" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "
June 20, 2012
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San Francisco Board Review Course
comprehensive board review course is set for July 30 to Aug. 3 in San
This intensive and
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Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)-Subspecialty Pain Medicine examination and
for the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP)-Part 1
- A five-day review covering anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, psychology,
techniques, non-interventional techniques,
controlled substances and
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Health Care's Big
Four Issues: What the Justices are Tackling
(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.
|Some 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
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
NM 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
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
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."
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
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
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.
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
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.
Signs Patient Safety Interventional Pain Management Bill
management bills in Missouri and Tennessee have made significant legislative
progress this year, according to the American Society of
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.
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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