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February 8, 2012

 

  • Washington Watch: SGR Action Starts Up Again
  • Unspent War Funds Eyed to Avoid Years of Medicare Doctor Pay Cuts
  • Just a Few Spots Remain: Register Today for Phoenix
  • 'Doc Fix' Negotiations Hit An Impasse Register Today for April's Spinal Cord Stimulation Course
  • DEA: Oxycodone Orders by Pharmacies 20 Times Average
  • Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Class Set for April
  • CBO: Paying Docs at 2011 Rate Level Would Cost $316 Billion Over 10 Years
  • Aetna Sues 7 California Surgery Centers Over Alleged Overbilling Medicare
  • PQRS: Quality Reporting or Else
  • More ABIPP Certification Opportunities in 2012
  • OIG Alerts Physicians to Exercise Caution when Reassigning Medicare Patients
  • Realities of Prescription Pill Abuse Spark Another Summit
  • Docs Use iPads, But Don't See Them as Game-Changers
  • Cyberchondria: The One Diagnosis Patients Miss
  • State Society News
  • Physicians Wanted

  • Washington Watch: SGR Action Starts Up Again
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    WASHINGTON -- This week in Washington marked the resumption of a bipartisan congressional committee tasked with fixing the problem with the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for Medicare physician reimbursement.

     

    The 20 Democratic and Republican lawmakers agreed on one thing: The SGR formula should be repealed.

    Whether the House-Senate committee -- which held its second formal meeting Wednesday morning -- will actually have the will to completely scrap the Medicare payment formula is another issue.

     


    Unspent War Funds Eyed to Avoid Years of Medicare Doctor Pay Cuts
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    Washington -- Lawmakers are considering the possibility of paying for a long-term Medicare physician payment solution by reallocating war funding that is no longer needed -- an idea that has gained the support of the American Medical Association and more than 100 state and specialty medical societies.

     

    The drawdown of U.S. troops after a decade of fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq could free up large savings in the federal budget and present an opportunity for the federal government to get more of its finances in order. Congress temporarily has delayed or patched Medicare cuts mandated by the sustainable growth rate formula for years. Lawmakers who want to break that cycle want to eliminate the SGR, which is set to cut physician pay by about 27% on March 1, and fully account for future program spending by doctors.

     


    Just a Few Spots Remain: Register Today for Phoenix
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    ASIPP is offering three different courses in one warm and scenic location! Join us on February 24 at the beautiful Hilton Pointe Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, AZ. Take this opportunity to not only break away from the cold and also earn CMEs.

     

    One venue, three courses:

    Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop in IPM Techniques - This 2½-day review course and workshop for basic, intermediate, and comprehensive IPM examination preparation (advanced) is designed for interventional pain physicians, as a review, skills improvement, or to assist in preparation for IPM practical examination.

    ASIPP offers the most in-depth, comprehensive, and individualized program in interventional pain management, featuring maximum hands-on training with cadavers in a state-of-the-art facility and maximum ability to interact with other participants. Brochure and Registration for Review Course and Cadaver Workshop

    Controlled Substance Management - The Intensive Course in Controlled Substance Management is designed for physicians in all specialties and who need or wish to increase their knowledge and ability to effectively prescribe and control medications without the potential for abuse. This course has been developed to enhance the physician's ability to effectively prescribe controlled medications, while minimizing their misuse whenever possible.

    With increasing requirements, restrictions, and litigations at the national and statewide level, you can consider this course an investment. Brochure - Registration

    Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management - This course is beneficial to all practices; HOPD, office-based, and ASCs. A perfect course for you and your staff to keep up with current aspects of practice management and the many coding and compliance changes that went into place on January 1, 2012.

    Brochure and Registration

    Make plans today to attend! We look forward to seeing you there.

     


    'Doc Fix' Negotiations Hit An Impasse
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    The gridlock is over how to pay for the fix and could threaten the broader legislative package, which includes the payroll tax break extension. Meanwhile, lawmakers examine familiar offset possibilities, as well as some ideas from the private sector.

     


    Register Today for April's Spinal Cord Stimulation Course
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    Registration is 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

     


    DEA: Oxycodone Orders by Pharmacies 20 Times Average
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    Two Florida CVS pharmacies ordered more than 3 million oxycodone pills in 2011, more than 20 times higher than the national average, DEA agents said Monday.

     

    As part of a crackdown on rampant painkiller abuse in Florida, the Drug Enforcement Administration charged a major health care company and the two CVS pharmacies in Sanford, Fla., with violating their licenses to sell the powerful pain pills and other drugs. "It's a tremendous amount, way beyond what would be for legitimate use," said Mark Trouville, DEA special agent in charge of the Miami Field Division. "We're not talking about a gray area here."

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    Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Class 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 inter-ventional 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

     


    CBO: Paying Docs at 2011 Rate Level Would Cost $316 Billion Over 10 Years
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    Maintaining Medicare's 2011 reimbursement rate for physicians would cost $316 billion over the next 10 years, according to a report issued Jan. 31 by the Congressional Budget Office.

    CBO in a budget and economic outlook forecast also said Medicare spending, excluding money received from beneficiary premiums, would top $1 trillion annually by 2022, nearly double that expected in 2012, while Medicaid spending would reach $605 billion by 2022.

    CBO said Medicare spending is expected to grow by an average of 6 percent annually over the next 10 years, with outlays reaching about $1.04 trillion in 2022, up from $560 billion in 2012.

     


    Aetna Sues 7 California Surgery Centers Over Alleged Overbilling
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    Insurance company Aetna is suing seven California surgery centers for a billing system that the payor claims "recklessly subverts" healthcare delivery by allegedly overcharging for certain services, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report.

    Aetna is suing to prevent the centers from waiving co-insurance payments that patients are supposed to be charged when they use out-of-network physicians or facilities. The company is saying the centers illegally lured patients by not requiring co-payments for out-of-network care and then billed Aetna up to 2,500 percent more than the payments for in-network providers.

     


    Medicare PQRS: Quality Reporting or Else
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    The Medicare physician quality reporting system will use participation in 2013 to determine who will be penalized starting in 2015.

    Physicians who participate in Medicare can consider 2012 to be the last year to practice reporting quality measures to the government before the exercise truly becomes real. Doctors who have not mastered the Medicare physician quality reporting system by the end of this year might find themselves locked into a lower Medicare pay rate a few years down the road.

    Physicians who participate in Medicare can consider 2012 to be the last year to practice reporting quality measures to the government before the exercise truly becomes real. Doctors who have not mastered the Medicare physician quality reporting system by the end of this year might find themselves locked into a lower Medicare pay rate a few years down the road.

     


    More ABIPP Certification Opportunities in 2012
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    If you're looking to advance your Interventional Pain Physician career by becoming an ABIPP Diplomate, then this is your year. And in our effort to better accommodate you, we are conducting more ABIPP Exams in more places throughout 2012. These ABIPP events are a critical part of reaching the highest standards of care and achieving your ABIPP Diplomate Certification.

     

    We hope you will join us at one of our exciting and informative meeting locations to advance your career with an ABIPP Event. For more information contact Melinda Martin at 270-554-9412.

    Click HERE to see the 2012 ABIPP opportunites

     


    OIG Alerts Physicians to Exercise Caution when Reassigning their Medicare Patients
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    Physicians who reassign their right to bill the Medicare program and receive Medicare payments by executing the CMS-855R application may be liable for false claims submitted by entities to which they reassigned their Medicare benefits.

    OIG encourages physicians to use heightened scrutiny of entities prior to reassigning their Medicare payments. Physicians should carefully consider entities to which they choose to reassign their Medicare payments and ensure that the entities are legitimate providers or suppliers of health care items and services.

     


    Realities of Prescription Pill Abuse Spark Another Summit
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    State bill filed to crack down on abuse

    LEXINGTON - Prescription drug abuse has become so prevalent in parts of Kentucky, people are buying Mason jars of clean urine at flea markets and under the table at tobacco stores so they can pass drug tests.

    Kentuckians are pulling out their own teeth so they can go to the dentist to get a three-day prescription for hydrocodone, the most popular painkiller.

    When they make arrests, law enforcement officers are finding stacks of food stamps that have been traded for pills.

     


    Docs Use iPads, But Don't See Them as Game-Changers
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    A new survey indicates physicians are embracing mobile health devices, but don't see them changing the healthcare landscape just yet. The report, "Point of Care Computing for Physicians 2012," prepared by Spyglass Consulting, indicates 98 percent of physicians interviewed are using mobile devices to support both personal and professional workflows - but 83 percent are using desktop computers as their primary source for accessing patient data when at the hospital, clinic or home. Mobile devices, the study indicates, are favored by physicians only when outside the office or home.

    They're very quick to point out that mobility has its place to address very specific workflows," said Gregg Malkary, managing director of the Menlo Park, Calif.- based Spyglass Consulting Group. Part of the problem, he said, lies in the pace of development. While the devices are being adopted "at a phenomenally rapid pace," he said, they're not being redesigned to fit the clinical needs of the physicians. For example, he said, the study indicates 80 percent of physicians surveyed believe the iPad shows promise for healthcare, but at present it can only be used as a communications platform.

     


    Cyberchondria: The One Diagnosis Patients Miss
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    Physicians say patient anxiety is increasing because of medical information read online, with self-diagnoses of diseases like fibromyalgia and lupus.

    When Chicago family physician Kit C. Lee, MD, asks patients for their symptoms during office visits, some already have diagnosed their illness.

    By visiting the Internet first.

    People have been using the Web to find health information for more than a decade. But Dr. Lee and other physicians say they are seeing an increase in patients' worries about their health due to material they read online. The result is what is known as cyberchondria -- an unfounded anxiety concerning one's wellness brought on by visiting health and medical websites.

     


    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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