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" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

March 16, 2011

 

·  Florida Senate panel strengthens drug monitoring

·  GAO echoes physician concerns on EMR, e-prescribing bonuses

·  $3 billion lawsuit alleges Medicare underpayment to physicians

·  Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop: Early Registration Discount Ends March 25

·  13th Annual ASIPP Meeting Brochure Now Available

·  ASIPP Abstract Registration Open

·  Legislative Awareness, Health Policy, and Advocacy Fellowship Grant Available for Resident Fellow

·  CMS Puts 2012 Medicare Fee Cut at Nearly 30 Percent

·  Opinion Piece - Doctors: Doing Nothing Is No Longer an Option

·  FDA clears first diagnostic radiology application for mobile devices

·  DEA Holding Second Nationwide Prescription Drug

·  State Society News

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Florida Senate panel strengthens drug monitoring


A proposal to strengthen a planned system to monitor prescription drugs in Florida has the unanimous approval of a Senate committee, but the governor - who questions its effectiveness - wants to repeal the program before it even begins.

Attorney General Pam Bondi made a personal pitch for the legislation (SB 818) to the Health Regulation Committee. She said the monitoring system is needed to help close down "pill mills" that dispense prescription medications to drug dealers and addicts who flock to Florida from other states. The measure also includes harsher penalties for "pill mill" operators and doctors who prescribe the drugs.

Miami Herald


GAO echoes physician concerns on EMR, e-prescribing bonuses


Physician organizations say the misaligned Medicare incentive programs force practices to waste resources on interim electronic prescribing systems to beat a June 30 deadline.

Physicians are duplicating efforts and wasting money to satisfy Medicare's mismatched requirements for electronic prescribing and electronic medical record incentive programs, a recent government watchdog report found.

In a Feb. 17 report, the Government Accountability Office criticized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for failing to align the two programs, which provide bonus money for physicians who implement the technology by a certain date and eventual Medicare penalties for those who don't. For example, the e-prescribing program does not require the use of the kind of certified technology that is required in the EMR meaningful use program, the GAO report states. Also, each program has different reporting criteria, which may confuse health care professionals.

amednews.com


$3 billion lawsuit alleges Medicare underpayment to physicians


Physician organizations say the misaligned Medicare incentive programs force practices to waste resources on interim electronic prescribing systems to beat a June 30 deadline.

Physicians are duplicating efforts and wasting money to satisfy Medicare's mismatched requirements for electronic prescribing and electronic medical record incentive programs, a recent government watchdog report found. In a Feb. 17 report, the Government Accountability Office criticized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for failing to align the two programs, which provide bonus money for physicians who implement the technology by a certain date and eventual Medicare penalties for those who don't. For example, the e-prescribing program does not require the use of the kind of certified technology that is required in the EMR meaningful use program, the GAO report states. Also, each program has different reporting criteria, which may confuse health care professionals.

amednews.com


Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop: Early Registration Discount Ends March 25


We are still taking registrations for the April
Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop in Interventional Pain Management. The course will take place on April 8-10 in Memphis, Tenn.

The course features Basic, Intermediate, and Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management Examination section levels.

The course is excellent for those who want to improve existing skills and/or learn new techniques. You will have the opportunity for personal interaction with our distinguished faculty. It is always our goal is to create a thorough and compelling educational experience for you.

The course will take place at the Marriott Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard (901-362-6200) on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday we will transport you to the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) for a hands-on learning experience.

In order to maintain an optimal participant/instructor ratio, space in the course are limited so please register early to assure a spot in the course and in the level of your choice. Register on or before March 24 to receive an early registration discount.

April brochure Click HERE for April Registration

Register Online


13th Annual ASIPP Meeting Brochure Now Available


Mark you calendar to attend the 13th Annual Meeting, Legislative Session, and Capitol Hill Visits June 25-29 in Washington, DC.

This year in an effort to meet the needs of interventional pain physicians and other providers as well, we have created an educational program of the highest caliber with a focus on three very important topics for physicians, staff, and other healthcare providers all under the primary theme "A Vision For IPM In A New Decade e"; Evidence-Based Medicine, as well as Comparative Effectiveness in Interventional Pain Management and the Essentials of Practice Management.

The faculty is made up of experts in the field of IPM, practice management, and governmental affairs. We are honored to have Joseph T. Rannazzisi, DEA Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Diversion Control will address the agencies' role in controlling substance abuse. Dr. James Rathmell speaks on Evidence-Based Medicine: An Academic Perspective from Harvard. From the U.K., speaker Dr Sanjeeva Gupta gives us a sneak peek of IPM in the U.K. and Europe.

Click HERE to view brochure.

Register Today!


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


Legislative Awareness, Health Policy, and Advocacy Fellowship Grant Available for Resident Fellow


Following the success of last years Legislative Awareness, Health Policy, and Advocacy Fellowship grant, ASIPP has expanded the program from one to three positions and increased the amount of funding each participant will receive.

This will allow more Resident and Fellow members to spend one month this summer working closely with the Legislative Aids of a United States Congress member, especially on interventional pain and health policy related issues. They will have the opportunity to sit in on sessions both in the House and the Senate. The recipients will also receive mentorship during this month by ASIPP's leadership including Frank Falco, MD, David Kloth, MD, and Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD.

In exchange for $7,500 provided by Boston Scientific Neuromodulation, each grant recipient will be expected to:

  • Attend the Annual ASIPP meeting in its entirety, including the 3 days of lobbying in Capitol Hill (room will be covered)
  • Create and confirm a meeting schedule that suits their interests and to submit it to the Director of the program at least one month before the onset of their fellowship
  • Completion of one month in Washington DC working and networking
  • Remain in close contact with the Director of the Fellowship program

Applications are open to ASIPP members who are about to finish fellowship, residents in training, or are interventional pain physicians in practice. Applications from residents in training or those who are about to begin a Pain fellowship, will require a letter from their program director that they will be allowed to participate if they are granted the award.

To apply, send a CV, a digital photo, a one-to-two page personal statement regarding your interest and why you would like to be involved to hhameed1@jhmi.edu. The deadline for application is April 1, 2011.

The fellowship window is negotiable, so if you have scheduling conflicts, please outline them in your personal statement.


CMS Puts 2012 Medicare Fee Cut at Nearly 30 Percent


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has estimated that in 2012 Medicare physician reimbursement will be cut by 29.5%.

When President Obama signed a bill in 2010 to postpone the scheduled 25% cut in Medicare reimbursement through 2011, physicians were aware that the pay cut would be greater than 25% come 2012. And, if CMS' estimate holds true, it will be.

MedPage Today


Opinion Piece - Doctors: Doing Nothing Is No Longer an Option


There is a truism that every physician needs to constantly remind themselves of; there is no healthcare without doctors. So why do so many of us feel so powerless and why are so many of us unwilling to do something about it?

PHYSICIANNEWS Digest


FDA clears first diagnostic radiology application for mobile devices


A new mobile radiology application cleared today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow physicians to view medical images on the iPhone and iPad manufactured by Apple Inc.

The application is the first cleared by the FDA for viewing images and making medical diagnoses based on computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear medicine technology, such as positron emission tomography (PET). It is not intended to replace full workstations and is indicated for use only when there is no access to a workstation.

FDA News Release


DEA Holding Second Nationwide Prescription Drug


This spring, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its national and community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (your local time), DEA and its partners will hold their second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Click here for a collection site near you.

DEA


State Society News


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.

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


CASIPP Second Annual Meeting set for June 3-5, 2011 in Santa Barbara

The California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (CASIPP) is proud to present the Second Annual Meeting June 3-5 2011 in Santa Barbara. As with last year's successful event, CASIPP will welcome leading experts to lecture on clinical techniques, political issues and state programs relevant to the Pain Management physician and staff.

Earn eight CME credits while enjoying the luxurious grounds of the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort. To sweeten the deal, the Biltmore has offered discounted rooms to those who register early for the meeting!

Registration is easy online at https://www.casipp.com/register.html.


New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

Will hold a meeting on June 9, 2011 from 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm at Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. For more information call Lisa Hansen at 732-297-2600 or e-mail: njsipp_lisah@yahoo.com


 


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