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" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

February 15, 2012

 

  • CMS Will Re-Examine ICD-10 Timeline
  • Deal Near on SGR Fix
  • Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti Discusses Future of Evidence-Based Medicine
  • ASIPP Physician Dr. David Kloth Donates Surgery To Help Patient In Pain
  • New Evidence Points to a "Profits Over Efficacy" Approach to Drug Testing
  • Register Today for April's Spinal Cord Stimulation Course
  • More Than Four Life Sentences for Dr. Paul Volkman: Illegally Prescribed Drugs Resulting in Four Deaths
  • Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Class Set for April
  • Health Care Fraud Prevention And Enforcement Efforts Result In Record-Breaking Recoveries Totaling Nearly $4.1 Billion
  • 14 Hospitals Allegedly Overbilled Medicare for Kyphoplasty
  • Missouri Opposes ACA and Individual Mandate
  • HHS Releases Proposed 2013 Budget
  • State Society News
  • Physicians Wanted

  • CMS Will Re-Examine ICD-10 Timeline

     


    Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner reportedly told a group of reporters that the agency would take a look at the timeline.

    ASIPP and its members have worked extensively on this issue for over a year by reaching out to Congress, sending letters, press releases, articles, etc. Additionally, at its Interim Meeting in November, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates adopted a resolution to work to stop implementation of ICD-10.

    "There's concern that folks cannot get their work done around meaningful use, their work around ICD-10 implementation and be ready for exchanges," Tavenner said. "So we're trying to listen to that and be responsive."


    ICD-10 To Be Delayed Indefinitely--Never Mind!

    After years of telling us they are serious this time and everyone in the health care system had better be ready on time to implement the new disease coding system, CMS said today the whole project is going to be delayed indefinitely.

    The new ICD-10 system requires payers and providers to convert from the old system of 13,000 codes to the new system of 68,000 codes.

    All payers and providers were supposed to be ready by October 1, 2013. The acting CMS Administrator said, "There is a concern that folks cannot get their work done around meaningful use [of information technology], ICD-10 implementation, and be ready for [insurance] exchanges. So we decided to listen and be responsive."

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    Deal Near on SGR Fix


    WASHINGTON -- The joint House-Senate conference committee tasked with fixing the Medicare physician payment formula is very close to reaching a deal, sources said Tuesday afternoon.

    The 20-member conference committee has been meeting for the past month in order to forge an agreement on three things: a year-long payroll tax cut extension, an extension of unemployment benefits, and a fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula used to set physician reimbursement under Medicare reimbursements for doctors.

    Without the fix, a 27.4% reduction in Medicare payments will kick in on March 1.

     


    Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti Discusses Future of Evidence-Based Medicine

     


    Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti, CEO of ASIPP recently shared his thoughts on the future of evidence based medicine in an interview published in a Becker report.

    The interview was titled "The Future of Evidence-Based Medicine in Pain Management: Q&A With Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians"

    Click HERE to read interview.

     


    ASIPP Physician Dr. David Kloth Donates Surgery To Help Patient In Pain

     


    DANBURY -- Early in the morning of June 16, 1999, Matt Cote's son was born at Danbury Hospital.

    As Cote drove home on Shelter Rock Road that afternoon -- on an emotional high -- an oncoming car swerved into his lane and hit his car head-on.

    "When I came to, I was trying to get out of my car," said Cote, 41, who now lives in Waterbury with his wife and son.

    He didn't break any bones, but three disks in his back were damaged, leaving him in constant, nagging and sometimes debilitating pain.

     


    New Evidence Points to a "Profits Over Efficacy" Approach to Drug Testing

     


    An estimated 116 million Americans are affected by chronic pain. Many of these patients have been required to undergo billable random drug screens - supposedly to ensure safety - but were these tests simply a way to make money?

    Sacramento, CA - February 15th, 2012 - It has become common for people with chronic pain who use opioid pain medication to be required to submit to random drug screens as a condition of treatment. The rationale for the use of this billable procedure is to prevent and reduce opioid associated morbidity and mortality. However, there remains insufficient evidence as to the efficacy of drug testing people with chronic pain.

    A new article entitled "Profit-Driven Drug Testing" published today in the Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy suggests that drug testing may have also been motivated by money.

    "The paper takes a retrospective look at drug testing and presents Medicare data which shows a meteoric climb in drug screens," explains report author Mark Collen, a patient advocate. "I was very surprised when I saw the numbers, which shows that between 2000 and 2009 the number of all Medicare laboratory services increased by about 48%, while the number of drug tests conducted in physicians' offices increased over 3,000,000%."

     


    Register Today for April's Spinal Cord Stimulation Course

     









    Registration is open for ASIPP's Spinal Cord Stimulation Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop set for April 13-15 in Memphis, TN.

    The 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 renowned and expert 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 2 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.

    Click HERE to view brochure

    Click HERE to register

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    More Than Four Life Sentences for Dr. Paul Volkman: Illegally Prescribed Drugs Resulting in Four Deaths

     


    Chicago physician Paul H. Volkman was sentenced in U.S. District Court to more than four terms of life imprisonment for illegally prescribing and dispensing pain pills outside the scope of a legitimate medical practice that resulted in the deaths of four people between 2003 and 2005.

    .Evidence presented during the trial showed that Volkman prescribed and dispensed millions of dosages of various drugs including diazepam, hydrocodone, oxycodone, alprazolam, and carisoprodol.

    Volkman operated out of three locations in Portsmouth, Ohio and one location in Chillicothe before task force investigators led by DEA Diversion investigators shut him down in 2006. Customers paid between $125 and $200 cash per visit. After a brief visit with him, they received a prescription for pain medicine. The "clinics" opened their own dispensary in 2003 after local pharmacies refused to honor prescriptions he wrote.

     


    Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Class Set for April

     









    Register today to attend the Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Course and Competency Examination April 13-15 in Memphis, TN

    This course provides educational information on fluoroscopy radiation risks and methods to reduce these risks to both patient and personnel, fluoroscopic interpretation, appropriate needle placement, medical and legal compliance, and billing and coding. Participants will benefit from the course by improving existing skills, learning new skills, or prepare for the interventional techniques certification examination, or prepare for the board examination.

    This course is an essential component for interventional pain physicians and provides educational opportunities to assist you in providing high quality, competent, safe, accessible, and cost-efficient services to your patients. The accompanying examination (open to physicians only) and this course, as with all ASIPP courses, focuses on doing the right things, the right way, and for the right reasons

    Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety (Apr. 13-14) Click HERE to register

    Competency Examination - (Apr 15) *open only to physician)

    Click HERE to register

     


    Health Care Fraud Prevention And Enforcement Efforts Result In Record-Breaking Recoveries Totaling Nearly $4.1 Billion

     


    WASHINGTON -Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report showing that the government's health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered nearly $4.1 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. This is the highest annual amount ever recovered from individuals and companies who attempted to defraud seniors and taxpayers or who sought payments to which they were not entitled.

     


    14 Hospitals Allegedly Overbilled Medicare for Kyphoplasty

     


    Fourteen hospitals have agreed to pay more than $12 million combined to settle federal allegations that they defrauded Medicare by overbilling for kyphoplasty procedures, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

     


    Missouri Opposes ACA and Individual Mandate

     


    What with the presidential non-binding primary over, Missouri is more than just one of three states where Rick Santorum surprised the nation.

    Missouri is also among the most staunchly opposed to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA); the individual mandate specifically.

     


    HHS Releases Proposed 2013 Budget

     


    WASHINGTON - The fiscal year 2013 U.S. Health and Human Services budget strives to make wise investments while being fiscally responsible, HHS officials said yesterday during a live web broadcast announcing its budget proposal.

    "This budget also recognized our solemn responsibility to safeguard tax payer dollars and to make the most of every investment by spending wisely," said Bill Corr, HHS' deputy secretary during his opening remarks on Monday.

    HHS' proposed budget is composed of $941 billion in outlays; 56 percent is for Medicare, 30 percent for Medicaid and 8 percent for discretionary programs.

     


     
     
     

    State Society News


    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 information.

     


    Physicians Wanted


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

     


     

     

     


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