September 25, 2013
and Online Video Lectures Nov. 16-17 in Las Vegas
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
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
Online registration http://www.asipp.org/1113Cadaver-Registration.htm
Special room rates through
Oct. 25 at the Westin Las Vegas
'Family glitch' in
health law could be painful
WASHINGTON - A "family
glitch" in the 2010 health care law threatens to cost some families thousands of
dollars in health insurance costs and leave up to 500,000 children without
coverage, insurance and health care analysts say.
That's unless Congress
fixes the problem, which seems unlikely given the House's latest move Friday to
strip funding from the Affordable Care Act.
"affordable" as 9.5% or less of an employee's household income, mostly to make
sure people did not leave their workplace plans for subsidized coverage through
the exchanges. But the "error" was that it only applies to the employee - and
not his or her family. So, if an employer offers a woman affordable insurance,
but doesn't provide it for her family, they cannot get subsidized help through
the state health exchanges.
Set for New Health-Care Exchanges
for the first time disclosed insurance prices that will be offered through new
federally run health-care exchanges starting Oct. 1, showing that young, healthy
buyers likely will pay more than they do currently while older, sicker consumers
should get a break.
The plans, offered under
the health-care overhaul to people who don't get insurance through an employer
or government program, in many cases provide broader coverage than current
Costs will vary widely from
state to state and for different types of consumers. Government subsidies will
cut costs for some lower-income consumers.
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With Struggling Hospitals and Demand for Health Care
A new vision for Brooklyn
health care was unveiled two years ago with much fanfare: Several struggling
hospitals would merge with others, a state panel proposed, and less-expensive
outpatients clinics would spring up in their place.
Little of that has come to
Two hospitals-Long Island
College Hospital, in Cobble Hill, and Interfaith Medical Center, in
Bedford-Stuyvesant-are in danger of closing. Often lost in the rhetoric of the
high-profile fights against shutting them is a little-discussed fact: There
aren't enough clinics to replace those hospitals if they close, according to
state officials, health-care experts, community groups and unions.
Now, the state Department
of Health has put an Interfaith closure on hold and is meeting with hospital
officials this week about a plan to keep it open with emergency services,
behavioral-health programs and outpatient services.
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Clearer Patch ID for Fentanyl
The FDA Monday approved changes to fentanyl (Duragesic) patches, requiring
clearly visible marking on each patch with the drug name and strength in long
lasting ink, to help reduce the risk of accidental exposure to the
Since 1997, there have been
32 reported cases of accidental exposure to fentanyl, including 12 deaths. Most
cases have been in children younger than 2.
"These types of events are
tragic; you never want this to happen. We are looking for ways that we can help
prevent this from happening in the future," Douglas
Throckmorton, MD, of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
said in a statement.
Implementation to Vary by State
There is just one federal
health law, but the way Americans experience the debut of its main provisions on
Oct. 1 will vary widely depending on where they live.
Every state, whether it
supports the law or not, will have a health-insurance exchange where people will
shop for coverage-the health overhaul's centerpiece.
Access may be limited to
"No Show" Doctor Sentenced to 151 Months in Prison in Connection with $77
Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Gustave Drivas, M.D., 58,
of Staten Island, N.Y., was sentenced to serve 151 months in prison for his role
as a "no show" doctor in a $77 million Medicare fraud scheme. The State of New
York revoked Dr. Drivas's medical license earlier this year.
Acting Assistant Attorney
General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, U.S.
Attorney Loretta E. Lynch of the Eastern District of New York, Assistant
Director in Charge George Venizelos of the FBI's New York Field Office and
Special Agent in Charge Thomas O'Donnell of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) made the
Drivas was convicted by a
jury on April 8, 2013, of health care fraud conspiracy and health care fraud
after a seven-week trial. He was acquitted of kickback conspiracy. Including
Drivas, 13 individuals have been convicted of participating in the massive fraud
scheme, either through guilty pleas or trial convictions. In addition to the
prison term, U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon of the Eastern District of New
York sentenced Drivas to three years of supervised release with a concurrent
exclusion from Medicare, Medicaid and all Federal health programs, ordered him
to forfeit $511,000 and ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $50.9
Benefit Shock? Consumers Will Be Surrpised By What They Find on the New
"Obamacare" Health Insurance Exchanges
Will we have rate
It looks to me like consumers will have a choice when they get to
look at the health plans available on the new "Obamacare" health insurance
exchanges--rate shock or benefit shock.
While there has been lots of
focus on the issue of rate shock, I will suggest that just as big an issue may
well be benefit shock-that consumers will look at what they will be getting for
their premium payments and that they will be surprised at what their
out-of-pocket costs will be and before they get anything.
Health Care Policy and
Docs' Role in ACO
Leadership Remains Strong
Physicians have had a strong leadership role in the development and operation of
the early accountable care organizations (ACOs) -- and that's a good omen for
the future, a health reform expert said Monday.
outnumber their hospital-led counterparts, Elliott Fisher,
MD, MPH, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and
Clinical Practice, noted at an Alliance for Health Reform
briefing on the topic. He pointed to evidence from the health consulting firm Leavitt Partners of Salt Lake
In 2012 and the beginning
of 2013 ACOs nearly tripled in number, David Muhlestein, director of research at
Leavitt, wrote in a blog post in Health Affairs this past February.
"Of the 282 new ACOs in this period, 158 (56%) are sponsored by physician
groups, 103 (36.5%) by hospital systems, 17 by insurers (6%) and 4 by
community-based organizations (1.5%)."
MRSA Cases Climb Among Kids
methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections
haven't fallen among children as in adults, and community-acquired pediatric
cases are actually on the rise, according to CDC data.
The age- and race-adjusted
incidence of invasive MRSA contracted outside the
healthcare setting increased 10.2% year over year, going from 1.1 to 1.7 per
100,000 children from 2005 to 2010, Martha Iwamoto, MD, MPH, of the CDC in
Atlanta, and colleagues found.
hospital-onset cases remained unchanged over that period among children overall,
the researchers reported online ahead of print in the October issue of Pediatrics.
more money on IT
expenditures in medical practices have risen 27.8 percent since 2008 reports a
cost survey released by the Medical Group Management Association.
The median expenditure per
full-time equivalent physician in 2008 was $15,211. In 2012, it was
Driving the increase in IT
purchasing, MGMA noted in its report, are federal incentives to encourage
physicians to invest.
|State Society News
Societies 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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