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August 31, 2011

 

  • Nearly All Physicians Must Revalidate Medicare Enrollment by 2013
  • White House Drug Policy Office Awards More Than $88 Million to Local Communities to Prevent Youth Substance Use
  • Most Doctors Face Lawsuits, But Few Lose Them
  • Videos of 2011 Annual ASIPP Meeting Available on ASIPP CAST
  • September is Pain Awareness Month
  • Drugmakers Must Allow Visitor Comments on Facebook Pages

  • Nearly All Physicians Must Revalidate Medicare Enrollment by 2013
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    Washington -- Roughly 750,000 physicians in the Medicare program soon will be asked to revalidate their individual enrollment records during a massive anti-fraud effort required by the health system reform law. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hopes to weed out only the people who shouldn't have billing privileges, but physicians are concerned that legitimate health professionals could get caught up in the enrollment sweep by mistake.

    CMS gradually will send revalidation requests by mail to more than 1.4 million health professionals -- more than half of whom are doctors -- between now and March 23, 2013, the agency announced on Aug. 10. Physicians who have enrolled since March 25, 2011, will not be required to revalidate, because their applications were scrutinized under new screening criteria, CMS said. Those receiving a request would have 60 days to recertify their enrollment information, which for some doctors will be similar to the process they first used to sign up with the program.

    "Failure to submit the enrollment forms as requested may result in the deactivation of your Medicare billing privileges," CMS stated in the notice.

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    White House Drug Policy Office Awards More Than $88 Million to Local Communities to Prevent Youth Substance Use
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    (Washington, D.C.) - Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), today announced $12.3 million in new Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) grants to 87 communities and 20 new DFC Mentoring grants across the country. The awards announced today are in addition to the nearly $76 million in Continuation grants simultaneously released to 607 currently funded DFC coalitions and twelve DFC Mentoring Continuation coalitions. These grants provide community coalitions needed support to prevent and reduce youth substance use.

    "The most powerful tool we have to address our Nation's drug problem is preventing it before it even begins," said Director Kerlikowske. "Research shows that every dollar invested in drug education and prevention programs saves up to ten dollars in costs related to treatment for substance use. President Obama understands how the hard work of local community leaders, youth, parents, educators, healthcare professionals, faith-based leaders, law enforcement officials, and others can strengthen communities and save kids' lives."

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    Most Doctors Face Lawsuits, But Few Lose Them
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    Most physicians will be sued at least once during their career, but the majority of cases will end in their favor.

    The frequency of medical liability claims varies by specialty, with neurosurgeons sued more often than other physicians, said a study in the Aug. 18 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

    Researchers estimated that by age 65, 75% of physicians in low-risk specialties will have experienced a lawsuit, compared with 99% of physicians in high-risk specialties.

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    Videos of 2011 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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    September is Pain Awareness Month
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    September is National Pain Awareness month and as approximately 116 million Americans experience chronic pain (source: Institute of Medicine) this is a topic that warrants greater visibility. More people suffer with pain than are afflicted by cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined.* Three medical societies have joined together to bring more attention to the proper evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain which costs the U.S. approximately $560 to $635 billion annually** (Source: Institute of Medicine) and to raise awareness of new and effective treatments that can substantially improve quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain. Please let me know if you would like to speak to one of the doctors from ASIPP, NANS or AAPM or receive additional information on pain management.

    Dr. David Kloth, ASIPP Director at Large, stated: "Based on these numbers, it is clear that both the government and the health care industry must make it a priority to improve patient access to effective pain treatment and begin to eliminate many of the barriers that exist to this access. Quality pain management can help prevent costly and unnecessary surgeries. During National Pain Month, we hope to open everyone's eyes to the multitude of treatment options that pain physicians can provide to manage pain. All three medical societies have been advocating for better pain care for many years. They have played a major role in ensuring that health practitioners are educated and trained in a variety of pain management approaches. These include responsible prescribing, behavioral counseling, and treatments using the latest minimally invasive and cost-effective procedures."

    Dr. David Kloth, ASIPP Director at Large, stated: "Based on these numbers, it is clear that both the government and the health care industry must make it a priority to improve patient access to effective pain treatment and begin to eliminate many of the barriers that exist to this access. Quality pain management can help prevent costly and unnecessary surgeries. During National Pain Month, we hope to open everyone's eyes to the multitude of treatment options that pain physicians can provide to manage pain. All three medical societies have been advocating for better pain care for many years. They have played a major role in ensuring that health practitioners are educated and trained in a variety of pain management approaches. These include responsible prescribing, behavioral counseling, and treatments using the latest minimally invasive and cost-effective procedures."


    Drugmakers Must Allow Visitor Comments on Facebook Pages
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    Some pharmaceutical companies shut down Facebook pages, while others monitored and deleted visitor comments, after the social media site on Aug. 15 stopped giving drug companies the option of preventing public comments on their pages.

    Facebook had allowed pharmaceutical companies to request that their commenting features be turned off, which many took advantage of because of confusion about whether the Food and Drug Administration would require companies to report adverse drug events disclosed on social media. Physician and hospital Facebook pages have not been allowed to disable comments.

    In April, however, Facebook sent letters to pharmaceutical companies indicating that beginning Aug. 15 they no longer would allow the companies to disable the comment features on pages associated with the drugmakers, with the exception of pages for individually branded drugs.

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

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