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" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

July 20, 2011

 

  • Comprehensive Pain Management/IPM Review Books Available
  • Purchase a HIPAA CD and Join Us for Free Webinar August 30
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation Course Set for September
  • National Correct Coding Policies
  • New Private Nonprofit Health Plans Will Increase Competition, Give Consumers and Small Businesses More Health Insurance Choice
  • Quest for SGR reform: Avoiding the eleventh-hour drama
  • ASIPP Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses In Three Weeks
  • Medicare proposes a 50% cut for some imaging fees in 2012
  • Injection Drug Users in Greatest Need of Substance Abuse Treatment
  • ASIPP Lobbies on Washington for Ambulatory Surgery Center Bill
  • Concierge medicine offers hands-on care at a price
  • Physicians Wanted

  • Comprehensive Pain Management/IPM Review Books Now Available

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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 ·

    DVD - $150 plus shipping

    3 Book Volume:
    Foundations, Clinical Aspects, and Board Review Self-Assessment · Hard copy - $500 plus shipping · DVD - $300 plus shipping

     

    3 Books with DVD:
    Foundations, Clinical Aspects, and Board Review Self-Assessment · $650 plus shipping

    Order Today!

    Purchase a HIPAA CD and Join Us for Free Webinar August 30
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    ASIPP is offering a free webinar Tuesday, August 30, with the purchase of the new HIPAA CD. The CD is available for purchase now and the webinar will be held at 11 am CST August 30.

    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 order the CD, click HERE

    HIPAA CD and Webinar

    Spinal Cord Stimulation Course Set for September
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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. We look forward to seeing you in Memphis.


    National Correct Coding Policies
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    Effective from 07/01/2011 to 09/30/2011 . These new edits have been effective since July 1, 2011 and will be effective through September 30, 2011. For detailed analysis of NCCI for most commonly used interventional techniques, please follow link: http://www.asipp.org/documents/CCIEdits07012011.pdf

    CCI Edits

    New Private Nonprofit Health Plans Will Increase Competition, Give Consumers and Small Businesses More Health Insurance Choice
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    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) took steps to encourage the creation of Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs), new private non-profit, consumer-governed health insurance plans that will help increase competition and give consumers and small businesses additional affordable health insurance choices. CMS is proposing standards for CO-OPs, and for qualifying for $3.8 billion in repayable loans to help start-up and capitalize these new health plans. All CO-OP loans must be repaid with interest and loans will only be made to private, nonprofit entities that demonstrate a high probability of becoming financially viable.

    CO-OPs are designed to give consumers and small businesses control over their own health insurance. CO-OPs are private, non-profit insurers governed by their members and offering affordable, consumer-friendly health insurance options. CO-OPs will use any profits to benefit its members, including actions to lower premiums, improve health benefits, improve the quality of members' health care, expand enrollment, or otherwise contribute to the stability of coverage for members.

    CMS

    Quest for SGR reform: Avoiding the eleventh-hour drama
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    Back in May, Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R, Texas), discussed his idea for reforming the much-maligned formula that helps determine Medicare physician pay. Under the plan, House lawmakers would hold hearings that month, mark up a bill in June and approve legislation before Congress recessed for its annual August break.

    The plan was ambitious, but at first it appeared to be on track. House committees held several hearings on the issue and promised to hold more. Moving beyond the issue of whether the pay formula should be scrapped, Democrats and Republicans started soliciting ideas about the system that should replace it from dozens of associations representing physicians. At least initially, there appeared to be a level of momentum behind the issue that had not always been present.

    AMA news

    ASIPP Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses In Three Weeks
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    Make your plans today to attend the ASIPP Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses scheduled during the week of August 1-5 in St. Louis, Mo.

    August 1-5, 2011 ASIPP Board Review Course Register Brochure

    August 6, 2011 ABIPP Part I Examination (ABIPP application must be submitted for approval prior to the exam)

    August 1-3, 2011 Comprehensive Review Course in Controlled Substance Management (August 1 -August 2) and Competency Examination (August 3) Register

    August 4-6, 2011 Comprehensive Review Course in Coding, Compliance and Practice Management (August 4-5) and Competency Examination (August 6) Register

    Register today!

    Medicare proposes a 50% cut for some imaging fees in 2012
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    Washington -- As physicians try to stop an across-the-board Medicare pay cut of 29.5% from taking effect in January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing additional pay reductions for certain specialists and penalties for those who fail to prescribe electronically next year.

    The proposed 2012 physician fee schedule released July 1 paints a gloomy picture for doctors participating in Medicare. CMS is required by statute to implement the across-the-board cut unless Congress steps in to prevent it. But the agency also would expand its multiple procedure payment reduction policy to physicians who interpret the results of certain advanced diagnostic imaging scans.

    AMA news

    Injection Drug Users in Greatest Need of Substance Abuse Treatment
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    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.-Injection drug users are in greater need of substance abuse treatment compared to non-injecting drug users, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International.

    "Our findings indicate that injection drug use is associated with substantially more substance abuse-related problems than non-injection drug use, including a higher prevalence of dependence, unemployment, and co-occurring mental and physical disorders," said Scott Novak, Ph.D., a senior behavioral health epidemiologist at RTI International and the study's lead author. "These problems appear to characterize a treatment-resistant population in need of specialized treatments."

    The study, published in the July issue of Journal of Addictive Diseases, used data from the National Survey on Drug use and Health, to compare past-year injection drug users and non-injection drug users' routes of administration of those who use heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

    Newswise

    ASIPP Lobbies on Washington for Ambulatory Surgery Center Bill
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    The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians has announced its support of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality and Access Act of 2011 (H.R. 2108, S. 1173), recently lobbying for passage of these bills during ASIPP's 13th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., which was jointly held with the Society of Interventional Pain Management Surgery Centers and North American Neuromodulation Society.

    On June 28, ASIPP members met with 135 senators and representatives and staff from 35 different states to express the Society's belief that this "bi-partisan legislation is a necessary measure to end a payment system that has been spiraling out of control for years," according to a letter from ASIPP.

    During the meetings, ASIPP members distributed a two-page fact sheet outlining the need for reforming the ASC payment system. A copy of the fact sheet can be viewed by clicking here (pdf).

    Becker's ASC Review

    Concierge medicine offers hands-on care at a price
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    At first, Rita Mitchell thought she might bolt from her doctor of 10 years after learning she'd have to pay a $1,500 annual fee to stick with him when he switched to a strategy that trimmed his patient load but promised more hands-on care to those who remained.

    The Waynesboro, Tenn., woman was told that she'd get more personalized care, including hourlong office visits, 24/7 access to Dr. James C. Couch III and a detailed annual physical exam.

    A year and a half after signing up - and paying the fee - Mitchell believes she's getting her money's worth under the model that's known as concierge medicine.

    Tennessean

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

    Physicians Wanted

     


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