" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary

January 5, 2011


·  A New Year Gift: Congress Gives - Administration Takes it Back

·  ASIPP Nominations Open to Membership

·  ASIPP Abstract Registration Open

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

·  Health Care Again Tops the Agenda, This Time of GOP

·  In House, New Republican Majority Plans to Act Fast to Undo Obama's Agenda

·  Experts Say Healthcare will be a Top Issue for States in 2011

·  New Imaging Disclosure Requirements Could Mean Opportunity for Radiologists

·  Seven More Hospitals Settle in Kyphoplasty Fraud Case

·  California No. 1 in Marijuana Admissions

·  Pharmaceutical Company Will Pay $280M to Settle False Claims Allegations

·  Do You Know Your Specialty Designation? Here's How

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted

A New Year Gift: Congress Gives - Administration Takes it Back

CMS replaced a 0% update with a 7.9% reduction lowering the conversion factor from $36.8729 to $33.9764


Under the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2011, on December 15, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2011. This extension provided 0% update for 2011. Consequently, we all believed that there would not be any cuts for physician payments. CMS surprised us all by reducing the December 2010 conversion factor from $36.8729 to $33.9764, a 7.9% reduction.

Once again the rug has been pulled out from under physicians and more importantly, on the elderly. The explanation goes on to show that they rescaled EMI weights budget neutrality adjustment of -8.3%, which resulted in a net negative change of.7.855%.

Click HERE to see an Illustration of calculation of the CY 2011 conversion factor

The regulation was issued on December 29, 2010

Click HERE for the Revised Fee Schedule

AMA Update on 2011 Physician Payment Rates

CMS Regulation

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

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

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

Health Care Again Tops the Agenda, This Time of GOP

WASHINGTON-The new Congress prepared to begin business today much where lawmakers left off before the November election-battling over the merits of the Democrats' health-care overhaul.

The two parties clashed Tuesday over plans by Republicans, who will take control of the House when Congress reconvenes, to hold a vote next week to repeal the health law. That fight is largely symbolic, as any repeal measure would be rejected by the Democratic-led Senate and President Barack Obama.

But next week's skirmish could help determine the course of the longer battle to come, as House Republicans zero in on more targeted measures to dismantle the law or strip funding needed to implement it. If either party gains ground in public opinion, it will likely gain a strengthened hand in jockeying over the law.

Wall Street Journal

In House, New Republican Majority Plans to Act Fast to Undo Obama's Agenda

Almost as soon as they take control of the House at noon Wednesday, Republicans will embark on a 20-day plan aimed at undoing major aspects of President Obama's agenda as they seek to take advantage of the weeks before the Senate's return and the president's State of the Union address.

The first move will come Friday, when the House begins the process of repealing the new health-care law. House leaders will then quickly begin to identify tens of billions of dollars in proposed spending cuts and to ease regulations that businesses find burdensome.

Much of what Republicans do will be symbolic, given that Democrats still control the Senate and the White House. But the quick action will allow Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), the incoming speaker, and House Republicans to follow through on campaign pledges and to try to establish their party as a bulwark against what they see as an out-of-control government.

Washington Post

Experts Say Healthcare will be a Top Issue for States in 2011

WASHINGTON - State policy experts have named healthcare reform as one of the top issues that state lawmakers should expect to face in 2011.

Healthcare came in fourth in a list of 11 top issues released Tuesday by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The rankings were based on a survey of NCSL policy experts, the executive committee and standing committees.

The survey said a sluggish economy would be the major factor controlling states' agendas in 2011.

Healthcare Finance News

New Imaging Disclosure Requirements Could Mean Opportunity for Radiologists

January 1st, referring physicians who provide in-office imaging services must provide their patients with a list of other options in their area. This is a new regulation under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affecting practices under the in-office ancillary exception of the Stark law.

So, how does this new requirement affect radiology professionals?Most diagnostic imaging centers and radiology groups won't be directly impacted, said Thomas W. Greeson, a partner at the Falls Church, Va., office of healthcare group Reed Smith LLP. But there will be some radiology groups subject to the requirement, he said, such as interventional radiologists who are acting as treating physicians.

Here's a review of the new regulation: http://www.dwt.com/LearningCenter/Advisories?find=364509

Diagnostic Imaging

Seven More Hospitals Settle in Kyphoplasty Fraud Case

Seven hospitals across the country have agreed to pay more than $6.3 million to settle allegations that they defrauded Medicare by performing kyphoplasty procedures in an inpatient setting to increase their billings, the Justice Department announced today.

The hospitals were defendants in a 2008 federal whistleblower lawsuit that included 18 other hospitals that have already settled with the government for more than $20 million.

The hospitals do not admit guilt but promise not to submit any future bills to Medicare for inpatient kyphoplasty procedures that should be considered outpatient cases, according to the settlement documents.

Outpatient Surgery Magazine

California No. 1 in Marijuana Admissions

California, a national leader in medical marijuana use, saw admissions for treatment for marijuana dependence more than double over the past decade, the federal government said in a first-of-its-kind report.

The nationwide increase in marijuana cases - plus evidence that admissions for treatment of methamphetamine and prescription drug abuse skyrocketed between 1998 and 2008 - provides fresh insights into the nation's struggles with substance abuse.

The report by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also showed that admissions to detoxification and drug-treatment centers for marijuana dependence nationwide rose 31 percent from 1998 to 2008, a period during which admissions for dependence on alcohol, cocaine and heroin all declined.

Washington Times

Pharmaceutical Company Will Pay $280M to Settle False Claims Allegations

Dey, a pharmaceutical manufacturer based in Basking Ridge, N.J., has agreed to pay $280 million to the federal government to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act, according to a Department of Justice news release
The federal government claims Dey reported false and inflated prices for several pharmaceutical products, including albuterol sulfate, albuterol MDI, cromolyn sodium and ipratropium bromide. The pharmaceutical manufacturer allegedly reported inflated prices for its products to market, promote and sell the drugs to existing and potential healthcare providers and pharmacists who are reimbursed by the government.

Because payment from the Medicare and Medicaid programs was based on the false inflated prices, the government alleged that Dey caused false and fraudulent claims to be submitted to federal health care programs and, as a result, the government paid millions of claims for greater amounts than Dey was actually entitled to.

Becker's ASC

Do You Know Your Specialty Designation? Here's How

We are faced with the need to increase our 09 Interventional Pain Management specialty designation. Currently CMS claims there are too few IPM physicians, which negatively affects our reimbursement. One reason for this may be that many physicians don't actually know what their primary specialty code is.

One quick way to check your specialty is through the free online (PECOS) search. You may search by name or NPI number.

Once you have determined your status, you can change your designation online through the CMS Internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System PECOS).

Internet-based PECOS can be used in lieu of the Medicare enrollment application (i.e., paper CMS-855) to:

  • Submit an initial Medicare enrollment application
  • View or change your enrollment information
  • Track your enrollment application through the web submission process
  • Add or change a reassignment of benefits
  • Submit changes to existing Medicare enrollment information
  • Reactivate an existing enrollment record
  • Withdraw from the Medicare Program

CMS Internet-based PECOS

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

Physicians Wanted

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

Physicians Wanted



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