May 23, 2012
|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
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.
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
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
The special speaker for the
legislative session is former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services (2007-2009), Tevi Troy, PhD.
Don't miss this year's exciting meeting! Watch for updates
and announcements over the coming weeks.
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
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:
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
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.
Maryland Goes Full Steam Ahead on Health Reform Law, Virginia Takes Pragmatic
One day after President
Obama signed federal health-care legislation into law, Maryland Gov. Martin
O'Malley (D) issued an executive order that essentially put out the welcome
He was a lollygagger
compared with Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R). Five minutes
after Obama put pen to bill, Cuccinelli's aides were heading to the courthouse
to file his
Transparency to Tackle Credibility Problem in Journals
pharmaceutical companies have approved 10 recommendations aimed at improving
transparency to address what they call a "credibility gap" that faces
industry-funded clinical research.
"Some observers, including
some journal editors and academic reviewers, maintain a persistent negative view
of industry-sponsored studies," said an article in May's Mayo Clinic
Proceedings, co-written by 11 drug industry representatives and medical journal
Practices Call for Additional Time to Submit E-Rx Exemptions
On Tuesday, the
Medical Group Management Association-American College of Medical Practice
Executives sent a letter asking acting CMS
Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to delay the deadline for submitting hardship
exemptions for the federal electronic prescribing program, Modern Physician reports (Daly, Modern Physician,
Physicians must report
submitting at least 10 electronic prescriptions by June 30 to avoid the 2013
reimbursement penalties through the Medicare e-prescribing program.
Physicians who do not
report at least 10 e-prescribing encounters on claims for eligible services or
file for an exemption in time face a 1.5% payment reduction for all Medicare
claims in 2013.
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!
Newborns Showing Ill Effects of Maternal Opioid Use
Many newborns wail
inconsolably in the Knoxville, Tenn., neonatal intensive care unit where Mark S.
Gaylord, MD, works.
They often sweat with fever
and struggle to breathe. The skin on their bottoms cracks from diarrhea. In more
serious cases, they have seizures and remain hospitalized for up to two
The diagnosis for these
babies is neonatal abstinence syndrome, a group of problems caused by maternal
opiate use during pregnancy. The incidence of such cases has nearly tripled in
the past decade, data show.
Facilities Negotiate Better Reimbursement Rates Than Physicians, Study
outpatient surgery centers have been more successful at bargaining for higher
rates from employer-sponsored health plans than physicians in 2012 so far,
according to data from Milliman Inc. in
The report, called the 2012 Milliman Medical Index,
used care cost data from the company to estimate the average healthcare costs
for a typical U.S. family of four receiving healthcare through an
employer-sponsored PPO plan. The report analyzed factors such as the cost of
inpatient hospitalization, outpatient care, professional services and pharmacy
services. The analysis does not include the cost of long-term care or insurance
plan administration costs.
682 Passes Missouri legislature and Headed to Governor for
The bill requires
fluoroscopic guided injections of the spine for chronic pain to be performed by
licensed physicians. Lumbar inter-laminar injections may be performed by other
health care providers.
The momentum for the bill was provided by two
tragic cases of patient injury following cervical spine injections by a CRNA
with no formal interventional pain training. One patient suffered a recurrent
laryngeal nerve injury following cervical facet FR ablation. The other patient
developed a spinal cord injury following cervical spinal cord injection of local
anesthetic during a cervical facet injection.
We need ASIPP members
across the country to call Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and ask him to sign the
bill. His number is 573-751-3222
Calls for 2-Year Delay of ICD-10 Enforcement
Federal officials should
delay a deadline to switch to the ICD-10 diagnosis code sets for billing
physician services by at least two years instead of one, the American Medical
Association said in a May 10 letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
The agency overseeing the
transition to the new codes has proposed a one-year delay from Oct. 1, 2013, to
Oct. 1, 2014. But the AMA wants CMS to take more time to evaluate whether an
alternative diagnosis code set is more appropriate than a full transition to the
roughly 68,000 ICD-10 codes. A full cost-benefit analysis on the administrative
and financial impact of the switch is needed, wrote AMA Executive Vice President
and CEO James L. Madara, MD, in a letter commenting on the proposed one-year
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