June 12, 2013
Partnered with Henry Schein GPO - Join Today
ASIPP is pleased to
announce that a partnership has been formed with Henry Schein and PedsPal, a
national GPO that has a successful history of negotiating better prices on
medical supplies and creating value added services for the independent
Working with MedAssets,
PedsPal provides excellent pricing on products like contrast media that help to
alleviate some of the financial pressures you experience today. While the cost
of contrast media has skyrocketed due to the single dose vial issue, because we
have partnered with Henry Schein, this could enable you to purchase Omnipaque
240mg/50 ml for slightly above $4.50.
It will be easy for ASIPP members in good standing to
enroll today and begin to realize the savings this partnership can bring.
Members can also see sample prices by going to http://pedspal.org/asipp/default.html then click on "view our
discounted supplier prices" and use the Username: ASIPPmember and the Password:
Or click on the words "join
for free now" and begin saving today.
2013 Board Review
Course set for July 29-Aug. 2 in St. Louis, MO
Make plans today to attend teh 2013 Board Review Course
set for July 29-Aug. 2 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louise,
This intensive and
comprehensive high-quality review will prepare physicians appearing for the
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)-Subspecialty Pain Medicine
examination and for the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians
(ABIPP)-Part 1 examination.
* A five-day review
covering anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, ethics,
interventional techniques, non-interventional techniques,
controlled substances and practice management
* 39 unique lectures by
experts in the field
* Participants can earn up
to 44.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
* Extensive educational
* Extensive evaluation
sessions with daily pre-test, post-test, and review
You can earn up to 44.25 AMA PRA
Category 1 credits.
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Click HERE for Chase Park Plaza.
Special ASIPP room rate through July 7, 2013.
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ASIPP to Offer
Pain and Addiction Management Course in July
Register today to attend the Pain
and Addiction Mangement review course set for July 29-30 in St. Louis, MO.
ASIPP Special Room Rates
through July 7
Register Now for
Quality Reporting for Pain Practices Webinar June 25: Don't miss your last
chance to avoid payment penalties
Your practice must
successfully participate in a PQRS program in 2013 to avoid financial penalties
in 2015. You are already up against the clock - after June 1, it will be
difficult to submit enough claims to avoid the impending pay cuts. Register
today for the June 25 webinar. Cost is $175. The webinar will be 90 minutes in
length from 11 to 1230.
Let coding expert Marvel J
Hammer, RN, CPC, teach you how to quickly and successfully introduce PQRS into
your practice. In this 90-minute training, you will:
- Learn how to quickly implement a PQRS program so that your practice
qualifies in enough time to avoid the 2015 pay cut.
- Review the rules for three measures that are suitable for pain
- Discover how to successfully report in the second half of 2013.
- Protect all doctors and NPPs from the 1.5% pay cut.
- Avoid hidden traps in the PQRS rule and make sure you beat the pay
Click HERE to Register now to
ensure you meet Medicare's quality reporting requirements and avoid the coming
Finds Support Slumping for Health Law
Americans' unease with
President Barack Obama's health-care law has intensified, just as the
administration is gearing up to persuade people to sign up for some of its major
provisions, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey finds.
Prior Journal/NBC polls
have found more people calling the health law a bad idea rather than a good one.
But the number calling it a bad idea reached a high of 49% in a poll of 1,000
adults taken between May 30 and June 2, with 43% "strongly" holding that
Some 37% called the law a
good idea. The 12-point gap between supporters and skeptics is the largest since
a survey taken in March 2010, the month the health law was passed.
Ready! NEW Notice Requirement under the Affordable Care Act
Most employers will have a
new notification requirement beginning October 1, 2013. Under the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), new health insurance options will be
available under the health care exchanges or marketplaces as of January 1, 2014.
Employers are required to provide notices to their employees about these new
health insurance options by October 1, 2013 which corresponds with the date open
enrollment begins on the marketplaces for health insurance coverage beginning
January 1, 2014.
The ACA added a new
provision under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that requires an employer to
notify all of its employees about the new health insurance options available
through the marketplace. This requirement applies to all employers who are
subject to the FLSA. This generally applies to employers that employ one or more
employees who are engaged in, or produce goods for, interstate commerce with at
least $500,000 in annual dollar volume of business or if the employer is one of
a list of certain employers such as hospitals, schools, government agencies and
others. To see if you are subject to the FLSA, you can visit their internet
compliance tool: http://www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/flsa/scope/screen24.asp
CMS Clamping Down on Medicare
Over the last four years,
the Obama administration has recovered nearly $15 billion in healthcare fraud
judgments, settlements, and administrative impositions, according to the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The agency reported on June
6 that it has revoked 14,663 providers and suppliers' ability to bill in the
Medicare program since March 2011. "These providers were removed from the
program because they had felony convictions, were not operational at the address
CMS had on file, or were not in compliance
Pressure Linked to Brain Atrophy
Shrinkage in subcortical
regions of the brain was greater in patients with low baseline diastolic blood
pressure in a prospective study, researchers said.
In 663 Dutch patients
followed for a mean of 3.9 years (range 3.0 to 5.8), those with baseline
diastolic pressure of 70 mm Hg or less showed a subcortical atrophy rate
significantly higher than was seen in patients with baseline diastolic pressure
greater than 90 mm Hg, according to Mirjam Geerlings, PhD, of the Julius Center
for Health Sciences and Primary Care in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and
The mean difference in
subcortical volume loss during follow-up was 0.07%(95% CI 0.01%-0.14%) in those
with low versus high baseline diastolic pressure, irrespective of later changes
in diastolic pressure, the researchers reported online in JAMA
of Physicians Unhappy with Job
In its latest survey of the
nation's physicians, Jackson Healthcare found that 42 percent of practicing
physicians are dissatisfied in their job. Some are considering leaving medicine
altogether, while others are considering early retirement.
Physicians cite decreasing
autonomy (46 percent), low reimbursement (35 percent) and administrative hassles
(23 percent) as the key drivers of their dissatisfaction. Female physicians, as
well as those younger than 45 years of age, reported higher levels of
Fifty-three percent of
physicians younger than 45 years of age who have never worked in private
practice said they were dissatisfied with their careers compared with only 32
percent of physicians younger than 45 currently working in private practice.
Growth Found in Steroid Injections
The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration has identified bacterial and fungal
growth in unopened vials of a steroid injection from a Tennessee
pharmacy under investigation for links to reported infections.
Main Street Family Pharmacy
of Newbern, Tennessee, issued a voluntary recall nationwide of all lots of
sterile products that the pharmacy compounds on May 28. Products with a use by
date on or before November 20, 2013, are subject to the recall.
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