IN THIS ISSUE
1. Time to Stand Up and Fight: Critical Shortage of Essential Drugs Due to Single Dose Vial Policy - Multi-Society Consensus Statement Issued
2. Senate Panel Investigates Drug Companies' Ties to Pain Groups: American Pain Foundation Shuts Down as Senators Launch Investigation of Prescription Narcotics
3. Meeting Your Need to Know: IPM Future Strategies and Emerging Trends
4. ASIPP Offers Review Courses, Competency Exams in San Francisco
5. Medicaid Reimbursement Rate Hike Proposed
6. Bill Would Repeal SGR, Phase Out Medicare Fee-for-Service
7. Impending e-Prescribing Deadline June 30
8. E-RX Webinar Set for May 24
9. How Does Kentucky's Latest Pain Management Legislation Impact Physicians?
10. FDA Weighs Prescriptions Without Medical Visits
11. $100,000 HIPAA Fine Designed to Send Message to Small Physician Practices
12. Omnicare Settles Federal Case for $50M
13. Survey for Health, Poverty Benefits Threatened in Congress
14. State Society News
15. Physicians Wanted
Time to Stand Up and Fight: Critical Shortage of Essential Drugs Due to Single Dose Vial Policy - Multi-Society Consensus Statement Issued
ASIPP has been working on onerous regulations, including the single dose vial policy. copies of the letters from the links.Congress is concerned, providers are concerned; however, the CDC and CMS have their own ideas of what evidence-based medicine is and it seems to have nothing to do with evidence.
The CDC continues to follow the philosophy that single dose vials should be used on only one patient. Now it appears they may also add a regulation limiting the use of radiation gloves to one pair per one patient. This could be the end of interventional pain management as we know it. Everything will be pushed into a hospital setting. At the current reimbursement levels, with the added expense of these regulations, it will soon be unaffordable to perform these procedures in ASCs or offices.
ASIPP stands by our consensus statement and also the multiple correspondences we have sent to the CDC and CMS.Now we ask that you also stand up and take action.
Use the links below to send letters from yourself, your office staff, patients, their attendants, and relatives -- everyone you know. Preferably the letters should be customized, but if not, just use the letters already present on Capwiz.
You are just 3 steps away from taking action:
PRINT copies of the letters from the links.
To Congress: http://www.asipp.org/documents/CapwizLettertoCongress.doc
To CDC: http://www.asipp.org/documents/Single-doseVialLettertoCDC.doc
To FDA: http://www.asipp.org/documents/Single-doseVialLettertoFDA.doc
To CMS: http://www.asipp.org/documents/Single-doseVialLettertoCMS.doc
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Capwiz letter to CDC, FDA and CMS:
Capwiz Letter to Congress:
Below are links for additional information concerning the single dose vial issue:
Click HEREfor Congressional Letter
Click HEREfor Fact Sheet
Click to see Consensus Statement
Click HERE to see response letter to CDC
Click HERE to see letter from Cong. Cliff Stearns
Senate Panel Investigates Drug
Companies' Ties to Pain Groups
the Senate Finance Committee launched an investigation Tuesday into the
relationship between makers of narcotic painkillers and the groups that champion
them, a leading advocacy organization said it was dissolving "due to irreparable
American Pain Foundation, which described itself as the nation's largest
organization focused on patients' pain, was the subject of a December
investigation by ProPublica in The Washington Post that detailed its close ties
American Pain Foundation Shuts Down as Senators
Launch Investigation of Prescription Narcotics
As the U.S. Senate Finance Committee launched an
investigation Tuesday into makers of narcotic painkillers and groups that
champion them, a leading pain advocacy organization said it was dissolving "due
to irreparable economic circumstances."
The American Pain Foundation, which described
itself as the nation's largest organization for pain patients, was the focus of
a December investigation by ProPublica in The
Washington Post that detailed its close ties to drugmakers.
Click HERE to read the American Pain Foundation
Meeting Your Need to Know: IPM Future
Strategies and Emerging Trends
ASIPP has a reputation
for thought-provoking, cutting-edge general sessions and this year is no
exception. This year's meeting theme is IPM: Future
Strategies and Emerging Technologies.
Our guest speaker for
this year's Manchikanti Distinguished lecture titled "The Health
Reform Law: What's Happened, What's Next, What you need to
know" is David Merritt.
Merritt is a nationally recognized expert in health policy and health
transformation and a sought-after speaker, author, and policy adviser. He was
Senior Health Policy Adviser to Presidential Campaigns and most recently, the
CEO, Center for Health Transformation.
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.
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
Our annual legislative
session will kick-off on Monday, June 11. We are pleased to announce that the
North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) is once again cosponsoring this
event. You won't want to miss this historical meeting. With NANS and ASIPP as
cosponsors, this year promises to be the best and most productive legislative
session to date. Because ASIPP recognizes the significance of this legislative
tradition, we encourage you to stay through Tuesday and Wednesday, when we take
the meeting to Capitol Hill, to hear several representatives and senators
address us on the issues that affect you and your practice.
The special speaker for
the legislative session is former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services (2007-2009), Tevi Troy, PhD.
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).
Don't miss this
year's exciting meeting! Watch for updates and announcements over the coming
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ASIPP Offers Review Courses, Competency Exams in San
the Comprehensive Review Course in Controlled Substance Management July 30-31
and take that Competency Exam on Aug. 1
Attend the Comprehensive
Review Course in Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Aug. 2-3 and take
that competency exam Aug.5.
be at the Westin San Francisco Market Street.
Bill Would Repeal SGR, Phase Out Medicare Fee-for-Service
bipartisan bill introduced by the House would avert a Medicare Payment cut of roughly 30% in 2013 by repealing the program's
sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. It also would phase out its
fee-for-service payment system.
ambitious plan has garnered loud applause from organized medicine, but its
prospects of passage look cloudy in a hyper-partisan presidential election year,
especially in light of its price tag. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
recently reported that eliminating the SGR formula - created in 1997 to set
physician reimbursement - and merely freezing Medicare rates for 10 years would
cost $316 billion. That figure essentially represents debt that Congress has put
on the Medicare books by postponing physician pay cuts going back to
the cost of the bill, called the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act of
2012, are modest raises from 2014 through 2017.
e-Prescribing Deadline June 30
The American Medical
Association (AMA) reminds physicians that June 30, 2012 is the deadline to
report on at least 10 electronic scripts to avoid the 2013 Medicare
e-prescribing program penalty. Physicians who are not able to meet the
requirements of the program should apply for a hardship exemption External
Link applicable to their particular case before the June 30, 2012
"While we do not think
physicians are being given enough time to comply with the Medicare e-prescribing
program, we want to make them aware of the upcoming e-prescribing
deadline so they can take steps now to prevent being hit with the 2013 penalty,"
said AMA Immediate Past-President Cecil B. Wilson, M.D. In November
2011 CMS released the final regulation on the 2013 Medicare e-prescribing
The penalty for not
successfully participating in the program, or not filing for an exemption on
time, is a 1.5 percent payment reduction for all Medicare claims
based on the 2013 fee schedule amounts during the year. Apply for
an exemption. Source: American Medical Association, May
E-RX Webinar Set
for May 24
June 30th, 2012, is the
last chance to avoid 2013 Medicare E-prescribing penalty!Not Participating With
Medicare May Not Avoid Future e-Rx Penalty Adjustments
If you have
not yet participated in the e-Rx Incentive Program, this webinar will help you
with using any of the following options
CMS-qualified EHR direct
CMS-qualified EHR data submission
It's Not Too Late to
Start...E-prescribing: Use it 10 times for Medicare Patients Between Now and
June 30, 2012 or Lose Money in 2013. Don't Miss Your Second Chance to Avoid the
Medicare 2013 e-Rx penalty Adjustment. If you are participating in Medicare's
EHR Meaningful Use Incentive Program, you will still need to report your e-Rx to
avoid 2013 and 2014 penalty adjustments. Non-physician Providers that don't have
prescriptive privileges still need to report e-Rx hardship G code to notify
Medicare. Learn how to avoid e-Rx penalty adjustment for your non-physician
providers that don't have prescriptive authority.
Click here to register.
Act Now and Avoid the 2013
Medicare e-Rx penalty!
Kentucky's Latest Pain Management Legislation Impact
Q&A With Dr. Laxmaiah
Manchikanti of the American Society of Interventional Pain
month signed into law a bill requiring physicians to consult the state's online
drug database, Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting, prior to
prescribing pain medication to a patient. The bill, HB 1, targets the
overprescribing of opioids and introduces stricter definitions and standards for
pain management clinics.
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, chairman of the board
and CEO of the American Society Of Interventional Pain Physicians and the
Society of Interventional Pain Management Surgery Centers, discusses the impact
of the bill for both physicians and patients, and how Kentucky now aligns with
other states on policies to curb prescription drug abuse.
Prescriptions Without Medical Visits
The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration is considering a move that would allow patients to obtain
prescription medications without ever seeing a doctor. Instead, patients would
use technology to evaluate their needs.
The new model of drug
distribution being considered by the FDA would allow some drugs for chronic
conditions, such as asthma and allergies, to be sold under "conditions of safe
use," a proposed category that would describe prescription drugs sold over the
counter. To determine whether patients meet conditions of safe use of the drug,
the FDA is recommending the development of new technology to help diagnose and
assess patients' needs. The model would expand the role of pharmacists while
reducing that of physicians.The FDA is considering the new model due to changes
in both technology and the health care system, Janet Woodcock, MD, director of
the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said at a March 22
Fine Designed to Send Message to Small Physician Practices
In announcing a resolution
settlement with a cardiac surgery practice, the Dept. of Health and Human
Services' Office for Civil Rights issued a warning to doctors: No matter the
size of your practice, you will be held accountable for HIPAA
On April 17, Phoenix
Cardiac Surgery, a five-physician practice with offices in Phoenix and Prescott,
Ariz., became the first small practice to enter into a resolution agreement that
included a civil money penalty over charges that it violated the Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy and Security Rules
The practice agreed to pay $100,000 and take corrective
Federal Case for $50M
Long-term care pharmacy provider, Omnicare, has reached a settlement with the
Justice Department that is the largest controlled substance settlement in
history, said the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Omnicare will pay a civil
penalty of $50 million to settle claims that some of its pharmacies:
* routinely dispensed
controlled substances to residents of long-term care facilities without a
prescription signed by a practitioner;
* dispensed controlled substances to
residents of long-term care facilities from prescriptions missing essential
elements such as drug name and dosage;
* did not properly documenting
partially-filled prescriptions, which resulted in preventing the DEA from
conducting an audit; and
* in a limited emergency situation, dispensed
controlled substances without an oral prescription called in by a
for Health, Poverty Benefits Threatened in Congress
Americans needing health
insurance or disability services could be overlooked by their local governments
if a bill now being considered by the Senate passes. It would eliminate a survey
that some call a vital source of information about health indicators of millions
of Americans, but which House Republicans say is too expensive and raises
It's called the American Community Survey. The Census Bureau surveys about a
quarter of a million Americans every month. Community officials, academics and
businesses rely on this information to understand the markets they operate in
and the needs of individual localities. The House last week passed a
Republican-backed bill that would cut the survey altogether, citing costs and
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