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September 14, 2011

 

  • National Survey Shows a Rise in Illicit Drug Use from 2008 to 2010
  • Register for November Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop
  • 5 Ways To Manage Your Online Reputation
  • As CME Funding Shifts from Industry, Others Foot the Bill
  • Hardship Waivers Last Chance To Avoid Medicare E-Prescribing Penalty
  • DEA Moves to Emergency Control Synthetic Stimulants
  • Medtronic Infusion Pump Recalled
  • Resistance to MediGap plan changes on the rise
  • State Society News
  • Physicians Wanted

  • National Survey Shows a Rise in Illicit Drug Use from 2008 to 2010
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    The use of illicit drugs among Americans increased between 2008 and 2010 according to a national survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows that 22.6 million Americans 12 or older (8.9-percent of the population) were current illicit drug users. The rate of use in 2010 was similar to the rate in 2009 (8.7-percent), but remained above the 2008 rate (8- percent).

    An increased rate in the current use of marijuana seems to be one of the prime factors in the overall rise in illicit drug use. In 2010, 17.4 million Americans were current users of marijuana - compared to 14.4 million in 2007. This represents an increase in the rate of current marijuana use in the population 12 and older from 5.8-percent in 2007 to 6.9-percent in 2010.

    Another disturbing trend is the continuing rise in the rate of current illicit drug use among young adults aged 18 to 25 -- from 19.6-percent in 2008 to 21.2-percent in 2009 and 21.5-percent in 2010. This increase was also driven in large part by a rise in the rate of current marijuana use among this population.

    Click HERE to read survey results.

    SAMHSA

     
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    Register 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.

    Register now!

    5 Ways To Manage Your Online Reputation
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    Even if some physicians themselves are not online, their names, comments on their style of practice, and complaints or compliments about them probably are.

    All of the online content devoted to a particular physician could negatively impact his or her reputation, and subsequently his or her business, if steps aren't taken to manage that content and -- when necessary -- defend it. This is often referred to as online reputation management.

    Online reputation management has become big business, as evidenced by the number of radio and online ads offering to help physicians. But physicians can manage their own reputations, help build positive ones, and prevent negative content from turning into a crisis that needs to be dealt with professionally.

    AMA news

    As CME Funding Shifts from Industry, Others Foot the Bill
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    Drug- and device-makers' financial support for continuing medical education fell for the third straight year in 2010, reaching its lowest level since 2002.

    With industry support falling to $830 million -- 31% lower than the high-water mark of $1.2 billion in 2007 -- CME providers are relying more heavily on the fees they charge physicians. Those fees are $20 to $50 per credit hour. Annual CME requirements range from 15 to 50 credit hours, depending on the state.

    AMA news

    Hardship Waivers Last Chance To Avoid Medicare E-Prescribing Penalty
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    Washington -- An estimated 100,000 physicians and other health professionals at risk for being hit with Medicare electronic prescribing program penalties next year have until Nov. 1 to report a hardship exemption and give the Medicare agency a reason why they should not have their pay reduced in 2012.

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will give physicians a second chance to use an expanded list of exemptions to avoid a pay decrease of 1% in 2012 for not meeting e-prescribing requirements earlier this year, the Medicare agency announced in an Aug. 31 final rule. The rule gives physicians an extra month to obtain waivers compared with a rule proposed earlier this year, but it does not give physicians the additional chance to report e-prescribing measures for 2011 that the American Medical Association had requested.

    AMA news

    DEA Moves to Emergency Control Synthetic Stimulants
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    The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control three synthetic stimulants (Mephedrone , 3,4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and Methylone). This action was necessary to protect the public from the imminent hazard posed by these dangerous chemicals. Except as authorized by law, this action will make possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the U.S. for at least one year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) further study whether these chemicals should be permanently controlled.

    A Notice of Intent to temporarily control was published in the Federal Register today to alert the public to this action. This alert is required by law as part of the Controlled Substances Act. In 30 days or more, DEA intends to publish in the Federal Register a Final Order to temporarily control these chemicals for at least 12 months, with the possibility of a six-month extension. The final order will be published in the Federal Register and will designate these chemicals as Schedule I substances, the most restrictive category, which is reserved for unsafe, highly abused substances with no currently accepted medical use in the United States.

    "This imminent action by the DEA demonstrates that there is no tolerance for those who manufacture, distribute, or sell these drugs anywhere in the country, and that those who do will be shut down, arrested, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. "DEA has made it clear we will not hesitate to use our emergency scheduling authority to control these dangerous chemicals that pose a significant and growing threat to our nation."

    DEA

    Medtronic Infusion Pump Recalled
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    Battery problems with two of Medtronic's SynchroMed II implantable infusion pumps have forced the company to recall them, according to the FDA, although the recall only affects products not yet implanted.

    The company has determined that the batteries in models 8637-20 and 8637-40 develop internal films that impair performance, causing the pumps to stop working.

    These products are indicated for delivery of morphine sulfate and ziconotide for treatment of chronic pain; intrathecal baclofen for severe spasticity; and floxuridine and methotrexate for certain cancers.

    Medpage Today

    Resistance to MediGap plan changes on the rise
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    WASHINGTON - A provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act that intends to increase Medicare beneficiaries' share of healthcare costs is meeting resistance from a group of 33 state insurance regulators, health insurers and consumer advocates charged with revising Medigap insurance policies that cover most out-of-pocket expenses.

    The National Association of Insurance Commissioners assembled the group to come up with ways to raise the beneficiaries' cost for the most popular and generous Medigap policies, a task Congress assigned to the association in the health law. Since then, the idea of shifting some costs to beneficiaries in Medigap policies has emerged as one of several proposals to reduce the federal deficit.

    The proposals suggest that if Medigap policies cover less of beneficiaries' costs, some seniors will be less likely to overuse Medicare-covered healthcare services. The Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that such changes could save the government $53 billion in Medicare spending over a decade by strengthening incentives "for more prudent use of medical services."

    Healthcare Finance News

    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 for 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.

    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.



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

    Physicians Wanted

     


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