September 26, 2012
New and Revised
Content for November ASIPP meetings: What YOU Need to Know in Controlled
is hosting three concurrent sessions November 2-4 in Denver, Co. A comprehensive
reivew course and cadaver workshop, a controlled substance mangement course and
the coding, comliance and practice management review.
courses are designed to present interventional pain management
and other health care providers in-depth reviews of multiple areas of
pain management-the areas we were never taught, yet are crucial
our survival. The course features many nationally recognized experts in pain
billing and coding and practice management as well as controlled
management. In today's environment of regulations and litigations, you
afford not to broaden your knowledge and refresh your skills in these areas.
You Need to Know in Controlled Substance Management.
Review basic science and core concepts
Identify clinical use and effectiveness
Identify substance abuse
Discuss topics with documentation, regulatory issues,
issues, and ethical issues
in Practice Management in IPM
Review practice management topics
Discuss coding and billing
Examine compliance issues
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the 2½-day Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop, you
improve existing skills and/or learn new techniques. Whether you have been
interventional pain management for many years or are new to the field with
skills, we are confident you will find this course and workshop to be
as it is essential that we continue learning and exploring new procedures
in our specialty.
Brochure: http://www.asipp.org/documents/1112-cadaver_001.pdfTo Register:https://secure.jotformpro.com/form/12961252254
Three course will be held at Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street,
Denver, CO 80207 | Tel. 303-399-7500
Workshop Location: Science Care, 19301 East 23rd Avenue Aurora, CO
Special room rates until October 3, 2012
Board Review Videos Available
This Review Course in IPM is
designed to prepare physicians seeking board certification, re-certification, or
an in-depth review of the specialty of interventional pain medicine. This review course will be based on the specifications of subspecialty
in pain medicine examination of The American Board of Anesthesiology, Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Neurology and Psychiatry. This review course
will also meet 90% curriculum of ABIPP Part 1.
This comprehensive Review
Course is intended as an overview of the anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, and
treatment of a wide range of painful disorders, in order for participants to
pass certification or re-certification and obtain in-depth review; and therefore
be able to provide improved interventional management, controlled substance
management, and practice management.
Order the online videos and receive 5 days of course video via the
Internet. You can watch them on your computer or any computer with Internet
access. You will be given a password to access the high quality streaming video
of each day.
Abuse Contributes to Decreasing Life Expectancy Among Less Educated Whites in
For generations of
Americans, it was a given that children would live longer than their parents.
But there is now mounting evidence that this enduring trend has reversed itself
for the country's least-educated whites, an increasingly troubled group whose
life expectancy has fallen by four years since 1990.
Researchers have long
documented that the most educated Americans were making the biggest gains in
life expectancy, but now they say mortality data show that life spans for some
of the least educated Americans are actually contracting. Four studies in recent
years identified modest declines, but a new one that looks separately at
Americans lacking a high school diploma found disturbingly sharp drops in life
expectancy for whites in this group. Experts not involved in the new research
said its findings were persuasive.
The reasons for the decline
remain unclear, but researchers offered possible explanations, including a spike
in prescription drug overdoses among young whites, higher rates of smoking among
less educated white women, rising obesity, and a steady increase in the number
of the least educated Americans who lack health insurance.
Ky. Part of
National Prescription Drug Initiatives
Ky.-Kentucky will join several states hard hit by prescription drug abuse to
develop strategies to combat what is described as a still-growing problem, Gov.
Steve Beshear said Friday.
Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia will also take part in the
initiative sponsored by the National Governors Association.
"Prescription drug abuse
continues to be the fastest growing drug-related issue facing our communities,
and unfortunately, Kentucky is not alone in this plight," Beshear said in a
statement. "As the problem persists and spreads, we recognize that we need
comprehensive regional and national strategies to combat the abuse, while
ensuring that the legitimate medical needs of our citizens are met."
pill epidemic plows path to street drugs
Amber Spivey tilts her head
back and swigs the vial of methadone. "Oh," she moans, shaking her knees back
and forth like engine pistons. Her face contorts in disgust. She chases the
Kool-Aid-colored liquid with water. The taste, she says, is like a thousand
pills dissolving on your tongue.
Methadone is helping
Spivey, a 28-year-old freckled mother of three, reclaim her life after years of
heroin addiction. She is among dozens who line up each morning at the New
Hanover Metro Treatment Center, a white space of offices hidden off a highway
heading downtown. Some wait inside to take their daily dose. Other patients pick
up their "take-home" doses for the next days, weeks or month, a privilege earned
by attending counseling and passing random drug tests.
Star News online
Rx Drug Abuse Down
Among Young Adults
The number of young people using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in
the last month dropped 14% from previous year's data, the latest survey
The number of people ages
18 to 25 who abused prescription drugs fell from 2 million in 2010 to 1.7
million in 2011, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health,
"Today's findings prove yet
again that we are not powerless against the problem of substance abuse in
America," Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House's National Drug Control
Policy, said in a statement.
ASIPP Use of
Antithrombotics in IPM Survey Deadline Oct 1
The American Society of
Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) is conducting a survey on bleeding
complications, specifically epidural hematomas. This is the final week to
participate in the survey.\
The goal of this survey is
to gain a better understanding of current and future trends in managing patients
on antithrombotics undergoing spinal and other interventional techniques. The
results will eventually be utilized in the ASIPP guidelines.
All information will remain
confidential, and only aggregate not individual responses will be published. As
a participant, you will receive a copy of the survey results. This data will be
extremely helpful for the future of our speciality. The survey should only take
about 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
Please forward this survey
on to your colleagues for their input.
If you are willing to
participate, click on the following link to download the survey form. Please
complete the survey and email your completed form back to us at email@example.com or
fax to 270-554-5394.
Click the link below to
Save Our Seniors
by Delaying ObamaCare
Regardless of whether they
are supporters or opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or ObamaCare)
members of Congress will have to revisit the legislation soon to correct some
serious flaws. Here is a revenue neutral approach to begin the necessary
corrections: Delay the scheduled cuts in Medicare spending by five years and pay
for that expense by delaying the 2014 starting date of ObamaCare by two years,
say John C. Goodman, president and CEO, and Devon Herrick, a senior fellow, at
the National Center for Policy Analysis.
- Over the
next 10 years, more than half the cost of ObamaCare ($716 billion) is to be paid
for by reduced Medicare spending.
Obama administration had hoped to achieve these reductions by increased
efficiency, based on the results of pilot projects and demonstration programs.
- The problem: The
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has said in three consecutive reports that
these projects are not working as planned and are unlikely to save
Massive job losses
expected under Medicare sequester
across-the-board spending cuts to Medicare in 2013 will lead to large job losses
at physician offices and throughout the rest of the health care system,
according to an analysis on the impact of the scheduled federal budget sequester
on the entitlement program.
The study by the
Pittsburgh-based research firm Tripp Umbach examined the likely economic fallout
of the 2% cut to the Medicare program over the next eight years, the result of a
failure of Congress and the White House to agree on alternative spending
reductions that meet the parameters set by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The
automatic budget reductions amount to between $10.7 billion and $16.4 billion in
annual cuts to Medicare, and will lead to 496,000 jobs being eliminated in 2013
and a loss of 766,000 jobs by 2021, the analysis said.
Patients have no
constitutional rights to medical marijuana, state court rules
State restrictions on
medical marijuana access and sales do not violate patients' rights to pursue
health care under the state constitution, the Montana Supreme Court has ruled.
The decision overturns a lower court opinion that had blocked new regulations on
the state's voter-approved medical marijuana law.
The restrictions limit
medical marijuana dispensers to three patients each and prevent them from making
a profit. The limitations essentially gut the original law and make it difficult
for patients to obtain medical cannabis, said Elizabeth Pincolini, a board
member of the Montana Cannabis Industry Assn., a plaintiff in the
HCA agrees to pay
$16.5M to settle false claims allegations
Hospital Corporation of
America (HCA) Inc., the parent company of Parkridge Medical Center in
Chattanooga, Tenn., and Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Physician Services, has
agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice $16.5 million to settle claims that
it violated the False Claims Act and the Stark Statute in 2007.
As announced last week by
the DOJ, the two organizations allegedly provided financial benefits to the
Diagnostic Associates of Chattanooga to encourage its doctors to refer patients
to the HCA facilties.
Eating the Family Budget: creating economics and creating jobs or going bust
with cell phones
More than half of all U.S.
cellphone owners carry a device like the iPhone, a shift that has unsettled
household budgets across the country. Government data show people have spent
more on phone bills over the past four years, even as they have dialed back on
dining out, clothes and entertainment-cutbacks that have been keenly felt in the
restaurant, apparel and film industries.
The tug of war is only
going to get more intense. Wireless carriers are betting they can pull bills
even higher by offering faster speeds on expensive new networks and new
usage-based data plans. The effort will test the limits of consumer spending as
the draw of new technology competes with cellphone owners' more rudimentary
needs and desires.
Is IT Innovation
Driving Physicians Out The Door?
Rather than face the
perfect storm of decreasing reimbursement, increasing costs, legislative
mandates, and penalties around technology adoption, information exchange, and Meaningful Use, an alarming number of physicians are
making the decision to "go quietly into the night" and retire early from
Some are leaving the
profession as many as 10 years earlier than they had anticipated. Rather than
consider change, physicians are placing a DNR on their practices, saying no to
investing in tools necessary to efficiently manage their businesses. For some
physicians, the hospital's own IT transformation activities are the tipping
point driving them to retire. We need to do something about this problem before
it's too late.
Physicians are trained to
make decisions, not ask questions--except of patients. The noble personality
that gives them the confidence to heal also causes them to feel they have to be
all-knowing and all-seeing on all topics. Many physicians are not comfortable
publicly sharing their questions about technology selection, adoption, or
optimization--fearing it will expose ignorance about topics on which they
believe their peers have all the answers. Yet with so little time just to keep
up with clinical research in their own specialties, when do physicians have time
to become IT experts as well?
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