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August 24, 2011

  • Comprehensive Pain Management/IPM Review Books Now Available
  • Current and Future State of Pain Management: Q&A With Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti
  • Noridian re-releases CRNA Practice and Chronic Pain Management Coverage
  • Videos of 12th Annual ASIPP Meeting Available on ASIPP CAST
  • HHS: Affordable Care Act Initiative to Lower Costs, Help Doctors and Hospitals Coordinate Care
  • CMS Testing Bundled Payments for Medicare
  • Medical Group Doctors Earning More But Their Businesses Are Suffering
  • New Data Spill Shows Risk of Online Health Records
  • Disparity Between Point-of-Service Collections and Back-End Recovery Rates
  • Economy Disrupts Doctors' Retirement Plans
  • Antidepressants Increasingly Prescribed for Nonpsychiatric Conditions
  • Physicians Wanted

  • Comprehensive Pain Management/IPM Review Books Now Available
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    This 3-volume project was undertaken, based on the curriculum for the ABMS pain medicine examination. The task was more difficult than writing a standard textbook. While providing comprehensive description of the literature, this project also attempts to provide readable, easily understandable information.

    Due to the nature of this difficult and extensive project, the information has been divided into three books:

    • Foundations of Interventional Pain Management and Pain Medicine: A Comprehensive Review
    • Clinical Aspects of Interventional Pain Management and Pain Medicine: A Comprehensive Review
    • Interventional Pain Management and Pain Medicine: Board Review and Self-Assessment

    Books are available individually or as a set. They are also available on CD.

    Individual Book:

    Foundations, Clinical Aspects, or Board Review Self-Assessment · Hard copy - $200 plus shipping · CD- $150 plus shipping

    3 Book Volume:
    Foundations, Clinical Aspects, and Board Review Self-Assessment · Hard copy - $500 plus shipping ·CD - $300 plus shipping

    3 Books with CDs:
    Foundations, Clinical Aspects, and Board Review Self-Assessment · $650 plus shipping

    Order Today!

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    Current and Future State of Pain Management: Q&A With Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti
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    Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti is featured in an interview in the latest issue of Becker's ASC Review. An excerpt is below:

    Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, is the chairman of the board and CEO of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) and the Society of Interventional Pain Management Surgery Centers (SIPMS); medical director of the Pain Management Center of Paducah (Ky.); and associate clinical professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

    Q: What do you see as the top issues facing pain management now?

    Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti: The top issues facing pain management are different for different specialties, even though they do have some similarities. In broad, general terms, pain management is divided into pain medicine and interventional pain management. While both specialties have substantial similarities, they also have significant differences. In pain medicine, there are providers who focus on utilizing opioids only or cognitive behavioral therapy only; some physicians combine these two and also utilize interventional techniques. Similarly, interventional pain management could be practiced by only utilizing interventional techniques, or with opioids, or with cognitive therapy, or combination of two or three.

    To read entire interview, CLICK HERE

    Becker's ASC Review

    Noridian re-releases CRNA Practice and Chronic Pain Management Coverage
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    Noridian re-releases approved list of procedures CRNAs can perform.

    Included in this list are blood patch epidurals, lumbar epidurals, cervical transforminal epidurals, lumbar transforaminal epidurals, cervical and thoracic facet joing injections, brachial plexus injections and stellate ganglion procedures.

    ASIPP is looking into how this type of policy was approved.

    Noridian update

    Videos of 12th Annual ASIPP Meeting Available on ASIPP CAST
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    ASIPP is pleased to bring you view videos of some lectures from the 2011 Annual Meeting on ASIPP CAST.

    Click on the lectures below to view:

    ASIPP's 13th Annual Meeting, Legislative Session and Capitol Hill Visits concluded on Get a glimpse of the 13th Annual meeting by viewing the Fellows/Residents presentation at the following address http://www.ustream.tv/channel/asipp-rfs-annual-meeting-lecture-series-2011

    Click HERE for a complete list of the 2011 ASIPP Meetings and Courses.

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    HHS: Affordable Care Act Initiative to Lower Costs, Help Doctors and Hospitals Coordinate Care
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    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a new initiative to help improve care for patients while they are in the hospital and after they are discharged. Doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers can now apply to participate in a new program known as the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative (Bundled Payments initiative). Made possible by the Affordable Care Act, it will align payments for services delivered across an episode of care, such as heart bypass or hip replacement, rather than paying for services separately. Bundled payments will give doctors and hospitals new incentives to coordinate care, improve the quality of care and save money for Medicare.

    "Patients don't get care from just one person - it takes a team, and this initiative will help ensure the team is working together," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "The Bundled Payments initiative will encourage doctors, nurses and specialists to coordinate care. It is a key part of our efforts to give patients better health, better care, and lower costs."

    In Medicare currently, hospitals, physicians and other clinicians who provide care for beneficiaries bill and are paid separately for their services. This Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative will bundle care for a package of services patients receive to treat a specific medical condition during a single hospital stay and/or recovery from that stay - this is known as an episode of care. By bundling payment across providers for multiple services, providers will have a greater incentive to coordinate and ensure continuity of care across settings, resulting in better care for patients. Better coordinated care can reduce unnecessary duplication of services, reduce preventable medical errors, help patients heal without harm, and lower costs.

    HHS.gov

    CMS Testing Bundled Payments for Medicare
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    WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new plan on Tuesday that would pay interested doctors, hospitals, and other providers bundled Medicare payments.

    Bundled payments, which are a part of the Affordable Care Act, refer to paying for a patient's entire episode of care rather than just each stop in the medical system.

    For example, instead of a heart attack generating multiple claims from different healthcare providers, Medicare would give the entire team who treated the patient one bundled payment after all the care on the heart attack patient was completed. The providers would then be responsible for determining how the money is allocated among doctors, hospitals, and others

    MedPage Today

    Medical Group Doctors Earning More But Their Businesses Are Suffering
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    ALEXANDRIA, VA - Most physicians in medical groups saw an increase in compensation from 2010 to 2011, says a survey by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), but that good news was tempered by operating losses.

    Sixty-nine percent of specialties reported in AMGA's annual Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey experienced compensation increases in 2010 but every geographic region suffered operating losses.

    The AMGA sent its survey to more than 2,700 medical groups nationwide. Valid responses from 239 medical groups, representing 51,700 providers, were used to determine the survey results.

    Healthcare Finance News

     

    New Data Spill Shows Risk of Online Health Records

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    Until recently, medical files belonging to nearly 300,000 Californians sat unsecured on the Internet for the entire world to see.

    There were insurance forms, Social Security numbers and doctors' notes. Among the files were summaries that spelled out, in painstaking detail, a trucker's crushed fingers, a maintenance worker's broken ribs and one man's bout with sexual dysfunction.

    At a time of mounting computer hacking threats, the incident offers an alarming glimpse at privacy risks as the nation moves steadily into an era in which every American's sensitive medical information will be digitized.

    Fox News

    Disparity Between Point-of-Service Collections and Back-End Recovery Rates
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    A lack of preparation on both the part of the patients and the hospital or health care system is a major challenge for point-of-service collections efforts, according to a poll by TransUnion Healthcare.

    According to Milton Silva-Craig, executive vice president of TransUnion Healthcare, payment is traditionally collected "after the patient care cycle has been completed." However, he noted a "drastic disparity" between payments collected prior to care and back-end recovery rates.

    Nearly half of the respondents said that less than 15% of payments were collected prior to service. However, less than a third said the recovery rate was 15 and 30%.

    Physician's Money Digest

    Economy Disrupts Doctors' Retirement Plans
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    Matthew Rice, MD, a 62-year-old emergency physician in Seattle, thought he would be firmly in retirement by now after leaving private practice earlier this year. However, Dr. Rice, like a lot of physicians his age or older, is finding himself still needing paid work.

    "My retirement doesn't look as good as it did," said Dr. Rice, who is working six shifts a month at various hospitals on an as-needed basis. "This is similar for a lot of physicians I know. Many are making decisions to work a bit longer."

    According to a survey issued Aug. 2 by the physician staffing agency Jackson & Coker, 52% of the 522 doctors responding had changed their retirement plans since the 2007-09 recession. About 70% of those changing plans said they will work longer until retirement because personal savings had been gutted or had not grown as rapidly as anticipated. There was no significant difference by specialty.

    AMA news

    Antidepressants Increasingly Prescribed for Nonpsychiatric Conditions
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    When patients visit their physicians for common health issues such as fatigue, headaches and premenstrual problems, they increasingly are getting a prescription for the same type of medication.

    An antidepressant.

    A study in the August issue of Health Affairs found that it is becoming more common for primary care doctors and other nonpsychiatrist physicians to prescribe antidepressants for conditions other than anxiety and major depressive disorder. The study found that between 1996 and 2007, the proportion of patient visits in which antidepressants were prescribed but no psychiatric diagnoses were noted increased from 59.5% to 72.7%.

    AMA news

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

    Physicians Wanted

     


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