The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is asking for feedback to a series of questions that will help it assess the clinical utility of pain management injections for low back pain, according to an American Society of Anesthesiologists report.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service's 2014 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule significantly decreases reimbursement for several interventional pain procedures, and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians recently responded with a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
Actuaries are continuing to debate how healthcare reform will impact medical liability insurance premiums, even as the average indemnity payment in 2013 remained relatively stable, according to an American Medical Association report.

4. CMS Delays Meaningful Use Roll-Out

Written by Laura Miller | Friday, 13 December 2013 10:15
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have delayed the meaningful use program roll-out of the EHR Incentive Program, according to a Spine on the Hill report.
William Witt, MD, the medical director of Cardinal Hill Pain Institute in Lexington, Ky., answers questions about mild procedure as treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis.

6. Physician Executive Compensation Up, MBAs Make a Difference

Written by Laura Miller | Wednesday, 20 November 2013 12:09
According to a report from the American College of Physician Executives and Cejka Executive Search, compensation for physician executives is recovering slowly.
Mountain View, Calif.-based Prospira PainCare announced that two of its pain management physicians — Adam Sackstein, MD, and Youssef Josephson, DO — have joined the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia.
I-Flow, a Kimberly-Clark Health Care Company, announced a new service for hospitals designed to reduce reliance on narcotics for post-surgical pain management.

9. Prospira PainCare Acquires Neuro Pain Consultants

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:31
Mountain View, Calif.-based Prospira PainCare, a provider of multidisciplinary pain management services, announced the acquisition of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Neuro Pain Consultants.

10. 6 Tips to Approach Patients Respectfully

Written by Laura Miller | Monday, 07 October 2013 16:19
A post on Kevin MD discusses how healthcare professionals can address patients more comfortably and appropriately.

11. Ameritox Re-Accredited by College of American Pathologists

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Friday, 27 September 2013 13:22
Ameritox, a pain medication monitoring solutions company that offering specialized laboratory testing and reporting services, has been accredited by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists for a second time, according to a Herald Online report.

12. Global Pain Management Devices Market to Reach $5B by 2018

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:05
The global pain management devices market, which was valued at USD $2 billion in 2011, is expected to grow to reach a market of USD $5 billion by 2018, according to a report by Transparency Market Research.
Middletown, Conn.-based Community Health Center announced that primary care providers from Wilmington, Del.-based Westside Family Healthcare, a network of community health centers, are now participating in CHC's weekly Project ECHO pain management program.

14. PinnacleHealth Pain Management Center Opens Second Location

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Tuesday, 24 September 2013 12:00
PinnacleHealth Pain Management Center in Harrisburg, Pa., has opened a second location in the Fredricksen Outpatient Center in Mechanicsburg, Pa., according to a report by The Sentinel.
David Tonkin, MD, a pain management specialist, has moved his primary office location to Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage, Mo., according to a KOAM 7 report.
Lake County officials voted to extend a temporary ban on new pain management clinics for another year, according to an Orlando Sentinel report.
Spine Pain Management launched the second revenue source through "outside" commercial sales of its internally developed Quad Video Halo System.

18. Heritage Valley Health System Launches Pain Management Services

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 19 September 2013 13:00
Beaver, Pa.-based Heritage Valley Health System has launched pain management services at its Heritage Valley Beaver (Pa.) hospital and its medical clinic — Heritage Valley Moon Township (Pa.), according to a Times Online report.

19. Dr. Satvinder Dhesi Joins Washington Center for Pain Management

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:00
Edmonds-based Washington Center for Pain Management announced the addition of Satvinder S. Dhesi, MD, to its medical staff, according to a Komo News report.
I-Flow, a Kimberly-Clark Health Care Company, announced it has launched a program to educate patients about alternatives to narcotics for post-operative surgical pain relief.
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