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  At the 21st Annual Becker's ASC Conference in Chicago on Oct. 25, Peter G. Whang, MD, FACS, Associate Professor at the Spine Service Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale University School of Medicine, shared new techniques for managing postoperative pain following orthopedic spinal procedures performed at ASCs.
A medical practice owner, like all professional practice owners, should spend some of his/her time working on the practice, not just in the practice. We know this because we have our own professional practice ourselves. However, even if the owner works "on" the practice; if they ignore one fundamental legal contract, all of his/her work may be in jeopardy — as a single bad event could wipe out everything they have worked so hard to build.
As we approach the 4th quarter of the year, most of our pain specialist clients now have a fairly good idea of what their taxable income will be for 2014. If you are like these clients, you may be wondering "is there anything I can do NOW to save taxes on April 15?" The answer is very likely "yes."  
As financial advisors to hundreds of physicians throughout the U.S. and lecturers to thousands more, including pain physicians, we have seen a sharp increase in the last few years of questions about how investment firms, including ours, make money from advising their clients. Physicians are not alone, as a 2011 survey by Cerulli Associates and Phoenix Marketing International found that nearly two out of every three investors in the survey were confused about how they were paying their advisors.  
  Epidemiologist Dr. Maryam Navaie led a study recently published in the Journal of Anesthesia and Clinical Research showing how local anesthetics can help rapidly improve persistent symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
During a presentation during Becker’s ASC Review’s 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + the Future of Spine, June 12 in Chicago, Evalyn Cole, CEO and administrator of KeiperSpine and Spine Center of Eugene (Ore.), and Jennifer Kvanduch, patient accounts manager of the Spine Surgery Center of Eugene, shared their thoughts on the clinical and financial challenges associated with non-surgical spine care.
  As financial advisors to hundreds of physicians throughout the U.S., including pain physicians and lecturers to thousands more, we have seen a sharp increase in the last few years of questions about how investment firms, including ours, make money from advising their clients. Physicians are not alone as a 2011 survey by Cerulli Associates and Phoenix Marketing International found that nearly two out of every three investors in the survey were confused about how they were paying their advisors.  
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.

11. CMS Delays Meaningful Use Roll-Out

Written by Laura Dyrda | 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.

13. Physician Executive Compensation Up, MBAs Make a Difference

Written by Laura Dyrda | 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.

14. Drs. Adam Sackstein, Youssef Josephson Join Vincera Institute

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:12
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.

16. 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.

17. 6 Tips to Approach Patients Respectfully

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

18. 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.

19. 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.
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