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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | July 15, 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator of DEA, to Speak at ASIPP Board Review and Controlled Substance Management Courses Joint Meeting in Chicago Sunday  
  2. Ask Congress to Postpone Implementation of ICD-10-CM   
  3. Registration Open for September Cadaver Workshop in Memphis
  4. CMS Releases Proposed CY 2016 Medicare Physician Payment Rule
  5. Labor Department Releases Guidance on Classification of Workers
  6. CMS' Fraud Prevention System identifies $820M in improper Medicare payments
  7. The myth of the vanishing medical practice
  8. Meaningful use 'Catch-22' entangles surgery center doctors
  9. FDA: Narcotic Painkiller No Longer Available
  10. FDA Strengthens NSAID Warnings Regarding Heart Attack and Stroke Risk
  11. Docs Flock to Free Photo App Figure 1
  12. State Society News 
  13. Physician Wanted 

ranazzi Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator of DEA, to Speak at ASIPP Board Review and Controlled Substance Management Courses Joint Meeting in Chicago Sunday

 

Joseph Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will be speaking in a joint session for the upcoming Board Review and Controlled Substance Management courses, Sunday July 19 in Chicago.

 

A combined introduction and combined session will lead to his lecture titled A DEA Perspective of the Drug Abuse Epidemic, followed by a question/answer session.

 

 Mr. Rannazzisi is well-known in the DEA community. He has fought tirelessly for improvements in drug regulations. Among his many duties, he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating major pharmaceutical, precursor chemical, clandestine laboratory and synthetic drug investigations; the drafting and promulgating of regulations; and establishing drug production quotas.

 

 

 

ASIPP Board Review

 

Its not too late 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

 

Click HERE to register for Board Review Course.

 

 Controlled Substance Management and Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management

 

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.

 

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 to view Board Review brochure

 

Click HERE for Reservations at The Palmer House Hotel  

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

dispelAsk Congress to Postpone Implementation of ICD-10-CM

 

The implementation date for ICD-10-CM is scheduled for Oct. 1, 2015. Did you know that the rest of the world will not be using ICD-10-CM making our data useless because it will not match other countries? And did you know that the implementation of ICD-10-CM will require physicians and their staff to transition to a system that makes use of 68,000 new codes?

 

Here is a wonderful example of how health IT expenses are as high as constructing a hospital. It appears that Duke and Partners is spending $1.4 billion dollars, 700 million each, on a University Medical Center in Louisiana costing $1.1 billion.

 

As we all know, physicians in the United States are already drowning in a regulatory tsunami. Now physicians face the threat of ICD-10-CM implementation with unfunded mandatory requirements. ICD-10 implementation is based on a liberal interpretation of a weak clause in HIPAA that actually only requires an update to ICD-9 and says nothing about ICD-10 or beyond. Further, the highly regulated health care industry has been handed over to an under-regulated health information technology (IT) industry and various other providers in health care.

 

Since Congress has been unwilling to delay the implementation day of Oct. 1, 2015 for ICD-10-CM, ASIPP began an aggressive campaign this week to reach out to legislators asking them to postpone ICD-10-CM by contacting multiple senators and representatives.

 

It is important that each physician and staff send a letter right away. We have very little time to convince Congress to act. We have set up a letter in Capwiz to make this easy for everyone.

This is an easy way to make a huge impact! Please commit to joining us in this important letter writing campaign asking Congress to delay this unfunded implementation. We need the full support and action from our members.

 

Join us in our efforts by sending your letters today!

septRegistration Open for September Cadaver Workshop in Memphis

 

ASIPP's Ultrasound for Non-spinal Techniques and Regenerative Medicine Review and Hands-on Workshop is scheduled for September 18, 2015 and  the Hands-on Cadaver Workshop for IPM , September 19 - September 20, 2015

 

Objectives for this Intensive Ultrasound and Regenerative Medicine Workshop are:

  • Attain the ability to understand ultrasound interpretation and regenerative medicine.
  • To incorporate ultrasound and regenerative medicine in treating your patients so that patients have better outcomes and reduced side effects.
  • mprove existing skills and/or develop new skills in the delivery of interventional techniques involving ultrasound and regenerative medicine.
  •  Ability to demonstrate skills.

Cadaver Workshop Objectives:

  • To integrate multiple aspects of interventional pain management in treating your patients so that patients have better outcomes and reduced side effects.
  •  Provide high-quality, competent, safe, accessible, and cost-efficient services to your patients.
  •  Improve existing skills and/or develop new skills in the delivery of interventional techniques.
  •  Review multiple areas of interventional pain management including fluoroscopic interpretation and radiation safety.
  •  Demonstrate skills through interactive review of images.

 

Accommodations

The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel

170 Lt. George W. Lee Avenue ∑ Memphis, TN, 38103 | 901-334-5900

We have secured a group room rate of $129.

Reserve rooms early-all unbooked rooms will be released after August 18, 2015.

 

 

Register: http://www.asipp.org/0915-registration.htm 

 

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CMS Releases Proposed CY 2016 Medicare Physician Payment Rule

 

On July 8, 2015, CMS released its calendar year (CY) 2016 proposed Medicare physician payment rule in prepublication form; the rule will be formally published in the July 15 Federal Register. Comments on the proposed rule are due on September 8, 2015.

 

The prepublication version of the proposed rule can be found HERE.

 

Click HERE to read the CMS fact sheet on the proposed rule

 

 

 

2016 PROPOSED - Physician Payment Rates

 

2016 ASC PROPOSED Payment Rates

 

HOPD 2016 PROPOSED Payment Rates

 

laborLabor Department Releases Guidance on Classification of Workers

 

The Labor Department has waded into a heated workplace issue with fresh guidance on how businesses should distinguish between employees and independent contractors.

 

So-called employee misclassification has become a hot topic recently as the economy has changed and hundreds of growing businesses such as Uber Technologies turn increasingly to contract workers.

 

On Wednesday, the administrator of the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division set out to address the confusion by officially releasing a 15-page memo of guidance-the division's first on the topic since President Barack Obama took office.

 

 

Wall Street Journal

 

Access to this article may be limited. 

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CMS' Fraud Prevention System identifies $820M in improper Medicare payments

 

CMS' advanced analytics system, called the Fraud Prevention System, identified or prevented $820 million in inappropriate payments in the program's first three years, including $454 million in 2014 alone.

 

The system was created in 2010 by the Small Business Jobs Act, and it uses predictive analytics to identify questionable billing patterns.

 

 

Becker's Hospital Review

 

mythThe myth of the vanishing medical practice

 

Medical groups are challenged, that much is true, but are they really disappearing in great numbers?

 

Perhaps not. The perception that federal regulations, including ICD-10, payment reform, Affordable Care Act provisions and even meaningful use are forcing small medical groups to align with hospitals for survival's sake may not be the whole picture.

 

 

Medical Practice insider

catchMeaningful use 'Catch-22' entangles surgery center doctors

 

The basis of the current meaningful use program, the HITECH Act of 2009, created certification standards and incentives for adopting EHR technology in physician office and hospital settings - but it did not account for EHRs used in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs).


 

That distinction has made it hard for doctors such as gastroenterologists, who routinely perform procedures in ASCs, to satisfy meaningful use requirements. However, a bill making its way through Congress could help to resolve the disparity.


 

The Electronic Health Fairness Act - part of broader Medicare legislation (H.R. 2570) currently being marked up by the Senate Finance Committee after passing a voice vote in the House on June 17 - would change the HITECH Act to exempt procedures performed at ASCs from counting toward meaningful use requirements until a certification process can be put in place for EHRs used in ASCs.

 

 

Medical Practice Insider 

fdaFDA: Narcotic Painkiller No Longer Available

 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Avinza (morphine sulfate; Pfizer) extended-release capsules have been discontinued.

 

Avinza is a CII opioid agonist indicated for the management of severe pain requiring daily, around-the-clock, long-term analgesia and for which alternative opioid therapies are inadequate in adults. Pfizer notified the FDA earlier this year regarding the discontinuation of Avinza. With the availability of Embeda (morphine sulfate and naltrexone HCl) extended-release capsules, the company had decided to remove its non-abuse deterrent morphine formulation from the market.

 

Avinza 30mg, 45mg, 60mg, 75mg, 90mg, and 120mg extended-release capsules have all been discontinued.

 

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nsaidFDA Strengthens NSAID Warnings Regarding Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is strengthening an existing label warning that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

 

Based on the comprehensive review of new safety information, the FDA is requiring updates to the drug labels of all prescription NSAIDs. As is the case with current prescription NSAID labels, the Drug Facts labels of over-the-counter (OTC) non-aspirin NSAIDs already contain information on heart attack and stroke risk. The FDA will also request updates to the OTC non-aspirin NSAID Drug Facts labels.

 

E-MPR

flockDocs Flock to Free Photo App Figure 1

 

A free app for sharing photos of medical curiosities, diagnostic evidence in puzzling cases, or illustrations that show successful procedures has grown into a global archive.

Named "Figure 1" and available at https://figure1.com the app is frequently described as an Instagram for doctors. The site also has a feature that mimics radiological scans by letting users take and post 200 frames of an image.

The company says that 92% of its registered users are health-care professionals, a third of them physicians and medical students.Lay people can also register and see the photos on the site. 

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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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