On July 8, 2013, the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that
would update payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the
Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after Jan. 1, 2014.
The proposed rule also proposes changes
to several of the quality reporting initiatives that are associated with PFS
payments - the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Medicare
Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program, as well as changes to the
Physician Compare tool on the Medicare.gov website. The rule continues
the phased-in implementation of the physician value-based payment modifier
(Value Modifier), created by the Affordable Care Act, that would affect payments
to physician groups based on the quality and cost of care they furnish to
beneficiaries enrolled in the traditional Medicare fee-for-service
In March 2005, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid mandated that Interventional Pain Management become the 34th medical specialty represented on state Carrier Advisory Committees (CAC), which make local decisions about Medicare coverage. It spite of the great efforts it took to secure this position, many states are still without representation.
Change Your Specialty Designation Use the CMS Form to Change your Specialty Designation to 09 - Interventional Pain Management
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. Interventional Pain Physicians can now change their specialty code designation to 09 utilizing the CMS form CMS855I - see page 8, section D.
Find Your Elected Officials Stay on top of the issues affecting interventional pain management, know your elected and appointed officials and contact the media in your area. You can make a difference by getting involved! Find out who represents you on Capitol Hill, go to Capwiz: http://www.asipp.org/Alert.htm
Special 90 Minute Webinar On Coding Offered By ASIPP!
denied payments by being out of the loop on upcoming changes in 2014!
Get the updates you need to compliantly report your services in the New
Year! By attending this session, you will be brought up-to-date on
issues that affect coding and billing for Interventional Pain
*This program has been approved by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for 1.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.
You can now can register to view all past ASIPP Webinars or order CDs by Clicking here.
A 60 MINUTE WEBINAR ON E/M MODIFIERS FOR YOUR IPM.
ARCHIVED VERSION NOW AVAILABLE!
This informative webinar designed for Interventional Pain Management will be available soon by clicking the link below. You wll be able to purchase and view an archived version of the live webinar or purchase a CD. The webinar presenter is Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC of MJH Consulting. You will also receive 1 CEU with the completion of the online test.
The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians is Committed to Promoting Awareness and Understanding of Interventional Pain Management Through a Multitude of Media Events and Public Relations Efforts
Click here for more information on public relations activity, how you can contribute, and how you can get involved.
ASIPP Fact Sheet Click here for facts about Opioids, Prescription Drug Abuse, Chronic Pain, and ASIPP's involvement.
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Cigna Policy Comment Letter
By this time, I'm quite certain you are aware of the Cigna policy effective 7/15/2013. This policy is very similar to the policy which became effective 7/15/2012 in reference to the coverage. They have done an excellent job reviewing and synthesizing the evidence; however, they have not utilized their own evidence analysis in their coverage policies.
ASIPP expressed our concern and protested the previous policy coverage in 2012/2013 without success. Now the policy is effective and being enforced nationally and many patients have now reached their 1 year period since the policy was instituted. Consequently, the policy will begin to have severe restrictions in providing interventional pain management services for their conditions for almost all therapies including epidural injections, facet joint interventions, percutaneous adhesiolysis, and sacroiliac joint injections.
For more information and to sign onto the comment letter,CLICK HERE
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Exclusive opportunity to own your own print copy of the Spinal Interventional Techniques Guidelines Issue.
- An Update of Comprehensive Evidence-Based Guidelines for Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain. Part I: Introduction and General Considerations
- An Update of Comprehensive Evidence-Based Guidelines for Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain: Part II: Guidance and Recommendations
- And Abstracts of 10 Systematic Reviews.
l Over 90,000 words l Over 2400 references l 50 Tables l 20 Figures l 300 Formatted Pages
Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for responsible opioid prescribing in non-cancer pain are statements developed to improve the quality of care, patient access, treatment outcomes, appropriateness of care, deficiency and effectiveness, and achieve cost containment by improving the costbenefit ratio. The objectives of these guidelines are to provide clear and concise guidelines to physicians to improve patient access and to avoid diversion and abuse. Part 1 of these guidelines describes evidence assessment (1), whereas Part 2 of these guidelines describes guidance for responsible opioid prescribing.
The objectives of opioid guidelines as issued by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) are to provide guidance for the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain, to produce consistency in the application of an opioid philosophy among the many diverse groups involved, to improve the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain, and to reduce the incidence of abuse and drug diversion. The focus of these guidelines is to curtail the abuse of opioids without jeopardizing non-cancer pain management with opioids.
"The guidelines are expected to increase patient compliance, dispel miscommunications among providers and patients, manage patient expectations reasonably, and form the basis of a therapeutic partnership between the patient, the provider and payers, " said Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, ASIPP, CEO and Chairman of the Board.
This three-volume set from ASIPP Publishing was created to give clinicians a complete study course to prepare for pain medicine board certification exams, based upon the curriculum of the American Board of Medical Specialties pain medicine examinations. These books take clinicians on a journey through the specialty of pain medicine and interventional pain management, from their origins and history, to the science and research behind methods and techniques, to pharmacology, types of pain, complementary therapies, and interventional and surgical techniques, and much, much more. Culminating with a comprehensive resource of 1,500 sample board exam questions, complete with thorough explanations of the answers, these books will not only help prepare clinicians for their board examination, they will become valuable resources that will be consulted for years to come.
Pain-Wise is a patient and Medical Professional's guide to simplifying the confusing and often
overwhelming process of finding the appropriate treatment for chronic
pain.Written by threeASIPP Member doctors with years of experience in
pain management, Pain-Wise teaches the basics of how pain works,
explains different interventional pain therapies in layman's terms, and
helps a patient communicate with their doctor.Doctors have found Pain-Wise to be a strong tool in creating a meaningful dialogue with their patients. Click here to buy cases. Click here to buy single copies.
Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain
With detailed descriptions of practical techniques in interventional pain management this is a must have publication for all interventional pain physicians.
All book proceeds go to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Interventional Techniques in Chronic Non-Spinal Pain is the premier manual ideal for guiding the interventionalist with detailed descriptions of practical techniques in interventional pain management. A CD version is included. Over 400 pages, 300 illustrations, and 30 contributing authors.