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" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

February 29, 2012

 

  • Join Us for Intermediate and Advanced Spinal Cord Stimulation Course in April
  • IPM: Future Strategies and Emerging Technologies - ASIPP 14th Annual meeting
  • The 2012 Payroll Tax-SGR Bill: What It Means for Physicians and ASCs
  • Apply Today to Take the ABIPP Part II Exam
  • KY Legislators Propose Drug Bills
  • National Provider Call: Overview and Listening Session: Stage 2 Requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs - Save the Date How Prescription Drug Abuse Costs You Money
  • Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Seminar Set for April
  • Dallas Doctor Arrested for Alleged Role in Nearly $375 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
  • CMS Proposes 10-Year Statute of Limitations on Refunds
  • Short-Acting Opioids May Have Less Impact on Testosterone
  • Substance Abuse Group Endorses Schneiderman's Plan in New York
  • State Society News
  • Physicians Wanted

  • Join Us for Intermediate and Advanced Spinal Cord Stimulation Course in April
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    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 technology:

    • New Leads New Anchors 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
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    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 13.

    Watch for updates and announcements over the coming weeks!

     


    The 2012 Payroll Tax-SGR Bill: What It Means for Physicians and ASCs
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    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
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    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 Memphis, TN.

    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.

    The eligibility 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 medical literature.

     


    KY Legislators Propose Drug Bills
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    Two proposals to battle drug abuse in Kentucky are scheduled to be heard by the House Judiciary Committee.

     

    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
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    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 Mar 7.

    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.

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    How Prescription Drug Abuse Costs You Money
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    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 "epidemic."

    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 20,000 cases.

     


    Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Seminar Set for April
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    Register today 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 reasons

    Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety (Apr. 13-14) Click HERE to register

    Competency Examination - (Apr 15) *open only to physician)

    Click HERE to register

     


    Dallas Doctor Arrested for Alleged Role in Nearly $375 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
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    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 Dallas.

    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 against them.

     


    CMS Proposes 10-Year Statute of Limitations on Refunds
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    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
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    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 said here.

    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 here.

     


    Substance Abuse Group Endorses Schneiderman's Plan in New York
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    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 abuse.

    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, Phoenix House.

    "Arguments that suggest only slight improvements in our current approaches and systems are well-intended, but insufficient," the TCA said.

     


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

     


     

     

     

     


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