January 15, 2014
Historic Raj-Racz Distinguished Lecture for the ASIPP Annual
On January 8, 2014 the
ASIPP Board of Directors unanimously passed an unprecedented resolution to add a
distinguished lecture to the Annual Meetings in honor of Drs. P. Prithvi Raj, MD
and Gabor B. Racz, MD, two of the most influential and respected leaders in
Interventional Pain Management. From 2014 forward the Raj-Racz Distinguished
Lecture will be a permanent feature of the Annual Meeting.
Among many contributions, Dr. Raj is the
founder and past president of the World Institute of Pain and an active member
of many other professional organizations and committees. Dr. Raj has earned
numerous awards and honors and is listed in the "Best Doctors in America" in
Chronic Pain Management. A prolific author, he has contributed to over 138
articles, edited numerous editorials, and is presently Editor-in-Chief
(Emeritus) of Pain Practice. To add to his credits are twelve books, movies,
videotapes, models and exhibits. During his professional career he has received
numerous honors and awards including the first Lifetime Achievement award from
ASIPP. While currently retired, Dr. Raj still travels the world lecturing and
promoting the World Institute of Pain
Dr. Racz is a lifetime member and director-at-large for American
Society of Pain Physicians. He is the founder of the World Institute of Pain and
a charter member of the National Pain Foundation. Racz was honored by Texas Tech
University Health Sciences Center when he was awarded the first Grover Murray
Professorship recognizing his distinguished achievements in the institution as
well as internationally. He has earned numerous awards and honors, including the
Lifetime Achievement Award from American Society of Interventional Pain
Practice. Dr. Racz has published numerous book chapters and journal articles
describing his techniques in spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation,
neurolysis, radiofrequency thermocoagulation and other
interventional procedures used in management of
Don't miss the inaugural
Raj -Racz Distinguished on April, 4, 2014 at the ASIPP Annual Meeting, presented
by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, The Honorable
Benjamin E. Sasse, PhD. With great insight, Sasse will provide the lecture
'Navigating Uncertainty in Health Care and Surviving as Individual Pain
Physicians in the New Era'. This lecture should prove to be most valuable to you
in evaluating your practice today and in the future.
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Continue with Physician Work Valued at $40 for Cervical and Lumbar Epidural
The fight to reverse the draconian cuts continues. While we are
making progress, we are still behind. We have until January 27th to comment and
influence or government officials and CMS.
According to our multiple
contacts, it appears that CMS will not make a decision until the end of the
comment period (Jan. 27) for the interim final rule.
Now is the time to act!
Rather than getting frustrated, angry, or quitting the practices, let us band
together and fight this war of indiscriminate cuts and unfair limitations to
providers and access of care for patients.
Through this major
grassroots effort, a total of 32, 920 patient letters and 4,352 physician
letters have been sent through the ASIPP Capwiz. Of this number, 8,960 were
delivered directly to CMS. The top 5 states for total letters sent are as follows:
Kentucky (14, 583), Illinois (3,632), Florida (3,568), Connecticut (3,199), and
North Carolina (2,568). Other states with impressive numbers are California
(1,430), Texas (1,429), South Carolina (1,517), Arizona (1,385), Missouri
(1,235), and Pennsylvania (1,096).
In addition hundreds more
letters have been sent via e-mail and fax by our members. However, if the
letters are not sent electronically, the validity of the letters is highly
questionable. Recently we received copies of 500 letters from a different state
which were addressed to the members of the Congress in Kentucky and they were
mailed to only one address. These were picked up only from the sample letters.
Sample letters are to give you an idea to look at them. If you are sending them
personally you should customize them on your letterhead or the patient's
letterhead with their names on the top and mail each individual member of the
On the Congressional
front, ASIPP has obtained letters of support from 6 senators, including the
Republican leader and 3 members of the House of Representatives and we are
expecting many others to give support within the next week. We have received
letters of support from Arkansas Senators John
Pryor; Connecticut Senators Richard
Blumenthal, Christopher Murphy; and Kentucky Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell. In the House we
have received letters from Kentucky Representatives Ed Whitfield, and Brett Guthrie, and Texas Representative Pete Olson.
We are also expecting
support letters from Senators David Vitter, Mary Landrieu, Roy Blunt, Rob
Portman, Jeff Session, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, John Barrasso, Tom Coburn, and
are working on several others. In the house, there are multiple groups
attempting to send letters. There is also a letter being circulated from
Congressman Ed Whitfield being signed by many members of the house.
Also in the works is a
'Doctor Caucus' letter from the House of Representatives some time this week. As
of today, we have the majority of the Caucus as signatories and expect to be
signed by the remaining 16 member Doctor Caucus.
The Energy Commerce
Committee members have reached out and talked to CMS. Multiple senators,
including Mitch McConnell and many others, have reached out and discussed the
issue with CMS.
We applaud your efforts and
encourage everyone to keep the pressure on by continuing to send letters. We are
hoping for the best. Keep up the good fight.
Save IPM Fund
How to Implement a
Letter-Writing Campaign in Your
Practice: Health Sector Loses Jobs, First Time in Decade
The healthcare sector lost 6,000 jobs in December, the Labor Department reported
Friday, the first time the sector has lost jobs since July 2003.
The news came in Friday's monthly jobs report from the Bureau of
Labor Statistics, which showed the nation's unemployment
rate fell to 6.7% as companies added 74,000 jobs.
Healthcare wasn't so
50 Years Later,
LBJ's 'War On Poverty' Has Proven A Total Failure
On January 8, 1964, U.S.
President Lyndon Baines Johnson, also known as LBJ, famously declared a "War on
Poverty." Fifty years later, those curious about how the war came out should
consult Sasha Abramsky, an authority on the subject.
His recent book The American Way
of Poverty has been hailed as the second coming of The Other America, the 1962
book by the late socialist Michael Harrington. That one influenced Lyndon
Johnson to launch the war on poverty in the first place.
British-born Abramsky is a senior
fellow at the Demos think tank and writes for the Nation. His book chronicles
cases of the "long-term poor," accompanied by Dorothea Lange-style photos.
Reimbursement Top Physician Worries
The results of a new survey
show that physicians are concerned about declining reimbursements and increasing
administrative hassles, including negotiating with payers, obtaining prior
authorizations, and cutting through government red tape, according to an article
published Nov. 25 in Medical Economics.
FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014
(HealthDay News) -- The results of a new survey show that physicians are
concerned about declining reimbursements and increasing administrative hassles,
including negotiating with payers, obtaining prior authorizations, and cutting
through government red tape, according to an article published Nov. 25 in
Leaders to Know in the ASC Industry
Becker's ASC Review would like to congratulate the American
Society Interventional Pain Physicians for appearing on the recent "100
Physician Leaders to Know in the ASC Industry," list for 2014. The list is comprised
of ambulatory surgery center physician owners, operators and corporate leaders
who have distinguished themselves in the ambulatory surgery center
The ambulatory surgery center industry is built upon
a number of leadership roles in both the clinical and business spheres, but ASCs
would not exist without physicians. Beyond providing care in the low-cost,
high-quality environment of ASCs, physician leaders lead clinical and
administrative teams, establish successful ASCs, stand up for the industry and
found companies that support industry growth.
members of surgery centers and companies to medical directors and industry
advocates, here are 100 physician leaders who have made significant
contributions to the ASC sector.
Release Doc Pay Data This Spring
Medicare will begin releasing payment data for individual
physicians on a "case-by-case basis" as soon as this spring, the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Tuesday.
"In addition, CMS will
generate and make available aggregate data sets regarding Medicare physician
services for public consumption," CMS Principal Deputy
Administrator Jonathan Blum wrote in a blog post.
The agency will evaluate
requests for individual physician payment information starting in mid-March --
60 days after the publication of a Federal Register notice
explaining the policy, Blum said.
Deal on Federal Spending
Congressional leaders late Monday announced that they had reached agreement on a spending bill that will fund the government through the end of the September.
The $1.1 trillion spending
bill makes a few changes to Affordable Care Act
spending as well as spending for health-related agencies,
Politico reported. The bill was necessary because the spending deal
that reopened the government in October -- after
a shutdown lasting more than 2 weeks -- only funded the government through Jan.
The deal has the support of most Democrats and
Republicans in the House and Senate, according to CNN.
doses over 325 mg might lead to liver damage
-- You're in pain after surgery,
and your doctor prescribes you Vicodin, or maybe Percocet. But when you get
home, the pain hasn't subsided and you decide to pop some Extra Strength
Unknowingly, you may have
just taken more of the drug acetaminophen than is safe.
Acetaminophen is often used
in pain medications with opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone
(Vicodin) and codeine (Tylenol with Codeine). These are called combination
drugs, and the Food and Drug Administration is asking doctors to stop
prescribing those that have more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per
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