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" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

IN THIS ISSUE
1. Time to Stand Up and Fight: Critical Shortage of Essential Drugs Due to Single Dose Vial Policy - Multi-Society Consensus Statement Issued
2. Senate Panel Investigates Drug Companies' Ties to Pain Groups: American Pain Foundation Shuts Down as Senators Launch Investigation of Prescription Narcotics
3. Meeting Your Need to Know: IPM Future Strategies and Emerging Trends
4. ASIPP Offers Review Courses, Competency Exams in San Francisco
5. Medicaid Reimbursement Rate Hike Proposed
6. Bill Would Repeal SGR, Phase Out Medicare Fee-for-Service
7. Impending e-Prescribing Deadline June 30
8. E-RX Webinar Set for May 24
9. How Does Kentucky's Latest Pain Management Legislation Impact Physicians?
10. FDA Weighs Prescriptions Without Medical Visits
11. $100,000 HIPAA Fine Designed to Send Message to Small Physician Practices
12. Omnicare Settles Federal Case for $50M
13. Survey for Health, Poverty Benefits Threatened in Congress
14. State Society News
15. Physicians Wanted

 

Time to Stand Up and Fight: Critical Shortage of Essential Drugs Due to Single Dose Vial Policy - Multi-Society Consensus Statement Issued

 

ASIPP has been working on onerous regulations, including the single dose vial policy.  copies of the letters from the links.Congress is concerned, providers are concerned; however, the CDC and CMS have their own ideas of what evidence-based medicine is and it seems to have nothing to do with evidence.

 

The CDC continues to follow the philosophy that single dose vials should be used on only one patient. Now it appears they may also add a regulation limiting the use of radiation gloves to one pair per one patient. This could be the end of interventional pain management as we know it. Everything will be pushed into a hospital setting. At the current reimbursement levels, with the added expense of these regulations, it will soon be unaffordable to perform these procedures in ASCs or offices.

 

ASIPP stands by our consensus statement and also the multiple correspondences we have sent to the CDC and CMS.Now we ask that you also stand up and take action.

 

Use the links below to send letters from yourself, your office staff, patients, their attendants, and relatives -- everyone you know. Preferably the letters should be customized, but if not, just use the letters already present on Capwiz.

 

You are just 3 steps away from taking action:

  

PRINT copies of the letters from the links.

 

To Congress: http://www.asipp.org/documents/CapwizLettertoCongress.doc

 

To CDC: http://www.asipp.org/documents/Single-doseVialLettertoCDC.doc

 

To FDA: http://www.asipp.org/documents/Single-doseVialLettertoFDA.doc

 

To CMS: http://www.asipp.org/documents/Single-doseVialLettertoCMS.doc

 

 

GET signatures from your patients

 

ENTER names and emails into Capwitz to send to your letters electronically. 

 

Capwiz letter to CDC, FDA and CMS:

 

http://www.capwiz.com/asipp/issues/alert/?alertid=61339786&type=AN

 

Capwiz Letter to Congress:

 

http://capwiz.com/asipp/issues/alert/?alertid=60484526

  

Below are links for  additional information concerning the single dose vial issue:

  

Click HEREfor Congressional Letter

 

Click HEREfor Fact Sheet

 

Click to see Consensus Statement

 

 

Click HERE to see response letter to CDC

 

Click HERE to see letter from Cong. Cliff Stearns

 

Senate Panel Investigates Drug Companies' Ties to Pain Groups

 

As the Senate Finance Committee launched an investigation Tuesday into the relationship between makers of narcotic painkillers and the groups that champion them, a leading advocacy organization said it was dissolving "due to irreparable economic circumstances."

 

The American Pain Foundation, which described itself as the nation's largest organization focused on patients' pain, was the subject of a December investigation by ProPublica in The Washington Post that detailed its close ties to drugmakers.

 

Washington Post 

 



American Pain Foundation Shuts Down as Senators Launch Investigation of Prescription Narcotics

  

As the U.S. Senate Finance Committee launched an investigation Tuesday into makers of narcotic painkillers and groups that champion them, a leading pain advocacy organization said it was dissolving "due to irreparable economic circumstances."

 

The American Pain Foundation, which described itself as the nation's largest organization for pain patients, was the focus of a December investigation by ProPublica in The Washington Post that detailed its close ties to drugmakers.

 

 

Click HERE to read the American Pain Foundation statement

 

 

Huffington Post

 

 

Meeting Your Need to Know: IPM Future Strategies and Emerging Trends

 ASIPP has a reputation for thought-provoking, cutting-edge general sessions and this year is no exception. This year's meeting theme is IPM: Future Strategies and Emerging Technologies.

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 guidelines.

 

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 presentations.

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.

 

CAPITAL 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).

  

Don't miss this year's exciting meeting! Watch for updates and announcements over the coming weeks.

  

 

Brochure | Register | Hotel Reservations | Exhibitor Application

 

 

ASIPP Offers Review Courses, Competency Exams in San Francisco

 

 

Attend the Comprehensive Review Course in Controlled Substance Management July 30-31 and take that Competency Exam on Aug. 1

 

 

Register HERE

 Or

 

Attend the Comprehensive Review Course in Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Aug. 2-3 and take that competency exam Aug.5.

 

Register HERE

 

 Courses will be at the Westin San Francisco Market Street.

 

Click HEREfor reservations

medicaidMedicaid Reimbursement Rate Hike Proposed

   

Primary care providers, some subspecialist physicians, and nurse practitioners who treat Medicaid patients would  paid at Medicare rates-in some cases up to nearly three times the amount that Medicaid pays-under a proposed rule designed to stop doctors from refusing to treat the poor because of low reimbursement.Primary care providers, some subspecialist physicians, and nurse practitioners who treat Medicaid patients would be

 

And since the cost of paying for Medicaid programs is now split about 50/50 between the federal government and the states that administer them, the proposal allocates about $11 billion for states to bridge that gap in 2013 and 2014.

 

 

HealthLeaders Media 

Bill Would Repeal SGR, Phase Out Medicare Fee-for-Service

 

 

A bipartisan bill introduced by the House would avert a Medicare Payment cut of roughly 30% in 2013 by repealing the program's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. It also would phase out its fee-for-service payment system.

 

The ambitious plan has garnered loud applause from organized medicine, but its prospects of passage look cloudy in a hyper-partisan presidential election year, especially in light of its price tag. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently reported that eliminating the SGR formula - created in 1997 to set physician reimbursement - and merely freezing Medicare rates for 10 years would cost $316 billion. That figure essentially represents debt that Congress has put on the Medicare books by postponing physician pay cuts going back to 2003.

 

Adding to the cost of the bill, called the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act of 2012, are modest raises from 2014 through 2017.

 

 

Medscape Today 

 

impendingImpending e-Prescribing Deadline June 30

 

 

The American Medical Association (AMA) reminds physicians that June 30, 2012 is the deadline to report on at least 10 electronic scripts to avoid the 2013 Medicare e-prescribing program penalty. Physicians who are not able to meet the requirements of the program should apply for a hardship exemption External Link applicable to their particular case before the June 30, 2012 deadline.

 

"While we do not think physicians are being given enough time to comply with the Medicare e-prescribing program, we want to make them aware of the upcoming e-prescribing deadline so they can take steps now to prevent being hit with the 2013 penalty," said AMA Immediate Past-President Cecil B. Wilson, M.D. In November 2011 CMS released the final regulation on the 2013 Medicare e-prescribing penalty program.

 

The penalty for not successfully participating in the program, or not filing for an exemption on time, is a 1.5 percent payment reduction for all Medicare claims based on the 2013 fee schedule amounts during the year. Apply for an exemption. Source: American Medical Association, May 04

rxE-RX Webinar Set for May 24

 

June 30th, 2012, is the last chance to avoid 2013 Medicare E-prescribing penalty!Not Participating With Medicare May Not Avoid Future e-Rx Penalty Adjustments

 

 If you have not yet participated in the e-Rx Incentive Program, this webinar will help you with using any of the following options

  1. Claims-based reporting

  2. CMS-qualified Registry-based reporting

  3. CMS-qualified EHR direct submission

  4. CMS-qualified EHR data submission vendor

It's Not Too Late to Start...E-prescribing: Use it 10 times for Medicare Patients Between Now and June 30, 2012 or Lose Money in 2013. Don't Miss Your Second Chance to Avoid the Medicare 2013 e-Rx penalty Adjustment. If you are participating in Medicare's EHR Meaningful Use Incentive Program, you will still need to report your e-Rx to avoid 2013 and 2014 penalty adjustments. Non-physician Providers that don't have prescriptive privileges still need to report e-Rx hardship G code to notify Medicare. Learn how to avoid e-Rx penalty adjustment for your non-physician providers that don't have prescriptive authority.

Click here to register.

 

 Act Now and Avoid the 2013 Medicare e-Rx penalty!

howHow Does Kentucky's Latest Pain Management Legislation Impact Physicians?

 Q&A With Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians 

 

Kentucky last month signed into law a bill requiring physicians to consult the state's online drug database, Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting, prior to prescribing pain medication to a patient. The bill, HB 1, targets the overprescribing of opioids and introduces stricter definitions and standards for pain management clinics.

Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, chairman of the board and CEO of the American Society Of Interventional Pain Physicians and the Society of Interventional Pain Management Surgery Centers, discusses the impact of the bill for both physicians and patients, and how Kentucky now aligns with other states on policies to curb prescription drug abuse.

 

Becker's ASC Review 

FDAFDA Weighs Prescriptions Without Medical Visits

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering a move that would allow patients to obtain prescription medications without ever seeing a doctor. Instead, patients would use technology to evaluate their needs.

The new model of drug distribution being considered by the FDA would allow some drugs for chronic conditions, such as asthma and allergies, to be sold under "conditions of safe use," a proposed category that would describe prescription drugs sold over the counter. To determine whether patients meet conditions of safe use of the drug, the FDA is recommending the development of new technology to help diagnose and assess patients' needs. The model would expand the role of pharmacists while reducing that of physicians.The FDA is considering the new model due to changes in both technology and the health care system, Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said at a March 22 hearing.

 

 AMA news

fine$100,000 HIPAA Fine Designed to Send Message to Small Physician Practices

 

In announcing a resolution settlement with a cardiac surgery practice, the Dept. of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights issued a warning to doctors: No matter the size of your practice, you will be held accountable for HIPAA violations.

On April 17, Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, a five-physician practice with offices in Phoenix and Prescott, Ariz., became the first small practice to enter into a resolution agreement that included a civil money penalty over charges that it violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy and Security Rules (hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/enforcement/examples/
pcsurgery_agreement.pdf
). The practice agreed to pay $100,000 and take corrective actions.

 

 

AMA news

omnicareOmnicare Settles Federal Case for $50M

 

CLEVELAND - Long-term care pharmacy provider, Omnicare, has reached a settlement with the Justice Department that is the largest controlled substance settlement in history, said the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Omnicare will pay a civil penalty of $50 million to settle claims that some of its pharmacies:

* routinely dispensed controlled substances to residents of long-term care facilities without a prescription signed by a practitioner;
* dispensed controlled substances to residents of long-term care facilities from prescriptions missing essential elements such as drug name and dosage;
* did not properly documenting partially-filled prescriptions, which resulted in preventing the DEA from conducting an audit; and
* in a limited emergency situation, dispensed controlled substances without an oral prescription called in by a practitioner.

 

 

Healthcare Finance News

surveySurvey for Health, Poverty Benefits Threatened in Congress

 

Americans needing health insurance or disability services could be overlooked by their local governments if a bill now being considered by the Senate passes. It would eliminate a survey that some call a vital source of information about health indicators of millions of Americans, but which House Republicans say is too expensive and raises privacy concerns.

 

It's called the American Community Survey. The Census Bureau surveys about a quarter of a million Americans every month. Community officials, academics and businesses rely on this information to understand the markets they operate in and the needs of individual localities. The House last week passed a Republican-backed bill that would cut the survey altogether, citing costs and privacy issues.

 

 

CNN Health

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