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September 25, 2013


  1. Cadaver Workshop and Online Video Lectures Nov. 16-17 in Las Vegas
  2. 'Family glitch' in health law could be painful
  3. Prices Set for New Health-Care Exchanges
  4. Brooklyn Grapples With Struggling Hospitals and Demand for Health Care
  5. FDA OKs Clearer Patch ID for Fentanyl
  6. Health-Law Implementation to Vary by State
  7. USDOJ: No Show Doctor Sentenced to 151 Months in Prison in Connection with $77 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
  8. Blog: Benefit Shock? Consumers Will Be Surrpised By What They Find on the New "Obamacare" Health Insurance Exchanges
  9. Docs' Role in ACO Leadership Remains Strong
  10. Community MRSA Cases Climb Among Kids
  11. Doctors spending more money on IT
  12. State Society News
  13. Physician Wanted

vegasCadaver Workshop 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 other participants.


Participants will 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



 Brochure: http://www.asipp.org/documents/1113-cadaver_000.pdf


Online registration http://www.asipp.org/1113Cadaver-Registration.htm


Special room rates through Oct. 25 at the Westin Las Vegas


glitch'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.


Congress defined "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.



USA Today


pricesPrices Set for New Health-Care Exchanges


U.S. officials 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 policies.


Costs will vary widely from state to state and for different types of consumers. Government subsidies will cut costs for some lower-income consumers.


Wall Street Journal


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brooklynBrooklyn Grapples 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 pass.


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.



Wall Street Journal



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fdaFDA OKs 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 opioid.

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.



MedPage Today


varyHealth-Law 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.



Wall Street Journal



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usdojUSDOJ: "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 announcement.


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 million.





blogBlog: Benefit Shock? Consumers Will Be Surrpised By What They Find on the New "Obamacare" Health Insurance Exchanges


Will we have rate shock?

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 Marketplace Review


roleDocs' Role in ACO Leadership Remains Strong


WASHINGTON -- 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.


Physician-led ACOs 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 City.


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%)."


MedPage Today


mrsaCommunity MRSA Cases Climb Among Kids


Invasive 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.


Healthcare-associated and hospital-onset cases remained unchanged over that period among children overall, the researchers reported online ahead of print in the October issue of Pediatrics.



MedPage Today

doctorsDoctors spending more money on IT


Information technology 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 $19,439.


Driving the increase in IT purchasing, MGMA noted in its report, are federal incentives to encourage physicians to invest.


Healthcare Finance News

State Society News



NY/NJ Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians Schedule Symposium


Registration 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 City.


Following 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 Staats, MD.


Speakers will be Sanjay Bakshi, MD, Sudhir Diwan, MD, and Peter Staats, MD.


Click here to register for the NYNJSIPP Pain Symposium.


Click HERE for more information.




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