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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | June 3, 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

    1. Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) Repeal Bill Passes Ways and Means Committee 
    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. New Medicare data show what hospitals and physicians were paid
    5. The Eye Popping 2016 Obamacare Rate Increases Are Out
    6. Doctors are warned not to prescribe generic pregabalin for pain control
    7. Customer-friendly Obamacare fixes: Column
    8. Rethink 'repeal and replace': Column
    9. The Columbia Journalism Review: "Why We Need Stronger Coverage of Covered California" 
    10. Depression May Increase Risk of Low Back Pain  
    11. US out-of-pocket healthcare spending projected to reach $608B by 2019 
    12. Errors after ICD-10 Compliance Deadline Affect Reimbursement
    13. Smokers Feel More Pain Study found even passive smokers have higher requirements
    14. State Society News 
    15. Physician Wanted 
ipabIndependent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) Repeal Bill Passes Ways and Means Committee

 

A bipartisan measure introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, MD, R-Tenn., to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a controversial federal panel charged with reducing health care spending, Tuesday was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee.

 

The Affordable Care Act called for creating the 15-member IPAB to extend Medicare solvency and reduce spending growth by using a spending target system and fast-track legislative approval process. The yet-to-be-appointed board would reduce Medicare spending only by cutting payments to physicians and other health care providers.  The panel could not make changes in benefits or in patient cost sharing.

 

A budget offset for the cost of eliminating the IPAB has not yet been identified. The legislation is expected to be on the house floor the week of June 15th. Subsequently, it will go to the Senate if it passes both and if the President signs, IPAB will be repealed forever.

 

ASIPP is strongly supporting this measure.

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Register Today 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. Register by June 19 to received discounted room rate.

 

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 Offers 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. Discounted room rate available through June 19.

 

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

dataNew Medicare data show what hospitals and physicians were paid

 

The federal government continues to roll out Medicare pricing and payment information in an effort to make the opaque U.S. healthcare system more accountable. Providers have embraced the transparency also renewed calls to make sure the data makes sense for patients.

The CMS released three new sets of data Monday that detail how much hospitals billed and received for inpatient and outpatient services and how much Medicare paid physicians in 2013. As with the government's first release of the data last year, the numbers show wide variation.

 

Modern Healthcare

 

 

Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier Look-up Tool

 

eyeThe Eye Popping 2016 Obamacare Rate Increases Are Out

 

The Obama administration has posted the 2016 rate increases in excess of 10% that the Obamacare health plans are requesting.

There are a lot of them.

All of the federally run states have been posted and some for the state exchanges as well. Both California and New York do not have their rates on this site yet.

 

Healthy and Policy Market

warnDoctors are warned not to prescribe generic pregabalin for pain control

 

Doctors have been warned against prescribing generic pregabalin for pain control and instead told to prescribe Lyrica (Pfizer, New York) by brand. Failing to do so may leave them open to litigation, both the BMA and NHS England have warned.

 

The patent for Lyrica that expired in July 2014 only related to its use for epilepsy and generalised anxiety disorder. The manufacturer, Warner-Lambert (a subsidiary of Pfizer), still holds a "second medical use" patent for the use of pregabalin in the treatment of peripheral and central neuropathic pain, which expires in July 2017. A second medical use patent is one that relates to a new medical use for a known compound.

 

BMJ 2015350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1724 (Published 30 March 2015)Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1724

fixesCustomer-friendly Obamacare fixes: Column

 

Health insurance reform can and should be fixed.

 

Obamacare is an overregulated monster of an insurance marketplace reform that violates a basic marketplace rule ­­­­-- it doesn't meet most customers' needs because of its individual mandate and penalties, its limited choices, high deductibles, still high premiums and narrow provider networks.

 

But there are many parts of it that should be kept and built upon.

 

 

USA Today

repeal Rethink 'repeal and replace': Column
 Obey health care customers, not political orthodoxy, when proposing Obamacare fixes.

The Republicans seem determined to "repeal and replace"Obamacare. They simply cannot bring themselves to consider fixing what they have come to revile.

 

Being against the president's namesake legislation has been a big winner in at least two out of the past three elections. But now that Republicans are in charge of the Congress, just attacking Obamacare won't work. They have to put something on the table.

 

However, they need to come up with something better. An effort to repeal and replace Obamacare would be a huge political mistake. There is no issue that presents a worse political minefield than health care. Each and every potential reform means somebody will be losing something and will be very motivated to stop it.

 

 

USA Today

 

columbiaThe Columbia Journalism Review: "Why We Need Stronger Coverage of Covered California"

 The California Press Gets a Critique It Has Long Deserved


Covered California, the Obamacare state-run health insurance exchange has long been the subject of occasional posts on this blog--none of them flattering.

The constant spin in the face of facts that comes out of Covered California and the way the press, particularly in California, has often just reprinted that spin hasn't been appreciated here.

I am happy to report--and admittedly relieved--that it isn't just me that thinks the reporting has been less than objective.

 

Health Policy and Market Place

  
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Depression May Increase Risk of Low Back Pain

 

Patients with symptoms of depression are at increased risk of developing a new episode of low back pain compared with those who are not depressed, a meta-analysis has found.

Analysis also showed that the more severe the depression, the greater the risk of low back pain.

 

In a pooled analysis of 19 studies, 11 of which were incorporated into the meta-analysis, symptoms of depression increased the risk of developing low back pain by almost 60% compared with an absence of depression (odds ratio (OR) 1.59, 95% CI 1.26-2.01).

 

MedPage Today

 

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US out-of-pocket healthcare spending projected to reach $608B by 2019

 

Out-of-pocket healthcare costs reached $416 billion in 2014, and that number is expected to grow to $608 billion by 2019, according to a recent report from Kalorama Information, a division of MarketResearch.com.

 

Here are three findings from the report.

 

1. With the growing popularity of high-deductible health plans, direct healthcare expenditures are expected to increase

9.5 percent per year through 2019.  

 

2. The amount Americans spend on co-payments is projected to grow 9.5 percent annually through 2019. That growth is attributable to health insurers raising co-payment amounts and co-payments being charged for more services.

 

3. Health insurance premiums are projected to increase by 7.1 percent per year through 2019.  

 

Becker's Hospital Review

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Errors after ICD-10 Compliance Deadline Affect Reimbursement

 

The ICD-10 compliance deadline is right around the corner and providers will need to be ready to transition to the new coding set by October in order to receive sufficient reimbursements for medical care services from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In preparation for the ICD-10 transition deadline, providers are still struggling with a variety of challenges in moving from ICD-9 coding to the extensive list of diagnostic codes.

 

A paper published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine evaluates ICD-9 codes in an Illinois emergency department's Medicaid database to see whether mapping tools could better prepare emergency room doctors to transition toward ICD-10 codes.

 

 

 

EHR Intelligence

 

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Smokers Feel More Pain Study found even passive smokers have higher requirements

 

BERLIN -- Not just smokers, but also passive smokers, need more anesthesia during surgery, according to a study presented at the Euroanaesthesia Congress.

 

Compared with patients with no tobacco smoke exposure, smokers needed 38% more propofol to induce anesthesia, and passive smokers needed 18% more, reported lead investigator Erdogan Ozturk, MD, of Bezmialem Vakif University in Istanbul, and colleagues.

 

 

MedPage Today

 

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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 California chapter of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians  will hold its 6th Annual Meeting in Monterey, CA at the Monterey Plaza Hotel Resort over the weekend of October 16-18. Agenda and registration can be found online at www.casipp.com or by calling 661-435-3473. 

 

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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