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June 19, 2013





boardDeadline for Early Registration is July 7 for 2013 Board Review Course 


   Make plans today to attend the2013 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.


Click HERE to Register:  


Click HERE for Chase Park Plaza. Special ASIPP room rate through July 7, 2013.



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pain Brochure for July Pain and Addiction Management Course Available




The brochure for the Pain and Addiction Management Comprehensive REveiw Course is now available.

Register today to attend the Pain and Addiction Mangement review course set for July 29-30 in St. Louis, MO.


this innovative course embraces the pain and addition issue. It is a "must attend" training event for not only interventional pain physicians, but also all other medical specialites. The course will cover controlled substance abuse as well as addiction.


 Click HERE to view the brochure.


Here is the link for Registration:


ASIPP Special Room Rates through July 7


Chase Park Plaza:


partnerASIPP has Partnered with Henry Schein GPO - Join Today


ASIPP is pleased to announce that a partnership has been formed with Henry Schein and PedsPal, a national GPO that has a successful history of negotiating better prices on medical supplies and creating value added services for the independent physician.


Working with MedAssets, PedsPal provides excellent pricing on products like contrast media that help to alleviate some of the financial pressures you experience today. While the cost of contrast media has skyrocketed due to the single dose vial issue, because we have partnered with Henry Schein, this could enable you to purchase Omnipaque 240mg/50 ml for slightly above $4.50.


It will be easy for ASIPP members in good standing to enroll today and begin to realize the savings this partnership can bring. Members can also see sample prices by going to http://pedspal.org/asipp/default.html  then click on "view our discounted supplier prices" and use the Username: ASIPPmember and the Password: Save


Or click on the words "join for free now" and begin saving today.


payPhysician Pay Will Soon Depend on Outcomes


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking feedback from doctors as it builds a model for reimbursing physicians based on actual outcomes rather than process measures.


The e-mail to physicians earlier this month wasn't unexpected. It comes around this time each year when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services invites doctors to tell Uncle Sam how they should be paid.


Health Leaders Media



webinarRegister Now for Quality Reporting for Pain Practices Webinar June 25: Don't miss your last chance to avoid payment penalties


Your practice must successfully participate in a PQRS program in 2013 to avoid financial penalties in 2015. You are already up against the clock - after June 1, it will be difficult to submit enough claims to avoid the impending pay cuts. Register today for the June 25 webinar. Cost is $175. The webinar will be 90 minutes in length from 11 to 1230.


Let coding expert Marvel J Hammer, RN, CPC, teach you how to quickly and successfully introduce PQRS into your practice. In this 90-minute training, you will:

  • Learn how to quickly implement a PQRS program so that your practice qualifies in enough time to avoid the 2015 pay cut.
  • Review the rules for three measures that are suitable for pain practices.
  • Discover how to successfully report in the second half of 2013.
  • Protect all doctors and NPPs from the 1.5% pay cut.
  • Avoid hidden traps in the PQRS rule and make sure you beat the pay cut.


Click HERE to Register




obamacareObamacare? We were just leaving ...


Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting.


The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive.






preparePreparedness for ICD-10 Staggering


The Medical Group Management Association published research June 13 that suggests overall readiness of the industry to meet the Oct. 1, 2014, ICD-10 compliance deadline continues to be a concern.


MGMA researchers found the greatest concern for physicians is the lack of communication and critical coordination between physician practices and their essential trading partners, including claims clearinghouses, electronic health recordvendors and practice management system vendors regarding software updates and testing, which has not yet occurred.




curbKentucky to Study Whether New Pain-Pill Laws are Curbing Abuse


Kentucky officials are launching a yearlong study to find out whether the state's controversial new laws cracking down on prescription drug abuse are making a difference in curbing one of the nation's worst pain-pill epidemics.


The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is contracting with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy's Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy on the research, scheduled to begin July 1 and be completed by June 30, 2014. It's being funded by a $100,000 federal grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance.


Courier Journal



tabletPhysicians Side with Tablets


Most physicians feel that tablet computers such as the iPad are better suited for care delivery than smartphones, according to a new survey of nearly 1,400 doctors. That said, app usage found most favor on smartphones - and docs feel there's much room for improvement in clinical apps generally.


Two reports from AmericanEHR Partners - a joint project of the American College of Physicians and Cientis Technologies that aims to help physicians make educated decisions about purchasing electronic health records - find that the most common activity of physicians who use EHRs and also use a smartphone or tablet is "sending and receiving emails."


Phys Biz Tech


judgeJudge Ends 33-Year Injunction That Shielded Medicare Data on Doctors


A federal judge vacated a 33-year-old injunction that had barred the government from releasing Medicare information on individual doctors to the public


Dow Jones & Co., The Wall Street Journal's parent company, challenged the injunction in 2011 after the Journal published a series of articles showing how the information could be used to expose fraud and abuse in the $549 billion health-care program for the elderly and disabled.


The injunction had been in place since 1979, when a federal court in Florida sided with the American Medical Association's contention that doctors' right to privacy trumped the public's interest in knowing how tax dollars were spent.


Wall Street Journal



manchDr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti addresses Issues Facing Pain Management


At the 11th Annual Spine, Orthopedic & Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference on June 14, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, chairman of the board of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and medical director for the Pain Management Center of Paducah (Ky.), discussed the most important issues facing pain management.

Dr. Manchikanti began the presentation by discussing myths surrounding the cost of chronic pain, which totals about $560 billion to $635 billion per year. Of that total cost, about 10 percent is comprised of moderate pain while 11 percent is comprised of severe pain. That means the combined cost of moderate and severe pain is roughly $100 billion for 44 million Americans. Joint pain accounts for 33 percent of the cost, arthritis accounts for 25 percent and functional disability makes up 12 percent.


Becker's ASC Review





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