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" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

June 15, 2011

 

·  Step Up to the Plate: You are either at the Table or on the Menu

·  ASIPP Requests NCCI Policy Changes: CMS Agrees on Multiple Requests

·  ASIPP Board of Directors Election Results

·  GOP Governors Push Back Against Obama on Federal Medicaid Rules

·  Senators Urge Oversight of PODs

·  Treatment for Abuse of Anti-Anxiety Drugs Tripled Over 10 Years

·  Register today to attend the August Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management courses

·  Don't Miss the June 30 Deadline for ABIPP Part I Examination Applications

·  Quantifying Adverse Drug Events: Med Mishaps Send Millions Back for Care

·  IOM report targets accuracy of Medicare regional payments

·  Limiting Student Doctors' Hours Cuts Both Ways

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted


Step Up to the Plate: You are either at the Table or on the Menu


ASIPP's 13th Annual Meeting, Legislative Session, and Capitol Hill Visits June 25-29 is the perfect chance to get involved and learn how to preserve our representative speciality - which is under assault.

It's not too late to register. The 13th Annual Meeting is an opportunity to attend scientific sessions on interventional pain management, and also to be a part of history. The meeting offers a topic that has never been presented in such an in-depth and thorough manner. Join us and be can be a part of the discussion on comparative effectiveness research, evidence-based medicine, interventional pain management from the top, the bottom, and also from abroad.

All of this is followed by a historic legislative event with 7 senators and 4 representatives addressing the issues we face today during the Legislative Session & Capitol Hill Visits . As an incentive for you to join us, ASIPP will reimburse your hotel for Monday and Tuesday nights if you attend this portion of the meeting.

If you have never gone to Capitol Hill before, don't worry, ASIPP will provide a legislative preparation session on Monday afternoon to fully prepare you for this event.

On Tuesday morning will we travel as a group to Capitol Hill where we will hear speeches from several senators and representatives in the historical Kennedy Caucus room. We currently have acceptances from Rep. Ed Whitfield, Rep. Frank Pallone, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Andy Harris, Sen. Ben Nelson, Rep. Ben Chandler, Sen. Boozeman, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Coates, and Sen. David Vitter. An we are still adding names to this already impressive list.

If you plan to join us on Capitol Hill please register ASAP so that we can schedule your meetings.

The states that are missing representation are: Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

Click HERE to see the NEWLY REVISED meeting content. If you are not already registered, I encourage you to do so today and begin making plans to attend this extraordinary meeting.

Register Today!


ASIPP Requests NCCI Policy Changes: CMS Agrees on Multiple Requests


In response to
requests submitted to the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) and CMS by ASIPP, CMS has agreed to restore reimbursement to several interventional procedures by making the following NCCI edit changes described in the response letter from Niles Rosen, MD, NCCI Medical Director:

Changes made in response to April 20, 2011 requests:

  • Deletion of previous edits to column one CPT codes 27093 and 27096 by removing column two pairings with CPT codes 64490 and 64493. The deletion of edits have been incorporated into the July 1, 2011 version 17.2 of NCCI and will be retroactive to April 1, 2011
  • Deletion of previous edits to column one CPT codes 20600, 20605, 20610 by removing the following column two pairings        

               20605-20610/64550

               20610/64553 and 20610/64718

               27093/64714

Click here for the May 27, 2011 letter for more details on these edits.

Changes made in response to April 26, 2010 requests:

  • Implementation of edit allowing use of NCCI-associated modifiers for CPT 62290 (lumbar discography), CPT 62291 (injection procedure for discography), and 62310 (Injection, single). This edit appeared in NCCI version 16.3, Oct. 1, 2010.

Click here for May 28 ,2010 letter for more details on these edits

Changes made in response to June 2, 2009 requests:

  • Deletion of edits bundling nerve block CPT codes into CPT codes 20552, 20553, 20600, 20605, 27093, 27096, and 20610. All of these edits appeared in NCCI version 15.3 October 1, 2009.

Click here for June 29, 2009 letter for more details on these edits

April 20, 2011 Letter to NCCI Medical Director Niles Rosen, MD

 


ASIPP Board of Directors Election Results


The election for ASIPP's Board of Directors closed on June 2, 2011. We are pleased to announce the members of the 2011-2012 ASIPP Board of Directors:

  • President - Standiford Helm, II, MD
  • Immediate Past President - Allan T. Parr, MD
  • President-Elect - Frank M.E. Falco, MD
  • First Executive Vice President - Hans C. Hansen, MD
  • Second Executive Vice President - Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD
  • Vice President-Strategic Planning - David L. Caraway, MD
  • Secretary - Sukdeb Datta, MD
  • Treasurer - Aaron K. Colodney, MD
  • Director-at-Large - Mark V. Boswell, MD, PhD, David Bryce, MD, Scott E. Glaser, MD, Haroon Hameed, MD (Resident/Fellow Section), Rodney Jones, MD, David Kloth, MD, Gabor B. Racz, MD, Francis Reigler, MD, Xiulu Ruan, MD, David M. Schultz, MD, Peter S. Staats, MD, and John Swicegood, MD
  • Director Emeritus - W. Stephen Minore, MD and Joshua A Hirsch, MD
  • Lifetime Directors - Cyrus E. Bakhit, MD, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Bentley A. Ogoke, MD, Vijay Singh, MD
  • Chairman of the Board - Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD

Please help us welcome the new board members. We especially encourage you to attend the business meeting and dinner at the Annual Meeting on June 25-29 for the installation and introduction of the new board. We would like to thank all of those who participated in the elections. ASIPP's reputation of excellence is due to the interest and involvement of its members - we applaud those who are willing to serve in any capacity.


GOP Governors Push Back Against Obama on Federal Medicaid Rules


Faced with severe budget problems, Republican governors are escalating their fight against federal rules requiring states to maintain current levels of health-care coverage for the poor and disabled.
The growing resistance to the federal government over the hugely expensive Medicaid program poses a critical test for President Obama, who has the power to relax the rules for states.

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Washington Post


Senators Urge Oversight of PODs


WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators are questioning the legality of physician-owned distributors (PODs). The group, lead by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, sent letters late last week to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General asking for an investigation into the legality of PODs.
The letters coincided with the release of a Senate Finance Committee Minority analysis that found a spike in the creation of PODs.

In PODs, physician investors purchase ownership shares in an organization that purchases or serves as a medical device distributor for the products the physicians use in surgery. The senators noted in their letter to Inspector General Daniel Levinson that there is evidence that doctors' financial interests may spur them to use particular products or facilities and may even influence them to order more surgeries

Healthcare Finance News


Treatment for Abuse of Anti-Anxiety Drugs Tripled Over 10 Years


Admissions for treatment of benzodiazepine abuse nearly tripled in the United States between 1998 and 2008, while overall admissions for substance abuse rose only 11 percent, according to a government study released Thursday.

Benzodiazepines -- a class of drugs prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizure disorders -- include Valium, Halcion, Xanax, Ativan and Librium. Abuse of benzodiazepines, which were introduced in the 1950s to replace barbiturates, can lead to addiction, injury and death.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) study found that admissions for treatment of benzodiazepine abuse among patients 12 and older rose from 22,400 in 1998 to 60,200 a decade later. Benzodiazepine-related admissions accounted for 3.2 percent of all substance abuse admissions in 2008, compared with 1.3 percent in 1998.

US News and World Report


Register today to attend the August Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management courses


Make your plans today to attend the ASIPP Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses scheduled during the week of August 1-6 in St. Louis, Mo.

August 1-5, 2011 ASIPP Board Review Course Register Brochure

August 6, 2011 ABIPP Part I Examination (ABIPP application must be submitted for approval prior to the exam)

August 1-3, 2011 Comprehensive Review Course in Controlled Substance Management (August 1 -August 2) and Competency Examination (August 3) Register

August 4-6, 2011 Comprehensive Review Course in Coding, Compliance and Practice Management (August 4-5) and Competency Examination (August 6) Register

Register today


Don't Miss the June 30 Deadline for ABIPP Part I Examination Applications


ABIPP will accept applications for ABIPP Part I examination until June 30, 2011. The examination will be held on August 6, 2011 in St. Louis, MO at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

Applications for those taking ABIPP Part II must be received no later than July 31, 2011. The Part II Practical examination will be held on September 9-10, 2011 in Memphis, TN at the Hilton Memphis and the Medical Education and Research Institute.

Applications and additional information can be found on the abipp.org Web site. Questions can be directed to Melinda Martin at 270-448-4985 or e-mail to:abipp@abipp.org

ABIPP Application


Quantifying Adverse Drug Events: Med Mishaps Send Millions Back for Care


Every year, adverse drug events send more adult patients to American physician offices and emergency departments than do pneumonia or strep throat.

The trips add up to an estimated 4.5 million annual outpatient visits related to medication problems, with seniors and patients taking more than six medications the most likely to show up in doctors' offices.

The findings -- the first published attempt to estimate the nationwide impact of adverse drug events in the ambulatory setting -- come after an April report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that said 1.9 million hospitalizations annually are due to medication side effects or errors. Nearly three-quarters of the 4.5 million adverse drug event-related visits were to physician offices, said the study, published online May 10 in Health Services Research. About 400,000 of these 4.5 million patients are subsequently hospitalized.

AMA news


IOM report targets accuracy of Medicare regional payments


Washington -- A committee studying Medicare payments concludes that the program should be using more accurate information when adjusting pay rates based on where physicians and hospitals are located.

A June report from the Institute of Medicine recommended changes to the methods the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services uses to pay doctors and facilities $500 billion annually. The report's recommendations include utilizing geographic health sector data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, expanding wage data to account for all types of health workers in private practice, and using the same number of geographic markets for hospital and physician payments.

AMA news


Limiting Student Doctors' Hours Cuts Both Ways


There are growing concerns that limits on the long hours medical interns and residents can work could affect their readiness to practice medicine.

Four years ago, the union that protects interns and residents, called the Committee of Interns and Residents, was successful in decreasing their hours per shift from 30 to 16. Some doctors think that limit may be curtailing the new doctors' education.

"More often than not, I get, 'Well I have to go, my time's up,' said ER doctor Celina Barba. "Definitely the attitude is 'my need to leave is more important than my need to learn.'"

Barba knows the stress of long, exhausting shifts under extreme pressure. She understands that the interns and residents are torn between caring for their patients and abiding by the hours-limit rule. The young residents want to work, but if the rules are violated, it could affect a program's accreditation.

CNN


State Society News


GSIPP Annual Meeting 2011 Set for Aug. 5

The GSIPP 7th Annual Pain Summit will be held Friday, August 5th thru Sunday August 7th at the Ritz Carlton Lodge on Reynolds Plantation.

For more information email info@gsipp.com


Arizona Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Newsletter Now Available

The Arizona Society of International Pain Physicians has released its quarterly newsletter. Click HERE to read.


Physicians Wanted


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

Physicians Wanted

 

 

 


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