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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | July 30, 2014

  IN THIS ISSUE 

  1.  Room Block for Las Vegas Cadaver Course Extended to August 8!  
  2. Time to Take the Gloves Off - Send your Comment Letters Today
  3. Acetaminophen Fails in Back Pain Trial
  4. Doctors Feel Pressure to Accept Risk-based Reimbursement
  5. Medicare Pressed to Bargain on Drug Costs 
  6. Compromise Reached on Vets' Healthcare 
  7. Now is the Time to Prepare for Board Examinations  
  8. IOM Wants Big Change in Doc Training
  9. Medicare solvent through 2030
  10. 3D Printed Cadavers: Ready for Prime Time?
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Room Block for Las Vegas Cadaver Course Extended to August 8!

Cadaver workshop with basic and intermediate techniques, along with percutaneous disc decompression and vertebral augmentation and ultrasound for nonspinal interventions 


 

ASIPP has scheduled a Cadaver Workshop for Basic, Intermediate and Advanced (Disc Interventions) and an Ultrasound for Non-Spinal Injections Course. to be held Aug. 22-24 in Las Vegas. This is the last time this year that the ultrasound course will be offered.


 


 

Description

This 2 day review course and cadaver workshop includes interventional techniques (basic, intermediate, and advanced), Ultrasound for non-spinal

injections, and Disc Interventions (advanced). Participants experience a comprehensive and intense learning opportunity, focusing on interventional pain management techniques


 

Objectives

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

fluoroscopic interpretation and radiation safety

- Demonstrate skills through interactive review of images


 


 

Accommodations

Planet Hollywood

3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109


 

Reservations can be made through our block at group rate of $145 until 08/08/2014. 

Click HERE to register for hotel.  


 

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Time to Take the Gloves Off - Send your Comment Letters Today

 Comment Time is Ending Soon

 

Just a few days remain to submit your Comment Letters. We need to provide as many opinions and comments as possible regarding the addition of fluoroscopic component to the epidural codes and for reversal of the cuts this year, with retrospective reimbursement from January 2014. We gained substantially in principle in the change for office payments which also provides an opportunity for further negotiations with CMS. However, when fluoroscopy was removed as a separate reimbursement from facet joint injections and sacroiliac joint interventions, the corrective action resulted in an increase in reimbursement by adding part of the fluoroscopy reimbursement to procedure codes.

 

It is our hope that CMS will apply a similar methodology and philosophy to the epidural decision and correct the epidural reimbursement in the same manner. They used the same philosophy, with the Correct Coding Initiative claiming that they were component codes of the procedure and would not be reimbursable separately. We were able to reverse that decision several years ago. Click here to see impact.

 

In order for this to occur, we need each physician to send at least 100 letters from patients, colleagues, and staff. Our goal is to send at least 100,000 letters to CMS. This is not that hard to do - it only takes a bit of time each day.

 

Here is the link for the physician letter - Please place on your letterhead if mailed. To submit via Capwiz click on the follow Capwiz link for physician letters. 

 

For Patient Letters

  • Click on the link for Word version of the patient letter 
  • Print it off daily changing the date and ask your patients to sign as the check in.
  • Each day assign a member (or two) of your staff to enter the patient letters using the  Capwiz link for patient letters
  • Remember, your office must enter the letters otherwise the odds are they won't be submitted!

 

This is an easy way to make a huge impact! Please commit to joining us in this important letter writing campaign. We need the full support and action from our members. Meanwhile, we will continue to work aggressively through  Congress and the administration to reverse these unfortunate cuts. 

 

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Acetaminophen Fails in Back Pain Trial

 

The use of acetaminophen for acute low-back pain was no more effective than placebo, with similar times to recovery regardless of whether the drug was taken regularly or as needed, a large randomized trial found.


 

Among patients who took acetaminophen on a regular schedule, median time to recovery was 17 days (95% CI 14-19) compared with 16 days (95% CI 14-20) for patients receiving placebo, for a hazard ratio of 0.99 (95% CI 0.87-1.14), according to Christopher M. Williams, PhD, of the University of Sydney in Australia, and colleagues.

 

And patients who took the drug as needed also had a median time to recovery of 17 days (95% CI 15-20), for an HR versus placebo of 1.05 (95% CI 0.92-1.19), the investigators reported online in The Lancet.

 

MedPage Today

 

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Doctors Feel Pressure to Accept Risk-based Reimbursement

 

As insurers step up efforts to cover more lives with value- and performance-based contracts, physicians are under the gun to adapt to an altered reimbursement reality.


 

Cigna has met its goal of covering 1 million healthcare consumers under its quality and performance-based reimbursement model called Collaborative Accountable Care (CAC) arrangements, the insurer announced this month.


 

The Bloomfield, Connecticut-based payer has 100 such arrangements with large physicians groups in 27 states. Cigna's National Medical Executive for Performance Measurement and Improvement, Dick Salmon, MD, says large groups were targeted because they had the resources, organization, and capabilities to manage population health.

 

Health Leaders Media

 

 

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Medicare Pressed to Bargain on Drug Costs

 

Medicare could save billions if Congress overcame its reluctance to anger the drug industry and allowed the program to demand rebates or negotiate prices, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said Wednesday. He added that's something polls show many Americans support.


 

Expensive new blockbuster drugs, such as a $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C treatment called Sovaldi, highlight the need to do something soon, the California Democrat said, backing recommendations made in a report released Wednesday by two advocacy groups, the Medicare Rights Center and Social Security Works.


 

MedPage Today

 

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Compromise Reached on Vets' Healthcare

 

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders appear to have reached a compromise on a bill to improve healthcare for military veterans, many of whom have been struggling with long waits at Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare facilities.


 

Under the proposed legislation, known as the "Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014," veterans who wait an unusually long time for care, or live more than 40 miles from a VA facility, will be covered for care they receive from a private-practice physician. In addition, the bill gives the VA secretary the authority "to immediately remove incompetent senior executives based on poor job performance or misconduct."

 

The measure, co-sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) comes in response to the unfolding scandal over wait times for care at certain VA facilities. In late May, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned just as an investigation by the agency's inspector general revealed that a "significant number" of workers who scheduled appointments at the Phoenix VA facility were "manipulating the waiting times of established patients by using the wrong desired date of care."

 

MedPage Today

 

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IOM Wants Big Change in Doc Training

 

An expert panel recommended Tuesday completely overhauling the way government pays for the training of doctors, saying the current $15 billion system is failing to produce the medical workforce the nation needs.


 

"We recognize we are recommending substantial change," said health economist and former Medicare Administrator Gail Wilensky, co-chairwoman of the nonpartisan Institute of Medicine panel that produced the report. "We think it's key to justifying the continued use of public funds."


 

The federal government, mostly via the Medicare program, currently provides more than $11 billion per year in payments to support the training of doctors who have graduated medical school. Most of that goes to the hospitals that sponsor interns and residents. States, through the Medicaid program, contribute nearly another $4 billion annually.

 

MedPage Today

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Medicare solvent through 2030

 

edicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which finances about half the health program for seniors and the disabled, won't run out of money until 2030, the program's trustees said Monday. That's four years later than projected last year and 13 years later than projected the year before the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

 

Unlike Medicare, however, the part of Social Security that pays for people getting disability benefits is in far more immediate danger. The Disability Insurance Trust Fund is projected to run out of money in 2016, just two years from now, unless Congress intervenes, the trustees said.

 

Healthcare Finance News

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3D Printed Cadavers: Ready for Prime Time?

 

Three-dimensional printing has promised to revolutionize fashion, prosthetics, and human organs, but medical educators have taken a more skeptical view when it comes to artificial cadavers.


 

The 3D Printed Anatomy Series -- to be sold later this year by Paul McMenamin, PhD, director of Monash University's Centre for Human Anatomy Education, and colleagues -- contains life-sized replicas of all parts needed to teach the anatomy of the limbs, chest, abdomen, head, and neck. But while it may replace plastic models with higher resolution models, its place in medical schools may be relatively limited.


 

The researchers behind the 3-D printed kit used CT or surface laser scanners on real specimens to get the dimensions right. They then used printers to create parts that are much more realistic than other plastic models.

 

MedPage Today

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Now is the Time to Prepare for Board Examinations

 

Order these IPM Board Review materials which are designed to prepare physicians seeking board certificatin, re-certification, or an in-depth review of the specialty of interventional pain medicine.

 

Videos on DVD 

Order the Videos and receive 5 days of course video on a set of five DVDs. You can watch them on your computer, save them to your computer, or transport them with you to view somewhere else. And you will be able to load this on your iPad for viewing or just to listen to when you're driving

 

Videos Online 

Order the online videos and receive 5 days of course video via the Internet. You can watch them on your computer or any computer with Internet access. You will be given a password to access the high quality streaming video of each day.

 

 

Comprehensive and Timely Books

This three-volume set from ASIPP Publishing was created to give clinicians a complete study course to prepare for pain medicine board certification exams, based upon the curriculum of the American Board of Medical Specialties pain medicine examinations. These books take clinicians on a journey through the specialty of pain medicine and interventional pain management, from their origins and history, to the science and research behind methods and techniques, to pharmacology, types of pain, complementary therapies, and interventional and surgical techniques, and much, much more. Culminating with a comprehensive resource of 1,500 sample board exam questions, complete with thorough explanations of the answers, these books will not only help prepare clinicians for their board examination, they will become valuable resources that will be consulted for years to come.

 

Comprehensive and Convenient eBooks

The three-volume set from ASIPP Publishing created to give clinicians a complete study course to prepare for pain medicine board certification exams, based upon the curriculum of the American Board of Medical Specialties pain medicine examinations is now available in ebooks. Now you will be able to download the ebook version of these books to hand held devices for easy accessiblity for the mobile world we work in. These books take clinicians on a journey through the specialty of pain medicine and interventional pain management, from their origins and history, to the science and research behind methods and techniques, to pharmacology, types of pain, complementary therapies, and interventional and surgical techniques, and much, much more. Culminating with a comprehensive resource of 1,500 sample board exam questions, complete with thorough explanations of the answers, these books will not only help prepare clinicians for their board examination, they will become valuable resources that will be consulted for years to come.

 

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CASIPP to Hold Annual Meeting on September 12-14 

 

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.

 

For more information, go to www.casipp.com

 

 

Save the Date: NY/NJ Chapters Schedule Pain Medicine Symposium

 

The New York and New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians' 2014 Pain Medicine Symposium will be held on November 6 - 9, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City in New Jersey.

 

More information will be available soon.

 

 

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

 

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