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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | June 1, 2016
  1. June Courses - Last Chance this Year to Attend! Don't Miss Out!
  2. Report: Why are Health Care Costs Lower in Europe than in the US?
  3. Medical Errors Third Highest Cause of Death in US
  4. ABIPP Certification Made Simple
  5. FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence
  6. Opioids: Can a Genetic Test Identify an Addict in the Making?
  7. Back in the Senate, Rubio Tackles Drugs
  8. Shoulder surgery new testing ground for opioid alternatives
  9. ICD-10-CM Book Now Available: Order Your Copy Today!
  10. Listen to ASIPP's Newest Podcast
  11. State Society News
  12. Physicians Wanted

Combined Comprehensive Review of Interventional Techniques and Hands with Hands-on Cadaver Workshop AND Imaging Review in IPM - Won't Be Held Again for Two Years.

Comprehensive Review of Interventional Techniques and Hands on Cadaver Workshop
Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Interventional Techniques - LAST ONE THIS YEAR!  The course will take place on June 9-12. New and revised content for the 2- days of didactics and 1 1/2 days of hands-on training in the cadaver lab. The competency examination with be held on June 11.
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Comprehensive Imaging Review in Interventional Pain Management and Competency Examination - WON'T BE HELD AGAIN FOR TWO YEARS! The c ourse will take place on June 9-10 with the e xamination on June 11.

250 North Main Street
Memphis , TN, 38103
Comprehensive Review Course of Controlled Substance Management and Practice Management and Competency Examinations - New and Revised!

The course with take place on June 9-10 with the competency e xamination to follow on June 11. You may t ake CSM, CCPM, or a combined examination.

Take one or both courses!   Click HERE to Register
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250 North Main Street
Memphis , TN, 38103
reportReport: Why are Health Care Costs Lower in Europe than in the US?
HealthDay News - European residents have access to the same health care services as US residents but pay much less, and this is related to several specific factors, according to a report published by INDIGOMED on April 25.
Researchers examined the differing costs for health care for patients in the United States and Western Europe and explored the reasons for these differences.

The researchers noted that in 2013, the average person living in the United States spent $1074 on out-of-pocket health care costs. Residents in France and the Netherlands spent less than 25% of this amount ($277 and $270, respectively).
errorMedical Errors Third Highest Cause of Death in US
Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, trailing only heart disease and cancer, according to a study in BMJ.

Martin Makary, MD, and Michael Daniel from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, found that medical errors accounted for more than 251 000 deaths in the US in 2013, compared with 611 000 deaths from heart disease and 585 000 deaths from cancer.

The CDC has compiled an annual list of the most common causes of death in the United States. However, the list is based on death certificates, which rely on International Classification of Disease (ICD) codes to identify the cause of death, and ICD codes do not take into account human and system factors.

Makary MA, Daniel M. Medical error-the third leading cause of death in the US. BMJ. 2016;353:i2139; doi: 10.1136/bmj.i2139. Epub ahead of print May 3, 2016.
abippABIPP Certification Made Simple
The American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) has developed certification programs that recognize accepted levels of knowledge and expertise in the interventional pain management profession, with the goal of improved patient care. Hundreds of qualified physicians have made the commitment to become ABIPP certified. ABIPP is recognized in 11 states. Ten states have no statutes governing specialty boards. Approval is pending in remaining states.
ABIPP is a Specialty Board providing certifications in the following areas:
Board Certification in Interventional Pain Management
Either with ABMS pain medicine board certification or  ABMS primary certification only

Competency Certification in:
* Interventional Pain Management
Regenerative Medicine
Controlled Substance Management
Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management
Fluoroscopic Interpretation and Radiological Safety
Endoscopic Spinal Decompression
Click HERE to view Pathway to ABIPP Certification

More information  www.abipp.org
FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. Probuphine is designed to provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine, as part of a complete treatment program.
Until today, buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence was only approved as a pill or a film placed under the tongue or on the inside of a person's cheek until it dissolved. While effective, a pill or film may be lost, forgotten or stolen. However, as an implant, Probuphine provides a new treatment option for people in recovery who may value the unique benefits of a six-month implant compared to other forms of buprenorphine, such as the possibility of improved patient convenience from not needing to take medication on a daily basis. An independent FDA advisory committee supported the approval of Probuphine in a meeting held earlier this year.
geneticOpioids: Can a Genetic Test Identify an Addict in the Making?
When doctors try to figure out whether a patient might become addicted to opioid painkillers, they rely on clinical risk factors like family history, medical history, and other social and environmental clues.
Now, two companies -- Proove Biosciences and Canterbury Healthcare's Innovative Medical Testing (IMT) -- want to add genetic information to that picture in order to improve risk prediction.
But academic geneticists say they may be getting ahead of the science.
rubioBack in the Senate, Rubio Tackles Drugs
WASHINGTON -- Florida's successful efforts to shut down its pill mills led to the current wave of heroin addiction in that state, a county official told a Senate committee Thursday.
"I have ... evidence [that] the increase in the flow of heroin and increases in deaths related to heroin [are] in correlation to our cutting off the 'pill mills,' " said Teresa Jacobs, the mayor of Orange County, Fla., at a Senate hearing on the what some are terming a heroin epidemic. "The cartels have flooded us with very, very cheap drugs."
shoulderShoulder surgery new testing ground for opioid alternatives
A common shoulder surgery has become a testing ground for some novel painkilling techniques as doctors seek to reduce the use of prescription narcotics known as opioids.

Rotator-cuff surgery, which aims to repair a shoulder tendon that can get torn from sports, a bad fall or simple wear and tear, is among the most painful for patients to recover from. If nonaddictive painkilling techniques can be shown effective with this surgery, doctors hope they will be more widely adopted especially by orthopedic surgeons, who are among the most frequent prescribers of opioids.
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ICD-10 Book Now Available: Order Your Copy Today!

The initial impression of ICD-10 implementation was that it went well for both providers and CMS, however, shortly after the October 1, 2015 date when Medicare claims began processing, providers found out otherwise. In some cases, Interventional Pain Management providers continue to struggle with "finding the right code" to report for their patient's condition.

CMS released a publication "Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities" http://tinyurl.com/CMS-ICD-10-ClarifyQ-A that provided additional details as to how this ICD-10 family of codes "free pass" was going to work.
In short, CMS stated, "The recent Guidance does not change the coding specificity required by the NCDs and LCDs. Coverage policies that currently require a specific diagnosis under ICD-9 will continue to require a specific diagnosis under ICD-10. It is important to note that these policies will require no greater specificity in ICD-10 than was required in ICD-9, with the exception of laterality, which does not exist in ICD-9. LCDs and NCDs that contain ICD-10 codes for right side, left side or bilateral do not allow for unspecified side."
What this means is that:
  • Interventional Pain Management providers are still being held responsible for reporting the correct ICD-10 code or risk Medicare claims denials.
  • Many Interventional Pain Management procedures are included in the various Medicare contractor's Local Coverage Policies (LCD) and include very specific lists of ICD-10 codes that meet medical necessity for the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
  • In some cases, Medicare contractors have separate LCD policies for each type of interventional pain procedure and often multiple pages in length.
Don't be one of the providers that have the misunderstanding if they report a valid ICD-10-CM code in the same family of codes, Medicare will accept that.
Busy Interventional Pain Management providers don't have time to check the Medicare LCD each time they perform a procedure.
Make your medical practice easier and use the ASIPPĀ® new ICD-10-CM Pocket Guide for assistance navigating through the complexity of ICD-10 coding.

This book is 5.25 x 8.25 and can easily be placed in your jacket or any carrying case. For only $400 you will receive both the electronic and paper versions. You can recover your cost by avoiding mistakes in just one single case.
Order immediately to avoid any future losses. Get it for yourself and get copies for all your partners and staff. Multiple copies can be transferred to your EMR and save you money.
Also take a 10% discount for 5-9 copies or a 20% discount for 10 copies or more.

Listen to ASIPP April Podcast

The April ASIPP Podcast is a departure from its regular format. This month features a series of short interviews conducted at the recently concluded ASIPP 18th Annual Meeting in Dallas.

 If you didn't attend the meeting, or even if you did, you are sure to find the interviews informative and interesting. Plus, the featured interview is with Dr. Jeff Petersohn, winner of this year's Best Abstract.


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CASIPP Annual Meeting
November 11-13, 2016
Early Bird Registration is Open for the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians annual meeting. T he meeting is set for Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016  at the exquisite Bacara Resort & Spa,  Santa Barbara , California. 

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