" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary

March 21, 2012


·  Get Connected with ASIPP Today

·  IPM: Future Strategies and Emerging Technologies - ASIPP 14th Annual meeting

·  Time is Running out To Registor for Intermediate and Advanced Spinal Cord Stimulation Course in April

·  Deadline Approaching to Apply to Take the ABIPP Part II Exam

·  Commentary: ObamaCare at the Supreme Court

·  You Can Earn 14.75 CMEs in Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety this April

·  Release of Comparative Billing Report (CBR) on Pain Management Services Expected

·  US Supreme Court Deals Blow to Biotechs

·  GOP Tries Again on Medicare Overhaul

·  MedPAC: Final Recommendations Stand at 0.5% Payment Increase for ASCs in 2013

·  What Impact Could a Republican President Actually Have on the ACA?

·  ICD-10 Delay Frees Physicians to Focus on Other Practice Needs

·  Colorado Medical Community Tries to Slow Flood of Painkiller Misuse

·  Hormones Out of Whack With Long Opioid Therapy

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted

Get Connected with ASIPP Today

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IPM: Future Strategies and Emerging Technologies - ASIPP 14th Annual meeting

Join us at ASIPP 14th Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA, June 9 - 13th as we will look into the future by delving into strategies and the emerging technology in interventional pain management. These cutting-edge topics will be presented by a faculty comprised of the top minds of and authorities in IPM.

ASIPP has a reputation for thought-provoking, cutting-edge general sessions and this year is no exception. On Saturday, June 9 our general session distinguished lecture, "Evolving Concepts in Health Care," with the distinguished speaker to soon be announced. Sunday, June 10 we will cover "Guideline Warfare in Interventional Pain Management: Fact, Fiction, and Reality." In the session we will consider, analyze, and discuss the various guidelines. We are pleased to have Dr. Dana Simon join us with the lecture "What to the ASA/ASRA Guidelines Tell Us?" along with Dr. Marc Huntoon with a lecture on "The Critical Analysis of Guidelines in IPM." In addition, the session, moderated by Dr. Joshua Hirsch, will include lectures and discussions by Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Dr. Peter Staats, and Dr. Gabor Racz.

Breakout session topics include: Emerging technology in IPM including MILD, SCS, and intrathecal therapies; practice management, documentation, billing and coding; Imaging of the spine; ultrasound for non-spinal injections; controlled substance use and abuse; guidelines warfare, residents and fellows section; and abstract/poster presentations.

On Monday for the legislative session we will have a very special speaker, former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2007-2009), Tevi Troy, PhD.

Serving at the highest levels of government for more than a decade, Dr. Tevi Troy is renowned for his skill as an astute advisor on today's most critical and complex issues. From 2007 to 2009, he was the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While there, Dr. Troy oversaw all operations, including Medicare, Medicaid, public health, medical research, food and drug safety, welfare, child and family services, disease prevention, and mental health services.

Prior to joining Health and Human Services, Dr. Troy held various senior positions in Congress, executive agencies, and the White House, including as Deputy Assistant to the President for domestic policy.

We will follow Dr. Troy 's lecture with our grassroots approach to preparing for our Capitol Hill visits on Tuesday, June 12, and Wednesday, June 13.

CAPITAL HILL SPECIAL: ASIPP will reimburse the hotel expense for registrants who attend the Congressional Speakers' session on Tuesday and the Capitol Hill visits on Tuesday and Wednesday (room and tax only for Monday and Tuesday nights only).

>Register by April 27 to receive $100 off your registration.

Don't miss this year's exciting meeting! Watch for updates and announcements over the coming weeks.

Register today!

Time is Running out To Register for Intermediate and Advanced Spinal Cord Stimulation Course in April

Join us in April for a rare opportunity to learn advanced procedures and emerging technology in Spinal Cord Stimulation. This ASIPP Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop will take place on April 13-14 in Memphis, TN.

The in-depth review course and cadaver workshop will cover intermediate and advanced topics and procedures that are rarely taught in other courses. Participation is limited to assure optimum experience for every physician. Each station will provide the latest SCS technology:

  • New Leads
  • New Anchors
  • New Programming Platforms
  • New Lead Placement Devices
  • And more!

This is an excellent opportunity for physicians to compare products side-by-side while at the same time learning about the very latest science and engineering. You will be exposed to occipital stimulation techniques, cervical, thoracic, DRG, and sacral placement techniques, and more.

The seminar will be conducted at the Hilton Memphis and the world renowned Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) in Memphis, TN.

Click HERE to view brochure

Click HERE to register

April SCS Course in Memphis

Deadline Approaching to Apply to Take the ABIPP Part II Exam

The deadline to apply for the April test dates for the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians is Saturday, March 31.

The test will be held April 14 and 15 in Memphis, TN.

The American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) is a Specialty Board providing Board Certification in Interventional Pain Management and Competency Certification in Controlled Substance Management, Competency Certification in Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management and Competency Certification in Fluoroscopic Interpretation and Radiological Safety.

The eligibility requirements and examination materials for ABIPP certification programs have been developed based on substantial review and analysis of the current state of medical and scientific knowledge of the treatment of pain, as reflected in the medical literature.

Apply today!

Commentary: ObamaCare at the Supreme Court

On March 26, 2012, the Supreme Court will begin hearing five and a half hours of argument on the constitutionality of President Obama's health-care law. The court will be deciding on no fewer than four separate constitutional and policy issues relating to the law. At the end of this marathon session, the nine Justices will spend several months pondering whether the so-called Affordable Care Act will survive and serve as testimony to President Obama's ideological boldness-or become a cautionary lesson in the foolhardiness of pursuing large-scale change without an ideological consensus across party lines.

The court is taking this question very seriously, as it should, given the scope of the law and the kinds of changes it represents, not only to the health-care system but also to matters as grand as the separation of powers and the very structure of our constitutional republic itself.

The case could easily have been limited solely to the examination of the constitutionality of the individual mandate-the requirement that every citizen purchase health-care insurance or be brought under the state health-care umbrella provided by government. The Court has chosen, and chosen wisely, to go beyond that and consider the questions of when in the course of its implementation the law can be challenged; whether it can survive if some of its parts are deemed unconstitutional; and the legal implications of the law's vast expansion of Medicaid, the health-care program for the poor.

Tevi Troy

You Can Earn 14.75 CMEs in Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety this April

Register today to attend the Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Course and Competency Examination April 13-15 in Memphis, TN

This course provides educational information on fluoroscopy radiation risks and methods to reduce these risks to both patient and personnel, fluoroscopic interpretation, appropriate needle placement, medical and legal compliance, and billing and coding. Participants will benefit from the course by improving existing skills, learning new skills, or prepare for the interventional techniques certification examination, or prepare for the board examination.

This course is an essential component for interventional pain physicians and provides educational opportunities to assist you in providing high quality, competent, safe, accessible, and cost-efficient services to your patients. The accompanying examination (open to physicians only) and this course, as with all ASIPP courses, focuses on doing the right things, the right way, and for the right reasons

Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety (Apr. 13-14) Click HERE to register

Competency Examination - (Apr 15) *open only to physician)

Click HERE to register

Register for Imaging, Fluoroscopy Course

Release of Comparative Billing Report (CBR) on Pain Management Services Expected

It is expected that a Comparative Billing Report (CBR) will be released today to providers of certain pain management services as a proactive tool to help prevent improper billing. This report will be released by SafeGuard Services LLC, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contractor. Pain management has been identified as a vulnerability in the Medicare program, which has resulted in CMS's recommendation that comparative studies be conducted and the results shared with providers of these services as part of ongoing provider education efforts.

The billing data in the CBR is reflective of your practice, illustrating the average number of pain management services you perform per beneficiary, and compares your results with those of others from your specialty and national peers who also bill for these services. You may receive more than one CBR if you bill under more than one specialty designation.

This report does not indicate that a provider improperly billed Medicare for pain management services. Rather, this report is informational and can assist you by allowing you to compare your practice's billing with that of your colleagues.


US Supreme Court Deals Blow to Biotechs

The US Supreme Court has ruled that two medical patents held by Nestlé's Prometheus unit are invalid, dealing a blow to the biotechnology companies that are banking of the future of personalised medicine.

In a unanimous decision, the court on Tuesday said that diagnostic blood tests that Prometheus had designed to determine the dosage of medicines to treat autoimmune diseases could not be patented. The court said the tests represented "natural laws", or phenomenon that allowed doctors to see how drugs and patients interact.

Financial Times

GOP Tries Again on Medicare Overhaul

WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders introduced a budget proposal Tuesday that contained proposals for overhauling Medicare and Medicaid similar to those in last year's failed bill.

"Real, specific reform is needed to strengthen the health and retirement security of seniors, and the economic security of all Americans," House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a video posted Monday on his website. "Our plan includes no changes for those in or near retirement ... [It] puts patients in control of their healthcare decisions. "

But if those 55 and older won't see any changes in Medicare under the proposal, those under 55, however, will be given a choice between traditional fee-for-service Medicare and several private insurance plans once they become eligible for coverage. All of the private plans would be required to cover "at least the actuarial equivalent of the benefit package provided by fee-for-service Medicare," according to the proposal.

MedPage Today

MedPAC: Final Recommendations Stand at 0.5% Payment Increase for ASCs in 2013

In the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's annual payment policy report (pdf) to Congress, MedPAC officials recommended that Medicare payments for ASCs increase by 0.5 percent for the 2013 calendar year.

MedPAC's recommended payment update for ASCs is lower than the 1 percent it recommended for hospital outpatient departments because there is a lack of cost data from ASCs. MedPAC said cost data from ASCs would help determine the costs of an efficient provider and if an ASC-specific market basket should be developed. MedPAC also recommended that a value-based purchasing program for ASC services be implemented no later than 2016.

Becker's ASC Review

What Impact Could a Republican President Actually Have on the ACA?

Among the more grandiose claims repeatedly being pledged along the Republican presidential campaign trail is that each of the hopefuls would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) - but does a president even have that power?

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, for instance, have mentioned signing an Executive Order on day one, should either be elected. Such a document, however, is merely the beginning of a lengthy process. Ron Paul, a former air force surgeon, has a long list of how he would improve America's healthcare system, including expanding health savings accounts and adding some tax breaks. And Rick Santorum promises to institute patient-centered healthcare after repealing the ACA.

Healthcare finance news

ICD-10 Delay Frees Physicians to Focus on Other Practice Needs

The Dept. of Health and Human Services has delayed the compliance deadline for ICD-10 diagnosis code sets that was scheduled for Oct. 1, 2013. So what does that mean for physicians?

They now have time to focus on more pressing issues while working toward the eventual switch to ICD-10, analysts say.

AMA news

Colorado Medical Community Tries to Slow Flood of Painkiller Misuse

Deaths linked to prescription opioid use have doubled in 10 years in Colorado, and the steep increases in both legal use and dangerous abuse of painkillers are forcing the medical community to rethink the way it treats chronic pain.

Painkiller prescriptions written by the top 10 Medicaid prescribers for one popular drug, Roxicodone, shot up 46 percent last year, according to state records. Denver's Office of Drug Strategy found that prescriptions filled for oxycodone rose 58 percent from 2007 to 2011.

Denver Post

Hormones Out of Whack With Long Opioid Therapy

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Intractable pain patients on long-term, high doses of opioids should be screened for hormonal abnormalities, researchers said here.

In a small, long-term, single-clinic study, the majority of patients had, as expected, low testosterone -- but some also had abnormalities in cortisol and other hormones that may indicate an incomplete resolution of pain, according to Forest Tennant, MD, DrPH, of the Veract Intractable Pain Clinic in West Covina, Calif.

MedPage Today

State Society News

GSIPP 8th Annual Pain Summit, May 4-6, 2012

The Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will host its 8th annual Pain Summit on May 4-6, 2012 at teh Ritz-Carlton Lodge on Reynolds Plantation.

On Friday, May 4, there will be an all-day session on Chronic Opioid Therapy in Chronic Pain Management

To register go to: www.gsipp.com

FSIPP Annual Meeting Dates May 18-20, 2012

The Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians has set the date for their next annual meeting for May 18-20, 2012 at the Gaylord Palms, Orlando, FL.

Read more about the meeting and other activities going on in the state of Florida in their newsletter. Click HERE to read latest issue.

For a complete look at the May meeting schedule and CME information, click HERE

CASIPP Annual Meeting Dates Nov. 9-11, 2012

The California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Annual Meeting of the will be Nov. 9 -11, 2012 at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, CA.

Go to www.casipp.com for more information.

Physicians Wanted

Visit the ASIPP Web site to find available positions for IPM physicians.

Physicians Wanted




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