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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | April 29, 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

    1. ASIPP Relief Fund Accepting Donations for Nepal
    2. Registration Now Open for July Board Review Course in Chicago 
    3. ASIPP To Offer Controlled Substance Management, Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses in Chicago
    4. Five Years Later: Obamacare's Dim Prospects 
    5. Is This 'Meaningful Use'? Docs Say Yes, Patients Unsure 
    6. PQRS participation increases, but nearly 470k will be penalized 
    7. Adenosine Receptor May Help 'Turn Off' Pain 
    8. An End to Employer-Provided Health Insurance? 
    9. Have you Googled your ASC lately? 
    10. Institute of Medicine to Become National Academy of Medicine 
    11. State Society News 
    12. Physician Wanted 
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ASIPP Relief Fund Accepting Donations for Nepal

 

On Saturday, April 25, a powerful 7.9 earthquake, the country's worst in 80 years, rocked mountainous Nepal. A day later Nepal was struck by a major 6.7 aftershock. Now more than 5,000 people are dead. More than 9,000 injured. The death toll and injury rate continues to rise as the rescue and relief efforts continue. Millions across Nepal urgently need our help.

 

Please join the ASIPP® Relief Fund, Inc. in bringing aid to the Nepal earthquake victims. ASIPP is contributing $10,000 and that we challenge our membership to match that amount.

 

ASIPP has several members who are from Nepal and who still have family there, including Dr. Yogesh Malla, who is Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti's partner in both the ASC and Pain Management practice. Dr. Manchikanti has vowed to personally contribute generously to this fund. Won't you join with ASIPP and those personally affected by this tragedy and make a donation to assist with the recovery efforts mobilizing around the world to help earthquake victims?

 

Click HERE to access the donation form.

 

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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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Five Years Later: Obamacare's Dim Prospects
The ACA is underperforming in three big areas: cost, coverage, and competition.

 

Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted 5 years ago, 2014 was the first year of implementation for most of the health law's major provisions. In fact, it turned out to be a glitch machine. Defying the expectations of even the law's most ardent critics, Obamacare's rollout of the federal online health exchange was a disaster, combined with the cancellation of millions of private health insurance policies (if you "liked" your plan, too bad), a delay in reporting requirements of the employer mandate, and new administrative exemptions from the individual mandate penalty.


 

Nonetheless, the Obama administration's allies insist that the law is "working" and that it will even become popular with the majority of Americans with the passage of time. The law's congressional supporters, they hope, will reap political benefits rather than political retribution.

 

 

MedPage Today

 

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Is This 'Meaningful Use'? Docs Say Yes, Patients Unsure

 

WASHINGTON -- Proposed changes to patient engagement requirements under the federal government's Meaningful Use program are drawing praise from physician groups but are disappointing patient advocates.


 

"Meaningful use" refers to provisions in the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which authorized incentive payments through Medicare and Medicaid to clinicians and hospitals that use electronic health records (EHRs) in a meaningful way to significantly improve clinical care.

 

 

MedPage Today

 

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PQRS participation increases, but nearly 470k will be penalized

 

CMS saw a 47 percent increase in participation in the Physician Quality Reporting System from 2012 to 2013, but nearly half a million eligible professionals will be subject to a financial penalty this year, the first year such penalties exist.

Based on the 2013 reporting data, physicians are now subject to a negative payment adjustment if they do not satisfactorily report data on quality measures for Physician Fee Scheduled services provided to Medicare Part B fee-for-service beneficiaries. In 2013, 469,755 eligible professionals were subject to a PQRS negative payment adjustment of 1.5 percent of their 2015 Part B Medicare Fee Schedule allowed charges.


 

Of the physicians subject to the penalty, 98 percent did not attempt to participate in PQRS, according to CMS. Many such professionals (43 percent) treat 25 or fewer Medicare beneficiaries each year.


 

On the flipside, many eligible professionals earned incentive payments due to their participation in PQRS - incentive payments totaled $214,551,741 for 2013 PQRS. According to an AHA News Nowreport, about four in 10 eligible professionals earned a PQRS incentive payment.

 

 

Becker's Hospital Review

 

 

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Adenosine Receptor May Help 'Turn Off' Pain

 

Medications that target the A3 adenosine receptor can "turn off" pain signals in the spinal cord to provide relief from chronic pain, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience


 

Daniela Salvemini, PhD, of Saint Louis University, and colleagues teamed up with researchers from the National Institutes of Health, the University of Arizona and two institutes in Quebec, Canada, to investigate a new target for treating chronic pain: the A3 adenosine receptor or A3AR.

 

 

 

Clinical Pain Advisor
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An End to Employer-Provided Health Insurance?

Recently, the future of our traditional employer-based system of healthcare insurance has come into question.

Specifically, there is much speculation about where U.S. employers are headed -- or being driven by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- with respect to providing employee health plan coverage.


 

The often-conflicting predictions are based on well-respected national surveys and analyses; I've summarized findings from a few below.

 

 

MedPage Today

 

 

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Have you Googled your ASC lately?

 

Mobilegeddon is upon us. Starting today, Google will be changing how websites are ranked by expanding the use of mobile friendliness as a ranking signal.


 

Translation: If your ASC's website is not mobile friendly, it won't appear in a Google search. But why is Google making such a change? Because most people use their smartphones as their primary device for searching the web.


 

If you haven't Googled your ambulatory surgery center lately to find out where you rank and what your digital reputation looks like, the time to do so is now, especially if your site has yet to be optimized.

 

 

Becker's ASC Review

 

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Institute of Medicine to Become National Academy of Medicine

 

Today, at its 152nd annual meeting, the membership of the National Academy of Sciences voted to change the name of the Institute of Medicine to the National Academy of Medicine. The newly named National Academy of Medicine will continue to be an honorific society and will inherit the more than 1,900 current elected members and foreign associates of the IOM. The National Academy of Medicine will join the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering in advising the nation on matters of science, technology, and health. 


 

Today's vote amends the NAS constitution to change the name of the Institute of Medicine to the National Academy of Medicine, effective July 1, 2015.  This change is part of a broader internal reorganization to more effectively integrate the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  Reports and studies on health and medicine will continue uninterrupted as activities of the Institute of Medicine, which will become one of the six program units operating under the direction of the integrated academies.

 

 

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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.  

 

NY and NJ Societies to hold Pain Symposium Nov. 5-8

The New York and New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians will host a Pain Symposium titled Evolving Pain Therapies on November 5-8, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency, Jersey City, NJ. Click HERE for Schedule and more information.
 


 

SAVE the DATE: FSIPP Meeting May 20-22, 2016

The Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its annual meeting in 2016 on May 20-22. The meeting will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando.

Watch FSIPP.org for more details.


 

 

 

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

 

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