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February 16, 2011

 

·  ASIPP Supports ISIS Initiative on Upcoming Legislation: This is Not a Single Speciality or Single State Issue

·  CMS: Anyone Can Register or Attest on Behalf of Providers Starting in May

·  Register Now for April Review Course and Cadaver Workshop

·  ASIPP Abstract Registration Open

·  NHS Shamed Over Callous Treatment of Elderly

·  Obama's $3.7 Trillion Budget Proposes 2-Year "Doc Fix"

·  Current Issues Facing Pain Management and Quality: Q&A With Dr. Ira Fox of Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants

·  Physical Therapy Providers Will See Site Visits Under Anti-Fraud Rule

·  Reform Law Rollout Forges Ahead Despite GOP Budget Threats

·  Study: Medicare Costs Affected More By Patient Characteristics Than Geography

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted


ASIPP Supports ISIS Initiative on Upcoming Legislation: This is Not a Single Speciality or Single State Issue


Please
CLICK HERE to read the letter we received from ISIS. This issue has the support of the State medical Association and almost all organizations. ISIS has done a wonderful job on this issue. Everything is laid out so that you can thoroughly understand the issue and contact your state officials. This is the time we need to get involved. Please contact the House and Senate members of the state.

To assist you in contacting your state officials on these important and time-sensitive Bills, we have set up two Capwiz links, one for the House and one for the Senate. This will allow you to contact all of your state officials by sending only two letters. The Capwiz process is fast and easy. This is not only for physicians, but also spouses, members of your staff, and patients can write letters and contact them. Further your patients' friends, relatives, everyone they know, whoever understands the issue, can start sending the letters.

House Capwiz Link

Senate Capwiz Link

ASIPP Alert


CMS: Anyone Can Register or Attest on Behalf of Providers Starting in May


Registration for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs is now open.

CMS encourage providers to register for the Medicare and/or Medicaid EHR Incentive Program(s) as soon as possible. You can register before you have a certified EHR. Register even if you do not have an enrollment record in PECOS.

CMS


Register Now for April Review Course and Cadaver Workshop


Registration is now open for the April
Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop in Interventional Pain Management. The course features Basic, Intermediate, and Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management Examination section levels, and will be held April 8-10 in Memphis, Tenn. In order to maintain an optimal participant/instructor ratio, space in the course are limited so please register early to assure a spot in the course and in the level of your choice.

During the 2½-day Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop, you can improve existing skills and/or learn new techniques. You will have the opportunity for personal interaction with our distinguished faculty comprised of excellent teachers and lecturers. It is always our goal is to create a thorough and compelling educational experience for you.

The course will take place at the Marriott Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard (901-362-6200) on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday we will transport you the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) for a hands-on learning experience.

April brochure Click HERE for April Registration

Register for 2011 Course Today


ASIPP Abstract Registration Open


The Online Abstract Submission for the 13th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) is now open. The meeting will be held June 25- June 29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

To be considered for a presentation at the meeting, abstracts must be submitted and completed by the submission deadline of 5:00pm Central Standard Time (CST) Friday, May 6, 2011.

Abstract submission must be completed through ASIPP's interactive online form.

Click HERE to access form.

Submit Abstract


NHS Shamed Over Callous Treatment of Elderly


The National Health Service is today condemned over its inhumane treatment of elderly patients in an official report that finds hospitals are failing to meet "even the most basic standards of care" for the over-65s.

A study of pensioners who suffered appalling treatment at the hands of doctors and nurses says that half were not given enough to eat or drink. One family member said the maltreatment amounted to "euthanasia".

Some were left unwashed or in soiled clothes, while others were forgotten after being sent home or given the wrong medication. In several cases considered by the Health Service Ombudsman, patients died without loved ones by their sides because of the "casual indifference" of staff and their "bewildering disregard" for people's needs.

The Telegraph


Obama's $3.7 Trillion Budget Proposes 2-Year "Doc Fix"


President Obama's 2012 budget proposal would push back a steep cut in Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians for another two years, at a cost of $62 billion.

The president's $3.73 trillion budget includes a host of program cuts and diminishing tax breaks that would cut the deficit, expected to reach $1.65 trillion this year, by roughly $1.1 trillion over the next decade.

The scheduled 25% cut in the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), the formula used to determine Medcare reimbursement rates, was set to go into effect at the end of 2011. Last year, lawmakers put off implementing the Medicare pay cut five times. The continued delays made up half of the rate-cut blocks over the past eight years, helping avoid the Medicare rate adjustments that are required under a 1997 law meant to keep the Medicare program in the black.

Physician's Money Digest


Current Issues Facing Pain Management and Quality: Q&A With Dr. Ira Fox of Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants


Although quality care has always been a point of interest for all medical specialties, including pain management, healthcare reform mandates are putting increased pressure on healthcare providers to deliver high-quality care and do so cost-efficiently. Ira Fox, MD, founder of Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants and examiner for the World Institute of Pain's FIPP Board Certification, discusses quality issues related to pain management.

?Q: What are the biggest concerns regarding quality in pain management right now?

Ira Fox: The big buzz in the pain management industry has revolved around finding uniformity among pain physicians on how we can practice in a cost-effective manner. I think there is good news and bad news to that. First of all, pain management practice guidelines attempt to be based on evidence-based medicine. The issue with that is the procedures we do are very technique-dependent.

Becker's ASC Review


Physical Therapy Providers Will See Site Visits Under Anti-Fraud Rule


HHS has announced new rules authorized by the Affordable Care Act which will help stop health care fraud. The provisions of the Affordable Care Act implemented through this final rule include new provider screening and enforcement measures to help keep bad actors out of Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP. The final rule also contains important authority to suspend payments when a credible allegation of fraud is being investigated.

Specifically, the final rule:

  • Creates a rigorous screening process for providers and suppliers enrolling Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP to keep fraudulent providers out of those programs. Types of providers and suppliers that have been identified in the past as posing a higher risk of fraud, for example durable medical equipment suppliers, will be subject to a more thorough screening process.
  • Requires new enrollment process for Medicaid and CHIP providers. Under the Affordable Care Act, States will have to screen providers who order and refer to Medicaid beneficiaries to determine if they have a history of defrauding government. Providers that have been kicked out of Medicare or another State's Medicaid or CHIP will be barred from all Medicaid and CHIP programs.
  • ·Temporarily stops enrollment of new providers and suppliers. Medicare and state agencies will be on the look out for trends that may indicate health care fraud - including using advanced predictive modeling software, such as that used to detect credit card fraud. If a trend is identified in a category of providers or geographic area, the program can temporarily stop enrollment as long as that will not impact access to care for patients.
  • Temporarily stops payments to providers and suppliers in cases of suspected fraud. Under the new rules, if there has been a credible fraud allegation, payments can be suspended while an action or investigation is underway.

HHS


Reform Law Rollout Forges Ahead Despite GOP Budget Threats


Washington -- With an outright repeal of the national health system reform law blocked by the Senate, congressional Republicans aim to make 2011 a year of rolling back individual parts of the statute. However, key portions of the law are expected to take effect or move forward significantly this year despite any GOP efforts to cripple it.

At this article's deadline, the Dept. of Health and Human Services was preparing to unveil rules governing accountable care organizations, one major aspect of the reform package for physicians. And new federal panels are beginning work on comparative effectiveness research and examining new ways of delivering and paying for health care.

AMA news


Study: Medicare Costs Affected More By Patient Characteristics Than Geography


NEWARK, DE - Medicare costs in the last six months of life are influenced more by patient characteristics - such as ability to function, the severity of the illness and family support - than by regional factors, such as the number of hospital beds available, according to a study published in The Annals of Internal Medicine.

"These new findings show that the reasons for wide variation in Medicare costs across the United States are much more complicated than previously thought," said lead author Amy Kelley, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

"The healthcare system should address the specific needs of patients, rather than focusing solely on the difference we see across regions. That means we need to extend care beyond the standard single disease-oriented models of care," said Kelley.

Healthcare Finance News


State Society News


LSIPP Annual Spring Meeting set for February 24, 2011

The Louisiana state chapter of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will meet at Fleming's restaurant in Baton Rouge, La. on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm with cocktails followed by dinner. RSVP 318-323-6405


RSVP now for the 2011 ILSIPP Annual Meeting

The members of the Illinois Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will meet at 6 p.m. March 17 at the the Braxton Seafood Grill in Oakbrook.

Jeffrey D. Petersohn, MD, an adjunct Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, will serve as the featured speaker. His topic is "New Technology in the Treatment of Lower Back Pain."

The event is being hosted by Dr. Timothy Lubenow, ISIPP President, from Rush University Medical Center in conjunction with Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Please direct RSVPs directly to 312-942-5773 or TTRRLLMD@aol.com. Please include the full names of each guest in your party.


FSIPP Annual Meeting 2011 set for May 13-15, 2011

Be sure to save the dates of May 13 - 15, 2011, for FSIPP's Annual Meeting, Conference & Tradeshow, to be held again at The Gaylord Palms, Kissimee (Orlando). The event will kick off Friday evening, May 13, with a Welcome Reception and a presentation on The Health Benefits of Wine!

Continuing education lectures will go on all day Saturday and Sunday morning, as has been our format for the last couple of years. We've had some very good feedback about the educational content of our meetings, and the 2011 meeting is shaping up with some exciting topics: Continuing education lectures will go on all day Saturday and Sunday morning, as has been our format for the last couple of years. We've had some very good feedback about the educational content of our meetings, and the 2011 meeting is shaping up with some exciting topics:

  • "Soft Tissue Pathology"
  • "The Musculoskeletal Physical Exam with Pearls"
  • "An MCO Medical Director's Perspective on Pain Management - Medical and Interventional"
  • "Clinical Research Breakthroughs/Updates"
  • "The Evolution of Epidural Lysis of Adhesions"
  • "The Dangers of Transforaminal ESI"
  • "The Florida Statutes, DOH Regulations, and BOM/BOOM Rules Regarding Pain Clinics"

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Please watch http://flsipp.org/ for developing program and registration details, or call 904-221-9171.


Physicians Wanted


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Physicians Wanted


 

 


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