October 2, 2103
Register Today for
Vegas Cadaver Workshop and Online Video Lectures
Make plans today to join us in Las Vegas November 16 and 17th.
This 1½-day workshop is
designed for interventional pain physicians, for a review, skills improvement,
or to assist in preparation for Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management
Examination qualifications. ASIPP offers the most in-depth, comprehensive, and
individualized programs available in interventional pain management, featuring
maximum hands-on training with cadavers in a state-of-the-art facility and
maximum ability to interact with other participants.
experience a comprehensive and intense learning opportunity, focusing on
interventional pain management techniques.
* Each cadaver station is
limited to a maximum of 7 participants.
* Participants can choose
the level of participation: basic, intermediate, or Comprehensive Interventional
Pain Management Examination Preparation Course.
* C-arms and
state-of-the-art equipment are utilized in this course.
* Participants will be
provided with 7 video lectures relevant to the course material
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Oct. 25 at the Westin Las Vegas
begins; health programs impacted
With lawmakers unable to
make a deal on how to fund the government, federal agencies began a partial
shutdown on Oct. 1.
closure should not hit doctors in the pocketbook. Medicare is expected to
continue "largely without disruption" in the short term, according to the Health
and Human Services department contingency
plan for operating during a shutdown. Payments for Medicaid and
the Children's Health Insurance Program should also be unaffected, since federal
monies for that program were previously set aside.
But the shutdown will
impact many of the day-to-day functions at federal health agencies, from grant
making to disease surveillance.
Muted Rollout for
Much-Changed Health-Care Law
It's Oct. 1 and the
Affordable Care Act is finally getting its rollout, but President Barack Obama's health-care law looks a lot different
from the one he signed 31/2 years ago.
Thanks to a Supreme Court
ruling, about half the states aren't participating in a Medicaid expansion that
was a core part of the legislation. The federal government is running the bulk
of new marketplaces for health insurance, not the states as originally
envisioned. And some of the key provisions are delayed, including one that makes
larger businesses pay a fine if they don't offer coverage.
Even the Oct. 1 date, long
spotlighted as the big launch day for the new marketplaces, is being played
down. The Obama administration is planning a low-key rollout.
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Law Hits Late Snags as Rollout Approaches
officials scrambling to get the health law's insurance marketplaces ready to
open on Tuesday keep hitting technical problems, while government-funded field
workers across the country say they aren't fully prepared to help Americans
enroll in the program.
Implementation of the law
is expected to proceed even if the government partially shuts down because
Congress fails to pass the necessary spending bills. But insurers, who are
counting on the law to usher in new customers, say that even short-lived quirks
could sour Americans on participating. That could deter people who are on the
fence about buying coverage-especially young, healthy people needed to make the
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Tour of Obamacare
Explore how America's
health-care overhaul will affect you on this first-person adventure.
When the health exchanges
created by the Affordable Care Act open for enrollment Tuesday, their success
will be judged against a host of imperfect projections.
How many people will sign
up? How much of a dent will the exchanges make in the number of uninsured? How
much will they charge for premiums?
Providing a clear answer
has proved tricky for economists and pollsters, underscoring the difficulty in
predicting human behavior with economic models and the fallibility of employer
surveys on Obamacare.
Cuts to Medicare
Payments for Uninsured Begin
Federally mandated cuts to
Medicare and Medicaid hospital payments for uncompensated care go into effect on
schedule, but hospital associations and lawmakers are actively proposing their
The federal government may
have shut down overnight, but provisions and funding cuts mandated by the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to be effective October 1 are rolling
out as planned.
Much attention has been
directed at the opening of the health insurance marketplaces, but Oct. 1 is also
the day that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services begins cutting
Medicaid and Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments.
Study: Some drug
tests fail to detect synthetic marijuana
Drug tests required
for people on parole or probation often fail to detect the use of synthetic marijuana, a substance that is
increasing in popularity, according to a pilot study recently released by the
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The study, conducted by the
ONDCP and the University of Maryland's Center for Substance Abuse Research
across three sites in the District, Virginia and Maryland, prompted calls for
"Most drug tests are
testing for the old epidemics, and they need to update their panels," said Eric
Wish, director of the center and the principal investigator in the study. "This
is not only for the criminal justice system but the public health system as
calculates Medicare incentives, penalties
Not sure if you're going to
be getting a bonus or paying a penalty to Medicare this year? You're not alone.
Between the Medicare
e-prescribing program, the "meaningful use" incentives for implementing
electronic health records (EHRs), and the Physician Quality Reporting System
(PQRS) - all with different incentive and penalty schedules - it's hard to keep
track of whether payments are going up or down and by how much.
at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) agree. They have
launched an online tool that allows
physicians to click through a few questions and figure out what their payment
adjustments will look like based on 2013 participation in the eRx Incentive
Program, the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, and the PQRS.
Mental-Health Care at the Doctor's Office
Dr. Thomas Goforth with
patient Magali King, who comes to the integrated-care center in New York City
for physical and mental checkups.
psychiatrist Anna Ratzliff oversees mental-health care for nearly 500
patients-most of whom she will never meet.
As the consulting
psychiatrist for four primary-care practices, Dr. Ratzliff confers weekly with
10 care managers who follow the patients closely, provide counseling and chart
their progress in electronic registries. She helps devise treatment plans and
suggests changes for those who aren't improving.
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Natural form of
Tramadol discovered in Africa
A team of researchers led
by Michel De Waard, Inserm Research Director at the Grenoble Institute of
Neurosciences (Inserm, University Joseph Fourier, CNRS), has discovered that an
African medicinal plant produces large quantities of molecules with analgesic
properties. Even more surprising, analysis show that the molecule is identical
to Tramadol, a wholly synthetic medication that is used world-wide as a
painkiller. According to the research team, this is the first time ever that a
synthetic medication produced by the pharmaceutical industry has been discovered
in strong concentrations in a natural source. This unexpected discovery had just
been published in the chemical journal' Angewandte
latifolia (also know as the pin cushion tree) is a small shrub that
is widely abundant throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. In traditional medicine, in
particular in Cameroon, this plant is used to treat different pathologies
including epilepsy, fevers, malaria and
risk for substance misuse fit three subgroups
Adolescents appear to fall
into three distinct subgroups at high risk of misusing drugs and other
substances, based on a variety of their previous behaviors, a report published
in Addictive Behaviors shows.
If future research confirms
this finding, it points the way to tailoring prevention and intervention
programs to these three target groups, said James A. Cranford, Ph.D., of the
Addiction Research Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his
The investigators performed
a cross-sectional Web-based survey of adolescents attending five middle schools
and high schools in southeastern Michigan to assess whether certain
substance-use behaviors could be used to classify them into risk groups. The
2,744 study subjects had a mean age of 14.8 years, and were equally divided
between boys and girls. About 64% were white, 31% were black, 4% were Asian, and
2% were Hispanic or other ethnicities (Addict. Behav.
|State Society News
Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians Schedule Symposium
is now open for the Pain Medicine Symposium, 2013, which is set for Thursday,
November 7, 2013-Sunday, November 10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency, Jersey
the great success of the 2012 program, this program again will be a joint effort
between the New York and New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians.
The curriculum is presented by Course Directors: Sudhir Diwan, MD and Peter
Speakers will be Sanjay Bakshi,
MD, Sudhir Diwan, MD, and Peter Staats, MD.
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NYNJSIPP Pain Symposium.
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