April 11, 2012
|ASIPP 14th Annual
Meeting: Meet Outstanding Experts, Learn Emerging Technology
Join us at ASIPP 14th
Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA, June 9 - 13th as we will look into the future
by delving into strategies and the emerging technology in interventional pain
management. These cutting-edge topics will be presented by a faculty comprised
of the top minds of and authorities in IPM.
ASIPP has a reputation
for thought-provoking, cutting-edge general sessions and this year is no
exception. Our guest speaker for this year's Manchikanti Distinguished lecture
titled "The Health Reform Law: What's Happened, What's Next, What you need to
know" is David Merritt. Merritt is a nationally recognized expert in health
policy and health transformation and a sought-after speaker, author, and policy
adviser. He was Senior Health Policy Adviser to Presidential Campaigns and most
recently, the CEO, Center for Health Transformation.
On Sunday, June 10 we
will cover "Guideline Warfare in Interventional Pain Management: Fact, Fiction,
and Reality." In the session we will consider, analyze, and discuss the various
Breakout session topics
include: Emerging technology in IPM including MILD, SCS, and intrathecal
therapies; practice management, documentation, billing and coding; Imaging of
the spine; ultrasound for non-spinal injections; controlled substance use and
abuse; guidelines warfare, residents and fellows section; and abstract/poster
Our annual legislative
session will kick-off on Monday, June 11. We are pleased to announce that the
North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) is once again cosponsoring this
event. You won't want to miss this historical meeting. With NANS and ASIPP as
cosponsors, this year promises to be the best and most productive legislative
session to date. Because ASIPP recognizes the significance of this legislative
tradition, we encourage you to stay through Tuesday and Wednesday, when we take
the meeting to Capitol Hill, to hear several representatives and senators
address us on the issues that affect you and your practice.
The special speaker for
the legislative session is former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services (2007-2009), Tevi Troy, PhD.
HILL SPECIAL: ASIPP will reimburse
the hotel expense for registrants who attend the Congressional Speakers' session
on Tuesday and the Capitol Hill visits on Tuesday and Wednesday (room and tax
only for Monday and Tuesday nights only).
April 27 to receive $100 off your registration.
Don't miss this
year's exciting meeting! Watch for updates and announcements over the coming
Brochure | Register | Hotel Reservations | Exhibitor
Abstract Submission Deadline April
Presentation Proposals for the American Society of Interventional Pain
Physicians 14th Annual
Meeting, June 9-13, are due by April 30.
The top 25
posters will be on display both Saturday and Sunday at the Crystal City
Marriott, Arlington, VA. The top five posters will have abstract presentations
Sunday afternoon. Cash awards will be presented to the top three at the dinner
meeting Sunday evening.
To register go
Registration Fees for Controlled Substance
Enforcement Administration registration fees will increase nearly 33% on April
16. Medical organizations say the move means that physicians will bear an even
more disproportionate share of expenses related to drug diversion
to renew their three-year registration with the agency to prescribe pain drugs,
stimulant medications and other substances will have to pay $731. The fee last
went up in November 2006, when it was $551.
Registration cannot be renewed before April 16 to avoid
the price increase unless the registration is due for renewal anyway. The new rules were
published March 15 in the Federal Register.
In NCCI version 18.1 for
practitioners scheduled for April 1, 2012, all edits in the Mutually Exclusive
edit file will be moved to the Column One/Column Two Correct Coding edit file
with the same implementation and, if relevant, deletion date as the edits have
in the mutually exclusive edit file. These edits are not being deleted from NCCI
but are being moved to the Column One/Column Two Correct Coding edit file. Edits
are effective from 4/1/2012 - 6/30/2012
Click HERE- CCI edits for IPM
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LinkedIn. Get more involved today and visit our new sites.
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Americans Expect Supreme Court's Health-Care Decision to be
More Americans think
Supreme Court justices will be acting mainly on their partisan political views
than on a neutral reading of the law when they decide the constitutionality of
President Obama's health-care law, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Half of the public expects
the justices to rule mainly based on their "partisan political views," while
fewer, 40 percent, expect their decisions to be rooted primarily "on the basis
of the law." The rest say both equally or do not have an opinion.
CMS Rolls Out
Changes for Ambulatory Surgical Centers
Major changes are under way
in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) system of payments to
ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and hospital outpatient
The CMS 2012 final rule
increased payment rates to ASCs by 1.6% this year, and rates under the
Outpatient Prospective Payment System rose by 1.9%.
But, in a move that will
prove more significant in the long term, CMS has adopted new quality measures
for ASCs. The quality reporting system will be integrated over the next two
years and will affect payments beginning in 2014. ASCs that fail to successfully
report the quality measures will face a 2% reduction in facility fee
reimbursement in 2014.
|Pain Physician Now
The Pain Physician journal
now has it's own Facebook page. Like many companies and organizations, the
social media craze has come to Pain Physician and we need your help. First, we
would like you to visit the page and post as often as you like. We also need you
to 'LIKE' the page so we can complete our setup of the page. So visit the Pain
Physician Facebook page and click on 'LIKE'. The current address is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pain-Physician-Journal/372497286106616.
But once we have enough 'LIKE's, we will be able to simplify the address. We
will notify you at that time of the address
Want Calif. SC to Review Anesthetists Case
SAN MATEO, Calif. (Legal
Newsline) - A California physicians organization, along with the California
Medical Association, wants the state Supreme Court to review a decision by two
lower courts that state law does not require physician supervision of nurse
The California Society of Anesthesiologists said Monday it
plans to request a review by the state's high court in CSA and CMA v.
Last month, a state appeals court affirmed the San
Francisco City and County Superior Court's December 2010 decision in the
In order for hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and critical
access hospitals to receive reimbursement under Medicare when a certified
registered nurse anesthetist, or CRNA, administers anesthesia, federal
regulations require that the CRNA must be supervised by a physician.
Legal News Line
Delayed 1 Year Under HHS Proposal
April 9, 2012 - Physicians
would have until October 1, 2014 - an extra year - to begin using a new and
expanded set of diagnostic codes, called ICD-10, under proposed regulations
announced today by the US Department of Health and Human Services
The news was
expected. In February, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had promised that her
department would extend the deadline in response
to physician complaints about the administrative burden of converting to ICD-10
by October 1, 2013, as originally planned. The American Medical Association
(AMA) said the switch to the more voluminous and complex set of diagnostic codes
could both cost medical practices tens of thousands of dollars apiece and
interfere with their adoption of electronic health records and electronic
Doctors Say 45
Common Tests 'Overused'
Nine specialty groups have
listed tests and treatments that are frequently overused, such as CT scans for
low back pain and antibiotics for sinus attacks, as part of a project organized
by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and promoted by Consumer Reports.
Called "Choose Wisely," the
project is aimed at encouraging patients as well as physicians to follow
evidence-based guidelines in managing health problems, avoiding medical
procedures that are unlikely to be of real help.
Each of the nine societies
compiled a list of "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question,"
focusing on tests, drug therapies, and procedures that they viewed as often
ordered without consideration of risks and costs relative to the
Here are the full lists of
overused tests and treatments compiled by the first nine specialty societies to
participate in the Choose Wisely project:
Collections: 5 Mistakes Your Practice Can Avoid
Many practices experience
common accounts receivable (A/R) mistakes that when left unattended result in
the nightmare of watching A/R soar and, sometimes, become unmanageable. Managing
practice collections begins before the first patient visit and ends with a zero
balance; all the while monitoring the key processes involved.
GSIPP 8th Annual Pain
Summit, May 4-6, 2012
The Georgia Society of
Interventional Pain Physicians will host its 8th annual Pain Summit on May 4-6,
2012 at teh Ritz-Carlton Lodge on Reynolds Plantation.
On Friday, May 4, there
will be an all-day session on Chronic Opioid Therapy in Chronic Pain
To register go to: www.gsipp.com
FSIPP Annual Meeting
Dates May 18-20, 2012
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
CASIPP Annual Meeting
Dates Nov. 9-11, 2012
The California Society
of Interventional Pain Physicians Annual Meeting of the will be Nov. 9 -11, 2012
at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, CA.
Go to www.casipp.com for more
Click HERE to view Classified
Physicians Wanted Ads listed on the ASIPP website.
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