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June 20, 2012


  1. ASIPP Offers Review Courses, Competency Exams in San Francisco
  2. Register Now for San Francisco Board Review Course
  3. Health Care's Big Four Issues: What the Justices are Tackling
  4. Some States Too Small to Succeed with Health Exchanges
  5. NM Eyes Plans to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse
  6. GAO: Medicaid Fraud Audits Cost 5 Times What They Recover
  7. Healthcare Prices Up 0.2% in May
  8. Missouri Governor Signs Patient Safety Interventional Pain Management Bill
  9. Is Honesty the Best Policy when Giving Placebos to Patients?
  10. State Society News
  11. Physicians Wanted



registerRegister Now for San Francisco Board Review Course


ASIPP's comprehensive board review course is set for July 30 to Aug. 3 in San Francisco.


This intensive and comprehensive high-quality review is geared to prepare physicians appearing for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)-Subspecialty Pain Medicine examination and for the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP)-Part 1 examination.

  •   A five-day review covering anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, psychology,

    ethics, interventional techniques, non-interventional techniques,

    controlled substances and practice management

  • 39 unique lectures by experts in the field


  • Participants can earn up to 44.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

     The course will be held The Westin San Francisco Market Street.


Click HEREfor brochure.


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BigHealth Care's Big Four Issues: What the Justices are Tackling


Washington (CNN) -- The Supreme Court in coming days will issue perhaps as many as four separate opinions on the constitutionality of the health care law.


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA) was signed into law March 23, 2010, passed by a Democratic congressional majority and championed by President Barack Obama. It has about 2,700 pages and contains 450 some provisions.





someSome States Too Small to Succeed with Health Exchanges


A lot of states will find out later this year if they're going to have to depend on the Department of Health and Human Services to start up their health insurance exchange. That's partly because setting up exchanges is technically complex and partly because many states have moved slowly, if they've moved at all, because of the political and legal uncertainties surrounding President Barack Obama's health law, says Politico.


A small group of states are facing an entirely unique issue: exchanges simply are not financially feasible because the states are too small.


                National Center for Policy Analysis



eyesNM Eyes Plans to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse



SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's pharmacy and medical boards are considering proposals that call for greater scrutiny from doctors and pharmacists in giving prescriptions for opioid painkillers.


The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( ) that the state Board of Pharmacy will consider various proposals, including one to increase the number of prescribers who use the state's prescription-drug monitoring program.


The move comes as New Mexico's overall drug-overdose death rate is the highest in the country. New statistics from the state Department of Health show a dramatic rise in the sale of opioid drugs, up 131 percent from 2001 to 2010.


"The board was very alarmed at the overdose rate in the state," said state Board of Pharmacy Director Bill Harvey. "We're very serious about reducing the amount of opioids or controlled substances that are available for abuse."




GAOGAO: Medicaid Fraud Audits Cost 5 Times What They Recover


The cost of Medicaid fraud audits is five times more than the amount of overpayments they identify, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

The Medicaid Integrity Group, overseen by CMS, implements the National Medicaid Audit Program. There are three types of audits that can identify Medicaid overpayments: test audits, collaborative audits and audits based on Medicaid Statistical Information System data. The report says the majority of MIG audits were less than effective because they used data from the MSIS, which does not contain key elements like provider names.

"Since fiscal year 2008, a small fraction (4 percent) of the 1,550 MSIS audits identified $7.4 million in potential overpayments, over two-thirds did not identify overpayments and the remaining audits (27 percent) were ongoing," according to the report.

The typical amount of the potential overpayment for MSIS audits, $16,000, was also modest compared with amounts identified through test and collaborative audits, which can bring back $140,000 and $600,000, respectively.

MSIS audits accounted for 92 percent of those conducted from 2008 through February 2012. Collaborative audits accounted for 7 percent while test audits accounted for 2 percent.


Becker's Hospital Review

healthcareHealthcare Prices Up 0.2% in May


The healthcare industry saw a 0.2 percent increase in prices from April to May, according to the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Producer Price Index.

Broken out by sectors, the hospital sector saw a 0.1 percent increase in prices while physicians' office prices remained flat since last month. The PPI measures the average change over time in the selling prices received by domestic producers for their output.


Becker's Hospital Review


missouriMissouri Governor Signs Patient Safety Interventional Pain Management Bill


Interventional pain management bills in Missouri and Tennessee have made significant legislative progress this year, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

The Missouri General Assembly recently approved SB 682, which prohibits non-physicians from performing fluoroscopic injections around the spinal cord. The bill, which does not apply to surgical or obstetrical anesthesia services or post-operative pain control by a nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist assistant, was signed this week by Governor Jay Nixon.

honestyIs Honesty the Best Policy when Giving Placebos to Patients?


Surveys of physicians in recent years have found that doctors frequently recommend placebo treatments to mollify patients and describe them in deceptive ways, despite ethical guidelines urging them to steer clear of those practices.


Now questions are being raised about whether it may be OK for physicians deceptively to use placebos in certain situations and what should count as a placebo.



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