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October 12, 2011

 

  • Registration Discounts Available Through Oct. 18 for November Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop
  • Obama Gambles on Health Reform Before Supreme Court
  • Fourth Quarter National Correct Coding Policies Released
  • OIG to Compare Surgery Center Payment Rates, Safety and Quality to HOPDs
  • FDA, CMS launch pilot program for voluntary parallel review of innovative devices
  • Sen. Schumer Calls for FTC Investigation into Gray Market Drugs
  • Medicare Tests Monthly Incentives for Innovative Primary Care
  • As Premiums Rise, Are Even the Insured Scrimping by Skipping Doctor Visits?
  • Many Pills, Many Not Taken
  • State Society News
  • Physicians Wanted

  • Registration Discounts Available Through Oct. 18 for November Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop
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    Register today to attend the Nov. 11-13 Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop for Basic, Intermediate, and Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management Examination Preparation course review.

    This 2½-day review course and workshop is designed for interventional pain physicians, for a review, skills improvement or to assist in preparation for Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management Examination qualifications.

    ASIPP offers the most in-depth, comprehensive, and individualized programs available in interventional pain management, featuring maximum hands-on training with cadavers in a state-of-the-art facility and maximum ability to interact with other participants.

    Early Bird - On or before October 18, 2011. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Memphis and the MERI Center in Memphis, TN,

    click HERE to view brochure

     


    Obama Gambles on Health Reform Before Supreme Court
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    Legal experts say the decision by the Obama administration to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a 26-state challenge of the health system reform law shows confidence that the justices will uphold the statute, but the move poses some risk. The high court opinion probably will arrive in the thick of the 2012 election process, and any decision that goes against the law will be used to try to weaken the president's re-election campaign, experts said.

    Public Policy Research in Washington. However, the administration is facing some implementation deadlines that make it unwise to keep the statute in limbo into 2013 or beyond, he said. "The court needs to deal with this."

     


    Fourth Quarter National Correct Coding Policies Released
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    These new edits have been effective since 10/1/2011 and will be effective through 12/31/2011.

    For detailed analysis of NCCI for most commonly used interventional techniques, please follow the following link. http://www.asipp.org/feeschedules.html

     


    OIG to Compare Surgery Center Payment Rates, Safety and Quality to HOPDs
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    The Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Health & Human Services has released its 2012 Work Plan, which includes two studies concerning ambulatory surgery centers, according to an ASCA release. 

The first study, entitled "Ambulatory Surgical Centers: Payment System," will review the appropriateness of Medicare's methodology for setting ASC payment rates under the revised payment system. The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association has raised ongoing concerns regarding the growing disparity between payment rates to ASCs and hospital outpatient departments. The two facilities are updated based on two different systems: the CPI-U for ASCs and the market basket for HOPDs.

    The second study, "ASCs and HOPDs: Safety and Quality of Surgery and Procedure," will review the safety and quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries in both settings. The OIG will assess pre-surgical care and surgical care in both settings, identify adverse events and compare quality and safety between the settings.

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    FDA, CMS launch pilot program for voluntary parallel review of innovative devices

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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today launched a "parallel review" pilot program for concurrent review of medical devices for FDA approval and Medicare coverage.

    The FDA and CMS, which will begin accepting submissions today, issued procedures for voluntary participation and guiding principles that the agencies will follow during product review. The FDA and CMS anticipate that parallel review will facilitate the development of innovative new products and increase the efficiency of the review processes for both agencies.

     


    Sen. Schumer Calls for FTC Investigation into Gray Market Drugs
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    NEW YORK CITY - In light of the record drug shortages currently plaguing U.S. healthcare, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is calling for a Federal Trade Commission investigation into gray market drug resellers' exorbitant price mark-ups as possible price gouging.

    Media reports noted that at a press conference on Sunday, Schumer cited a Premier healthcare alliance report released in August that claimed gray market vendors add huge price mark-ups to desperately needed drugs. In its analysis, Premier found the average mark-up for shortage drugs was 650 percent. The single highest mark-up was 4,533 percent for a drug used to treat high blood pressure.

     


    Medicare Tests Monthly Incentives for Innovative Primary Care
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    Washington -- Medicare will partner with private insurers to offer physicians patient management fees and the opportunity to share savings under a primary care payment initiative led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

    The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative is a new collaboration between public and private payers to strengthen primary care, CMS officials said during a Sept. 28 news conference. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation is inviting insurers to join government health plans in trying a new approach to paying for primary care starting in 2012.

     


    As Premiums Rise, Are Even the Insured Scrimping by Skipping Doctor Visits?
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    Americans are spending more money on insurance premiums, and they're spending less out of pocket on health services. The trend doesn't reflect patients getting more health coverage for their insurance money, experts say. It reflects patients, even those with insurance, avoiding spending cash on health care they think can be put off.

    "Patients are paying more, and they are getting less. It's a distortion of the economics of health care in our country," said Glen Stream, MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. "And we see people for economic reasons deferring important screening procedures or coming in less often for chronic conditions such as diabetes."

     


    Many Pills, Many Not Taken
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    When it comes to medicine, as many as half of Americans don't stick to their regimens. They fail to fill about 20% to 30% of prescriptions written by doctors, don't take drugs as directed, and don't refill medications when they run out.

    Now, health-care providers have new strategies to increase medication adherence, as concerns rise about health risks and the high costs of treating noncompliant patients who have chronic illnesses.

    Prescriptions that don't get picked up or refilled can be tracked using electronic medical records and prescribing technology. Clinical pharmacy specialists, case managers and other team members follow up with reminders, phone calls and counseling to get patients back on the wagon.

     


    State Society News
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    KSIPP Plans Annual Meeting, Oct. 22


    KSIPP is hosting its annual meeting from 10 am to 5 pm Oct. 22 at the Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green,KY. Click HERE to view brochure.

    The meeting is open to Kentucky and Indiana members. Cost is $75 for active members, $100 for non members, $50 for associate members or non-physician, non-members; and no cost for fellows. Click HERE to register.

    Participants can earn up to 5 CME credit hours. Discussions will include an introduction to KASPER and a presentation by the Drug Enforcement Agency. A meeting of the Kentucky Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Board of Directors will follow the review course sessions. Lunch will be provided, but participants must reserve their seat and let organizers know which entrée they prefer: sautéed chicken or grilled vegetables. For more information, call Connie Smith at 270-781-2212.


    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


    CASIPP Annual Meeting Dates Nov. 9-11


    The annual meeting of the California chapter of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will be Nov. 9 -11 at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, CA.

    Go to www.casipp.com for more information.


    FSIPP Annual Meeting Dates May 18-20


    The Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians has set the date for their next annual meeting for May 18-20, 2012 at the Gaylord Palms, Orlando, FL.

    Read more about the meeting and other activities going on in the state of Florida in their newsletter. Click HERE to read latest issue.

    For a complete look at the May meeting schedule and CME information, click HERE

     


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

     


     

     

     


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