January 25, 2012
|Critical Shortage of
Essential Drugs Due to Single Dose Vial Policy
The single-dose vial policy is causing a
critical shortage of many essential drugs. As it stands now, physicians are
unable to find certain anesthetic drugs. A shortage of contrast medium and other
drugs is starting to develop and will lead to restricted patient access to much
needed procedures. The single-dose vial guideline for infection control, as
currently written, is very expensive, has not been proven to be necessary, and
has caused escalating costs to physicians and patients alike.
ASIPP has been reaching out to Congress over the
past few days and asking our members to so so as well. With your help, we have a
good chance of changing this problematic policy but time is of the essence. We
have only a few days to make a huge impact.
We are providing a link to
sample letter, fact sheet, and the letter that members of Congress will be
sending to Kathleen Sebelius. We have set up a new Capwiz letter on this issue.
Please get your patients and staff involved as well. http://www.capwiz.com/asipp/issues/alert/?alertid=60484526&type=CO
You can obtain phone and
fax numbers and physical addresses for call your senators and representatives on
the ASIPP Web site. http://www.asipp.org/Alert.htm
Thank you to those who have
already begun contacting Congress. Please continue to send more letters and get
your patients involved as well. For those who have not yet acted, time is
running out so please act today!
|Spending Growth on
Physician Services Record Low
Consumers continued to
cut back on health care in 2010, which led to record-low growth in spending on
physician services and moderate-to-low increases in spending on other health
care services and products.
National health spending increased by 3.9% in
2010 to $2.6 trillion, nearly a repeat of 2009's historically low growth of
3.8%, according to an annual report released Jan. 9 by the Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary and published in the January issue
of the journal Health Affairs. The recession officially lasted from December
2007 to June 2009, but its impact on the health system is ongoing, according to
the report's authors.
|Room and Registration
Discount Ends Next Week
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.Register and book your hotel on or before Feb. 2 for a price reduction.
One venue, three courses:
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
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
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.
Ignored on Steroid Shots Tied to Deaths
Doctors are still
injecting a steroid made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in a way the company warns
they shouldn't, following reports that patients have died or become paralyzed
after receiving steroidal shots.
Bristol-Myers changed the
label on its steroid Kenalog seven months ago to say that it's "not recommended"
for injection into the epidural space near the spine because of "reports of
serious medical events, including death," associated with administering steroids
in that fashion. The label doesn't specify if Kenalog patients died and a
spokesman for the company declined to comment.
|Pay for SGR Repeal With War
Savings, Says Organized Medicine
The American Medical
Association (AMA) and 109 other medical societies are urging Congress to use a
peace dividend from military pullbacks in Iraq and Afghanistan to underwrite the
massive cost of repealing Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for
setting physician reimbursement.
The SGR formula calls for a
27.4% pay cut on March 1 unless Congress acts to avert it. Replacing the formula
with something more equitable for physicians has bipartisan support. However,
the cost of this move, put at $290 billion by the Congressional Budget Office if
rates are merely frozen for 10 years, has deterred lawmakers from enacting
anything other than short-term postponements of scheduled reductions going back
|What Was the Most Important
Pain Management Research in 2011?
Five pain management
physicians talk about the most important pain management research in 2011 and
its impact on the specialty.
|Should Physicians Use Email
to Communicate With Patients? .
Email has been so
commonplace for so long that some people consider it nearly obsolete. But in the
health-care profession, its use for communications between doctors and their
patients is still controversial.
Opponents worry that
doctors can't read patients by reading their emails. Important signals can be
missed, they say, when doctors can't see their patients' facial expressions,
hear the tone of their voices or take note of their body language, and care can
suffer as a result.
|Doctors Still Face Harsh
Medical Liability Realities
When looking at the medical liability
landscape, doctors will see some recent victories fending off tort reform
California's $250,000 noneconomic damages cap --
long considered the gold standard among state tort reforms -- was upheld by an
appellate court in September 2011. West Virginia's cap of the same amount was
declared constitutional by the state's high court in June 2011.
|Hunt for Health Savings
In exchange for
improving quality of care and reducing costs in Medicare spending, it seems
sensible to reward successful doctors and hospitals with higher reimbursements
for their efficiency. But the Congressional Budget Office has found
After reviewing the
outcomes of 10 major "value-based" payment programs that were also evaluated by
independent researchers, the CBO determined that on average, these incentives
did not produce significant spending savings Most of the corrections have little
effect on 2012 rates, according to the report.
|Dozens of People Have Been
Indicted in Illegal Distribution of Prescription Drugs
Dozens of people have
been indicted in several cases involving the illegal distribution of
prescription drugs, federal authorities said Friday.
Fifty-one people have been
indicted in six cases, including one dubbed Operation Big 80s in which 23 people
were charged, according to information made available during a news conference
hosted by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Christopher
"I can tell that a conservative estimate is that
we are talking about tens and tens of thousands of pills," Thyer said.
"Operation Big 80s alone there were over 10,000 pills ... This truly is a
serious problem in this state."
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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