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January 12, 2011


·  ASIPP Nominations Open to Membership

·  Reserve Your Spot Today for 2011 Review Course and Cadaver Workshops

·  ASIPP Abstract Registration Open

·  National Correct Coding Policies

·  Lawmakers Settle for Short-Term Spending Measure

·  Survey: 41 Percent of Mid-Sized Practices are Struggling

·  Physician EMR use Passes 50% as Incentives Outweigh Resistance

·  New House GOP Leaders Vow To Repeal Healthcare Reform Law

·  Michigan Physician Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison for Role in Oxycontin Conspiracy

·  Physicians Need to Adapt Exam Skills for Obese Patients

·  University of Toronto Medical Students Provided Book on Managing Chronic Pain Funded by maker of Oxycontin - Purdue Pharma

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted

ASIPP Nominations Open to Membership

It is once again time to consider the ASIPP Board elections. In accordance with the ASIPP bylaws, we are requesting nominations from eligible candidates to serve as officers and directors-at-large with service to begin immediately following the annual business meeting held on June 26, 2011.

We are seeking nominations for interested, hard-working, service-oriented ASIPP members in good-standing who are willing to serve the organization as an officer or director on the board. The nomination committee will select two members per position from the submitted nominations for the 2011 election ballot. The election ballot will be sent out sometime after the March 31, 2011 nomination deadline and prior to the 13th Annual Meeting.

Please click on the following link for the nomination instructions and form. For your convenience, you will submit your nominations electronically. We have provided information on the current board and available openings. The last day to submit your electronic nominations is January 31, 2011.

Please do not nominate any one (or) a person for more than one position. For more information on the positions available and the current officers, please CLICK HERE for the 2011 Board of Directors Information Sheet.

Nomination Ballot

Reserve Your Spot Today for 2011 Review Course and Cadaver Workshops

Registration is now open for the
February and April Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop in Interventional Pain Management. Both courses feature Basic, Intermediate, and Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management Examination section levels. The courses will be held on February 18-20 and April 8-10 in Memphis, Tenn. In order to maintain an optimal participant/instructor ratio, space in both courses is 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.

Whether you have been practicing interventional pain management for many years or are new to the field with basic skills, we are confident you will find these courses and workshops to be beneficial to you in your practice. With the ever changing dynamics in healthcare and in the specialty of interventional pain management, it-is essential that we continue learning and exploring new procedures and techniques in our specialty.

Both courses will take place at the Marriott Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard (901-362-6200) on Friday. Ask for the ASIPP reduced room rate of $129 when making your accommodations. On Saturday and Sunday we will transport you the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) for a hands-on learning experience.

February brochure Click HERE for February Registration

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) Monday, May 2, 2011.

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

Click HERE to access form.

Submit Abstract

National Correct Coding Policies

Effective from 01/01/2011 to 03/31/2011 . These new edits have been effective since Jan. 1, 2011 and will be effective through March 31, 2011. For detailed analysis of NCCI for most commonly used interventional techniques, please follow link:

CCI Edits

Lawmakers Settle for Short-Term Spending Measure

Senate Republicans object to the size of a full-year bill and inclusion of $1 billion they say would help implement the health reform law.

Washington -- Congress adopted a short-term measure on Dec. 21, 2010, to fund the federal government only through March 4, setting up an immediate spending debate among the new Republican-controlled House, the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Obama.

Federal lawmakers settled for the 2½-month spending measure instead of a $1.2 trillion appropriations bill to fund the government through Sept. 30 -- the end of fiscal 2011 -- because Senate Republicans objected to the size of the full-year bill.

They also objected to the inclusion of $1 billion that Republicans said would go toward implementing the health system reform law, and $8 billion in so-called earmark requests from specific lawmakers. Some of the earmarks had been requested earlier in the year by Republican senators who eventually came to oppose the long-term funding measure and demand a short-term extension.

The Senate approved the short-term measure 79-16 on Dec. 21, 2010, with 25 Republicans supporting it and two Democrats opposing it. The House approved it 193-165, with one Republican voting for it, 19 Democrats voting against it and 75 members not voting.

AMA news

Survey: 41 Percent of Mid-Sized Practices are Struggling

SAN FRANCISCO - Nearly one in three doctors cite practice management costs and administrative burdens as a chief concern for their practice, according to a new survey.

The survey was conducted in December by Practice Fusion, a San Francisco-based EHR provider, and MDLinx. It collected responses from a national sample of 100 physicians, the majority of which were primary care providers with fewer than six providers.

Officials say the "2011 State of the Small Practice" survey highlights the challenges faced by private practices nationwide in an environment of economic downturn, technology mandates and healthcare reform.

Healthcare Finance News

Physician EMR use Passes 50% as Incentives Outweigh Resistance

For the first time, a majority of office-based physicians are using an electronic medical records system, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

The survey doesn't explain why EMR use in offices rose to 50.7% in 2010, more than double the adoption rate in 2005. However, peer pressure is apparently moving from fighting EMRs to embracing them. "We're in an electronic age. You either go with it, or you're in the Dark Ages," said Pat Willis, RN, chief nursing officer for seven-physician Big Sandy Healthcare, in eastern Kentucky, which installed its first EMR in July.

The transition has happened for a number of reasons, technology analysts say. One is simple demographics: As more older physicians retire and more freshly minted doctors join the work force, the resistance to EMRs lessens. (A previous 2010 CDC report said the younger the doctor, the more likely he or she was to embrace EMRs.) But the resistance has lessened even among older physicians, who have grown more comfortable with EMRs as they have become more common in offices and hospitals. "The fear factor is dissipating," said Mary Shacklett, CEO of Transworld Data, a technology research and consulting firm in Olympia, Wash.

AMA news

New House GOP Leaders Vow To Repeal Healthcare Reform Law

WASHINGTON - The 112th Congress met for the first time on Wednesday, with Republicans making their first order of business a repeal of the healthcare reform law.

Rep Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the new House Majority Leader, introduced Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act (H.R. 2) and called for a floor vote on the bill by next Wednesday.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the bill would increase federal budget deficits over the 2012-2019 period by roughly $145 billion.

Healthcare Finance News

Michigan Physician Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison for Role in Oxycontin Conspiracy

JAN 04 - United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today that a former Michigan physician was sentenced today to 80 months in prison for unlawfully prescribing OxyContin. Additionally, a former Michigan pharmacist was sentenced on December 10, 2010, to 36 months in prison for his part in filling those unlawful prescriptions. Joining in the announcement were Robert L. Corso, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Detroit Field Division, and Andrew Arena, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Division.

Sohrab Shafinia, 49, of Keego Harbor, and Richard Riozzi, 43, of Clinton Township, were sentenced by United States District Judge Julian Abele Cook, Jr. Shafinia pleaded guilty in September, 2009, to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Riozzi pleaded guilty to the same charge in January, 2010. The charge against Shafinia was based on his using his then position as a physician to write hundreds of fraudulent OxyContin prescriptions, among other fraudulent prescriptions, in exchange for cash in 2006 and 2007. The charge against Riozzi was based on his filling those fraudulent prescriptions, and others, while employed as the pharmacist at SafeScript Pharmacy in Farmington Hills, Michigan, despite having strong reasons to be aware that the OxyContin prescriptions were not legitimate.


Physicians Need to Adapt Exam Skills for Obese Patients

Physician educators at the University of Pittsburgh are saying that physicians-in-training need more and better education on how to adapt their physical examination skills to the growing number of Americans who are obese. In a commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, co-authors Ann Willman Silk, MD, and Kathleen McTigue, MD, MPH, provide a number of adaptations and recommend that medical students and residents receive formal instruction about them as part of their training.

Despite a doubling of the prevalence of obesity just in the past generation, "Medical education about physical diagnosis skills for obese patients has not kept pace with the obesity epidemic," said the authors.

Currently physical diagnosis texts provide limited advice on how to overcome the limitations of the physical exam in patients who are obese, they wrote. Even obesity management handbooks usually include only a cursory description of how to perform the exam, focusing instead on how to detect obesity-associated disease, such as acanthosis nigricans or adiposis dolorosa.

According to the authors, physically examining a person who is obese (BMI ≥30) is particularly challenging because the primary techniques of inspection, palpation, auscultation and percussion can be undermined when internal structures are encased in a thick layer of adipose tissue.

HCP Live

University of Toronto Medical Students Provided Book on Managing Chronic Pain Funded by maker of Oxycontin - Purdue Pharma

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.: The drug industry's perceived role in a pain management course for medical students at the the University of Toronto, has led to a complaint, and a revamp in the school's pain management course curriculum.

The complaint led to a recent informal inquiry. A student brought the matter forward, along with two physicians in the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto.

The complaint centers around students who say they were provided a book on chronic pain management that was funded and copyrighted by the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin -- Purdue Pharma.

Salem News

State Society News

New Jersey Interventional Pain Society Hosts Biannual Meeting Jan 13

The New Jersey Pain Society is hosting a biannual meeting Thursday January 13,2011. The meeting is set for 6:30 to 10:30 pm at Pines Manor in Edison, NJ.

Speakers will include:

  • Scott Woska, MD- Speak about Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dr. Christopher Winfree - Nerve stimulator implants for peripheral nerve injuries
  • Mark Mannigan- to speak about Out of Network and Pip
  • Laurie Clark- Legislative update
  • Dr. Magaziner - Protocol Committee

Several local and state politicians have also been invited to attend.

Pines Manor is located at 2085 Route 27, Edison, NJ 08817

Please fax your RSVP to 732-297-5770

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:

  • "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"

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

Physicians Wanted

Visit the ASIPP Web site to find available positions for IPM physicians.

Physicians Wanted


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