July 25, 2012
KSIPP to Host Controlled Substance Management Conference
The Kentucky Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will host a conference titled: Evolution of Responsible Opioid Prescribing: Good, Bad, and Ugly on Aug. 18 and 19 at the MG Banquet Hall, 81 Lakeview Drive, Paducah.
Keynote speaker will be Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Adminstrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Agency. The seminar will provide a concise and comprehensive review of controlled substance management for primary care physicians and specialists. Attendees can ear up to 10 hours of AMA PRA category 1 credits.
The conference is hosted for physicians, nurses, medical personnel and law enforcement and is designed for those who desire more information on KASPER, the Pill Mill law, pain management facilities, controlled substance guidance, adherence monitoring, and documentation.
Speakers will present information from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 8 am to 12:30 on Sunday.
To register, go to http://form.jotformpro.com/form/22056746426960
Landmark Prescription Drug Bill Takes Effect; Gov. Beshear Praises Full Throttle Attack on Prescription Abuse
Just days after a landmark prescription drug abuse law took effect, Governor Steve Beshear joined lawmakers and medical providers to report the law has already effected changes in the medical field and positioned Kentucky as a national leader in battling prescription abuse.
House Bill 1 (HB1), sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, passed in a special legislative session this spring. The bill included multiple elements to prevent the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs and to enhance law enforcement's tools to investigate illegal prescribing practices.
"The enforcement of this bill began just a couple of days ago, and yet we already know that four 'pain management clinics' in Kentucky have waved the white flag and notified us they will shut their doors," said Gov. Beshear. "We know that more than 9,000 medical providers have signed up for electronic prescription monitoring just since this law passed in April - more than doubling the number registered. The word is out. Kentucky is deadly serious about stopping this scourge of prescription drug abuse, and now we have some of the strongest tools in the country to make that happen."
Gov. Beshear was joined by Attorney General Jack Conway as well as representatives from medical licensure boards, advocacy groups and law enforcement organizations, for today's announcement.
ASIPP Plans Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop and Vertebroplasty Course
The Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop - Basic, Intermediate, and ABIPP Preparation will be held Sept. 14-16 at the Hilton Memphis in Memphis, TN and the MERI Center.
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The Vertebroplasty Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop will be Sept. 15-16 at the Hilton Memphis and MERI Center.
Early registration is available until Aug. 21.
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Is the FDA to Blame for Drug Shortages?
(CNN) -- Renee Mosier was one of an estimated half-million patients in the United States who were unable to get the drugs they needed because of shortages.
"You feel like you're in a fight with one hand tied behind your back," said Mosier, 56.
It was a fight she lost in June.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, the number of drug shortages has increased nearly 300% since 2005. More than half of the drugs on the shortage list are considered critical -- meaning they have no alternative. The drugs most often in short supply include anesthetics and oncological drugs.
Health Information Exchanges to Combine Analytics, 'Actionable' Data: IDC
Health information exchanges, which enable the sharing of electronic health records throughout states or communities, are evolving to incorporate additional applications for analytics, "actionable" data and patient engagement, according to IDC's latest MarketScape report.
IDC released its report in two stages: one on "platform" HIEs July 16 and one on "packaged" HIEs July 12.
The 16 HIE companies IDC studied for the platform report include AT&T, Caradigm (a joint venture between Microsoft and GE Healthcare), Medicity, InterSystems and Oracle. The report on packaged HIEs covered companies such as eClinicalWorks, Infor and PatientKeeper.
FDA Opioid Safety Plan Focuses on Physician Education
Educating health professionals on how to prescribe extended-release and long-acting opioids is among the federal government's latest efforts to slow the rise in overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers.
Manufacturers of the powerful drugs will have to fund continuing education programs for physicians and others who prescribe the medications, according to a safety measure issued July 9 by the Food and Drug Administration. The training sessions will begin in March 2013, and participation will be voluntary for health professionals. At this article's deadline, the FDA was looking into how the training will be offered.
Physicians Push Congress for Improved Medicare Data and Performance Measures
Physicians need better data and performance measurements in Medicare to improve quality of care and patient outcomes before transitioning to a new payment system, doctor organizations told a Senate committee.
Organized medicine groups testified during a July 11 Senate Finance Committee roundtable discussion on new payment and care delivery models that might replace Medicare's universal fee-for-service system. The organizations advocated for patient-centered reforms and encouraged lawmakers to support health care innovations.
The Health Care Myths We Must Confront
While the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) endorsed the constitutionality of the law, it never said anything about whether or not it stands as good policy. To this end, discourse must continue as the nation seeks novel solutions to its massive health care debacle, says Cliff Asness, managing and founding principal of AQR Capital Management.
To this end, it immediately becomes clear that much of this debate is muddled by health care myths that misinform policy positions and lend credence to inappropriate prescriptions. These myths must be struck down for real solutions to come to light, and the first such myth deals with the supposed health crisis as a whole.
- Part of the national debate for radical health care reform stems from the oft-cited belief that health care costs are skyrocketing, thereby necessitating government action.
- In reality, this is a half-truth: while people may spend much more on health care than before, this says more about consumer behavior than health care prices.
- A more honest depiction explains that people spend more on health care because quality has increased ramatically over the past few decades with advances in technology.
- Additionally, general increases in prosperity allow for more money to be spent on health care.
National Center for Policy Analysis
Substance Abuse Counselor Accused of Prescription-Drug Fraud
Goldsboro, N.C. - A substance abuse counselor is accused of copying prescriptions to get nearly 450 hydrocodone pills from Goldsboro pharmacies.
Kenneth Earl Faison, 54, of 609 S. Madison St., was charged Monday with 16 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. He is a counselor with Drug Alcohol Recovery Treatment-Cherry, a residential program in Goldsboro run by the state Department of Correction.
Police said that Faison photocopied a prescription and took it to eight pharmacies between May 23 and June 17. Eastern Medical Associates tipped off investigators after seeing Faison photocopying a prescription on June 19, police said
Survey: One in 11 Employers Plan to Drop Health Coverage
One in 11 employers is planning to drop health insurance coverage for workers over the next three years because of the high expense, according to a report from consulting firm Deloitte.
While Deloitte's 2012 survey of employers -- conducted before the Supreme Court's ruling in June to uphold health reform -- showed that 9% of them planned to stop offering health care coverage, 81% of companies polled said they would continue providing the benefit as a means to attract and retain employees.
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