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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | April 8, 2015

IN THIS ISSUE 

    1. Registration Now Open for July Board Review Course in Chicago 
    2. ASIPP To Offer Controlled Substance Management, Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses in Chicago
    3. Is Pain a Public Health Crisis? Federal advisory group wants to frame chronic pain as public health problem 
    4. FDA Sports North Carolina Recall of Products by  Prescription Center Pharmacy 
    5. Obamacare 40% Cadillac Tax Hits No Frills Plans Too. Like Your Plan, Keep Your Plan? 
    6. Medicare penalizes 330 large medical groups 
    7. Grow Your OON Revenue: 4 Tips For ASCs
    8. HHS To Combat Prescription Opioid Drug Overdose Epidemic 
    9. Mariel Hemingway's Out Came the Sun
    10. 90% Of Future Physicians Intend To Avoid Private Practice
    11. Risk Factors Elucidated for Early Dose Escalation in Long-Term Opioid Therapy 
    12. Medtronic Is Headed For Strong 2015 - 8 Reasons Why
    13. The Best & Worst States For Physicians To Practice
    14. State Society News 
    15. Physician Wanted 
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Registration Now Open for July Board Review Course in Chicago

 

Make plans today to attend the 2015 Board Review Course set for July 21-24 at the Palmer House in Chicago, IL.

 

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

- Unique lectures by experts in the field

- Extensive educational materials

 

 MEETING LINKS  |  REGISTRATION  |  BROCHURE  |  PALMER HOUSE  |  

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ASIPP To Offer Controlled Substance Management, Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses in Chicago

 

The ASIPP Comprehensive Review Courses and Exams in Controlled Substance Management and Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on July 22-24, 2015.

 

The Coding, Compliance and Practice Management is so beneficial to practices, both office-based and ASCs, that many physicians send their staff early to keep them current on the cutting edge aspects of practice management. These intensive review courses are designed to present interventional pain management specialists and other health care providers an in-depth review of multiple areas of interventional pain management-the areas we were never taught, yet are crucial for our survival.

 

 The course features many nationally recognized experts in pain management billing and coding and practice management as well as controlled substance management. In today's environment of regulations and litigations, you can't afford not to broaden your knowledge and refresh your skills in these areas.

 

Educational Objectives for Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management in IPM:

- Discuss documentation

- Review practice management topics

- Discuss coding and billing

- Examine compliance issues

 

CLICK HERE to register for Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Course 

 

Educational Objectives for Controlled Substance Management:

- Review basic science and core concepts

- Discuss pharmacology

- Identify clinical use and effectiveness

- Identify substance abuse

- Discuss topics with documentation, regulatory issues, legal issues, and ethical issues

 

CLICK HERE to register for Controlled Substance Management Course 

 

In addition to the review course, the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (for physicians) and the American Association of Allied Pain Management Professionals (for non-physicians) offers the opportunity for examination in order for physicians to obtain competency certification to and non-physicians to obtain associate certificates in Controlled Substance Management and Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management.

 

Click HERE for Reservations at The Palmer House Hotel  

17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603 | Phone: 312-726-7500

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Is Pain a Public Health Crisis? Federal advisory group wants to frame chronic pain as public health problem.

 

Federal advisory group has released a draft version of its National Pain Strategy, which seeks to redefine the way pain is perceived and treated in the U.S.

 

The strategy ultimately derives from a mandate in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which asked the Department of Health and Human Services to "increase the recognition of pain as a significant public health problem."

 

Read More: MedPage Today 

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FDA Sports North Carolina Recall of Products by  

Prescription Center Pharmacy

 

FDA is joining the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy (NC BOP) to urge health care professionals, including veterinarians, and patients not to use products made and distributed by the Prescription Center pharmacy, located at 915 Hay St., Fayetteville, North Carolina. In an inspection conducted in March by the NC BOP, state inspectors observed significant deficiencies that raise concerns about the company's ability to assure the sterility, stability and potency of the sterile and non-sterile human and veterinary drug products that it produced. The Prescription Center has been closed by order of the NC BOP, and the NC BOP has ordered a recall of all lots of sterile and non-sterile products compounded or repackaged and distributed by the Prescription Center between Sept. 10, 2014, and March 10, 2015. See Press Release.

 

Read More: FDA. Gov

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Obamacare 40% Cadillac Tax Hits No Frills Plans Too. Like Your Plan, Keep Your Plan?  

 

In 2010, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged passage of Obamacare so we could find out what's in it. We found many new taxes, but in 2010, few worried about the Cadillac tax that was 

delayed until 2018. Besides, it would apply only to truly rich plans for the most elite. The numbers no longer seem so elite.

 

The tax applies to individual health plans worth more than $10,200 and family plans worth more than $27,500. They are hit with a whopping 40% excise tax. Former Obamacare adviser Jonathan Gruber gloated that rising medical costs would ensure that the Cadillac tax would all but eliminate tax deductible company provided health insurance. Mr. Gruber even said President Obama was in the room when the Cadillac tax lie was created.   

 

Read More: Forbes

Medicare
Medicare penalizes 330 large medical groups

 

Dr. Michael Kitchell initially welcomed the federal government's new quality incentives for physicians. His medical group in Iowa has always scored better than most in the quality reports that Medicare has provided physicians in recent years, he said.

  

But when the government launched a new payment system that will soon apply to all physicians who accept Medicare, Kitchell's McFarland Clinic in Ames didn't win a bonus. In fact, there are few winners: out of 1,010 large physician groups that the government evaluated, just 14 are getting payment increases this year,according to Medicare. Losers also are scarce. Only 11 groups will be getting reductions for low quality or high spending.

 

Read More: Healthcare Finance News 

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 Grow Your OON Revenue: 4 Tips For ASCs

 

In a webinar hosted by Becker's ASC Review on Feb. 24, Liz Taylor, ambulatory surgery center operations manager and Clint Hughes, vice president of marketing, at MediGain, discussed ways ASCs can increase their out-of-network revenue.

 

It is a fallacy to believe that revenue cycle management deals only with the coding, billing and collecting after the procedure is complete. "Revenue cycle management process begins at the time a surgeon's office calls to schedule a surgery," says Ms. Taylor. "The surgery center needs to gather all pertinent data to make an informed decision on whether or not to do the case."

 

Read More: Becker's ASC Review  

HHS
HHS To Combat Prescription Opioid Drug Overdose Epidemic

  

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is launching an initiative aimed at opioid-related overdose, death and dependence.

 

Opioid analgesics have been increasingly implicated in drug overdose deaths in the nation in the last decade, the agency reported. With approximately 37% of drug overdose deaths in 2013 involving prescription opioids-and other factors such as a 39% increase in heroin-related deaths between 2012 and 2013-the HHS said that "it is time for a sustainable response to prevent and treat opioid use disorders."

 

Read More: Pain Medicine News   

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Mariel Hemingway's Out Came the Sun

"We all try to negotiate our childhood to win, and we make choices within our environments that become part of us. But no matter what your pain is-physical, emotional, spiritual-when you decide to tell your story, it is a really powerful way to start the healing process." 

 

Read More: Pain Pathways    

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90% Of Future Physicians Intend To Avoid Private Practice

 

athenahealth has released the results of its 9th annual Epocrates Future Physicians of American Survey, and America's future physicians say they have neither the desire nor the knowledge to participate in private practice.

 

Medical students today largely intend to avoid private practice, are unsatisfied with their business skills and are putting faith in technology to improve communication, according to the results of the survey, which polled 1,400 medical students on their training and on practices in the healthcare industry. According to the report:

 

Read More: Becker's ASC Review  

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Risk Factors Elucidated for Early Dose Escalation in Long-Term Opioid Therapy
 
Patients who frequently contact their doctors and those with substance use disorders have a greater risk for dose escalation during the first year of long-term opioid therapy for chronic musculoskeletal pain, a new study suggests.

Researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study using electronic health records to identify factors associated with dose escalation in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain. The use of high-dose opioids (more than 100 mg morphine or equivalent) significantly increases a patient's risk for opioid abuse and opioid-related overdose and death. Understanding the development of dose escalation in the early stages of treatment might help to prevent these problems, according to the researchers. 

 

Read More: Pain Medicine News   

Medtronic
Medtronic Is Headed For Strong 2015 - 8 Reasons Why  

Medtronic completed its merger with Covidien on Jan. 27, marking the beginning of what could be a very strong year for the company, if everything falls into place.

In a Seeking Alpha article, Eric Li argues 2015 will be a strong year for the company. Here are eight reasons why...

 

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The Best & Worst States For Physicians To Practice
 

Compensation, competition and overall work atmosphere are just a few of the factors that determine the quality of a physician's practice environment. WalletHub released its 2015's Best and Worst States for Doctors report. Here are the top five best and worst states by overall rank, wages, wage disparities and competition.

 

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FSIPP Annual 2015 Meeting To Be Held in Conjunction with ASIPP Annual Meeting

In 2015 we will be having our FSIPP Annual Meeting in association with ASIPP.  The meeting will be held in Orlando at the Lowe's Royal Pacific Resort, Universal, on April 9-11, 2015.  We anticipate several hundred participants to join us for this educational, stimulating, and entertaining agenda. Link here: http://www.asipp.org/meetings.htm 

 

WVSIPP Meeting Set for  Aug 13-16, 2015

The West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its annual meeting at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL Aug. 13-16, 2015. For more information, go to www.painconfreg.info     


Save The Date! CASIPP Meeting set for October 2015
The 2015 Annual Meeting of the California chapter of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will be Oct. 16-18, 2015.  The event will take place at the Monterey Plaza Hotel in Monterey, California.  Registration will open early next year.  
 
Please send your State Society meetings and news to: Holly Long at hlong@asipp.org

 

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