July 17, 2013
- Space Still Available for Pain &
Addiction Management Course
- What are YOU Waiting For? Next Chance
2015. Register Today for Board Review Course
- ASIPP Marketing Services Offers
Brochures For Interventional Pain Practices
- Sign up Today to be Listed in ASIPP
- Inflammation Tied to
- NHS inquiry: Shaming of health service
as care crisis is laid bare
- Doctors bail out on their
- WellPoint to pay $1.7 million
- If Practices Don't Change, EHRs
- EHRs Have Mixed Effect on Health
- Physicians ensnared by litigation
over pain pump complications
- USDOJ: Justice Department Enters into
Memorandum of Understanding with National Labor Relations Board
- Link Seen in Age at Retirement and
Risk of Alzheimer's
- Docs bare all hope, struggle in survey
contemplating financial futures
- Mammas, don't let your babies grow up
to be doctor
Available for Pain & Addiction Management Course
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
FOR PAIN & ADDICTION MANAGEMENT
* Review basic science and
* Identify clinical use and
* Identify substance
* 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.
212 N. Kingshighway, St.
Louis, MO 63108
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What are YOU
Waiting For? Next Chance 2015. Register Today for Board Review
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
* Extensive evaluation
sessions with daily pre-test, post-test, and review
You can earn up to 44.25 AMA PRA
Category 1 credits.
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Marketing Services Offers Brochures For Interventional Pain
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:
Medicine and Anxiety Medicines
Your and Your
Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems (coming
Facet Joint Pain
Vertebroplasty And Kyphoplasty (coming soon)
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.
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:
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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
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.
vertebral fracture risk was 61% higher in an exploratory subanalysis, the
researchers reported online in the Journal of Bone and Mineral
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
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.
Doctors 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
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.
WellPoint 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
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
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.
|If 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
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
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.
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
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
Justice Department Enters into Memorandum of Understanding with National Labor
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
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
in Age at Retirement and Risk of Alzheimer's
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
Docs 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
Mammas, 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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