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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | June 17, 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

    1. Hurry Today to Get Your Spot! Board Review Course July 21-24 in Chicago  
    2. Room Block Ends Friday for ASIPP Controlled Substance Management, Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses in Chicago
    3. ASIPP Sends Letter to Novitas Regarding CRNA Scope of Practice
    4. Lab Nears Settlement Over Pricey Medicare Drug Tests
    5. When Treating Pain Brings a Criminal Indictment
    6. Doctors call for two-year grace period for ICD-10 implementation
    7. Senators Told Health IT Needs Better Rules of the Road
    8. Documents Reveal Secret Legal Battle Over Medicare Overbilling
    9. Obama Wants to Pick the Clintons' Neighbors
    10. Insurers Playing a Game of Thrones
    11. State Society News 
    12. Physician Wanted 
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Hurry Today to Get Your Spot! Board Review Course July 21-24 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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Room Block Ends Friday for ASIPP 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

scopeASIPP Sends Letter to Novitas Regarding CRNA Scope of Practice
 

ASIPP has strongly opposed and continues to oppose allowing CRNAs to perform chronic pain management services. This expansion of services is deleterious to the American health care system and its survival, resulting in unnecessary procedures, duplication of services, and potentially major disasters. 
 

In fact, ASIPP has requested a survey by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) through Congressman Ed Whitfield and Senators David Vitter and Richard Colburn requesting a study on "the training and qualification of nurse anesthetists to perform interventional pain management procedures." Instead, GAO sidestepped the issue and performed a study on how nurse anesthetists billed for a few chronic pain procedures, which was extremely disappointing

 

Click HERE to read the letter we sent Monday to RaeAnn Capehart, MD, Contractor Medical Director for Novitas Solutions, Inc regarding the CRNA scope of practice issue.

 

labLab Nears Settlement Over Pricey Medicare Drug Tests

 

The nation's largest drug-testing laboratory, Millennium Health LLC, is negotiating a major settlement over allegations it billed the federal government for unnecessary tests, the latest sign of a crackdown on the fast-growing industry.

 

Settlement talks come as the federal Medicare agency is proposing broad changes to the way it pays for urine drug tests that could save taxpayers money and cut into drug testers' revenue. Such tests can search for drugs including narcotic pain pills and illegal substances such as angel dust and club drugs like MDMA.

 

The potential settlement with the federal government could call for the San Diego company to pay about $250 million, according to four people familiar with the negotiations.

 

Wall Street Journal

 

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criminalWhen Treating Pain Brings a Criminal Indictment
Lessons from the recent acquittal of a doctor and nurse-practitioner accused of overprescribing drugs.

Federal drug-enforcement officials have made it a serious felony for doctors to overprescribe painkillers or, as the applicable law states, to prescribe controlled substances "other than for a legitimate medical purpose and in the usual course of professional practice." But the line between legitimate and illegitimate prescription-as drawn by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Justice Department-is far from clear. This puts physicians in great legal jeopardy, and too often leaves their patients to suffer needless agony.

 

Last month a federal jury in Boston acquitted pain-relief specialist Dr. Joseph Zolot and his nurse-practitioner Lisa Pliner of overprescribing oxycodone, methadone and fentanyl. This prosecution shows why drug warriors need either to clarify the currently indecipherable line between treating pain and unlawfully feeding drug addicts' habits, or get out of the business of policing and terrorizing physicians. Unfortunately, the government uses legal ambiguity for tactical advantage and will not readily clarify the lines it expects doctors to follow at their peril.

 

 
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graceDoctors call for two-year grace period for ICD-10 implementation

 

With less than four months to go before the deadline for implementing the ICD-10 code set, physicians Monday agreed to seek a two-year grace period for physicians to avoid financial disruptions to facilitate a smoother transition that would allow physicians to continue providing quality care to their patients.

 

Physicians at the 2015 AMA Annual Meeting passed policy calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) not to withhold claim payments based on coding errors, mistakes or malfunctions in the system for two years directly following implementation. 

 

Related policy pushes the AMA to advocate for physician voices to be part of the group that manages the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Currently, the four cooperating parties that manage ICD code sets are the Centers for Disease Control National Centers for Health Statistics, CMS, the American Hospital Association and the American Health Information Management Association. A physician group is necessary in these conversations because none of the current groups "represent providers who have licensed authority to define, diagnose, describe and document patient conditions and treatments."

 

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Senators Told Health IT Needs Better Rules of the Road
Standardization could help drive health information exchange, experts said

WASHINGTON -- Having standards -- whether for exchanging information between electronic health records, or for the actual information being exchanged -- is crucial to increasing provider satisfaction with EHRs, experts told a Senate committee Tuesday.

 

"There needs to be some one agency or group that says, 'This is the standard we will follow,'" said Boyd Vindell Washington, MD, chief medical information officer at the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, in Baton Rouge, La. "It would more likely be a stakeholder group [such as] the federal government."

 

Washington was speaking at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on how the government can assist providers in making better use of EHRs. The hearing was the second in a series of hearings the committee is holding to gather information on improving EHR adoption.

 

MedPage Today

 

secretDocuments Reveal Secret Legal Battle Over Medicare Overbilling


 

 Federal officials have spent years locked in a secret legal battle with UnitedHealth Group, the nation's biggest Medicare Advantage insurer, after a government audit detected widespread overbilling at one of the company's health plans, newly released records show.


 

The audit found that Medicare paid too much for nearly half of a sample of patients enrolled at PacifiCare of Washington state, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. The audit was part of a cache of heavily redacted documents released to the Center for Public Integrity through a court order in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.


 

Matt Burns, a UnitedHealth spokesman, declined comment on the audit documents. However, during more than three years of confidential - and previously undisclosed - negotiations, the insurer argued that the audit was unfair and the results were flat out wrong.

  

NPR

 

clintonObama Wants to Pick the Clintons' Neighbors

 

Bill and Hillary Clinton are popular with black voters, but that doesn't mean the couple wants to live around them. And vice versa. This reality troubles President Obama, though his remedy is what's really troubling.

When the Clintons went house-hunting in 1999, neighborhood diversity wasn't much of a priority. The family settled on a five-bedroom Colonial in Chappaqua, N.Y., a lush suburb north of New York City where the population is more than 90% white, less than 1% black and multimillion-dollar homes abound. No one has produced evidence of racial discrimination against buyers who can afford homes in Chappaqua and other wealthy enclaves of Westchester County, where the town is located. But monochrome residential housing patterns upset the sensibilities of officials in Mr. Obama's Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

 

Wall Street Journal

 

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Insurers Playing a Game of Thrones

 

Big U.S. insurers are courting one another for possible multibillion-dollar deals. How they pair off could have significant implications for the managed-care industry, its individual and corporate customers, and U.S. medical providers.

 

Each potential target has strengths in different parts of the managed-care puzzle. For Humana Inc.,its fast-growing business covering Medicare beneficiaries could be attractive to several suitors. Aetna Inc.has forged relationships with health systems that use its information-technology services, which could benefit rivals. And, Cigna Corp.brings international customers and close ties with employers big and small.

 

These companies, along with UnitedHealth Group Inc.and Anthem Inc.,have been talking to each other about possible deals, with UnitedHealth approaching Aetna, Anthem talking with Cigna, and Humana exploring a sale, The Wall Street Journal has reported.

 

 

Wall Street Journal

 

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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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