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" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

June 22, 2011

 

·  Last Chance to Get on Board! Don't Get Left Behind - Register Today for the 13th Annual Meeting

·  Ohio Medical Board Now Regulating Pain Clinics

·  ABIPP Part I Examination Applications - Deadline Nears

·  Weaning the Hill off Medicare formula

·  Medicare Claims Soon to Be Open for Data Mining

·  Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management courses

·  The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is calling on Congress to place restrictions on doctors who order substantially more diagnostic imaging services than their peers.

·  Communication key to reducing liability claims in patient handoffs

·  Preparing for ICD-10: Performing a Baseline MR Documentation Assessment

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted


Last Chance to Get on Board! Don't Get Left Behind - Register Today for the 13th Annual Meeting

On Saturday, June 25, ASIPP kicks off the 13th Annual Meeting and we hope to see you there. If you haven't registered, it's not too late.

The 13th Annual Meeting is an opportunity to learn more about your specialty, attend scientific sessions on interventional pain management, and meet other interventionalists from across the country.

This year's meeting offers a topic that has never been presented in such an in-depth and thorough manner. Join us and be can be a part of the discussion on comparative effectiveness research, evidence-based medicine, interventional pain management from the top, the bottom, and also from abroad. 

All of this is followed by a historic legislative event with 7 senators and 4 representatives addressing the issues we face today during the Legislative Session & Capitol Hill Visits. As an incentive for you to join us, ASIPP will reimburse your hotel for Monday and Tuesday nights if you join us on Capitol Hill.

We would like to have representation in every state, however, there are states that are missing representation: Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

If you live or practice in any of these states, please consider representing your state and your specialty. You can control your future if you act today.This may be your only opportunity to speak face-to-face with your elected officials and share with them your concerns.

Click HERE to see the meeting content. If you are not already registered, I encourage you to do so today.

Register Online


Ohio Medical Board Now Regulating Pain Clinics


COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is allowing the state medical board to start regulating pain management clinics to fight drug abuse and keep them from operating as so-called "pill mills."

The first-term Republican governor has signed a bill that restricts the operations of pain management clinics and the owners and physicians who run the facilities, some of which had not been regulated. He signed an emergency executive order Monday authorizing the medical board to start taking action.

In response, the Ohio Medical filed an emergency rule on June 20, 2011 to set forth the standards and procedures for the operation of pain clinics. Among the standards is the requirement for board certification, the regulations state that the physician owner of a pain management clinic must hold a current subspecialty certification in pain medicine under the ABMS, AOA, ABPM, or ABIPP.

Read more on tribtoday.com

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ABIPP Part I Examination Applications - Deadline Nears


ABIPP will accept applications for ABIPP Part I examination until June 30, 2011. The examination will be held on August 6, 2011 in St. Louis, MO at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

Applications for those taking ABIPP Part II must be received no later than July 31, 2011. The Part II Practical examination will be held on September 9-10, 2011 in Memphis, TN at the Hilton Memphis and the Medical Education and Research Institute.

Applications and additional information can be found on the abipp.org Web site. Questions can be directed to Melinda Martin at 270-448-4985 or e-mail to:abipp@abipp.org

ABIPP Application


Weaning the Hill off Medicare formula


The Medicare physician payment formula is often attacked as a budget gimmick that holds down federal spending on paper, even though everyone knows the cuts it imposes will never come into effect.

Weaning lawmakers off the device, however, is challenging not only because putting an end to it gets more expensive with every passing year but because it has failed at achieving the goal it was actually designed for: slowing cost growth. A permanent fix to the problem, experts say, requires not just being honest about what it will cost to pay doctors but also crafting a new payment structure that will succeed where the current formula failed.

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Read more on POLITICO


Medicare Claims Soon to Be Open for Data Mining


Qualified organizations would gain access to Medicare billing data for the purpose of developing physician report cards for the public under a new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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The health system reform law authorized the limited release of Medicare claims data to outside organizations meeting certain qualifications. The organizations would merge Medicare billing data with private insurance information to compile quality, efficiency and performance information on doctors, hospitals and other health care professionals, said CMS Administrator Donald M. Berwick, MD, in a statement accompanying the rule's release on June 3.

amednews.com


Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management courses


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 1-6 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


The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is calling on Congress to place restrictions on doctors who order substantially more diagnostic imaging services than their peers.


The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is calling on Congress to place restrictions on doctors who order substantially more diagnostic imaging services than their peers.

In a new report, the independent agency urged creation of a program under which physicians who order a high volume of MRIs, CT scans, nuclear medicine studies, and other advanced imaging must receive prior authorization from Medicare before performing the procedure.

The move is aimed at driving down costs of what MedPAC sees as an area of medical spending that eats up too much of the total cost of healthcare.

Medpage Today


Communication key to reducing liability claims in patient handoffs


Some medical liability insurers are noting an alarming rise in lawsuits stemming from the transfer of care of patients.

A trend of incomplete patient information, missing tests and poor communication among physicians is causing more medical errors, said Alan Lembitz, MD, vice president of COPIC, a professional liability insurance company based in Denver. These mishaps are leading to more liability claims, he said.

amednews.com


Preparing for ICD-10: Performing a Baseline MR Documentation Assessment


No longer just a rumor, the switch-over from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM is now a sure deal and the established start date remains October 1, 2013. Providers must be an active part of the conversion process, as many of the issues to be tackled are provider-driven. Take, for example, medical record (MR) documentation. MR documentation represents the beginning, middle and end of the current ICD-9-CM life cycle; it is foundational to the entire process of diagnosis coding and nothing materialized to date promises to change with ICD-10. Provider documentation will initiate the assignment of codes, will drive the assessment of medical necessity for payment of services, and will serve to validate those services upon review by oversight entities. With recovery funds now actively worked into the front-end of the government's budget versus being considered "found" money, the advent of ICD-10 will not slow down or alter the federal government's plans to audit providers.

Physician News Digest


State Society News


GSIPP Annual Meeting 2011 Set for Aug. 5

The GSIPP 7th Annual Pain Summit will be held Friday, August 5th thru Sunday August 7th at the Ritz Carlton Lodge on Reynolds Plantation.

For more information email info@gsipp.com


Physicians Wanted


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

Physicians Wanted

 


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