June 14, 2012
ASIPP 14th Annual
Meeting a Great Success
More than 350 members of ASIPP attended this year's annual
meeting and legislative session. This meeting offered something for everyone
with breakout sessions on controlled substances, imaging, emerging technologies,
a section just for Residents and Fellows.
The meeting also featured
several well-known speakers including former Deputy Secretary for the Department
of Health and Human Services, the Honorable Tevi Troy, PhD; health care
executive and policy expert David Merritt; and Deputy Assistant Administrator of
the Office of Diversion Control for the DEA, Joseph T. Rannazzisi.
Sunday evening, ASIPP bid
President Standiford Helms, MD, a fond farewell and warmly welcomed this year's
president Frank Falco, MD.
the focus shifted to legislative issues. Cosponsored by both ASIPP and NANS, the
session began with legislative preparatory sessions then visits to Capitol Hill
More than 140 members of
ASIPP attended meetings with their congressional representatives. ASIPP members
attended 123 office meetings - 68 appointments were with members of the House of
Representatives and 55 meetings were held in Senators' offices.
If you missed out this
year, make plans to attend the 15th annual ASIPP meeting June 8-12, 2013 at
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington,
Coverage of TENS for Low Back Pain
The Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Final Decision Memorandum restricting
coverage for a popular, non-invasive, inexpensive pain therapy called
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). This notice is expected to
result in a national coverage decision later this year. TENS is delivered to the
lower back by using a small stimulation device that?s mobile or can be used at
Decision Memo for
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Low Back Pain
Insurers Will Keep ACA Provisions
UnitedHealth and Humana have vowed to continue to provide some of the
protections included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), even if the Supreme Court
overturns the law.
National Health Spending Projections through 2021
Between 2011 and 2021, national health spending is projected to grow at an
average rate of 5.7 percent annually, according to projections set forth in a
study done by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' National Health
Expenditure Accounts Team and published in the July issue of Health
Affairs. The study, which was released Tuesday, projects that the average
annual growth rate between 2011 and 2021 is 0.9 percent faster than the expected
annual increase in the gross domestic product during this period.
According to Sean Keehan, a
senior economist in the Office of the Actuary at CMS, during a media briefing on
Tuesday, between 2011 and 2013, U.S. health spending is projected to grow on
average at 4 percent, which is slightly above the historically low growth rate
of 3.8 percent in 2009. Preliminary data suggest that growth in consumers' use
of health services remained slow in 2011, with the pattern expected to stay
similar in 2012 and 2013. In these years, the lingering effects of the economic
recession and modest recovery, mostly in the form of limited growth in incomes,
are expected to continue to constrain health spending growth.
"Sunshine" Laws Show Little Effect on Prescribing
Two states that require
pharmaceutical companies to report how much they spend on marketing their
products saw little shift away from brand-name drugs in doctors' prescribing
habits, said a study in the May 28 Archives of Internal Medicine.
The findings come as the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services works to address more than 300
responses from physician organizations, drugmakers and others to its proposed
rule to implement the Physician Payments Sunshine Act that was included in the
2010 health-system reform law. In May, CMS announced that federal requirements
for medical industry firms to collect data on payments to doctors would not
begin until 2013. They had been set to start this year.
Details Future of Medicare Payment Without SGR
medicine has given Congress proposed solutions for moving past what physicians
and policymakers agree is a flawed Medicare payment system by creating
opportunities for physicians to participate in new care delivery
Members of the House Ways
and Means Committee had requested comments on developing alternative pay models
to serve as possible replacements for the current Medicare sustainable growth
rate formula that helps determine physician pay. The American Medical
Association was among several physician organizations that responded to specific
questions from committee members by detailing ways to overhaul the system while
abandoning the SGR.
Medicare's Method for Measuring Payment Errors
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2012
/PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Inspector General Report Highlights Defective Payment
and Documentation Policies for Power Mobility, Says American Association for
The American Association
for Homecare reported in this week's Mobility Matters publication that the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has uncovered serious flaws in the
methodology used to calculate the error rate on payments for services and
products provided to Medicare patients.
Market WatchWall Street
Shoppers Drug Mart
Launches New Physician Portal in an Effort to Improve Patient
Shoppers Health Care Portal the first of its kind in
June 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation today launched
the Shoppers Health Care Portal, a website designed to provide Canadian health
care professionals with access to drug reimbursement information and clinical
tools with the goal of improving patient care.
The first of its kind in
Canada, the Shoppers Health Care Portal, is a web-based
application, available to physicians, nurse practitioners and registered nurses.
The portal will give registered users access to drug coverage reimbursement and
clinical eligibility criteria for more than 200 special authorization
medications, as well as patient assistant program information.
Raised Radiation Exposures
Advanced diagnostic imaging
has increased substantially over the past 15 years, bringing an increase in
radiation exposure, researchers found.
CT imaging roughly tripled
and MRI use nearly quadrupled from 1996 to 2010 across the six large integrated
health systems studied by Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD, of the University of
California San Francisco, and colleagues.
Rx Drug Abuse Bill
Passes NY Legislature
The New York State
Legislature has unanimously passed the Internet System for Tracking
Over-Prescribing Act, or I-STOP. Introduced in June of 2011 by Attorney General
Schneiderman, I-STOP is an online database that enables doctors and pharmacists
to report and track controlled narcotics in real time.
The bipartisan legislation
- the first joint Attorney General-Governor program bill in recent memory -
passed the Assembly by a margin of 116-0 and the Senate 58 to 0.
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