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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | September 2, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Room Block Ends Tomorrow! Register Now for Ultrasound for Regenerative Medicine Workshop and Hands-On Cadaver Workshop for IPM Techniques Held in Memphis 
  2. ASIPP ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM Webinar Tomorrow
  3. DPP-4 Inhibitors, Diabetes, and Joint Pain: Additional Labeling of Potential Adverse Event Risk 
  4. Opinion: Why ICD-10 Will Do More Bad Than Good 
  5. First State Adds Locking Devices to Rx Bottles to Deter Abuse, Misuse  
  6. What Are The Pros And Cons Of Treatments For Opioid Addiction? 
  7. Psychological Features Impact Myofascial Paraspinous Pain Treatment
  8. NSAIDs Linked to Long-Term Colon Cancer Risk Reduction
  9. Which Reimbursement Path Will Doctors Favor Under Medicare’s New Payment System?
  10. State Society News 
  11. Physician Wanted 
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Room Block Ends Tomorrow! Register Now for Ultrasound for Regenerative Medicine Workshop and Hands-On Cadaver Workshop for IPM Techniques Held in Memphis  


Objectives for this Intensive Ultrasound for 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
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We have secured a group room rate of $129.
Reserve rooms early-all unbooked rooms will be released after September 3, 2015.
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ASIPP ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM Webinar Tomorrow
The focus of this two-part webinar will be on ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM coding crosswalks and necessary documentation. Regisration is open until the start of webinar.
  
The webinar will be in two parts: Part 1 will cover chapters 1-10 and Part 2 will cover chapters 11-21.
Part 1: Thursday, September 3, 11am -12:30pm CDT 
Part 2: Thursday, September 3, 11am-12:30pm CDT
  
     WEBINAR FEE:
     $195 
    SPEAKER:
    Marvel Hammer, RN, CPC,
     MJH Consulting, Denver, Colorado
     There will be time for Q&A with the presenter.    
  
  
* This program has the approval of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for 3 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.
                           
  
fdaDPP-4 Inhibitors, Diabetes, and Joint Pain: Additional Labeling of Potential Adverse Event Risk
  
In a safety announcement released last Friday, the FDA warns that the type 2 diabetes medicines sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and alogliptin may cause joint pain that can be severe and disabling. A new Warning and Precaution about this risk has also been added to the labels of all medicines in this drug class, called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. Clinicians should be aware of this potential adverse event as a possible cause of joint pain, although FDA recommendations to patients are to not cease taking DPP-4 until after consultation with their provider.

When untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious problems, including blindness, nerve and kidney damage, and heart disease, as well as various forms of chronic pain. DPP-4 inhibitors are used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. They are available as single-ingredient products and in combination with other diabetes medicines such as metformin. FDA additionally urges both patients and providers to access the FDA MedWatch program to report side effects encountered with DPP-4 inhibitors.
  
  

  
badOpinion: Why ICD-10-CM Will Do More Bad Than Good
 
Why is the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems -- 10th Revision (ICD-10) needed? It depends who you ask.
If you ask a coder or Health Informatics professional, the answer might be:
  • International standards. The U.S. lags behind the rest of the world, which converted to ICD-10 years ago. The ICD-9 coding set is outdated and inadequate. With the adoption of ICD-10, the U.S. would be able to share its data with the rest of the world.
  • Quality measurement and research. The greater detail offered by ICD-10 would provide the potential to collect better data and improve the quality of patient care.
  • Reimbursement. The ICD-10 coding set is expected to lead to better justification of medical necessity and improved implementation of national and local coverage determinations. The result will be more accurate payments and fraud detection will be improved.
However, if you ask a practicing physician, you might hear the following:
 
 
 
 
 
 Related Article
 
 
lockFirst State Adds Locking Devices to Rx Bottles to Deter Abuse, Misuse
 
Illinois will be the first state in the country to test out a pilot program that will put locking devices on some prescription painkillers to make it harder for people to abuse the drugs.
 
The numerical locking devices will be similar to those used on gym lockers. Under the one-year program, participating pharmacies will place the locks on bottles of painkillers that contain hydrocodone, which is also known as Vicodin or Norco.
 
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure into law this week. It takes effect in 2016.
 
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addictionWhat Are The Pros And Cons Of Treatments For Opioid Addiction?
 
The opioid crisis in the United States is growing, and it's hitting communities in various ways. No longer is opioid addiction only penetrating a specific group of individuals -- it's affecting everyone.
 
The country's current opioid epidemic could be due to two decades of increased prescription rates for narcotics by clinicians who were only looking to help patients alleviate pain. Long-term use of these pain medications, however, leads to dependence. Patients addicted to pain medications then turn to heroin because the black market is a lot cheaper.
 
Those who become addicted will often change as they begin taking higher doses. This doesn't happen immediately, though, which makes it difficult for friends and family members to recognize a problem.
 
 
myofascialPsychological Features Impact Myofascial Paraspinous Pain Treatment
 
For patients with chronic myofascial paraspinous pain, psychological characteristics, especially anxiety, influence response to interventional pain management, according to a study published in Pain Medicine.
 
Gerard M. Healy, PhD, from the National University of Ireland in Galway, and colleagues examined the psychosocial profile of 71 patients with a diagnosis of chronic myofascial pain of the paraspinous muscles who responded or did not respond to trigger point injection. Patients completed a pretreatment sociodemographic questionnaire and validated scales to assess pain intensity, interference, and defined psychological characteristics.
 
colonNSAIDs Linked to Long-Term Colon Cancer Risk Reduction
 
Regularly taking low-dose aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may lower long-term risk of colorectal cancer (CRC), new research suggests. The study was published online August 25 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
 
John Baron, MD, a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, and colleagues reviewed data from several Danish cancer databases to gather the health histories of 10,280 CRC patients diagnosed between 1994-2011. Patients were between the ages of 30-85. Medical records were evaluated for aspirin and non-aspirin NSAID consumption patterns.
 
 
MPR
reimburseWhich Reimbursement Path Will Doctors Favor Under Medicare's New Payment System?
 
It won't be the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that'll attract most doctors under the so-called "doc fix" law that replaced Medicare's notorious sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, an official with a physician managed care organization predicts.

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 offers providers a choice of two reimbursement paths beginning in 2019.

For one, physicians and other Part B medical professionals may choose to be reimbursed under MIPS, a "fee-for-service plus quality link" in which Medicare payments will be adjusted based on performance measures to be developed over the next few years.
 
 
                           
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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.


 

FSIPP Releases Summer Newsletter

 

FSIPP has just published its Summer 2015 newsletter. The newsletter features highlights of the joint ASIPP/FSIPP meeting and articles such as: Collections, Connections and Corrections, Medical Marijuana, and Superficial Radial Nerve Entrapment.

 

Click HERE to read.

 

 

 
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