October 23, 2013
Discount Rate Ends Friday! Register Today for Vegas Cadaver Workshop and Online
Make plans today to join us in Las Vegas November 16 and 17th.
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 6 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 multiple 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 1100 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
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?
Click HERE to register
Stewart rips into Obamacare, Obama's approval rating continues to slide, and oh
yeah, Canada has death panels... but it's a good thing
In the wake of
President Obama's Obamacare pep rally in the Rose Garden yesterday, it does not
appear as though anyone is buying the 'don't worry, our product is great'
message the President was trying to sell. Glenn opened the radio program this
morning playing the nearly 10 minute scathing Obamacare critique that came courtesy of Jon Stewart
last night on The Daily Show.
"You know what feels really
good," Glenn asked. "Just a moment of Jon Stewart seeing sanity. Here he is last
night basically saying, 'Really, Obamacare? Bring it on.'"
According to Stewart, after
the Republicans disastrous handling of the debt ceiling deal, all Democrats
needed to do in order to secure a political advantage was execute the
implementation of Obamacare in a "mildly competent" fashion. But, as Stewart
openly admits, that certainly did not happen.
Sebelius Faces a Firestorm Over Health Care
WASHINGTON - The first, and
perhaps most painful, call for Kathleen Sebelius to resign as President Obama's health secretary
came this month from an old family friend: Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of
Kansas, who once boasted of a "special relationship" with Ms. Sebelius, forged
when he worked for her father-in-law.
Now Ms. Sebelius, the
former Kansas governor who is the public face of Mr. Obama's health care overhaul, is facing a barrage of
criticism over the problem-plagued rollout of its online insurance exchange. For
Republicans, still reeling from their failed "defund Obamacare" strategy and
government shutdown, she has proved an easy target.
Allows Suit Challenging Health-Law Subsidies
Opponents of the federal
health-care law can move forward with a lawsuit challenging some subsidies for
people who buy health insurance, but the financial assistance will remain in
place while the case proceeds, a federal judge said Tuesday.
The mixed ruling means the
Obama administration will have to mount a full defense of the law's subsidy
provisions in a Washington, D.C., federal court. Challengers had sought a
preliminary injunction to block subsidies immediately for those who buy health
insurance through federally run online exchanges
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CMS: New Procedure
for Spinal Stenosis Patients Won't Be Reimbursed
According to a new national coverage determination, CMS
said Medicare will not reimburse percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression
for lumbar spinal stenosis patients.
CMS officials said spinal
stenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal narrows and thus causes lower back
pain, is the most common reason for lumbar spine surgery in adults older than
65. It's often the result of normal aging. Complex surgical procedures to treat
lumbar spinal stenosis have "increased substantially" over the past several
years as well, according to CMS.
Most surgical options to
treat lumbar spinal stenosis are laminectomy and spinal fusion. However,
percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression, or PILD, is a newer technique
for lumbar spinal stenosis patients. PILD is a minimally invasive procedure
conducted via image guidance "without any direct visualization of the surgical
area," according to the analysis. PILD is often performed commercially with
mild, a technology owned by Vertos Medical.
Security Questions Leave Some Flummoxed
Signing up for insurance on
the new health-care marketplaces can be challenging enough without having to
remember your high-school mascot. Or your favorite childhood superhero, the
manager at your first job or the street you lived on in third grade.
Those are just some of the
security questions being offered to shoppers on the state and federal exchange
sites as a way to verify their identities-and they are leaving some would-be
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Hormone' May Mediate Placebo Effect
sometimes called the "love hormone," intensified the painkilling effect of
placebo in a clinical study, suggesting a physical basis for the placebo effect,
Among 75 healthy young men
exposed to painful heat stimuli on their forearms in the randomized,
double-blind study, ratings of a placebo cream's analgesic effect were greater
after the participants received active intranasal oxytocin than when they
snorted a saline solution, with a difference of 5.76 points out of 60 (95% CI
0.59-10.93, P=0.03), according to Ulrike
Bingel, MD, of the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany, and
|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.
Click here to register for the
NYNJSIPP Pain Symposium.
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