February 29, 2012
|Join Us for Intermediate
and Advanced Spinal Cord Stimulation Course in April
Join us in
April for a rare opportunity to learn advanced procedures and emerging
technology in Spinal Cord Stimulation. This ASIPP Comprehensive Review Course
and Cadaver Workshop will take place on April 13-14 in Memphis, TN.
The in-depth review course and cadaver workshop
will cover intermediate and advanced topics and procedures that are rarely
taught in other courses. Participation is limited to assure optimum experience
for every physician. Each station will provide the latest SCS
- New Leads
New Programming Platforms
New Lead Placement Devices
- And more!
This is an excellent
opportunity for physicians to compare products side-by-side while at the same
time learning about the very latest science and engineering. You will be exposed
to occipital stimulation techniques, cervical, thoracic, DRG, and sacral
placement techniques, and more. 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
|IPM: Future Strategies and
Emerging Technologies - ASIPP 14th Annual meeting
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.
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.
On Monday, June 11, we will once again hold the
legislative session portion of our meeting featuring a grassroots approach to
preparing for our Capitol Hill visits on Tuesday, June 12, and Wednesday, June
Watch for updates and
announcements over the coming weeks!
|The 2012 Payroll Tax-SGR
Bill: What It Means for Physicians and ASCs
The House and Senate have passed a new
payroll tax cut bill that also stopped the Medicare payment cut to physicians,
and it will now head to President Barack Obama's desk, where it is expected to
be signed, according to a Politico report. But what does the bill mean for
physicians, surgery centers and the healthcare industry as a whole?
|Apply Today to Take the
ABIPP Part II Exam
The deadline to apply
for the April test dates for the American Board of Interventional Pain
Physicians is Saturday, March 31.
The test will be held April 14 and 15 in
The American Board of
Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) is a Specialty Board providing Board
Certification in Interventional Pain Management and Competency Certification in
Controlled Substance Management, Competency Certification in Coding, Compliance,
and Practice Management and Competency Certification in Fluoroscopic
Interpretation and Radiological Safety.
requirements and examination materials for ABIPP certification programs have
been developed based on substantial review and analysis of the current state of
medical and scientific knowledge of the treatment of pain, as reflected in the
|KY Legislators Propose Drug
Two proposals to battle
drug abuse in Kentucky are scheduled to be heard by the House Judiciary
The committee meets at noon
Wednesday and will hear testimony on House Speaker Greg Stumbo's legislation to
crack down on prescription drug abuse as well as a bill by Democratic Rep. John
Tilley of Hopkinsville that would ban synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of
controlled substances like marijuana and methamphetamine. Those drugs are often
sold over the counter as "bath salts."
The bill by Stumbo, a
Prestonsburg Democrat, would, among other things, regulate pain management
clinics, require physicians who prescribe pain medicines to use the KASPER
monitoring program and require cooperation between licensing boards, state
police and the attorney general.
The proposals are House
Bills 4 and 481.
|National Provider Call:
Overview and Listening Session: Stage 2 Requirements for the Medicare and
Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs - Save the Date
More than $3.2 billion
in Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments have
been made since the program began last year; more than 191,000 eligible
professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals are actively
registered. On Thu Feb 23, CMS announced a proposed rule for Stage 2
requirements and other changes to the program, which will be published on Wed
This National Provider Call
will provide an overview of the proposed rule, so you can learn what you need to
know to receive EHR incentive payments. (CMS plans to hold another National
Provider Call on program basics for Eligible Professionals on Tue Mar 27; more
information about this call will be available soon.)
The CMS proposed rule can be found at http://www.OFR.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2012-04443_PI.pdf.
For more information on the
EHR Incentive Programs, visit http://www.CMS.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms.
|How Prescription Drug Abuse
Costs You Money
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) --
One study puts the potential overall cost of painkiller abuse at more than $70
billion a year. Pill addicts who shop around for doctors to score prescriptions
cost insurers $10,000 to $15,000 apiece. The toll in lost productivity: $42
billion. The criminal justice bill: $8.2 billion. It all adds up.
Over the past decade,
prescription drug abuse in the U.S. has increased rapidly, to the point that the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now labels the problem an
More than 36,000 people
died of drug overdoses in 2008, the most recent year for which data has been
analyzed, according to the CDC, only a few thousand shy of the total killed by
car crashes. Of those drug overdoses, prescription drugs were involved in over
|Imaging, Fluoroscopy and
Radiation Safety Seminar 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
|Dallas Doctor Arrested for
Alleged Role in Nearly $375 Million Health Care Fraud
WASHINGTON - A
physician and the office manager of his medical practice, along with five owners
of home health agencies, were arrested today on charges related to their alleged
participation in a nearly $375 million health care fraud scheme involving
fraudulent claims for home health services.
The arrests and charges
were announced today by Deputy Attorney General James Cole and Health and Human
Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Bill Corr, along with Assistant Attorney General
Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department's Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney
Sarah R. Salda ñ a of the Northern District of Texas; HHS Inspector General
Daniel R. Levinson; Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Casey Jr. of the FBI's
Dallas Field Office; Dr. Peter Budetti, Deputy Administrator for Program
Integrity for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); and the
Texas Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU).
The indictment, filed in
the Northern District of Texas and unsealed today, charges Jacques Roy, M.D.,
54, of Rockwall, Texas; Cynthia Stiger, 49, of Dallas; Wilbert James Veasey Jr.,
60, of Dallas; Cyprian Akamnonu, 63, of Cedar Hill, Texas; Patricia Akamnonu,
RN, 48, of Cedar Hill; Teri Sivils, 44, of Midlothian, Texas; and Charity Eleda,
RN, 51, of Rowlett, Texas, each with one count of conspiracy to commit health
care fraud. Roy also is charged with nine counts of substantive health care
fraud, and Veasey, Patricia Akamnonu and Eleda are each charged with three
counts of health care fraud. Eleda also is charged with three counts of making
false statements related to a Medicare claim . All the defendants are expected
to make their initial appearances at 2:00 p.m. CST today in federal court in
In addition to the
indictment, CMS announced the suspension of an additional 78 home health
agencies (HHA) associated with Roy based on credible allegations of fraud
|CMS Proposes 10-Year
Statute of Limitations on Refunds
On February 16, 2012,
CMS proposed new regulations regarding refunds. The new proposed regulations are
extremely onerous because they propose a "lookback period" (i.e., the number of
years the provider has to go back to determine the refund) of 10 years.
By way of background, the
Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), enacted in 2010, states that the provider must
refund to the government overpayments within 60 days of the date of
identification of the overpayment, upon penalty that any claim not refunded
results in penalties under the False Claims Act ("FCA") of up to $10,000.
However, the ACA did not specify the lookback period, and thus, we have
continued to use the 4-year lookback period that the federal regulations allow
Medicare contractors (MAC's) to reopen a claim for audit purposes.
Now, CMS is proposing to
expand two provisions of the regulations. First, it proposes that the MAC's be
allowed to reopen and audit claims back 10 years; and second, CMS proposes that
providers be required to audit themselves back 10 years when making a refund,
and if providers do not refund all claims within that 10-year period, each claim
which is not refunded is subject to the FCA penalty of $10,000 per claim.
CMS attempts to rationalize
this increase by claiming it wants to make this 10-year period consistent with
the statute of limitations under the FCA. However, the threshold statute of
limitation under the FCA is "6 years after the date on which the violation is
committed" or 3 years after the U.S. should have about the facts material to the
false claim, but in no event more than 10 years. So, really the statute of
limitations is 6 years because with all the auditors the feds have, it's hard to
imagine they shouldn't know about material facts regarding a claim and bring a
suit within 6 years.
|Short-Acting Opioids May
Have Less Impact on Testosterone
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. --
Men who take long-acting opioids for chronic pain may have a higher risk of
hypogonadism than those on short-acting formulations of the drugs, researchers
Those on long-acting
opioids, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), were nearly five times as likely to have
low testosterone than men on short-acting versions such as hydrocodone (Vicodin)
(P=0.008), reported Andrea Rubinstein, MD, of Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa,
Calif., and colleagues, at the American Academy of Pain Medicine meeting
|Substance Abuse Group
Endorses Schneiderman's Plan in New York
NEW YORK (Legal
Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the
endorsement on Monday of his Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing plan
by a professional association representing 20 providers that treat substance
The support by New York
members of Treatment Communities of America follows Schneiderman's release of a
report that details an increasing prescription drug abuse crisis throughout the
state. The TCA includes the major substance abuse treatment organization,
"Arguments that suggest
only slight improvements in our current approaches and systems are
well-intended, but insufficient," the TCA said.
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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