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July 31, 2013



  1. Editorial: When doctors set their own pay: Our view AND AMA: Medicare gains from physicians' advice
  2. Registration Now Open for October Cadaver, Controlled Substance and Practice Management Courses
  3. Influential Federal Panel Backs CT Scans for Lung Cancer
  4. More Doctors Steer Clear of Medicare
  5. Former Senior Executive of ArthroCare Corp. Pleads Guilty in $400 Million Securities Fraud Scheme
  6. Surgeons Eyed Over Deals With Medical-Device Makers
  7. CBS News poll finds more Americans than ever want Obamacare repealed
  8. New Health-Care Law's Success Rests on the Young
  9. Treating sleep disorders can wake up your bottom line
  10. ASIPP Marketing Services Offers Brochures For Interventional Pain Practices
  11. Order Your Copies of Pain Wise Today
  12. State Society News
  13. Physician Wanted

editorialEditorial: When doctors set their own pay: Our view


Some of the most important players in setting the rates that Medicare and private insurers pay doctors are - surprise - doctors themselves. And - no surprise - certain procedures end up costing more than they should.


Here's how the system works: A little-known committee run by the American Medical Association, the trade association for doctors, analyzes thousands of procedures that doctors perform and recommends "relative values" to Medicare. More often than not, Medicare accepts the AMA data for its own complex process of setting doctor reimbursement rates.


USA Today



AMA: Medicare gains from physicians' advice


The success of Medicare depends on accurately assessing the impact of constant advances in science and technology on patient care. There is simply no substitute for physicians' clinical expertise when gauging how much work and resources go into one medical service compared with another. No one knows more about what is involved in providing services to Medicare patients than the physicians who care for them.


An AMA-convened committee of independent physicians has taken the initiative to evaluate medical services and recommend adjustments to Medicare that have decreased payments, freeing more than $2.5 billion to be redistributed to other services. When the government did not receive reliable data to identify potentially misvalued services, physicians took on this important task. The committee recently reviewed about 1,300 such services and recommended reductions to more than 500 that were previously overvalued.


USA Today


registerRegistration Now Open for October Cadaver, Controlled Substance and Practice Management Courses




Make your plans today to attend one of the three courses being offered October 4-5 in Denver, CO.


The Cadaver Workshop and Online Video Lectures (Basic, Intermediate, and Comprehensive Interventional

Pain Management Examination Preparation Course) is October 5-6, 2013 | Denver, Colorado


Click HERE to view Cadaver Workshop Brochure


Click HERE to register for the Cadaver Workshop.

 Also being offered are: 



Controlled Substance Management:

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Essentials in Practice Management for IPM

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The Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80202. (303) 572-9100

Reserve rooms early-all unbooked rooms will be released on September 12, 2013.



influentialInfluential Federal Panel Backs CT Scans for Lung Cancer


An influential federal medical panel for the first time endorsed annual CT scans for high-risk current and former smokers to detect lung cancer, with hopes to reduce the roughly 160,000 U.S. annual deaths from the disease.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, whose recommendations determine which therapies and tests must be provided by insurers under the Obama administration's new health law, concluded that about 20% of lung-cancer deaths might be avoided through early detection and treatment.


The independent task force, which consists of private physicians appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, examined available medical evidence and concluded that low-dose computed tomography, or CT, imaging "reduced lung cancer mortality by 20% and all-cause mortality by nearly 7%." Its findings are being published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


Wall Street Journal

moreMore Doctors Steer Clear of Medicare


Juliette Madrigal-Dersch, shown treating a patient in Marble Falls, Texas, is president of a group that advocates private-pay medicine.


Fewer American doctors are treating patients enrolled in the Medicare health program for seniors, reflecting frustration with its payment rates and pushback against mounting rules, according to health experts.


The number of doctors who opted out of Medicare last year, while a small proportion of the nation's health professionals, nearly tripled from three years earlier, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency that administers the program. Other doctors are limiting the number of Medicare patients they treat even if they don't formally opt out of the system.


Wall Street Journal

formerFormer Senior Executive of ArthroCare Corp. Pleads Guilty in $400 Million Securities Fraud Scheme


A former senior executive of ArthroCare Corp., a publicly traded medical device company based in Austin, Texas, pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme to defraud the company's shareholders and members of the investing public by falsely inflating ArthroCare's earnings, announced Acting Assistant Attorney Mythili Raman of the Department of Justice's Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman of the Western District of Texas. The plea was taken under seal on June 24, 2013, and unsealed late yesterday.


John Raffle, 45, of Austin, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane in Austin to conspiracy to commit securities, mail and wire fraud and two false statements violations. Raffle was the senior vice president of Strategic Business Units at ArthroCare, overseeing all sales and marketing staff at the company. Raffle admitted that he and other co-conspirators falsely inflated ArthroCare's sales and revenue through a series of end-of-quarter transactions involving ArthroCare's distributors and that he and other co-conspirators caused ArthroCare to file a Form 10-K for 2007 and Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2008 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that materially misrepresented ArthroCare's quarterly and annual sales, revenues, expenses and earnings. As part of his plea, Raffle agreed that his conduct and the conduct of his co-conspirators caused more than $400 million in losses to shareholders.



US Dept. of Justice


surgeonSurgeons Eyed Over Deals With Medical-Device Makers


Ten months after an Afghan-born surgeon named Aria Sabit arrived in Ventura, Calif., local hospital staffers noticed he suddenly developed a preference for an obscure brand of spinal implants for many of his surgeries. Soon his volume of operations increased, with sometimes-tragic results.


Dr. Aria Sabit, a spinal surgeon, testifying in a deposition last year.


By the time he moved on less than a year later in late 2010, he had become embroiled in investigations by the California medical board and the Food and Drug Administration and more than two dozen medical malpractice lawsuits, including 12 involving surgeries he did with the new implants.


Wall Street Journal

CBSCBS News poll finds more Americans than ever want Obamacare repealed


(CBS News) A new CBS News poll finds more Americans than ever want the Affordable Care Act repealed.

According to the poll, 36 percent of Americans want Congress to expand or keep the health care law while 39 percent want Congress to repeal it - the highest percentage seen in CBS News polls. The poll also found a majority of Americans - 54 percent - disapprove of the health care law, 36 percent of Americans approve of it and 10 percent said they don't know about it.


The health care law is a chronic issue for the White House, CBS News political director John Dickerson said on "CBS This Morning." "There's an operational part to this, which is that the White House has got to get people to sign up for these health exchanges, particularly younger, healthier Americans, and so they are tactically running a campaign much like the presidential campaign, reaching out, using the techniques of that campaign to get younger people to sign up for these health exchanges."


CBS News

newNew Health-Care Law's Success Rests on the Young


PORTLAND, Ore.-The success of the new health-care law rides in large measure on whether young, healthy people like Gabe Meiffren, a cook at a Korean-Hawaiian food cart, decide to give up a chunk of disposable income to pay for insurance.


After getting a peek at rates being offered for fall, the 25-year-old man said he would have to peel back "expenses that aren't life or death, like records and concert tickets," or whiskey sours at the Horse Brass Pub down the street.


Wall Street Journal



treatTreating sleep disorders can wake up your bottom line


Approximately 20 million American adults are thought to experience symptoms of sleep disorder, primarily obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). That prevalence of sleep problems, combined with a growing array of user-friendly devices for conducting home sleep tests, represents an opportunity for primary care physicians (PCPs) to add a new income stream and improve the quality of life for many of their patients.


At the same time, experts and physicians with experience in the field warn that it's important to be aware of the pitfalls surrounding sleep testing and treatment. For example, training and licensing requirements for reading the results of sleep tests differ from state to state, and the coding and billing for sleep testing services can be tricky. And as with any ancillary service, you need to be sure you have a sufficiently large patient base to make it profitable.


Modern Medicine

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.
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Written by three ASIPP Member doctors with years of experience in pain management, Pain-Wise teaches the basics of how pain works, explains different interventional pain therapies in layman's terms, and helps a patient communicate with their doctor.


Doctors have found Pain-Wise to be a strong tool in creating a meaningful dialogue with their patients.

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