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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | May 21, 2014




  1. Room Block ends soon for June 20-21 Spinal & Non-Spinal Interventional Techniques Workshop  
  2. Most employers could shift healthcare coverage to exchanges by 2020, report says
  3. CMS proposes stretching Stage 1 in EHR incentive program
  4. Bundled payments could cut Medicare fraud, experts say
  5. Health insurance coverage now costs $23,215 for a typical family
  6. Too Much Exercise May Be Harmful to Your Health
  7. FDA Finds Pradaxa Linked to Lower Stroke, Brain Hemorrhage Risk
  8. ASIPP Now Offers Animations to Enhance Your Communication and Marketing Needs
  9. Medtronic's Infuse Moves From Operating Room to Courtroom
  10. State Society News 
  11. Physician Wanted 

juneRoom Block ends May 30 for June Spinal and Non-Spinal Interventional Techniques Review Course and Cadaver Workshop 



This 2-day comprehensive review course and cadaver workshop on spinal interventional techniques (basic and intermediate levels) and non-spinal interventional techniques. Participants experience a comprehensive and intense learning opportunity, focusing on interventional pain management techniques.



This intensive review course in spinal and non-spinal interventional techniques is planned as a CME activity for interventional pain physicians-for review, skills improvement or to fullfil state board requirements for CME hours.



After this course, participants should be able to:

- Describe the delivery of multiple aspects of interventional pain management.

- Review multiple areas of interventional pain management including spinal and non-spinal techniques.

- Demonstrate skills through interactive hands-on cadaver workshop.



Physicians should be able to integrate multiple aspects of spinal and non-spinal techniques in interventional pain management in treating their patients so that patients have better outcomes and reduced side effects.






212 N. Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63108 - (877) 587-2427

Each tastefully decorated suite welcomes you with a comforting array of amenities and personal touches, including fine cotton sheets, generously sized towels and pre­mium toiletries.The discounted nightly rate of $160 is available through May 30, 2014 or until sold out which ever occurs first. Ask for the ASIPP room block when registering.


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MostMost employers could shift healthcare coverage to exchanges by 2020, report says



A new report is gaining attention for its prediction that U.S. companies could save trillions of dollars over the next decade by using the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) healthcare exchanges, and eliminating employee health plans.


The report, prepared for the financial services industry by S&P Capital IQ Global Markets Intelligence, predicts that companies could shift 90% of their workers from employer-based healthcare to individual coverage on insurance marketplaces by 2020. If all U.S. companies with 50 or more employees transferred coverage for their employees to the marketplace, they could save $3.25 trillion by 2025, the report predicts. If only Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 companies did so, they would save between $690 billion and $800 billion over the same period.




Medical Economics 


CMSCMS proposes stretching Stage 1 in EHR incentive program


Healthcare providers will have one extra year to use 2011 Edition software in their electronic health record systems under the federal incentive program for health IT under a proposed rule the CMS issued Tuesday. Providers scheduled to jump to the program's Stage 2 criteria will have another year to stay at Stage 1.

Hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals trying to meet the program's Stage 1 meaningful-use criteria can continue to use 2011 Edition software under the proposal, which will give them "more flexibility," according to a joint announcement by the CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.


Modern Healthcare

bundledBundled payments could cut Medicare fraud, experts say


Health and policy experts are pushing for a system that pays doctors a lump sum for medical care or allows them to share in savings, saying it will save millions of dollars over current fee-for-service payments that can lead to fraud and over-use of medications.


In the new system, doctors would not be entitled to extra pay should they prescribe costlier medication.


Earlier this month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., raised the issue of lump sum - or "bundled" - payment plans at a hearing for the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to become secretary of Health and Human Services. A bundled payment demonstration project at Bay State Health in Massachusetts saved $2,000 per Medicare patient for things like hip transplants, she said.



USA Today 


HealthHealth insurance coverage now costs $23,215 for a typical family



The typical cost of health care for a family of four with employer-based insurance this year is $23,215, according to a new report from the Milliman actuarial firm.


The bad news first: That amount has more than doubled in the past 10 years. The goodish news: That cost grew just 5.4 percent between 2013 and 2014, the slowest growth rate since Milliman started keeping track in 2002.


Washington Post 



tooToo Much Exercise May Be Harmful to Your Health


Two studies in the British journal Heart add new evidence to the case that extreme amounts of exercise may be detrimental to health.


One study followed 1,038 patients with heart disease for 10 years and found that those who vigorously exercised daily were more than twice as likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than those who exercised only two to four days a week, while those who exercised rarely or never had the worst outcomes.


That finding is startling because current medical recommendations call for heart-disease patients (like everyone else) to exercise five to seven days a week. Those recommendations aren't likely to change on the basis of a single study, especially one drawn from potentially unreliable patient reports of how much they exercise.



Wall Street Journal 


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FDAFDA Finds Pradaxa Linked to Lower Stroke, Brain Hemorrhage Risk

A Food and Drug Administration analysis released Tuesday found the blood thinner Pradaxa was better at avoiding strokes and brain hemorrhage than a decades-old alternative, though it was linked to more stomach bleeding.

The findings help alleviate some safety concerns about Pradaxa, a drug from Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH. But the bleeding risk has been the subject of thousands of lawsuits, and the study doesn't eliminate existing concerns about that risk.


The new drug was compared with warfarin, a decades-old drug commonly sold in generic form. Both medicines are given mostly to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with a commonly occurring abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. It can cause blood to pool in the heart and over years create clots that can float to the brain and cause strokes.


Wall Street Journal 



ASIPPASIPP Now Offers Animations to Enhance Your Communication and Marketing Needs


ASIPP Marketing Services (AMS) is now a reseller of View Medica Pain Management procedure animations. Procedure animations can be used on ASIPP-TV24 in your waiting room, your web site, and/or hand held devices in consultations with your patients. These high-quality, low-cost animations can be purchased through ASIPP by contacting Ray Lane at rlane@asipp.org or 270-554-9412. ext. 220. 


MedtronicMedtronic's Infuse Moves From Operating Room to Courtroom

Three years after back surgery, Grace Nestler-Bramm learned that a drug designed to repair her spine was causing new bone growth, growth that was wrapping around the spine and compressing nerves.


By then it was too late. The bony overgrowth associated with Infuse already had done irreparable damage.

She is now disabled by pain, and has difficulty walking -- often needing a cane or wheel chair when she leaves her home. Doctors have told her that additional surgery to fix the problem would be too dangerous.



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CASIPP Sets Date for Annual Meeting


The California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting September 12-14 at the Terranea Resort (www.terranea.com) in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.


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* Please send your State Society meetings and news to:
 Holly Long at hlong@asipp.org


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