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  1. Space Still Available for Pain & Addiction Management Course
  2.  What are YOU Waiting For? Next Chance 2015. Register Today for Board Review Course
  3. ASIPP Marketing Services Offers Brochures For Interventional Pain Practices
  4. Sign up Today to be Listed in ASIPP Doctor Finder
  5. Inflammation Tied to Fracture
  6. NHS inquiry: Shaming of health service as care crisis is laid bare
  7. Doctors bail out on their practices
  8. WellPoint to pay $1.7 million HIPAA penalty
  9. If Practices Don't Change, EHRs Lose Money
  10. EHRs Have Mixed Effect on Health Costs
  11. Physicians ensnared by litigation over pain pump complications
  12. USDOJ: Justice Department Enters into Memorandum of Understanding with National Labor Relations Board
  13. Link Seen in Age at Retirement and Risk of Alzheimer's
  14. Docs bare all hope, struggle in survey contemplating financial futures
  15. Mammas, don't let your babies grow up to be doctor



spaceSpace Still Available for Pain & Addiction Management Course 


pain addiction 


This comprehensive course is planned as a CME activity in Pain & Addiction Management in Interventional Pain Management and other medical specialties.This two-day review course will provide in-depth evaluation of the knowledge of the participants with extensive review of subject.



This course is intended to present interventional pain management specialists, nurses, and other healthcare providers an in-depth review of multiple areas of pain and addiction management.



* Review basic science and core concepts

* Discuss pharmacology

* Identify clinical use and effectiveness

* Identify substance abuse

* Discuss topics with regulatory issues, legal issues, and ethical issues



Participants in the Pain & Addiction Management course should be able to apply the fundamental concepts of managing controlled substances in your practice, from pharmacology and the clinical uses to identifying abuse and the legal aspects of prescribing, for better outcomes and reduced side effects.



Chase Park Plaza

212 N. Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63108

(877) 587-2427


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boardWhat are YOU Waiting For? Next Chance 2015. Register Today for Board Review Course



Make plans today to attend the 2013 Board Review Course set for July 29-Aug. 2 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, MO. The next board review course will not be held until 2015.


This intensive and comprehensive high-quality review will 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

* Extensive educational materials

* Extensive evaluation sessions with daily pre-test, post-test, and review questions



You can earn up to 44.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.


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brochureASIPP Marketing Services Offers Brochures For Interventional Pain Practices

ASIPP Marketing Services has produced a series of informative and illustrative brochures and are making them available to you. These print-ready brochures can be customized for your practice. Brochures include the following topics:

Pain Medicine and Anxiety Medicines
Your and Your Pain
Back Pain
Epidural Injections
Percutaneous Disc Decompression
Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems (coming soon)
Facet Joint Pain
Discography (coming soon)
Vertebroplasty And Kyphoplasty (coming soon)

These customizable brochures include descriptions of pain conditions and procedures, along with accompanying illustrations. The brochures are designed specifically for the interventional pain physician. They can be used to communicate with patients and referral sources in personal settings or via direct mail.

The brochures are supplied in a pdf format. All you have to do is have your printer place your logo and practice information in the designated area. It is a quick and easy way to have the brochures you need in develop patient and referral relations.
 Order Form link:


finderSign up Today to be Listed in ASIPP Doctor Finder


This online physician Locator helps your patients find a perfect match for their medical needs .


DoctorFinder provides your basic professional information for those looking for a pain physician who is a member of ASIPP.


In just a few steps, you can add your name and information into the ASIPP Doctor Finder.

click HERE to sign up!

inflammationInflammation Tied to Fracture


Elderly men with elevated levels of low-grade inflammation measured by high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) are more likely to break a bone, particularly vertebrae, a Swedish population-based study showed.


Fracture risk was 48% higher for the top hs-CRP tertile than all others combined, independent of bone mineral density, Claes Ohlsson, MD, PhD, of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues found.


Clinically-identified vertebral fracture risk was 61% higher in an exploratory subanalysis, the researchers reported online in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.


MedPage Today

nhsNHS inquiry: Shaming of health service as care crisis is laid bare


 The shocking conditions in Britain's hospitals have been laid bare by an official report which disclosed that failings uncovered in NHS wards were so bad that inspectors felt compelled to abandon their impartial roles and step in to alleviate patient suffering.


Eleven NHS trusts were put into "special measures" after an investigation found thousands of patients died needlessly because of poor care.


The report blamed poor staffing levels and lack of oversight, and said that staff did not address the needs of patients. It concluded the hospitals investigated were "trapped in mediocrity".


In a row that quickly became political, David Cameron said responsibility lay with the previous Labour government, which he accused of "covering up" the NHS failings that stretched back to 2005.


The Telegraph

doctorDoctors bail out on their practices


Doctors who own private practices are looking for a way out. Fed up with their rising business expenses and shrinking payouts from insurers, many are selling their practices to hospitals.

It's happening nationwide and has picked up pace, said Tony Stajduhar, president at Jackson & Coker, a physician recruitment firm.


Experts say the number of physicians unloading their practices to hospitals is up 30% to 40% in the last five years. Doctors who sell typically become employees of the hospital, as do the people who work for them.

The reasons for the trend vary. Doctors are tired of the hassle of filing insurance claims and collecting payments from patients and want to only focus on medicine again, Stajduhar said.



CNN Money


wellpointWellPoint to pay $1.7 million HIPAA penalty


WellPoint, which serves nearly 36 million people through its affiliated health plans, has agreed to pay a $1.7 million penalty to HHS for potential violations of the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

Between Oct. 23, 2009, and March 7, 2010, access to personal data for 612,402 people-their names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers, telephone numbers and health information-was made available to unauthorized users as the result of online security weaknesses, HHS said Thursday.

During an investigation of WellPoint's information systems, HHS' Office for Civil Rights found that the Indianapolis-based insurer had not enacted appropriate administrative, technical and physical safeguards for data as required by HIPAA.


Modern Healthcare.com

practicesIf Practices Don't Change, EHRs Lose Money


The average physician lost nearly $44,000 over 5 years implementing an electronic health record system, a large pilot study found, but the technology itself was just part of the reason.


Just 27% of practices achieved a positive 5-year return on investment -- a number that would rise to 41% with the addition of federal incentives to use EHRs, the study in the March issue of Health Affairs stated.


But the vast majority of practices lost money because they failed to make operational changes to realize the benefits of EHRs such as ditching paper medical records after adoption, Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues wrote.


MedPage Today

ehrsEHRs Have Mixed Effect on Health Costs


Using electronic health records (EHRs) saved a little more than 3% in ambulatory health costs 18 months after adoption but didn't reduce overall inpatient costs, a large comparative study of EHR use found.


With that rate of savings, it would take 7 years to recoup the projected 5-year adoption costs for an EHR, according to the study, which was published in July 16 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.



MedPage Today

snarePhysicians ensnared by litigation over pain pump complications


Attorneys said a recent federal court ruling could fuel more lawsuits against physicians by medical device manufacturers that want to mitigate the companies' liability for injuries associated with their products.


The U.S. District Court of Oregon, Eugene Division in late May ruled that I-Flow LLC, which is the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit over the use of its pain pump, may file a third-party claim against an orthopedic surgeon for negligence and comparative fault. The court said the physician's potential liability for performing surgery negligently extends to anyone foreseeably injured by that negligence, which in this case includes I-Flow.

The case is not the first in which I-Flow has attempted to blame physicians for mishaps involving its pain pumps, said Ronald E. Johnson Jr. He is a Kentucky attorney who has represented more than a dozen patients who have sued I-Flow after using its pain pumps on patients.


There is "an increasing tactic by I-Flow to blame the doctors and keep the doctor in at trial so that the jury can put part of the blame on the doctor," he said. "The plaintiff is not blaming the doctor. The allegation is that I-Flow knew the pump was not approved [by the Food and Drug Administration for certain uses], yet they were representing it to the doctor to use it in that way. I have yet to see a case where the doctor knew it was not FDA-approved" for the uses advocated by I-Flow.



AMA news

dojUSDOJ: Justice Department Enters into Memorandum of Understanding with National Labor Relations Board

The Justice Department announced today that the Civil Rights Division's Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Labor Relations Board, formalizing a collaborative relationship that allows both agencies to share information, refer matters to each other and coordinate investigations as appropriate. OSC is responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which prohibits citizenship status and national origin discrimination in hiring, firing and recruitment or referral for a fee, as well as discriminatory Form I-9 and E-Verify practices. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act, which protects the rights of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions.


The MOU will allow the NLRB to make referrals to OSC, with the express authority of the NLRB charging party, when a matter before the NLRB suggests a possible violation of the anti-discrimination provision, such as verification of employment authorization, in the I-9 or E-Verify process, that appears to be discriminatory based on citizenship status or national origin. Similarly, the department will refer matters to the NLRB that appear to fall within that agency's authority, such as infringement on the right to form, join, decertify or assist a labor organization, and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing or to refrain from such activities. The MOU also provides for cross-training and technical assistance to ensure that staff within each agency can identify appropriate referrals. OSC has more than 50 partnership agreements with federal, state and local agencies, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


Dept. of Justice


linkLink Seen in Age at Retirement and Risk of Alzheimer's


BOSTON -- French retirees who had stopped working relatively late in life were less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, a researcher reported here.


Analysis of a French healthcare insurer's records indicated that, for each year after age 60 at which a person retired, the risk of subsequently developing Alzheimer's disease was lower by 3.2% (HR 0.968, 95% CI 0.962-0.973), said Carole Dufouil, PhD, of INSERM in Bordeaux, France.


After adjusting for certain other risk factors, individuals retiring at 65 were 14.6% less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those retiring at 60, she said at a press briefing held prior to her formal presentation at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.


MedPage Today

hopeDocs bare all hope, struggle in survey contemplating financial futures



Providers responding to the latest Wolters Kluwer Health 2013 Physician Outlook Survey aren't the type to keep secrets. After all, with wounds this deep and permeating, staying quiet isn't just uncomfortable - it's impossible.A swooping tally of physician concerns and struggles - from the financial pangs at the pointy ends of Accountable Care Act (ACA) legislation, to the snags in purse and personal connection courtesy of health information technology (HIT), and other general practice business hurdles - the survey consulted 300 practicing physicians specializing in primary care, family medicine and internal medicine, ultimately finding that while the aches are many, so are the gauzy hopes/solutions. -


Phys Biz Tech


mamaMammas, don't let your babies grow up to be doctor


When country singer Ed Bruce released "Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys" in 1975, he suggested that they should consider becoming doctors instead, but if a new national survey of doctors is to be believed, that's not such a good career move either.


The survey, conducted by the Georgia-based staffing company Jackson Healthcare, found that 59% of physicians would be unlikely to encourage a young person to become a doctor. The findings are based on the responses of 3,456 physicians who completed e-mailed surveys between March 7 and April 1, 2013.


Their dissatisfaction with medical practice is reflected in the career satisfaction numbers in the survey. Only 20% of physicians said that they were very satisfied in their work, while 39% were somewhat satisfied and 42% were somewhat or very dissatisfied.

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