October 16, 2013
Take advantage of
Room Block Rate: Register Today for Vegas Cadaver Workshop and Online Video
Make plans today to join us in Las Vegas November 16 and
This 1½-day workshop is
designed for interventional pain physicians, for a review, skills improvement,
or to assist in preparation for Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management
Examination qualifications. ASIPP offers the most in-depth, comprehensive, and
individualized programs available in interventional pain management, featuring
maximum hands-on training with cadavers in a state-of-the-art facility and
maximum ability to interact with other participants.
experience a comprehensive and intense learning opportunity, focusing on
interventional pain management techniques.
* Each cadaver station is
limited to a maximum of 7 participants.
* Participants can choose
the level of participation: basic, intermediate, or Comprehensive Interventional
Pain Management Examination Preparation Course.
* C-arms and
state-of-the-art equipment are utilized in this course.
* Participants will be
provided with 7 video lectures relevant to the course material
Special room rates through
Oct. 25 at the Westin Las Vegas
Webinar to Help You Understand E/M Modifiers
The 60-minute webinar will be from 110 am to noon CST
Tuesday, November 5. Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, of MJH Consulting in Denver will
present information on Best Practices: E/M Modifiers for IPM. Cost for the
webinar is $125.
Some of the questions
answered will be:
- Modifier 25: Are you using it correctly or just trying to unbundle the
- Can I use modifier 25 when a patient has been scheduled for a
- What does "separately identifiable and significant" really mean?
- What are the time frames associated with modifier 25 and modifier 57?
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Mountain Home Doctor May Have Crafted Largest Medicare Fraud in State's History:
If Dr. Stacey M. Johnson of
Mountain Home had not died earlier this year at 63, he likely would have been
charged with overbilling Medicare by $14.7 million, according to a criminal
investigator's affidavit that was recently made public.
Johnson's medical career
ended in 2009 when the Arkansas State Medical Board pulled his license for
recklessly running too many tests on patients. Now the U.S. Attorney's Office
for the Western District of Arkansas is in the process of recovering money from
what may be the largest Medicare fraud in the state's history.
On Sept. 20, the U.S.
Attorney's Office filed a civil forfeiture lawsuit in an attempt to seize
Johnson's ex-wife's Mountain Home mansion, which prosecutors said was paid for
with proceeds from the Medicare fraud. Johnson's ex-wife, Cynthia Johnson, paid
$600,000 to settle the lawsuit and keep the property. The case was closed Oct.
business of substance abuse
The suggestion by Chief
Justice Ivor Archie that the use of marijuana in small quantities should be
decriminalised is a welcome invitation for this country to at last enter into
the international debate concerning cannabis. It is a debate which has been
ongoing for some time and one must be grateful to the Chief Justice
for finally putting the issue on the table.
It is important that
parties to this important discussion understand that decriminalisation of
marijuana, or for that matter any now-restricted substance, does not signify its
approval in any way. One can disapprove of the consumption of alcohol without
supporting prohibition and one can disapprove of the use of tobacco without
supporting its criminalisation.
The debate should focus on
the efficiency of prevention methods as against the negative effects to society
of having to treat as criminals a great many people who would otherwise be
considered solid citizens and who are guilty of harming no one but themselves.
How the Physician
Payment Sunshine Act Could Affect Practice Revenue
The Physician Payment
Sunshine Act, also known as the National Physician Payment Transparency Program
and the Open Payments Program, is another part of the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act that has physicians wondering just how it will affect their
revenue and managed care reimbursement.
The good news is that it
does not have to produce an adverse financial impact on your practice, though
you may have to change some of your outside activities to keep the program from
complicating how you provide care.
Enacted in February 2013,
section 6002 of the ACA sets forth the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. Like most
of the ACA, at its core the Sunshine Act is about transparency and public
disclosure, explains Craig B. Garner, JD, an attorney in Santa Monica, Calif.
The final regulations attempt to close practically every viable loophole that
may have existed in prior versions of the Sunshine Act by requiring certain
disclosures by manufacturers of drugs, devices, and biological or medical
supplies who participate in any federally funded healthcare program.
on Track to Miss Its Enrollment Deadlines
Experts predict that
the federal government has about a month to get Healthcare.gov in fighting shape
if it wants to get 7 million people enrolled in its first year, Reuters reported on Monday. Users are still
experiencing issues with the federal exchange, which puts enrollment numbers at
risk and gives Republicans more reason to say the law should have been delayed.
exchanges have been running relative smoothly and enrolling thousands, the
federal government, which runs exchanges for 36 states, has declined to say how
many individuals have enrolled in insurance plans. Anonymous sources in the Department of Health and Human
Services told the Daily Mail that there were just 51,000
completed applications during the program's first week. That's not a lot (at
that rate it would take over two years to enroll 7 million) but that also means
at least 51,000 people eagerly signed up for insurance plans that won't take
effect until next year.
Though the federal
site is starting to identify and solve its problems, including introducing a very basic plan estimator, people
on both sides of the aisle are fed up. "I hope they're working day and night to
get this done," Robert Gibbs, President Obama's former press secretary, told
MSNBC yesterday. "And when they get it fixed, I hope they fire some people that
were in charge of making sure that this thing was supposed to work."
not taking their medications
Altonya Sheppard, 37, just
got out of the hospital - again.
She's on 11 medications,
including three different inhalers for her asthma, but can't afford to buy them
all. So she has to decide between heart medication, pain medicine for her
arthritis and her inhalers. One inhaler alone costs her $180 a month even when
she pays on a sliding scale through her part time job at a Philadelphia health
clinic. About twice a year it lands her in the hospital.
"Some of them can get for
$4 from my job, some of them are $20 a piece," says Sheppard, who works as a
certified peer specialist outreach worker. "It depends on which one I'm getting,
which one I decide to take for the month."
The Pains of Chronic Opioid Usage
Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti
and R. Joshua A. Hirsch were fetured on the Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality website hosted by the US Department of Health and Human
The invited commentary
fulfilled the following objectives:
- Describe the appropriate initial assessment of patients with chronic
- List the most common errors made in prescribing opioids for non-cancer
- Outline appropriate monitoring for patients prescribed opioids for
- Appreciate the need to risk stratify patients on opioids for
Read the spotlight case
stabbing pain disorder you've never heard of
Imagine shocks radiating across your cheek, a knife cutting into your skin or
the feeling of hot coal burning your face, but not being able to find relief
from the pain for months, or even years.
That's what some trigeminal
neuralgia patients say they endure on a regular basis.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a facial pain disorder associated with the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your brain to
your face. Slight touches to the face, whether it's a breeze, hair falling onto
your temple or simply brushing your teeth, may trigger flashes of pain. The pain
is most commonly caused by a blood vessel pushing on the trigeminal nerve. There
is no cure.
It affects approximately 12
out of every 100,000 people per year, according to the National Institute of Health, and is more common in
women and people over 50.
|State Society News
State Society meeting Nov. 4
The Maryland chapter of the
Amercan Scoeity of Interventional Pain Physicians has scheduled a meeting
Monday, Nov. 4 at Ruth Cris Steakhouse, Pikesville, MD
The speaker will be Michael Bair,
Director of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Maryland Department of
Health and Mental Hygiene
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Date: November 4th , 2013 at
Location: Ruth Chris
1777 Reisterstown Rd Pikesville,
of Interventional Pain Physicians Schedule Symposium
is now open for the Pain Medicine Symposium, 2013, which is set for Thursday,
November 7, 2013-Sunday, November 10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency, Jersey
the great success of the 2012 program, this program again will be a joint effort
between the New York and New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians.
The curriculum is presented by Course Directors: Sudhir Diwan, MD and Peter
Speakers will be Sanjay Bakshi,
MD, Sudhir Diwan, MD, and Peter Staats, MD.
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NYNJSIPP Pain Symposium.
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