February 15, 2012
|CMS Will Re-Examine ICD-10
Administrator Marilyn Tavenner reportedly told a group of reporters that the
agency would take a look at the timeline.
ASIPP and its members have worked extensively on
this issue for over a year by reaching out to Congress, sending letters, press
releases, articles, etc. Additionally, at its Interim Meeting in November, the
American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates adopted a resolution to
work to stop implementation of ICD-10.
"There's concern that folks cannot get their
work done around meaningful use, their work around ICD-10 implementation and be
ready for exchanges," Tavenner said. "So we're trying to listen to that and be
ICD-10 To Be Delayed
After years of telling us
they are serious this time and everyone in the health care system had better be
ready on time to implement the new disease coding system, CMS said today the
whole project is going to be delayed indefinitely.
The new ICD-10 system
requires payers and providers to convert from the old system of 13,000 codes to
the new system of 68,000 codes.
All payers and providers
were supposed to be ready by October 1, 2013. The acting CMS Administrator said,
"There is a concern that folks cannot get their work done around meaningful use
[of information technology], ICD-10 implementation, and be ready for [insurance]
exchanges. So we decided to listen and be responsive."
Policy and Market
|Deal Near on SGR
WASHINGTON -- The joint House-Senate
conference committee tasked with fixing the Medicare physician payment formula
is very close to reaching a deal, sources said Tuesday afternoon.
The 20-member conference
committee has been meeting for the past month in order to forge an agreement on
three things: a year-long payroll tax cut extension, an extension of
unemployment benefits, and a fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula
used to set physician reimbursement under Medicare reimbursements for
Without the fix, a 27.4% reduction in Medicare
payments will kick in on March 1.
|Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti
Discusses Future of Evidence-Based Medicine
Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti, CEO of ASIPP
recently shared his thoughts on the future of evidence based medicine in an
interview published in a Becker report.
The interview was titled "The Future of
Evidence-Based Medicine in Pain Management: Q&A With Dr. Laxmaiah
Manchikanti of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians"
Click HERE to read interview.
|ASIPP Physician Dr. David
Kloth Donates Surgery To Help Patient In Pain
DANBURY -- Early in the
morning of June 16, 1999, Matt Cote's son was born at Danbury Hospital.
As Cote drove home on Shelter Rock Road that
afternoon -- on an emotional high -- an oncoming car swerved into his lane and
hit his car head-on.
"When I came to, I was
trying to get out of my car," said Cote, 41, who now lives in Waterbury with his
wife and son.
He didn't break any bones,
but three disks in his back were damaged, leaving him in constant, nagging and
sometimes debilitating pain.
|New Evidence Points to a
"Profits Over Efficacy" Approach to Drug Testing
An estimated 116
million Americans are affected by chronic pain. Many of these patients have been
required to undergo billable random drug screens - supposedly to ensure safety -
but were these tests simply a way to make money?
Sacramento, CA - February
15th, 2012 - It has become common for people with chronic pain who use opioid
pain medication to be required to submit to random drug screens as a condition
of treatment. The rationale for the use of this billable procedure is to prevent
and reduce opioid associated morbidity and mortality. However, there remains
insufficient evidence as to the efficacy of drug testing people with chronic
A new article entitled "Profit-Driven
Drug Testing" published today in the Journal of Pain & Palliative Care
Pharmacotherapy suggests that drug testing may have also been motivated by
"The paper takes a
retrospective look at drug testing and presents Medicare data which shows a
meteoric climb in drug screens," explains report author Mark Collen, a patient
advocate. "I was very surprised when I saw the numbers, which shows that between
2000 and 2009 the number of all Medicare laboratory services increased by about
48%, while the number of drug tests conducted in physicians' offices increased
|Register Today for April's
Spinal Cord Stimulation Course
open for ASIPP's Spinal Cord Stimulation Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver
Workshop set for April 13-15 in Memphis, TN.
The 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 renowned and
expert 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 2 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.
Click HERE to view brochure
Click HERE to register
|More Than Four Life
Sentences for Dr. Paul Volkman: Illegally Prescribed Drugs Resulting in Four
Chicago physician Paul
H. Volkman was sentenced in U.S. District Court to more than four terms of life
imprisonment for illegally prescribing and dispensing pain pills outside the
scope of a legitimate medical practice that resulted in the deaths of four
people between 2003 and 2005.
.Evidence presented during
the trial showed that Volkman prescribed and dispensed millions of dosages of
various drugs including diazepam, hydrocodone, oxycodone, alprazolam, and
Volkman operated out of
three locations in Portsmouth, Ohio and one location in Chillicothe before task
force investigators led by DEA Diversion investigators shut him down in 2006.
Customers paid between $125 and $200 cash per visit. After a brief visit with
him, they received a prescription for pain medicine. The "clinics" opened their
own dispensary in 2003 after local pharmacies refused to honor prescriptions he
|Imaging, Fluoroscopy and
Radiation Safety Class Set for April
to attend the Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Course and Competency
Examination April 13-15 in Memphis, TN
This course provides
educational information on fluoroscopy radiation risks and methods to reduce
these risks to both patient and personnel, fluoroscopic interpretation,
appropriate needle placement, medical and legal compliance, and billing and
coding. Participants will benefit from the course by improving existing skills,
learning new skills, or prepare for the interventional techniques certification
examination, or prepare for the board examination.
This course is an essential
component for interventional pain physicians and provides educational
opportunities to assist you in providing high quality, competent, safe,
accessible, and cost-efficient services to your patients. The accompanying
examination (open to physicians only) and this course, as with all ASIPP
courses, focuses on doing the right things, the right way, and for the right
Fluoroscopy and Radiation
Safety (Apr. 13-14) Click HERE to register
Examination - (Apr 15) *open only to physician)
Click HERE to register
|Health Care Fraud
Prevention And Enforcement Efforts Result In Record-Breaking Recoveries Totaling
Nearly $4.1 Billion
General Eric Holder and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report showing that the government's
health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered nearly $4.1
billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. This is the highest annual
amount ever recovered from individuals and companies who attempted to defraud
seniors and taxpayers or who sought payments to which they were not
|14 Hospitals Allegedly
Overbilled Medicare for Kyphoplasty
Fourteen hospitals have agreed to pay more
than $12 million combined to settle federal allegations that they defrauded
Medicare by overbilling for kyphoplasty procedures, according to a news release
from the Department of Justice.
|Missouri Opposes ACA and
What with the
presidential non-binding primary over, Missouri is more than just one of three
states where Rick Santorum surprised the nation.
Missouri is also among the
most staunchly opposed to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
(PPACA); the individual mandate specifically.
|HHS Releases Proposed 2013
WASHINGTON - The fiscal
year 2013 U.S. Health and Human Services budget strives to make wise investments
while being fiscally responsible, HHS officials said yesterday during a live web
broadcast announcing its budget proposal.
"This budget also
recognized our solemn responsibility to safeguard tax payer dollars and to make
the most of every investment by spending wisely," said Bill Corr, HHS' deputy
secretary during his opening remarks on Monday.
HHS' proposed budget is
composed of $941 billion in outlays; 56 percent is for Medicare, 30 percent for
Medicaid and 8 percent for discretionary programs.
FSIPP Annual Meeting Dates May 18-20,
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,
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.
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