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June 12, 2013


  1. ASIPP has Partnered with Henry Schein GPO - Join Today
  2. 2013 Board Review Course set for July 29-Aug. 2 in St. Louis, MO

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.

board2013 Board Review Course set for July 29-Aug. 2 in St. Louis, MO


   Make plans today to attend teh 2013 Board Review Course set for July 29-Aug. 2 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louise, MO.


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.



Click HERE to view Brochure:

pain ASIPP to Offer Pain and Addiction Management Course in July




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




ASIPP Special Room Rates through July 7


Chase Park Plaza:

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 now to ensure you meet Medicare's quality reporting requirements and avoid the coming pay cut.

pollPoll Finds Support Slumping for Health Law


Americans' unease with President Barack Obama's health-care law has intensified, just as the administration is gearing up to persuade people to sign up for some of its major provisions, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey finds.


Prior Journal/NBC polls have found more people calling the health law a bad idea rather than a good one. But the number calling it a bad idea reached a high of 49% in a poll of 1,000 adults taken between May 30 and June 2, with 43% "strongly" holding that view.


Some 37% called the law a good idea. The 12-point gap between supporters and skeptics is the largest since a survey taken in March 2010, the month the health law was passed.


Wall Street Journal

employersEmployers Get Ready! NEW Notice Requirement under the Affordable Care Act


Most employers will have a new notification requirement beginning October 1, 2013. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), new health insurance options will be available under the health care exchanges or marketplaces as of January 1, 2014. Employers are required to provide notices to their employees about these new health insurance options by October 1, 2013 which corresponds with the date open enrollment begins on the marketplaces for health insurance coverage beginning January 1, 2014.


The ACA added a new provision under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that requires an employer to notify all of its employees about the new health insurance options available through the marketplace. This requirement applies to all employers who are subject to the FLSA. This generally applies to employers that employ one or more employees who are engaged in, or produce goods for, interstate commerce with at least $500,000 in annual dollar volume of business or if the employer is one of a list of certain employers such as hospitals, schools, government agencies and others. To see if you are subject to the FLSA, you can visit their internet compliance tool: http://www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/flsa/scope/screen24.asp


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CMSCMS Clamping Down on Medicare Fraud


Over the last four years, the Obama administration has recovered nearly $15 billion in healthcare fraud judgments, settlements, and administrative impositions, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).


The agency reported on June 6 that it has revoked 14,663 providers and suppliers' ability to bill in the Medicare program since March 2011. "These providers were removed from the program because they had felony convictions, were not operational at the address CMS had on file, or were not in compliance





lowLow Diastolic Pressure Linked to Brain Atrophy


Shrinkage in subcortical regions of the brain was greater in patients with low baseline diastolic blood pressure in a prospective study, researchers said.


In 663 Dutch patients followed for a mean of 3.9 years (range 3.0 to 5.8), those with baseline diastolic pressure of 70 mm Hg or less showed a subcortical atrophy rate significantly higher than was seen in patients with baseline diastolic pressure greater than 90 mm Hg, according to Mirjam Geerlings, PhD, of the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and colleagues.


The mean difference in subcortical volume loss during follow-up was 0.07%(95% CI 0.01%-0.14%) in those with low versus high baseline diastolic pressure, irrespective of later changes in diastolic pressure, the researchers reported online in JAMA Neurology.


MedPage Today

unhappyForty-two Percent of Physicians Unhappy with Job

In its latest survey of the nation's physicians, Jackson Healthcare found that 42 percent of practicing physicians are dissatisfied in their job. Some are considering leaving medicine altogether, while others are considering early retirement.


Physicians cite decreasing autonomy (46 percent), low reimbursement (35 percent) and administrative hassles (23 percent) as the key drivers of their dissatisfaction. Female physicians, as well as those younger than 45 years of age, reported higher levels of dissatisfaction.


Fifty-three percent of physicians younger than 45 years of age who have never worked in private practice said they were dissatisfied with their careers compared with only 32 percent of physicians younger than 45 currently working in private practice.



Wall Street Journal


fungalFungal, Bacterial Growth Found in Steroid Injections


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified bacterial and fungal growth in unopened vials of a steroid injection from a Tennessee pharmacy under investigation for links to reported infections.


Main Street Family Pharmacy of Newbern, Tennessee, issued a voluntary recall nationwide of all lots of sterile products that the pharmacy compounds on May 28. Products with a use by date on or before November 20, 2013, are subject to the recall.







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