June 5, 2013
Names Dr. Joshua A. Hirsch New Editor in Chief
The American Society of
Interventional Pain Physicians takes pleasure in
announcing that Joshua A. Hirsch,
Chief-- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Service Line
Director-- Neuroendovascular Program, at the
Massachusetts General Hospital; and Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
has accepted the position of
Editor-in-Chief of Pain Physician.
unanimous choice of the Executive Committee is an
outstanding person for this role. He is an author of
more than two hundred peer reviewed manuscripts,
numerous book chapters and
has edited several books. Most cogently, Dr.
Hirsch was a founding editor of the Journal of NeuroInterventional
Dr. Hirsch is recognized
for his service to organized medicine and has been voted
into leadership roles in a variety of professional societies. He is
the immediate Past President of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery
and has served many years on the Board of the American
Society of Spine Radiology. He was been elected multiple times into
the leadership of ASIPP where he currently serves as Director Emeritus. This
year, he once again helped lead the
international GRIBOI meeting.
years, Dr. Hirsch has been acknowledged as one of America's
"Top Doctors" and one of
Boston's "Top Doctors" He
has been awarded the
by the Society of Vascular Interventional Neurology
and was recently appointed to the Medical Advisory
Board of the Niekro Foundation.
When accepting this
appointment, Dr. Hirsch said, "I am both honored and humbled to have been chosen
to serve as the next Editor in Chief of Pain Physician. The progress of this
journal has been exceptional. Most recently, the journal has achieved a 2011
impact factor of 10.77. The future offers the opportunity of even greater growth
Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti,
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of
ASIPP Manchikanti stated: "We are so fortunate for Pain Physician
to be forwarding into the future under the direction of Josh. The entire
interventional pain management community knows Josh as a prolific writer who has
participated on many projects related to interventional pain management and
worked tirelessly to improve the stature of the Pain Physician. It is admirable
that Josh has accepted Editor-in-Chief's position despite his enormous
obligations as Vice Chief of Minimally invasive Spine Surgery at Massachusetts
General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. I am quite certain that Pain
Physician will reach even higher levels as high as the Everest under the
direction of Josh. The entire community of interventional pain management is
here to congratulate him and extend assistance as we move forward."
Incoming President Hans Hansens added
On behalf of the Pain Physician Journal, its
editors, and staff, we would like to welcome the appointment of Josh Hirsch,
M.D. An active clinician and long standing member of the American Society of
Interventional Pain Physicians, he is well respected in the academic community.
His contributions will be valuable, and far reaching.
We again express our
sadness over the passing of Dr. Smith. His shoes will be difficult to fill, but
I am confident that Dr. Smith would agree, Dr. Hirsch will be an excellent
contribution to the journal, and we look forward to assisting him in any way we
can to ensure Pain Physician Journal remains the highest quality and respected
publication in our specialty. "
2013 Board Review
Course set for July 29-Aug. 2 in St. Louis, MO
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interventional techniques, non-interventional techniques,
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'Track and Trace' Drug Bill
WASHINGTON -- The House
passed a bill late Monday that would require drugs be electronically tracked
through the distribution system, but some industry insiders say it still doesn't
go far enough to meaningfully detect counterfeiting.
H.R. 1919, the Safeguarding America's Pharmaceuticals Act,
would create a national system in which manufacturers, distributors, and
pharmacies would "track and trace" drug products through the supply chain, a
system supporters say is needed to help detect and prevent
stolen products, counterfeiting, and re-entry of adulterated drugs into the supply chain.
Link Found Between ADHD Drugs, Future Substance Abuse
attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
are far more likely than their peers to engage in serious substance abuse as
teens and adults.
But do ADHD meds contribute
to the risk?
In the most comprehensive
research ever on this topic, UCLA psychologists found that children with ADHD
who take medications such as Ritalin and Adderall
are at no greater risk of using alcohol, marijuana, nicotine or cocaine later in
life than kids with ADHD who don't take these medications.
Blacks Are Singled
Out for Marijuana Arrests, Federal Data Suggests
Black Americans were nearly four times as likely than whites to be arrested on
charges of marijuana possession in 2010, even though the two groups used the
drug at similar rates, according to new federal data.
This disparity had grown
steadily from a decade before, and in some states, including Iowa, Minnesota and
Illinois, blacks were around eight times as likely to be arrested.
During the same period,
public attitudes toward marijuana softened and a number of states decriminalized
its use. But about half of all drug arrests in 2011 were on marijuana-related
charges, roughly the same portion as in 2010.
Future Still Grim
The Medicare program's
current forecast is slightly less bleak than last year's, but the fund is headed
for insolvency in 2026, say the trustees of the Medicare's Hospital Insurance
This isn't exactly
dance-in-the-street news but the federal Medicare program is heading for
insolvency at a slightly slower pace than previously forecast.
Thanks to lower
projected spending, lower projected Medicare Advantage program costs, and some
technical changes in calculating projections, Medicare's Hospital Insurance
Trust Fund will remain solvent until 2026, the 2013
Medicare Trustees Report shows. That's two years longer than
the 2012 report estimated.
Linked to Tainted Steroids
The CDC said it has now
received reports of 20 infections in three states linked to injectable steroids
distributed by a Tennessee compounding pharmacy, but none involved fungal
Most of the 20 patients
have developed skin and soft-tissue infections after receiving injections of
methylprednisolone acetate supplied by Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern,
Tenn., the CDC said Thursday. The cases have been seen in Florida, North
Carolina, and Illinois.
"To date, no reports of
meningitis or other life-threatening infections have been reported," the agency
said in a statement.
The FDA had announced last
week that the pharmacy was recalling
Await ACA Compliance Rules
Physicians are required to
develop and maintain a compliance program in their practice under the Affordable
Care Act (ACA), a burden some health policy experts say could be a heavy one for
However, the federal
government has yet to release guidelines on what these compliance programs
should look like under the 2010 health reform law, creating conflict for doctors
on what to do next.
6401 of the ACA -- an often-forgotten provision -- requires that all
providers and suppliers, regardless of their size, institute formal compliance
programs. New practices will no longer be able to enroll in Medicare or Medicaid
without a compliance program in place, and already existing practices also will
be expected to institute them.
Guidelines Target Safety
With the stated goal of
increasing injection safety, the CDC unveiled a new set of guidelines powered by
a catchy phrase -- "the four Es" and then worked to tailor a set of clunky
The "Es" in question are:
- Epidemiologic surveillance of unsafe injection
- Enforcement of safe practices
- Engineering devices to reduce risks
Among safe injection
practices that help prevent the spread of disease, healthcare professionals
should never administer medications from the same syringe or single-dose vial to
multiple patients, nor should they enter a vial with a used syringe or needle,
wrote Joseph Perz, DrPH, of the CDC, and co-authors online in
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Doors Close More Seek Care
One in five adults in the
U.S. sought emergency department treatment at least once during 2011, according
to an annual report from the CDC.
"Although the percentage of
Americans visiting the emergency department each year is stable, the total
number of visits to emergency departments increased 34% between 1995 and 2010
(from 97 million to 130 million visits)," stated the agency in
Health, United States,
"At the same time, the
supply of emergency departments has declined by about 11% to 3,700 emergency
departments in 2010," the report noted.
The results have been
problems such as crowding, delays in treatment, patient dissatisfaction, and
Pain Relief Built 'A World Of Hurt'
are among the most widely used drugs in America. In the decade since
New York Times reporter Barry Meier began
investigating their use and abuse, he says he has seen the number of people
dying from overdoses quadruple - an increase Meier calls
"The current statistic is
that about 16,000 people a year die of overdoses involving prescription
narcotics. ... It's a huge problem. The number of people dying from these drugs
is second only to the number of people that die in car accidents," he tells
Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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