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January 4, 2012

 

 

·  Only 22% of Payors Fully Ready to Support ICD-10

·  Registration, Room Discounts Available for February Course in Phoenix! Three Choices

·  Doctors Have to Manage Smartphone Distractions

·  ObamaCare: More Government, Fewer Doctors

·  Commentary Rx Drug Database is Worth Sparing

·  Lab Notes: Injections That Are 'Soft as Silk'

·  Prescription Drug Abuse - Part 1: Persistence pays off in fight for database

·  Purchase Your Patient Copies of PAIN-WISE Today

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted


Only 22% of Payors Fully Ready to Support ICD-10


In a survey of 106 leaders from healthcare payors, 35 percent of respondents named cost or ROI as their top concern when implementing organization-wide IT systems to meet coming mandates through healthcare reform, according to an
Information Week report.

According to the report, many payors will need to upgrade their IT infrastructure to comply with mandates such as the transition to the ICD-10 coding system. Around 21 percent of payor leaders cited short deadlines to comply with mandates, such as the change to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2013.

Only 22 percent of payors said they were fully ready to support ICD-10, while 37 percent said they were "somewhat prepared." Thirty-six percent had just started preparing for the transition, and just over 5 percent have not finished evaluating their IT capabilities or created a plan for the new coding system.

Becker's ASC Review


Registration, Room Discounts Available for February Course in Phoenix! Three Choices


ASIPP is offering three different courses in one warm, wonderful, and scenic location! Join us on Februrary 24 at the beautiful Hilton Pointe Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, AZ.

The course choices are: Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop with basic, intermediate, and ABIPP preparation (advanced) levels; Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Comprehensive Review Course (Feb 24-25) Competency Examination - (Feb 26); and Controlled Substance Management Comprehensive Review Course - (Feb 24-25) Competency Examination - (Feb 26)

Take this opportunity to not only break away from the cold but also earn CMEs. Consider comimg early or staying over. Bring your family and stay and play! Registration and Room Rate Discounts are available through February 2.

Brochure and Registration for Review Course and Cadaver Workshop

Coding, Complinace, and Practice Management brochure and registration

Controlled Substance Management brochure and registration


Doctors Have to Manage Smartphone Distractions


Physicians are accustomed to dealing with interruptions of all kinds -- nurses with questions, phone calls from the pharmacy, incoming test results. With recent surveys showing that more than 80% of doctors carry smartphones and about a third use iPads or other tablet computers, some doctors are raising concerns about the capacity of these always-with-you devices to cause new distractions that could hurt patients.

Physicians are accustomed to dealing with interruptions of all kinds -- nurses with questions, phone calls from the pharmacy, incoming test results. With recent surveys showing that more than 80% of doctors carry smartphones and about a third use iPads or other tablet computers, some doctors are raising concerns about the capacity of these always-with-you devices to cause new distractions that could hurt patients.

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AMA news


ObamaCare: More Government, Fewer Doctors


ObamaCare: More Government, Fewer Doctors

  • More people will demand medical care.
  • There will be fewer doctors to handle them.
  • Those who do will get paid less.
  • Those who do will be subject to increasingly onerous regulations.

The New American


Commentary Rx Drug Database is Worth Sparing


At a time when prescription drug abuse and overdoses have reached epidemic proportions nationwide, California officials are preparing to shut down the database used to track abusive pill seekers and doctor shoppers.

Ending this database would be dangerously shortsighted and costly, reversing years of proactive prevention work aimed at thwarting prescription drug abuse in this state. Doctors would no longer be able to check an important and lifesaving database to see if a patient is doctor shopping or using multiple narcotics at the same time. Law enforcement efforts would be severely hampered.

California's prescription drug monitoring program, founded in 1939, is the oldest in the nation. Its database, known as the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), contains more than 100 million entries of controlled-substance drugs.

U-T San Diego


Lab Notes: Injections That Are 'Soft as Silk'


Instead of the "pinch" of a hypodermic needle to administer drugs, tiny biodegradable needles made of silk protein could be used to deliver precise doses painlessly, researchers suggested.

An engineering group described in Advanced Functional Materials how the microneedles could be made at room temperature and pressure with a water-based process, which wouldn't destroy sensitive biologic medications.

Even large-molecule drugs could be mixed with the silk protein solution, and adjusting the conditions under which they dried determined short or extended release of the medication.

Because the tip of the needles penetrate the skin without reaching nerves, they would be painless to use, the researchers noted.

MedPage Today


Prescription Drug Abuse - Part 1: Persistence pays off in fight for database


NEW PORT RICHEY - For 10 years state Sen. Mike Fasano and his staff fought to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Florida.

NEW PORT RICHEY - For 10 years state Sen. Mike Fasano and his staff fought to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Florida.

Their efforts, along with that of other lawmakers and officials, finally paid off. The database went live Oct. 17. As of Dec. 16, more than 24.7 million dispensing records were uploaded.

Tampa Bay Newspapers Weekly


Purchase Your Patient Copies of PAIN-WISE Today

ASIPP is pleased to announce the newly published patient education book, PAIN-WISE. It is the perfect tool to provide your patients the reliable information they need and deserve.

PAIN-WISE includes complete and authoritative information for your patients including:

  • Identification of various parts of the body that can cause pain, using a simple anatomy guide
  • Tips for getting the most out of doctor's visits
  • Basic explanations of common interventional pain management techniques
  • Information on minimally invasive surgery techniques
  • Explanation of implantable therapies for the treatment of severe chronic pain

Written by three ASIPP members, PAIN-WISE was edited for clarity and conciseness and features numerous illustrations and photographs to help your patients better understand their diagnosis and treatment protocols.

PAIN-WISE is a comprehensive and affordable publication you can offer to your patients to help educate them on their path to wellness.

Here's How to Order

To enable ASIPP members to provide a copy of PAIN-WISE to each patient in their care, ASIPP has made available through the publisher, a very special discount. You can purchase these books at a discounted price of up to 50% off the $15 retail price. Your cost for this must-have ASIPP patient education initiative can be as low as $7.50 per copy plus shipping and handling when purchased in quantity.

Follow the link today to order online at www.hatherleigh.com or call toll-free 1-800-367-2550 (All royalties from sales of PAIN-WISE go to a national media campaign about pain awareness supported by ASIPP.)to place your order by phone.


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.

Physicians Wanted

 

 

 


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