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celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

August 3, 2011

 

  • Comprehensive Pain Management/IPM Review Books Available for Pre-Order
  • Register for HIPAA Webinar and Receive Free HIPAA CD
  • Register Now for September Spinal Cord Stimulation Course
  • Expert Witnesses on Trial
  • Videos of 12th Annual ASIPP Meeting Available on ASIPP CAST
  • CMS: Average U.S. Health Spending to Rise 5.8 Percent Annually Through 2020
  • U.S. Continues to Outspend other Nations on Healthcare
  • FDA Should Replace Medical Devices Clearance Program
  • Florida Pain Management Physician Cleared in Medicare Fraud Case
  • Mounting Drug Shortages Delaying Treatment
  • State Society News
  • Physicians Wanted

  • Comprehensive Pain Management/IPM Review Books Available for Pre-Order
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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 will also be 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!

    Register for HIPAA Webinar and Receive Free HIPAA CD
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    ASIPP is offering a HIPAAQ webinar Tuesday, August 30 at 11 am CST. With your registration for the webinar, you will receive a free CD on HIPAA.

    The HIPAA security regulations were designed to protect patient protected health information that is stored and/or transmitted electronically. This includes any information that can link a patient to a medical condition, test, etc. The rules and regulations not only discuss how information is stored (e.g. in a password protected computer system) but also how the computer is stored (e.g. in a locked office with an alarm on it) and transmitted (e.g. encrypted).

    Both the CD and webinar contain information on the hows and whys of HIPAA security along with sample policies and helpful worksheets. The goal is for an IPP to be able to walk through the HIPAA security requirements and implement a program that meets the rules but also fits his/her practice.

    To register, click HERE

    To register for the webinar, click HERE

    HIPAA Webinar and Free CD

    Register Now for September Spinal Cord Stimulation Course
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    The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) is pleased to bring you the most focused and comprehensive review course in spinal cord stimulation. We invite you to attend this didactic and hands-on cadaver workshop on September 9-11, 2011 in Memphis, TN.

    This in-depth review course and comprehensive spinal cord stimulation cadaver workshop will cover all the important aspects of these techniques and provide a comprehensive overview of the subject, with extensive case discussions, and interaction with the faculty. It is planned as a CME activity to prepare physicians seeking credentialing and as an in-depth review of spinal cord stimulation. During this three-day event, you can improve existing skills and learn new skills.

    The seminar will be conducted at the Hilton Memphis and the world renowned Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) in Memphis, TN. Make your plans early to attend. Early registration discounts end Aug. 24.

    Click HERE to view brochure.

    Register Today!

    Expert Witnesses on Trial
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    The ideal goal of an expert witness during testimony is to be "an indifferent advocate for the truth," said neurosurgeon Jeffrey Segal, MD.

    Too often, though, physicians make careers as such experts and use unethical tactics to sway jurors, said Dr. Segal, founder and CEO of Medical Justice, a company that sells medical liability insurance and provides legal resources to combat frivolous claims.

    "Expert witnesses are the weak or strong link in any medical liability case," he said.

    AMA news

    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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    CMS: Average U.S. Health Spending to Rise 5.8 Percent Annually Through 2020
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    BETHESDA, MD - All healthcare spending in the United States is projected to grow at an annual average rate of 5.8 percent for the period 2010 through 2020, according to a report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    This annual increase is 1.1 percentage points faster than expected growth in the gross domestic product (GDP). By 2020, healthcare spending is projected to be 19.8 percent of the GDP, increasing from 17.6 percent in 2010.

    By 2020, all healthcare spending will reach almost $4.64 trillion, nearly half of which will come from government sources.?? These projections, made by economists and actuaries in the Office of the Actuary at CMS include CMS' first-ever sector analysis of the expansions in health coverage required by the Affordable Care Act.

    Healthcare Finance News

    U.S. Continues to Outspend other Nations on Healthcare
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    NEW YORK CITY - The United States continues to lead industrialized nations in healthcare spending, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation promoting a better healthcare system.

    Researchers at the New York City-based Commonwealth Fund analyzed health data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and found that of the 12 countries studied, the U.S. by far spends the most on healthcare. The study concentrated on data for Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

    Healthcare Finance News


    FDA Should Replace Medical Devices Clearance Program
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    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should replace its 35-year-old 510(k) clearance process for medical devices, says a new report issued by the Institute of Medicine.

    "The committee found that the 510(k) program lacks the statutory basis to make it a reliable premarket screen for safety and effectiveness of Class II medical devices," the IOM committee wrote in its report.

    "It's not clear that the 510(k) process is serving the needs of either industry or patients, and simply modifying it again will not help," said committee chair David Challoner, emeritus vice president for health affairs, University of Florida, Gainesville, in a press release about the report.

    Healthcare Finance News

    Florida Pain Management Physician Cleared in Medicare Fraud Case
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    A pain management physician from Clearwater, Fla., has been found not guilty of six counts of Medicare fraud, according to a St. Petersburg Times report.

    Authorities claimed Jayam Krishna Iyer, MD, submitted approximately $457,000 in claims for services performed by another physician who could not submit Medicare claims because of a prior felony conviction.

    Dr. Iyer's attorney said his client was unaware of the other physician's background and did not perform willful or intentional fraud. The federal trial, held in Tampa, lasted a week.??

    Dr. Iyer's case was part of the nationwide fraud sweep in February, when law enforcement agents charged 111 people with filing fraudulent claims.

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    Mounting Drug Shortages Delaying Treatment
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    Internist Charles Cutler, MD, gets an email at least twice a month from a hospital near his Norristown, Pa., practice notifying him of drugs that are unavailable due to national shortages. Although drug supply shortages have occurred in his more than 30 years in practice, they have never been this bad.

    "I don't ever remember these common medicines not being available," said Dr. Cutler, a member of the American College of Physicians Board of Regents.

    The affected medications include chemotherapy drugs and treatments for allergies and hypertension. Also on the list are pain medication and drugs to treat heart conditions.

    AMA news

    State Society News
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    GSIPP Annual Meeting 2011 Begins Friday

    The GSIPP 7th Annual Pain Summit will be held Friday, August 5th through Sunday August 7th at the Ritz Carlton Lodge on Reynolds Plantation.

    For more information email info@gsipp.com


    NYSIPP to Host Symposium, Nov. 11-12


    The New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians is hosting a symposium titled: Pain Medicine Symposium 2011: Evolving Advanced Pain Therapies, November 11-12, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency, Jersey City.

    Staten Island University Hospital designates this activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

    Early bird registration discounts available through Oct. 15. To register, go to www.etouches.com/NYSIPP


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

    Physicians Wanted

     


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