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April 18, 2012

 

American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News | April 18, 2012


IN THIS ISSUE
1. ASIPP 14th Annual Meeting: Meet Outstanding Expert, Learn Emerging Technology
2. Abstract Submission Deadline April 30
3. NCCI Edits
4. Get Connected with ASIPP today!
5. CMS rules contribute to drug shortages, hospital pharmacists say
6. April Meeting Photo Gallery Available
7. End-of-Life Care: Pain Control Carries Risk of Being Called a Killer
8. 41% of Consumers Say Social Media Affects Their Hospital Choice
9. CMS Issues Initial Reports on Physicians' Spending, Quality Compared to Peers
10. Opium Study Raises Questions About Painkillers
11. Clinical Trial Data Should Be Open for Review
12. States Seek Curb on Patient Bills for Costly Drugs
13. Pain Physician Now on Facebook
14. Physicians Wanted

 

ASIPP 14th Annual Meeting: Meet Outstanding Experts, Learn Emerging Technology


Join us at ASIPP 14th Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA, June 9 - 13th as we will look into the future by delving into strategies and the emerging technology in interventional pain management. These cutting-edge topics will be presented by a faculty comprised of the top minds of and authorities in IPM.


ASIPP has a reputation for thought-provoking, cutting-edge general sessions and this year is no exception. Our guest speaker for this year's Manchikanti Distinguished lecture titled "The Health Reform Law: What's Happened, What's Next, What you need to know" is David Merritt. Merritt is a nationally recognized expert in health policy and health transformation and a sought-after speaker, author, and policy adviser. He was Senior Health Policy Adviser to Presidential Campaigns and most recently, the CEO, Center for Health Transformation.

On Sunday, June 10 we will cover "Guideline Warfare in Interventional Pain Management: Fact, Fiction, and Reality." In the session we will consider, analyze, and discuss the various guidelines.

Breakout session topics include: Emerging technology in IPM including MILD, SCS, and intrathecal therapies; practice management, documentation, billing and coding; Imaging of the spine; ultrasound for non-spinal injections; controlled substance use and abuse; guidelines warfare, residents and fellows section; and abstract/poster presentations.


Our annual legislative session will kick-off on Monday, June 11. We are pleased to announce that the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) is once again cosponsoring this event. You won't want to miss this historical meeting. With NANS and ASIPP as cosponsors, this year promises to be the best and most productive legislative session to date. Because ASIPP recognizes the significance of this legislative tradition, we encourage you to stay through Tuesday and Wednesday, when we take the meeting to Capitol Hill, to hear several representatives and senators address us on the issues that affect you and your practice.


The special speaker for the legislative session is former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2007-2009), Tevi Troy, PhD.

CAPITAL HILL SPECIAL: ASIPP will reimburse the hotel expense for registrants who attend the Congressional Speakers' session on Tuesday and the Capitol Hill visits on Tuesday and Wednesday (room and tax only for Monday and Tuesday nights only).

>Register by April 27 to receive $100 off your registration.

Don't miss this year's exciting meeting! Watch for updates and announcements over the coming weeks.


Brochure | Register | Hotel Reservations | Exhibitor Application



Abstract Submission Deadline April 30

Poster Presentation Proposals for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians 14th Annual Meeting, June 9-13, are due by April 30.

The top 25 posters will be on display both Saturday and Sunday at the Crystal City Marriott, Arlington, VA. The top five posters will have abstract presentations Sunday afternoon.

Cash awards will be presented to the top three at the dinner meeting Sunday evening.

To register go to:
http://form.jotformpro.com/form/20085201210

 

NCCI Edits

In NCCI version 18.1 for practitioners scheduled for April 1, 2012, all edits in the Mutually Exclusive edit file will be moved to the Column One/Column Two Correct Coding edit file with the same implementation and, if relevant, deletion date as the edits have in the mutually exclusive edit file. These edits are not being deleted from NCCI but are being moved to the Column One/Column Two Correct Coding edit file. Edits are effective from 4/1/2012 - 6/30/2012
Click HERE- CCI edits for IPM Codes.

CMS rules contribute to drug shortages, hospital pharmacists say

Washington Federal guidance requiring strict adherence to manufacturer labels for injectable drugs has forced hospitals to throw away perfectly good drugs that are in short supply, according to a survey of pharmacy directors and managers.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices, based in Horsham, Pa., has called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to review its policies involving stability and beyond-use dating of medicines. The institute surveyed 715 hospital pharmacists and managers who reported that following manufacturer directions has contributed to national drug shortages.

CMS requires pharmacists to be compliant with Food and Drug Administration-approved labels to avoid the use of expired drugs. But pharmacists who were surveyed said some labels are not current and that newer, evidence-based research supports a longer shelf life in certain circumstances.

AMA News

Get Connected with ASIPP today!

ASIPP Members are encouraged to visit and 'Like' or do 'Friend Request' or 'Connect' on ASIPP's new social media sites. ASIPP now has a Facebook account, a Twitter Account, a You Tube account and we are also on LinkedIn. Get more involved today and visit our new sites.

FACEBOOK
ASIPP: http://www.facebook.com/AsippMember
Pain Physician: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pain-Physician-Journal/372497286106616

TWITTER
ASIPP: http://www.twitter.com/asipp
Pain Physician: http://www.twitter.com/PainPhysician1

YOU TUBE
ASIPP: http://www.youtube.com/asipp1998

LINKEDIN
ASIPP: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/asipp-society/4a/70a/13a

Pain Physician Now on Facebook


The Pain Physician journal now has it's own Facebook page. Like many companies and organizations, the social media craze has come to Pain Physician and we need your help.

First, we would like you to visit the page and post as often as you like. We also need you to 'LIKE' the page so we can complete our setup of the page. So visit the Pain Physician Facebook page and click on 'LIKE'.

The current address is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pain-Physician-Journal/372497286106616.

But once we have enough 'LIKE's, we will be able to simplify the address. We will notify you at that time of the address change.

April Meeting Photo Gallery Available

The photo gallery of the ASIPP April Meeting in Memphis is now available through http://www.asipp.org/photo/photos.htmlor by visiting the ASIPP Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AsippMember.

 

End-of-Life Care: Pain Control Carries Risk of Being Called a Killer

Three decades after hospice emerged as the standard of care for terminally ill patients, the end-of-life treatments that palliative medicine physicians provide are frequently referred to as murder, euthanasia and killing.

More than half of hospice and palliative medicine physicians say patients, family members and even other health professionals have used those terms to describe care they recommended or implemented within the last five years, according to a nationwide survey of 663 palliative care doctors in the March Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Common palliative care treatments such as the use of opiates, sedatives and barbiturates to control pain and other symptoms are enough to draw accusations of murder and euthanasia, the study said. The troubling survey results come nearly six years after the American Board of Medical Specialties approved the hospice and palliative medicine subspecialty certification, and 30 years after the creation of the Medicare hospice benefit.


AMA news

 

41% of Consumers Say Social Media Affects Their Hospital Choice

A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers outlines the various ways social media is changing the interaction between healthcare providers and consumers.

Report and survey findings are based on responses from more than 1,000 consumers and 124 healthcare executives. Here are some major findings of the report, which can be read in full here.

* Forty-one percent of respondents said information found vial social media would influence how they coped with a chronic condition, their approach to diet and exercise, choosing a specific hospital or choosing a specific physician. Forty-five percent of consumers said information they found via social media would affect their decisions to seek a second opinion.

Becker's ASC

CMS Issues Initial Reports on Physicians' Spending, Quality Compared to Peers
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It's part of a PPACA provision that awards physicians who provide quality care at lower costs for Medicare patients and reduces reimbursement to physicians who provide lower quality and higher-cost care.

Becker's Hospital Review

Opium Study Raises Questions About Painkillers

About 20 million people are using the drug opium or one of its derivatives. A new study suggests new reasons for viewing this as problematic.
Research in the British Medical Journal finds strong connections between people using opium and conditions such as cancer, circulatory diseases and respiratory conditions.

"Long term recreational opioid use, even at relatively modest levels, causes important increases in death from multiple different causes," said study co-author Paul Brennan, head of the Section of Genetics at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France.


CNN

 

Clinical Trial Data Should Be Open for Review

Original clinical study reports, which contain far more detail than published randomized trials, should be made available to independent researchers seeking to verify efficacy and safety claims, a group of Cochrane reviewers argued.

In support of this argument, the history of the influenza antiviral oseltamivir (Tamiflu), which was approved by the FDA in 1999, was cited by Peter Doshi, PhD, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and colleagues in an article published online in PLoS Medicine.

MedPage Today

 

States Seek Curb on Patient Bills for Costly Drugs

The hemophilia drug that saves 7-year-old William Addison from uncontrolled bleeding costs $100,000 a year. His family's insurance pays virtually all of it.

But his mother, Victoria Kuhn, says she is terrified that the insurance company may start requiring patients to pay as much as a third of the cost of the drug. "I don't know where we'd find $30,000," said Ms. Kuhn, who lives in Falmouth, Me.

Spurred by patients and patient advocates like Ms. Kuhn, lawmakers in at least 20 states, from Maine to Hawaii, have introduced bills that would limit out-of-pocket payments by consumers for expensive drugs used to treat diseases like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and inherited disorders.
NY Times

 

State Society News

GSIPP 8th Annual Pain Summit, May 4-6, 2012

The Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will host its 8th annual Pain Summit on May 4-6, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge on Reynolds Plantation.
On Friday, May 4, there will be an all-day session on Chronic Opioid Therapy in Chronic Pain Management
To register go to: www.gsipp.com

FSIPP Annual Meeting Dates May 18-20, 2012

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

CASIPP Annual Meeting Dates Nov. 9-11, 2012

The California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Annual Meeting of the will be Nov. 9 -11, 2012 at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, CA.
Go to www.casipp.com for more information.


Physicians Wanted


Click HERE to view Classified Physicians Wanted Ads listed on the ASIPP website.

ASIPP Members are encouraged to visit and 'Like' or do 'Friend Request' or 'Connect' on ASIPP's new social media sites. ASIPP now has a Facebook account, a Twitter Account, a You Tube account and we are also on LinkedIn. Get more involved today and visit our new sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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