January 11, 2012
Registration Now Open
Registration is open
from now until April 30 for the ASIPP Poster Presentation to be held at the 14th
annual meeting in Arlington, VA June 9-13.
Abstracts for poster presentations will be
selected by the committee and winners will be notified by May 10. ASIPP will pay
for meeting registration, and will provide poster stands and pins.
To enter, click HERE
|A Look Back at the Big
Stories of 2011
The 10 stories that generated the largest
number of online page views in 2011 gave insight into what was driving reader
interest in an eventful year for medical news.
Discounts Available for February Course in Phoenix! Three
ASIPP is offering three
different courses in one warm, wonderful, and scenic location! Join us on
Februrary 24 at the beautiful Hilton Pointe Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix,
The course choices are:
Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop with basic, intermediate, and
ABIPP preparation (advanced) levels; Coding, Compliance and Practice Management
Comprehensive Review Course (Feb 24-25) Competency Examination - (Feb 26); and
Controlled Substance Management Comprehensive Review Course - (Feb 24-25)
Competency Examination - (Feb 26)
Take this opportunity to
not only break away from the cold but also earn CMEs. Consider comimg early or
staying over. Bring your family and stay and play! Registration and Room Rate
Discounts are available through February 2.
Brochure and Registration for Review Course and Cadaver Workshop
Coding, Complinace, and
Practice Management brochure and registration
Management brochure and registration
|Time to Get Informed on
If you missed the live
Coding Webinar it's not to late to purchase the archived version. This is your
opportunity to get informed on your own timeschedule.
Experience the same great
discussion, powerpoint presentation, and printable materials as the webinar
attendees did all on your own time.
Coding is critical to your practice and there
are new changes you need to know about. Once you purchase, you can watch it
anytime, anywhere, as often as you want.
|Global Prevalence of
Illicit Drug Use Common, Underestimated
January 10, 2012 -
About 200 million adults worldwide used illicit drugs, including cannabis,
amphetamines, cocaine, and opioids such as heroin, in 2009, according to the
first part of a special 3-part series on addiction, published January 6 in the
Louisa Degenhardt, PhD, and Wayne Hall, PhD, found that the disease burden is
highest in high-income nations and drug-producing regions of poor countries,
representing a health toll similar to alcohol abuse, but less than that
associated with tobacco
|Consumers Warned about
Possible Drug Mix-up
Machinery problems at a
drug manufacturing plant prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to warn
patients of a possible mix-up affecting various prescription pain medications
and over-the-counter drugs.
The FDA is advising
patients who use certain prescription medications produced by Endo
Pharmaceuticals to visually inspect their pills. And consumers who have select
bottles of Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz and Gas-X, produced by Novartis, are being
told to discard or return the products in a voluntary recall that started
The over-the-counter drugs
involved in the recall were manufactured at a Lincoln, Nebraska, facility which
also produced various prescription pain medicines for Endo Pharmaceuticals,
according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These pills include
Percocet, Opana and Percodan.
Click Here for product photos.
|A Challenging Road Ahead
for America's Physicians
This year promises to
be a watershed year for healthcare in general, and for patients and physicians,
in particular. No matter how the U.S. Supreme Court determines the
constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),
2012 will be a crucial turning point in the delivery of healthcare.
During the Congressional
passage of the PPACA, White House advisors acknowledged that the economic forces
in the legislation would accelerate physician employment by hospitals and larger
physician groups. As mentioned in the "Roadmap for Physicians to Health Care
Reform," the "private" part of private practice for physicians is disappearing.
Currently, more than 80 percent of visits to physician offices have been to
practices with five or fewer physicians. That will change drastically as more
physicians feel pressure to move into larger groups or become employed by
hospital systems. Through October of 2011, there have been 71 hospital mergers.
All of this will change the face of the delivery aspect of health care, but a
question remains: will it be for the better or worse?
|HHS Publishes New Medicaid
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) has released a set of 26 quality measures that will
eventually be used to determine the quality of care that adult Medicaid patients
are receiving in each state.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) required HHS to
publish a core set of health quality measures for Medicaid-eligible adults by
Jan. 1, 2012.
of quality measures
|Small Business: Doctors
Doctors in America are
harboring an embarrassing secret: Many of them are going broke.
This quiet reality, which
is spreading nationwide, is claiming a wide range of casualties, including
family physicians, cardiologists and oncologists.
Industry watchers say the
trend is worrisome. Half of all doctors in the nation operate a private
practice. So if a cash crunch forces the death of an independent practice, it
robs a community of a vital health care resource.
|Commentary: If American
Doctors Are Going Broke, Who Is Really Responsible?
An interesting CNN
Money article, written by Parija Kavilanz and entitled "Doctors Going Broke" is
making the rounds of the internet and getting some well deserved
While there is considerable
truth to be found in Kavilanz's piece, a deeper analysis is in order given the
knee-jerk reaction by the many who are too quick to place the problem and the
blame at the feet of the federal government.
|Purchase Your Patient
Copies of PAIN-WISE Today
ASIPP is pleased to
announce the newly published patient education book, PAIN-WISE. It is the
perfect tool to provide your patients the reliable information they need and
PAIN-WISE includes complete
and authoritative information for your patients including:
- Identification of various parts of the body that can cause pain, using a
simple anatomy guide
Tips for getting the most out of doctor's visits
* Basic explanations of common interventional pain management techniques
* Information on minimally invasive surgery techniques
- Explanation of implantable therapies for the treatment of severe chronic
Written by three ASIPP
members, PAIN-WISE was edited for clarity and conciseness and features numerous
illustrations and photographs to help your patients better understand their
diagnosis and treatment protocols.
PAIN-WISE is a
comprehensive and affordable publication you can offer to your patients to help
educate them on their path to wellness.
Here's How to Order
To enable ASIPP members to
provide a copy of PAIN-WISE to each patient in their care, ASIPP has made
available through the publisher, a very special discount. You can purchase these
books at a discounted price of up to 50% off the $15 retail price. Your cost for
this must-have ASIPP patient education initiative can be as low as $7.50 per
copy plus shipping and handling when purchased in quantity.
Follow the link today to order online at www.hatherleigh.com or call toll-free 1-800-367-2550 (All royalties from sales of PAIN-WISE
go to a national media campaign about pain awareness supported by ASIPP.)to
place your order by phone.
|HHS Issues Rule on
Electronic Payments from Insurers
WASHINGTON -- The
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a final rule on the
electronic transfer of funds between insurers and healthcare providers that the
agency says will save billions of dollars and millions of pounds of
The move sets the stage for
insurers to eventually eliminate paper checks and instead transfer payments to
healthcare providers electronically. The rule will save physicians and hospitals
between $3 billion and $4.5 billion over the next decade, by saving paper,
printing, and postage costs, as well as savings in staff time to manually
process and deposit paper checks, according to HHS.
|Opinion: TN Passive on
has high rates of prescription drug abuse and high rates of prescription drugs
prescribed. According to a Novartis Pharmacy Report, in 2006, Tennessee ranked
No. 1 in prescriptions per capita, and its residents obtained prescriptions at a
rate of 1½ times that of the national average.
According to a recent study
by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), doctor shopping is a primary
method for obtaining controlled drugs for illegitimate use. Doctor shopping is
when patients visit numerous prescribers for multiple prescriptions for
controlled drugs for abuse or sale.
|Economy Puts Damper on
National Healthcare Spending Growth
WASHINGTON - U.S.
healthcare spending was up 3.9 percent in 2010, just slightly more than the 3.8
percent growth seen in 2009, according to numbers released Monday by the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The rate of growth in
healthcare spending in 2009 and 2010 marked the two slowest rates in the 51
years that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been tracking it.
Total 2010 health spending rose to $2.6 trillion, or $8,402 per person, the
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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