May 1, 2013
Comment Letter Deadline May 5
On April 5, CMS initiated a
National Coverage Analysis which will lead to a National Coverage Decision. The
process allows for a 30-day public comment period which ends May 5. At the end
of the comment period, CMS will conduct an analysis which will result in a draft
National Coverage Determination on October 5, which will be followed by another
30-day comment period, with the publishing of the Determination on January 1.
This will determine the national coverage policy on mild for all Medicare
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What a Difference
A Day Can Make: Make Plans to Attend ASIPP Legislative Session and Capitol Hill
Plan now to stay for the Legislative Session and Capitol Hill Visits
We are quite certain that
the sequester, The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and the survival of IPM into
the future is heavy on your minds. These are what keep us awake each night
because these are what threaten the survival of our practices. These are what
are threatening our FUTURE .
Due to all the quarries we
are facing, including extinction of IPM through NC Ds, LCDs, the ASI PP 15th
Annual Meeting entitled "IPM: Strategies to Prevent Falling Over the Cliff,"
will likely be the last Annual Meeting held in Washington. Beginning next year,
the Annual Meeting will be moved to
different locations. Our
Legislative Sessions, if they exist in the future, will be held separately. This
year will be our last Legislative Session in conjunction with the Annual Meeting
and we have also modified it for your convenience.
This year's visits are all in one Day: Tuesday. On Monday, ASiPP
will hold Legislative Prep Sessions for those who sign up to visit Capitol Hill.
During this session, we will go over the top issues threatening the future of
IPM. Following the session will be a lunch where the issues will be further
discussed. The rest of the afternoon features visits from prominent members of
Congress who are friends of ASIPP coming to discuss the issues with you.
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Extended One Week to May 8
It's time to Submit your proposal to the Poster and Abstract
Session scheduled during ASIPP's Annual Meeting: June 9, 2013
The top 25 submissions
will be selected for publication in Pain Physician.
From these 25, 10 will
be selected for poster display at the Annual Meeting set for June 8-11 in
The top five (5) will be
presented during an abstract session on Sunday, June 9 during the afternoon
session. The top three will receive awards which will be presented at the Sunday
evening Presidential Dinner Meeting.
Contact Holly Long at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-554-9412, ext. 230 with questions.
Proposals will accepted
until May 8, 2013
To submit a proposal and
view the rules and regulations, click
Issue of 2013
ASIPP Spinal Interventional Techniques Guidelines Available
This is your exclusive opportunity to own your own print copy of the
Spinal Interventional Techniques Guidelines Issue.
The Guidelines contain the
- An Update of
Comprehensive Evidence-Based Guidelines for Interventional Techniques in Chronic
Spinal Pain. Part I: Introduction and General Considerations
- An Update of Comprehensive
Evidence-Based Guidelines for Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain:
Part II: Guidance and Recommendations
- And Abstracts of 10
- Over 90,000 words, 2400
references, 50 Tables, 20 Figures, and 300 Formatted Pages
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Obama Sees 'Bumps'
for Health Law
Amid signs of early snags
in the federal health law, President Barack Obama on Tuesday acknowledged it could face a rocky rollout this fall but said
officials are racing to get the new insurance system ready in time.
The main goal of the 2010
law is to bring health-insurance coverage to Americans who lack it, yet two of
the measure's key ways of doing this have hit obstacles.
More than half of the
states are on track to sit out the law's Medicaid-expansion goal initially-which
means millions of low-income Americans won't have access to health insurance
through Medicaid as the law anticipated.
FDA Lowers Age for
Buyers of Plan B Pill to 15
(WASHINGTON) - In a
surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills,
the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand - Plan B One-Step -
and will let it be sold over the counter.
Today, Plan B and its
generic competition are sold behind pharmacy counters, and people must prove
they're 17 or older to buy the emergency contraception without a prescription. A
federal judge had ordered an end to those sales restrictions by next
But Tuesday, the Food and
Drug Administration approved a different approach: Plan B could sit on drugstore
shelves next to condoms, spermicides or other women's health products - but to
make the purchase, buyers must prove they're 15 or older at the cash
Should Develop ACOs, Report Says
Medicare should move to accountable care-like organizations where providers
receive a globally capitated payment for their patients and must meet quality
measures for full payment, health policy experts said.
A group of experts released
a plan late Monday that called for creating "Medicare Comprehensive Care,"
organizations that collaborate to oversee the treatment of a patient.
The initial benchmark for
capitated payments under the plan would be based on current beneficiary spending
and quality measures, the plan from the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform
at the Brookings Institution, said. Payments would increase only at the rate of
growth in gross domestic product, and providers would be expected to sustain or
improve quality over time.
Doctor Surrenders Medical License, Won't Fight Allegations
A Versailles physician has
surrendered his medical license rather than contest allegations that he was
negligent in prescribing controlled substances, according to state medical board
An agreed order of
surrender between the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure and Joseph P.
DiBeneditto was filed Thursday.
DiBeneditto was placed on
probation with the medical board in 1999 as a result of allegations that he
inappropriately prescribed drugs that were considered controlled substances. The
order of probation expired in 2006, according to board documents.
Pain Clinic Owners Plead Guilty to Pill Conspiracy
Two Eastern Kentucky pain
clinic owners will be sentenced in September after admitting in federal court
they conspired with doctors to illegally dispense more than 50,000 prescription
pills, officials said Friday in a press release.
Tammy Cantrell, 40, of Oil
Springs, and Shelby Lackey, 50, of Williamsport, pleaded guilty Wednesday before
U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins to conspiracy to distribute and
unlawfully dispense Oxycodone and maintaining a drug-involved
The defendants are the
first pain clinic owners in the Eastern District of Kentucky, which includes 67
counties, to have federal convictions for operating a pill mill and conspiring
to illegally distribute Oxycodone, according to the release from U.S. Attorney
Kerry Harvey's office.
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