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celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

January 15, 2014

 

  1. ASIPP Announces Historic Raj and Racz Distinguished Lecture for the ASIPP Annual Meeting
  2. Draconian Cuts Continue with Physician Work Valued at $40 for Cervical and Lumbar Epidural Injections
  3. Pay and Practice: Health Sector Loses Jobs, First Time in Decade
  4. 50 Years Later, LBJ's 'War On Poverty' Has Proven A Total Failure
  5. Survey: Fees, Reimbursement Top Physician Worries
  6. 100 Physician Leaders to Know in the ASC Industry
  7. Medicare to Release Doc Pay Data This Spring
  8. Congress Reaches Deal on Federal Spending
  9. FDA: Acetaminophen doses over 325 mg might lead to liver damage

announceASIPP Announces Historic Raj-Racz Distinguished Lecture for the ASIPP Annual Meeting

 

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.

 

raj   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

 

 

racz   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 pain.

 

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.

 

Click HERE to view Brochure

 

Click HERE to Register

dracoDraconian Cuts Continue with Physician Work Valued at $40 for Cervical and Lumbar Epidural Injections

   

 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 congress separately.

 

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 Boozman, Mark 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 Office

payPay and Practice: Health Sector Loses Jobs, First Time in Decade

 

WASHINGTON -- 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 fortunate.

 

MedPage Today

  

lbj50 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.

 

Forbes

surveySurvey: Fees, 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 Medical Economics.

 

Doctors Lounge

 

leaders100 Physician 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 industry.

 

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.


From founding 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.

 

Becker's ASC

 

medicareMedicare to Release Doc Pay Data This Spring

 

WASHINGTON -- 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.

 

 

MedPage Today

  
congressCongress Reaches Deal on Federal Spending

 

WASHINGTON -- 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. 15.

 

The deal has the support of most Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, according to CNN.

 

 

MedPage Today

fdaFDA: Acetaminophen doses over 325 mg might lead to liver damage

 

 

 (CNN) -- 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 Tylenol.

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 dose.

 

 

CNN

 

 

 

 

 


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