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celebrating our 10th anniversary

June 27, 2012






boardASIPP Offers Review Courses, Competency Exams in San Francisco


 Attend the Comprehensive Review Course in Controlled Substance Management July 30-31 and take that Competency Exam on Aug. 1


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Attend the Comprehensive Review Course in Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Aug. 2-3 and take that competency exam Aug.5.


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 Courses will be at the Westin San Francisco Market Street.


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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.

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likely4 Likely Outcomes of the Supreme Court's ACA Ruling


All eyes in the healthcare industry are on the Supreme Court as they await its ruling on the Affordable Care Act, now likely to be handed down Thursday morning. There's no doubt the decision will have a major impact on a number of issues, ranging from new industry regulations to popular provisions to the effects on small businesses.

Leaders from Arent Fox, a law firm specializing in healthcare-related issues, break down four predictions regarding the ACA ruling.



Healthcare Finance News


ScotusSome Changes Will Stay, No Matter How SCOTUS Rules


The 2010 health law launched what insurance executive Brad Wilson calls "the revolution" -- unprecedented efforts to expand coverage, contain costs, cut waste, and improve care.


So Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, where Wilson is CEO, started paying bonuses to doctors who improve efficiency, nudging consumers to shop around for treatment, urging caregivers to communicate with patients via email, paying doctors to install computerized records, and even going into business with doctors and hospitals.


Now the Affordable Care Act is in jeopardy, but many of the reforms it encouraged aren't, Wilson says. Soaring costs, tight budgets, better technology, and industry consolidation ensure healthcare won't go back to 2009 no matter what the Supreme Court or Congress does, say analysts and industry officials.



MedPage Today


califCalifornia Court Allows Unsupervised Nurse Anesthetists to Administer Anesthesia


The California Supreme Court has refused to bar nurse anesthetists from administering anesthesia to hospital patients without physician supervision, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report.

The order will have the most significant impact in rural areas, where nurses often administer anesthesia in hospitals under a physician's orders but without in-person supervision, the report said.

Federal law denies Medicare reimbursement to hospitals that allow nurses to administer anesthesia without supervision, but a state governor may opt out of the requirement after consulting with the state medical board. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger authorized nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia independently in June 2009. The decision was upheld in June 2010 by a San Francisco judge and was affirmed this March by the First District Court of Appeal.


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usUS Helps Doctors Track Patients' Prescription Drug Use


(Reuters) - The Obama administration is launching a pilot program to make it easier for doctors, pharmacists and emergency departments to access patients' prescription drug records, aiming to stem a rising tide of deadly abuse.

Overdoses from prescription drugs are now the leading cause of accidental deaths in the country, eclipsing car crashes and the combined impact of cocaine and heroin abuse.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health IT division will introduce the pilot program in Indiana and Ohio.


Forty-nine U.S. states authorize such prescription drug monitoring programs, which collect information from pharmacies and practitioners. But doctors in many states hardly use the data because of the difficulty in navigating through the information, HHS said.






genesGenes May Play Part in Opioid Side Effects


The respiratory depression and nausea often experienced by patients on opioid therapy appears to have some genetic component, researchers found.


In a twin study, genetic effects accounted for almost 60% of the response variance in nausea and 30% of the variance in respiratory depression, Martin Angst, MD, of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and colleagues reported online in Anesthesiology.


"Our findings strongly encourage the use of downstream molecular genetics to identify patients who are more likely or less likely to benefit from these drugs -- to help make decisions on how aggressive you want to be with treatment, how carefully you monitor patients, and whether certain patients are suitable candidates for prolonged treatment," Angst said in a statement.



MedPage Today


FDAFDA OKs Lyrica for Spinal Cord Injury


WASHINGTON -- The FDA has approved adding use in treatment of spinal cord injury to the indications for the neuropathic pain drug pregabalin (Lyrica).


The new indication makes pregabalin the first FDA-approved treatment for neuropathic pain from spinal cord injury, according to a statement from drug maker Pfizer.


The drug is already approved to treat diabetic nerve pain, pain after shingles, fibromyalgia, and partial-onset seizures in epileptic adults taking one or more seizure drugs.


Approval for the spinal injury indication was based on two randomized, double-blind, flexibly dosed, placebo-controlled phase III studies



MedPage Today 


cdcCongress Investigates Air Leak, Possible Safety Lapses at CDC Lab


Washington (CNN) -- It's a highly secured, sophisticated research lab studying deadly diseases such as bird flu, monkeypox, tuberculosis and rabies.


It's in a facility called Building 18, which cost taxpayers $214 million.


And now, the Biosafety Level 3 lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is also the subject of a congressional investigation after a potentially dangerous airflow leak at that lab, CNN has learned.





economistsEconomists See Health Spending Bouncing Back


Washington Federal health actuaries anticipate that growth in national health spending, which has been restrained in recent years, will continue to accelerate as the economy recovers and more Americans potentially gain health coverage.


Annual total health expenditures are expected to grow an average of 5.7% between 2011 and 2021, according to a study by actuaries from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the June 12 Health Affairs. The authors expect Americans to spend more health care dollars compared with previous years because of coverage expansion provisions in the national health system reform law and because more seniors will be enrolling in Medicare.



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chronicChronic Abuse of Painkillers on the Rise


The percentage of people who abuse prescription pain drugs on a regular basis is on the rise, a new study says.

Between 2002 and 2010, the rate of "chronic"prescription drug abuse - which means taking prescription drugs for a nonmedical reason on at least 200 days in the last year - increased by 76 percent, the study found.


The increase parallels the recent rise in deaths due to overdoses ofopioid pain relievers , such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, according to the report. In 2009, more than 15,000 people died from overdoses involving these drugs, more than double the number of such deaths in 2002.


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publicOn Health Care, the Public Doesn't Like its Options


A majority of Americans view both the United States' current health care system and the changes enacted in President Obama's health care bill in an unfavorable light - a one-two punch of disillusionment that epitomizes just how tough it is for politicians to talk about health care on the campaign trail.


Fifty-six percent of Americans rate the nation's current health care system unfavorably in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, while 52 percent regard the "federal law making changes in the health care system" in a negative light.


Link to poll: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/polling/nations-health-care-system-earns-negative/2012/06/27/gJQA8TYK6V_page.html



Washington Post



northNorth Brunswick Doctor Appears on MTV Show


NORTH BRUNSWICK - A young woman named Tamara was suffering from chronic pelvic pain that was affecting her everyday life.


She had undergone two surgeries on her hips, since doctors determined the pain was the result of friction within her hip joints, or impingement that would cause the throbbing pain .


Having even more pain after her second surgery, she visited Dr. Edward Magaziner, medical director of The Center for Spine, Sports, Pain Management and Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine in North Brunswick, to undergo a process called prolotherapy.


Tamara was first filmed for MTV's "True Life" in 2010 and was featured in the "Then and Now" follow-up, which debuted on May 17.



Dr. Magaziner is a member of ASIPP







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