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" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

February 9, 2011

 

·  Washington State Creates A Health Care Shadow Government: The Tragedy of Evidence-Based Medicine Results in Needless Pain

·  ASIPP Supports ISIS Initiative on Upcoming Legislation: This is Not a Single Specialty or Single State Issue

·  Chou and Manchikanti Respond to APS Guidelines Critique

·  Senate Repeals IRS 1099 Physician Reporting Requirements

·  GOP Seeks to Block Funding for Health Law

·  Just Few Spots Remain for February Course

·  CMS Issues Proposed Rule Requiring Providers to Expand Patient Notification

·  ASIPP Abstract Registration Open

·  Study Finds Sharp Monthly Fluctuations in Levels of Adolescent Male Visits to Emergency Department for Drug Related Suicide Attempts

·  Rethinking the Decision to be a Participating Provider

·  ACP: Reserve Advanced Imaging of Lower Back Pain for Higher-Risk Patient

·  2010 Marked by a Recall of Eggs, Drug Warnings and Progress on Flu Vaccines

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted


Washington State Creates A Health Care Shadow Government: The Tragedy of Evidence-Based Medicine Results in Needless Pain


Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Chairman of the Board of ASIPP, a strong proponent of evidence-based medicine, comparative effectiveness research, and evidence-based guidelines, spoke out today against the Washington State Healthcare Authority making policy decisions based on flawed research.

"When inappropriate methodology is combined with bias, it is worse than a conspiracy," Dr. Manchikanti said. "We cannot allow inappropriate opinions to influence coverage decisions."

The Affordable Care Act, or Obama Care, created the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) assigned with responsibility to evaluate care - essentially rationing care similar to the function of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) from the National Health Services of England. NICE has been shown to be very prescriptive, controversial, and is currently undergoing reorganization. British Prime Minister David Cameron plans to significantly reform his country's state-run health care system due to the program's massive cost and lackluster performance; however, PCORI and the Obama administration are following the same failed principles of England.

Press Release


ASIPP Supports ISIS Initiative on Upcoming Legislation: This is Not a Single Specialty or Single State Issue


Please
click here to read the letter we received from ISIS. This issue has the support of the State medical Association and almost all organizations. ISIS has done a wonderful job on this issue. Everything is laid out so that you can thoroughly understand the issue and contact your state officials. This is the time we need to get involved. Please contact the House and Senate members of the state.

To assist you in contacting your state officials on these important and time-sensitive Bills, we have set up two Capwiz links, one for the House and one for the Senate. This will allow you to contact all of your state officials by sending only two letters. The Capwiz process is fast and easy. This is not only for physicians, but also spouses, members of your staff, and patients can write letters and contact them. Further your patients' friends, relatives, everyone they know, whoever understands the issue, can start sending the letters.

House Capwiz Link

Senate Capwiz Link

ASIPP Alert


Chou and Manchikanti Respond to APS Guidelines Critique


The January/February issue of Pain Physician featured a letter to the editor from Roger Chou, MD regarding the recently published critique by ASIPP of the APS guidelines.

Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti and other members of ASIPP supplied a response to Chou's letter.

Read Chou's letter HERE. Read Manchikanti et al's letter HERE

Click HERE to read Manchikanti et al. A Critical Review of the American Pain Society Clinical Practice Guidelines for Interventional Techniques: Part 1. Diagnostic Interventions

Click HERE to read Manchikanti et al. A Critical Review of the American Pain Society Clinical Practice Guidelines For Interventional Techniques: Part 2. Therapeutic Interventions

Click HERE to read the American Pain Society revised and changed guidelines.

Pain Physician journal


Senate Repeals IRS 1099 Physician Reporting Requirements


WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed legislation that would repeal a provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires small businesses, including physicians, to file an IRS form 1099 for each vendor purchase of $600 or more.

The provision, introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), was passed the Senate on February 2 with bipartisan support. Stabenow is now urging the House to pass its version of the provision, which also has wide support.

"Rather than focusing on issues that divide us, this is an issue that we can all come together on," she said.

Healthcare Finance News


GOP Seeks to Block Funding for Health Law

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House Republicans will use a stopgap spending bill coming to the floor next week as a vehicle to block money for the new health-care law, a top lawmaker said Tuesday.

The latest push to neutralize the legislation, confirmed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, (R., Va.), comes on the heels of an earlier effort to repeal the law. That passed the House but fell short in the Senate.

The spending bill, needed to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, is being drafted by the House Appropriations Committee, which is seeking deep spending cuts. The current stopgap bill expires March 4.

Wall Street Journal


Just Few Spots Remain for February Course


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.

Both courses will take place at the Marriott Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard (901-362-6200) on Friday. 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


CMS Issues Proposed Rule Requiring Providers to Expand Patient Notification


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule that would require Medicare providers and suppliers to notify Medicare beneficiaries of their right to contact their state's Medicare quality improvement organization if they have concerns about the quality of care they receive, according to an AHA News Now report.
??Currently, only inpatient Medicare beneficiaries are required to receive notice of this right. The new rule would expand notification requirements to all Medicare patients at hospitals; rehabilitation, home health and public health agencies; long-term facilities; and ambulatory surgical centers among other facilities, according to the report.??

CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule until April 3.

Becker's ASC Review


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) Friday, May 6, 2011.

Abstract submission must be completed through ASIPP's interactive online form.

Click HERE to access form.

Submit Abstract


Study Finds Sharp Monthly Fluctuations in Levels of Adolescent Male Visits to Emergency Department for Drug Related Suicide Attempts


Similar pattern seen for men over aged 50 and older

A new study examining monthly and seasonal trends in the number of emergency department visits involving drug related suicide attempts reveals considerable fluctuations among adolescent males. The rate for the general population varies little.

The study conducted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that only 2.5 percent of drug related suicide attempt emergency room visits by males aged 12-17 occur in February - as opposed to 18.9 percent reported in December.

December also marked the highest level of emergency department drug related suicide attempt visits by men aged 50 and older (12.9 percent). The lowest level of visits for males in this age group was in October (5.5 percent).

By comparison, the study showed that the rate of visits remained relatively constant for the rest of the population including males aged 18 to 49.

A copy of the study is available at http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k11/DAWN019/SuicideBySeason.cfm

SAMHSA


Rethinking the Decision to be a Participating Provider


As many physicians have concluded, out-of-network insurance benefits pay better than the prevailing in-network rates. Some practices have opted out, terminating their participation status with major insurance carriers. The practices that have remained in-network, sitting on the sidelines watching this unfold, are realizing that they may be placed at a disadvantage for remaining a network participant.

Physicians News Digest


ACP: Reserve Advanced Imaging of Lower Back Pain for Higher-Risk Patient


Advanced imaging for lower back pain should be reserved for higher-risk patients, according to the American College of Physicians.

In the new guideline, which is the first in a series of papers aimed at helping physicians identify misused medical treatments, ACP said there was strong evidence that routine X-ray, CT scan, or MRI for low back pain doesn't improve patients' health. Instead, those tests should be given only to patients with severe or progressive neurological deficits, who are suspected of having a serious or specific condition, or who are candidates for invasive interventions.

The recommendations, called "Diagnostic Imaging for Low Back Pain: Advice for High-Value Health Care from the American College of Physicians," were published in the Feb. 1 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine: "Unnecessary imaging can lead to a series of unnecessary additional tests, interventions, follow ups, and referrals that do not improve patient outcomes," according to Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, MHA, FACP, director of clinical policy for ACP.

Diagnostic imaging


2010 Marked by a Recall of Eggs, Drug Warnings and Progress on Flu Vaccines


A nationwide recall of eggs in August left many of us wondering about the safety of our food. New restrictions placed on a popular diabetes drug in September raised questions about medication safety. And editorials this past year in major medical journals on the alarming increase in radiation exposure from imaging tests were a wake-up call about the risks posed by the technology. But we did learn from these problems, and not all the news during 2010 was bad.

Health-care reform, which started taking effect this past summer, will improve access to treatment and insurance. And public-health officials were ahead of the flu this year, with new and possibly better vaccines.

Washington Post


State Society News


LSIPP Annual Spring Meeting set for February 24, 2011

The Louisiana state chapter of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will meet at Fleming's restaurant in Baton Rouge, La. on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm with cocktails followed by dinner. RSVP 318-323-6405


RSVP now for the 2011 ILSIPP Annual Meeting

The members of the Illinois Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will meet at 6 p.m. March 17 at the the Braxton Seafood Grill in Oakbrook.

Jeffrey D. Petersohn, MD, an adjunct Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, will serve as the featured speaker. His topic is "New Technology in the Treatment of Lower Back Pain."

The event is being hosted by Dr. Timothy Lubenow, ISIPP President, from Rush University Medical Center in conjunction with Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Please direct RSVPs directly to 312-942-5773 or TTRRLLMD@aol.com. Please include the full names of each guest in your party.


FSIPP Annual Meeting 2011 set for May 13-15, 2011

Be sure to save the dates of May 13 - 15, 2011, for FSIPP's Annual Meeting, Conference & Tradeshow, to be held again at The Gaylord Palms, Kissimee (Orlando). The event will kick off Friday evening, May 13, with a Welcome Reception and a presentation on The Health Benefits of Wine!

Continuing education lectures will go on all day Saturday and Sunday morning, as has been our format for the last couple of years. We've had some very good feedback about the educational content of our meetings, and the 2011 meeting is shaping up with some exciting topics: Continuing education lectures will go on all day Saturday and Sunday morning, as has been our format for the last couple of years. We've had some very good feedback about the educational content of our meetings, and the 2011 meeting is shaping up with some exciting topics:

  • "Soft Tissue Pathology"
  • "The Musculoskeletal Physical Exam with Pearls"
  • "An MCO Medical Director's Perspective on Pain Management - Medical and Interventional"
  • "Clinical Research Breakthroughs/Updates"
  • "The Evolution of Epidural Lysis of Adhesions"
  • "The Dangers of Transforaminal ESI"
  • "The Florida Statutes, DOH Regulations, and BOM/BOOM Rules Regarding Pain Clinics"

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Please watch http://flsipp.org/ for developing program and registration details, or call 904-221-9171.


Physicians Wanted


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

Physicians Wanted


 

 


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