human Services.

"This isn't a one-size-fits-all solution," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Health insurance exchange officials will carry out key functions as the health reform law expands coverage by about 30 million Americans beginning in 2014. These tasks include certifying the health plans that will be sold in the state marketplaces. Enrollees in qualified plans earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level -- or $43,560 for an individual -- will be eligible for federal subsidies on a sliding scale to help buy the coverage.

AMA news

Manchikanti interview on PCORI published in ASC Review

Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, was featured in an interview with Leigh Page of Becker's ASC Review. The interview was on the impact of the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

The article was titled: "Impact on Pain Management of the New Outcomes Research Institute: Q&A With Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti"

An article on this topic was published in the April/May issue of Pain Physician journal. Click HERE to read Pain Physician journal article.

To read the entire interview, click HERE.


Becker's ASC Review

Fewer Americans See Smoking as Risky: Survey

Fewer Americans perceived a serious risk from smoking a pack of cigarettes a day in 2008-2009 than they did in 2007-2008, a nationwide survey by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released Thursday found.

The percentage of people who perceived a serious smoking risk dropped from 73.7 percent to 72.3 percent among all survey participants. Teens showed an even greater drop in perceived smoking risk during the span, from 69.3 percent in 2007-2008 to 67.7 percent in 2008-2009, the survey found. No state posted in an increase in the perceived risk of smoking, an agency news release said.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health interviewed more than 137,000 people during 2008-2009. Among the report's additional findings:

  • · No state reported an increase in illicit drug use between 2002-2003 and 2008-2009. Among people aged 12 to 17, illicit drug use fell in 17 states during the period.
  • · The 10 states and the District of Columbia that had the highest rates of illicit drug use during the prior month among people 12 and older also led the nation in marijuana use during the same period. In alphabetical order, those locales were: Alaska, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.
  • · Between 2007-2008 and 2008-2009, 11 states showed declines in cocaine use among people 12 and older.
  • · Rhode Island led the United States in terms of the number of people age 18 and older with serious mental illness (7.2 percent), while Hawaii and South Dakota shared the lowest rate (3.5 percent).

US News and World Reports

Revised Medicare Forms Ask Doctors If They Accept New Patients

Washington -- The Medicare program is taking a more direct approach to determining whether physicians are willing to take on new Medicare patients.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in July added the question "Do you accept new Medicare patients?" to its enrollment forms for health care professionals. Physicians and nonphysician practitioners must complete applications -- and answer yes or no to the new question -- when enrolling in the Medicare program or updating their enrollment information.

The Medicare agency had attempted to gauge the number of physicians who accept new patients using a different method earlier this year. The Dept. of Health and Human Services proposed a plan to use "secret shoppers" to investigate the availability of primary care physicians to new patients with public insurance compared with those with private insurance plans. HHS put the plan on hold indefinitely after sharp criticism from federal lawmakers and physicians.

AMA news

Dorchester Pharmacist Convicted for Defrauding

BOSTON, Mass. - A Dorchester pharmacist was convicted late yesterday in federal court for conspiracy to defraud the United States government by submitting over $204,000 in false claims to Medicaid, a federally funded program.

ERNEST MCGEE, 40, pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with conspiracy to defraud the government, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 286.

Had the case proceeded to trial, the evidence would have proven that McGee, an assistant pharmacist at Codman Square Pharmacy located on Washington Street in Dorchester, along with the pharmacy's owner, Amadiegwu Onujiogu, paid customers to bring prescriptions to the pharmacy, but did not actually dispense the medications to the customers. Onujiogu and McGee solicited and received paper prescriptions (prescriptions purportedly issued and signed by the individuals' physicians), and submitted claims for payment to Medicaid and Medicare for the prescriptions and their refills, without physically dispensing the medication to the individuals.

CMS' recovery audit contractor update details millions in payment corrections

WASHINGTON - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has corrected $684.8 million in improper payments since FY 2010, according to an update released earlier this month on its Medicare Fee-for-Service Recovery Audit Program.

The recovery audit contractor update from CMS details corrected overpayments and underpayments from FY 2010 through June of this year and shows a significant jump in overpayments collected in FY 2011.

Between October 2009 and September 2010, $75.4 million in overpayments were collected while $233.4 million alone was collected between March and June of this year. In the second quarter of FY 2011, $185.2 million in overpayments were collected. All together, $575.2 million in overpayments have been collected since FY 2010.

Healthcare Finance News

Walter Reed Closing in September

WASHINGTON - The iconic Walter Reed Army Medical Center is in the final days of its 102-year run. Slated to close in September by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission in 2005, the center will begin moving next month.

"This is the largest medical restructuring ever undertaken in the military health system," Navy Vice Adm. John M. Mateczun, commander of Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical, told the Army News Service.

The BRAC, citing aging facilities and cost savings, mandated that the closure would take place by September 15. Walter Reed's services are to be relocated to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The naval medical center will be renamed the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda. A new facility in northern Virginia, the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, scheduled to open in August, will buttress the healthcare network and replace DeWitt Army Community Hospital.

Healthcare Finance News

ASIPP Member Deaths

Rakesh Bhatt, MD (member since June 2011)

Dr. Rakesh R. Bhatt, son of Ravindra Bhatt and Kusum Bhatt, devoted husband to Paramita, loving father of Puja and Fenil, suddenly passed away on June 30, 2011 at the age of 54. Dr. Bhatt, born in Ahmedabad, India, was a prominent and respected Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist in Springfield, Virginia. He is survived by his wife and two children, his mother, sister and many other relatives and friends. Services will be held on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 at 11:00am, at Fleck Funeral Home, 7601 Sandy Spring Rd., Laurel, Maryland 20707.

Stephen Hatch, MD (member since 2004)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Northeast Indiana health professionals are mourning the loss of the doctor who died tragically in a plane crash. He's described as an irreplaceable member of the medical community. Stephen Hatch, MD, 46, was piloting a small plane from Fort Wayne, Ind. to northern Michigan when it crashed June 24 . The accident killed Hatch and his 44-year-old wife Kimberly.

A Memorial and a Celebration of Life were held Wednesday, July 6th, at Blackhawk Christian Ministries, 7400 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46815. In Lieu of flowers the family request that donations may be made to the Hatch Charitable Gift Fund, in care of D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN, 46825

Hatch's son, Austin, a 16-year-old promising basketball player, has been put in a drug-induced coma as he struggles to recover from his injuries. He was in the crash on June 24 that killed his father Dr Stephen Hatch, 46, and his stepmother, Kim. Austin and his father, who was a pilot, survived another crash in 2003 that killed the boy's mother, Julie, and his two siblings, Lindsay, 11 and Ian, 5.

Read more: http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/Reaction-from-peers-of-doctor-killed-in-plane-crash

Dr. Hatch's business partner, George Bojrab, MD is also a member of ASIPP.

Here is a link to blog for Dr. Hatch's son. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/austinhatch

Physicians Wanted

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

Physicians Wanted


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