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" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

March 7, 2012

 

 

·  House Committee Approves IPAB Repeal

·  IPM: Future Strategies and Emerging Technologies - ASIPP 14th Annual meeting

·  Experts Propose Urine Drug Test Guidance for Opioid Therapy

·  Join Us for Intermediate and Advanced Spinal Cord Stimulation Course in April

·  Apply Today to Take the ABIPP Part II Exam

·  Missouri Committee Passes Law Prohibiting CRNAs from Practicing Pain Management

·  ABMS Establishes Time Limits for Attaining Board Certification

·  Secretary Sebelius Announces Next Stage for Providers Adopting Electronic Health Records

·  Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Seminar Set for April

·  Contrary To Conventional Wisdom, Doctors' Ready Access Via Computer-to-Patient Test Results Does Not Reduce Costs or Curtail Test Ordering, Says Study

·  Nature, Nurture Both Have Role in Drug Abuse

·  West VA House Committee OK's Substance Abuse Bill With Changes

·  Plan to Stem Prescription Drug Crisis in New York Fuels Disagreement

·  Pharma Group Updates Code of Conduct

·  The Snowballing Drug Trade

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted


House Committee Approves IPAB Repeal


WASHINGTON - Less than a week after its health subcommittee voted to approve a bill repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), the full House Energy and Commerce Committee followed suit. Tuesday's voice vote passed without recorded opposition.

"What matters is not just what government does, but how we do it," said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) in a statement released about the committee's votes on the IPAB and on two bills affecting the Federal Communications Commissions processes. "Whether it's decisions about how to protect Medicare patients while reducing the cost of the program or whether it's how the Federal Communications Commission administers telecommunications policy, these practices should be open and accountable. And that's precisely what this legislation is designed to accomplish."

"We applaud the House Energy and Commerce Committee for passing H.R. 452," said Peter Carmel, MD, president of the American Medical Association, in a statement. "The AMA has actively supported repeal of the IPAB because it would add to the problems caused by the broken Medicare physician payment formula."

Healthcare Finance News


IPM: Future Strategies and Emerging Technologies - ASIPP 14th Annual meeting


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.

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 presentations.

On Monday, June 11, we will once again hold the legislative session portion of our meeting featuring a grassroots approach to preparing for our Capitol Hill visits on Tuesday, June 12, and Wednesday, June 13.

Watch for updates and announcements over the coming weeks!

Register today!


Experts Propose Urine Drug Test Guidance for Opioid Therapy


March 1, 2012 (Palm Springs, California) - All patients who are prescribed opioid therapy for longer than 3 months should be subjected to random urine drug monitoring every 3 to 6 months, depending on their risk for abuse, according to an expert opinion statement presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) 28th annual meeting.

"Clinicians need to recognize that all patients have a degree of risk for misuse of opioids and that monitoring is necessary to maintain patient safety, structure care with greater objectivity, and guide ongoing treatment decisions," said the statement, authored by 11 experts in the fields of pain and addiction medicine.

Point of care (POC) testing "affords a relatively low?cost solution to the need for immediate information," the guidelines state. If POC is used, a gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) test or liquid chromatography dual mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) test should be conducted every 3 to 6 months, depending on the patient's risk, they add.

Medscape News


Join Us for Intermediate and Advanced Spinal Cord Stimulation Course in April


Join us in April for a rare opportunity to learn advanced procedures and emerging technology in Spinal Cord Stimulation. This ASIPP Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop will take place on April 13-14 in Memphis, TN.

The in-depth review course and cadaver workshop will cover intermediate and advanced topics and procedures that are rarely taught in other courses. Participation is limited to assure optimum experience for every physician. Each station will provide the latest SCS technology:

  • New Leads
  • New Anchors
  • New Programming Platforms
  • New Lead Placement Devices
  • And more!

This is an excellent opportunity for physicians to compare products side-by-side while at the same time learning about the very latest science and engineering. You will be exposed to occipital stimulation techniques, cervical, thoracic, DRG, and sacral placement techniques, and more.

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

April SCS Course in Memphis


Apply Today to Take the ABIPP Part II Exam


The deadline to apply for the April test dates for the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians is Saturday, March 31.

The test will be held April 14 and 15 in Memphis, TN.

The American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) is a Specialty Board providing Board Certification in Interventional Pain Management and Competency Certification in Controlled Substance Management, Competency Certification in Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management and Competency Certification in Fluoroscopic Interpretation and Radiological Safety.

The eligibility requirements and examination materials for ABIPP certification programs have been developed based on substantial review and analysis of the current state of medical and scientific knowledge of the treatment of pain, as reflected in the medical literature.

Apply today!


Missouri Committee Passes Law Prohibiting CRNAs from Practicing Pain Management


On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, the Missouri Senate Health Committee passed a substitute version of Senate Bill 682 bill by a unanimous 6-0 vote that defines chronic and interventional pain management and restricts its practice to licensed physicians in the state. The bill still has to be signed by the House, Senate and Governor.

The bill's passage means that Certified Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in Missouri no longer may practice chronic and interventional pain management

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ABMS Establishes Time Limits for Attaining Board Certification


Physicians no longer have an indefinite amount of time to achieve board certification.

A new American Board of Medical Specialties rule requires doctors to be certified three to seven years after completing residency training. Time limits will vary by specialty, with each of the ABMS 24 member boards to set policy by April 16.

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AMA news


Secretary Sebelius Announces Next Stage for Providers Adopting Electronic Health Records


On Fri Feb 24, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the next steps for providers who are using electronic health record (EHR) technology and receiving incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid. These proposed rules, from CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), will govern stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, eligible healthcare professionals and hospitals can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt certified EHR technology and use it in a meaningful way. What is considered "meaningful use" is evolving in three stages:

  • Stage 1 (which began in 2011 and remains the starting point for all providers): "meaningful use" consists of transferring data to EHRs and being able to share information, including electronic copies and visit summaries for patients.
  • Stage 2 (to be implemented in 2014 under the proposed rule): "meaningful use" includes new standards such as online access for patients to their health information, and electronic health information exchange between providers.
  • Stage 3 (expected to be implemented in 2016): "meaningful use" includes demonstrating that the quality of healthcare has been improved.

HHS


Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Seminar 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

Register for Imaging, Fluoroscopy Course


Contrary To Conventional Wisdom, Doctors' Ready Access Via Computer-to-Patient Test Results Does Not Reduce Costs or Curtail Test Ordering, Says Study


Bethesda, MD -- Despite the widely held assumption that having computer access to patients' test results will reduce testing, a new study shows that doctors who have such access to tests in the ambulatory care setting are more likely to order imaging and lab tests.

Researchers writing in the March issue of the journal Health Affairs say their findings challenge one premise of the nation's multibillion-dollar effort to promote widespread adoption of health information technology (HIT). They warn that the effort "may not yield anticipated cost savings from reductions in duplicative or inappropriate diagnostic testing" and, in fact, could drive costs up.

Health Affairs


Nature, Nurture Both Have Role in Drug Abuse


A study of adoptive children has confirmed that the risk of drug abuse is contingent on both genetic and environmental factors, as well as a complex interplay between the two, researchers said.

Adopted children whose biological parents abused drugs were twice as likely to do the same, but so were their adopted siblings with whom they shared no heredity, Kenneth Kendler, MD, of Virginia Commonwealth University, and colleagues reported online in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

The study confirms that "drug abuse is etiologically complex with important genetic and shared-environmental influences. Both the genetic and the familial environmental influences on drug abuse are themselves multi-faceted," Kendler and colleagues wrote.

MedPage Today


West VA House Committee OK's Substance Abuse Bill With Changes


One of the more amended bills of the regular legislative session this year passed the Health and Human Resources Committee of the House of Delegates March 5 after more than two hours of discussion and several changes.

The governor's drug abuse bill, Senate Bill 437, passed the Senate last week after some flip-flopping amendments and a month of debate in two different committees.

The measure is a comprehensive approach to substance abuse in the state, addressing things such as chronic pain management, database reporting, advisory and review committees, the use of a Multi-State, Real-Time Tracking System and opioid treatment program facilities.

The State Journal


Plan to Stem Prescription Drug Crisis in New York Fuels Disagreement


An ambitious plan to reverse New York's growing prescription drug epidemic is causing a rift between legislators and health care providers, pitting a proposed computer system that would require doctors and pharmacists to meticulously scan patients' medical history for patterns of abuse against arguments by two professional associations that increased monitoring would backfire.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing (I-STOP) bill, which is criticized by the Medical Society of the State of New York and the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, would connect prescribers to a centralized online database that tracks frequently abused controlled substances in real time. It would help physicians avoid over-prescribing by requiring them to review patients' prescription history before they issue a new prescription, and pharmacists to check the database for script authenticity before they dispense painkillers. It would also mandate that doctors and pharmacists report new prescriptions every time they are written and filled.

Forbes


Pharma Group Updates Code of Conduct


The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) has released updated guidelines governing interactions between doctors and industry that are focused on weeding out unethical gift giving and promotion.

The updated Code of Practice requires member companies to train all employees to acknowledge the difference between gifts and promotional aids versus items of medical utility and support for continuing medical education, according to a statement from the Geneva-based organization.

The code also includes a provision for disclosure of information about clinical trials and a guidance for filing complaints, the statement said.

MedPage Today


The Snowballing Drug Trade


CAPE TOWN - The proliferation of drugs is nothing new. A 100 years ago, China consumed more opium than it does today, while drug abuse in the US was rife.

But 100 years on, with the anniversary of the Opium Convention of the Hague of 1912, the picture is a far more frightening one.

Gang killings, drugs via the internet and ships loaded with drugs. This is the drug economy of 2012. Here's a look at the global drug map, gleaned from the launch of the annual report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) in Cape Town.

Money Web


State Society News


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 Management

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 information.


Physicians Wanted


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Physicians Wanted


 

 

 

 


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