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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | August 12, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Register today for Ultrasound for Regenerative Medicine and Cadaver Workshop in Memphis 
  2. NIH: More than 1 in 10 American adults experience chronic pain 
  3. ASIPP to hold ICD-10 Comprehensive 2 Part Webinar:  A Busy Crosswalk From ICD-9 to ICD-10
  4. Is There A Link Between Chronic Pain And Obesity?
  5. Will CMS Proposed Stark Law Revisions Bring Doctors Relief?
  6. How the Aetna, Humana merger played out: SEC filing chronicles the drama
  7. Why This Is The Hardest Of Times To Be A Physician In America
  8. Is Methadone Linked To Initial QTc Prolongation In Chronic Pain?
  9. Pain Patients Say They Can't Get Meds After Illegal Rx Drug Crackdown
  10. State Society News 
  11. Physician Wanted 

septRegister today for Ultrasound for Regenerative Medicine and Cadaver Workshop in Memphis

 

ASIPP's Ultrasound for Regenerative Medicine Workshop is scheduled for
September 18, 2015 and  the Hands-on Cadaver Workshop for IPM Techniques, September 19 - September 20, 2015

 

 

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

The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel

170 Lt. George W. Lee Avenue ยท Memphis, TN, 38103 | 901-334-5900

We have secured a group room rate of $129.

Reserve rooms early-all unbooked rooms will be released after September 3, 2015.

Click HERE for link to hotel 

 

Register: http://www.asipp.org/0915-registration.htm 

 

 

moreNIH: More than 1 in 10 American adults experience chronic pain
  
America is a nation in pain, according to a new analysis by researchers at the National Institutes of Health.
How much pain, exactly?

More than 25 million American adults -- about 11.2 percent -- reported having pain every day for the previous three months. Researchers said the same data suggests that more than 23 million Americans felt "a lot" of pain in the preceding months, and more than 126 million -- or more than half of all U.S. adults -- reported experiencing some sort of pain during the same period.
  
  
webinarASIPP to hold ICD-10 Comprehensive 2 Part Webinar:  A Busy Crosswalk From ICD-9 to ICD-10
 
The focus of this two-part webinar will be on ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding crosswalks and necessary documentation! 
 
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 CDT - 12:30pm CDT 
Part 2: Thursday, September 10 a
11am CDT - 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.    
 
Registration and other information can be found at:
 
* 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.
obesityIs There A Link Between Chronic Pain And Obesity?
 
There are two serious public health concerns that can affect an individual's overall quality of life: obesity and pain. A group of researchers at the University of Utah reviewed the link between both conditions and published the findings in the Journal of Pain Research.

Pain complaints are common among obese individuals.The authors of the study took a look at the possible connection between obesity and pain in the general population and also in patients suffering from chronic pain. They also analyzed the possible mechanisms behind this association.
  
  
Clinical Pain Advisor
starkWill CMS Proposed Stark Law Revisions Bring Doctors Relief?
  
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published proposed revisions to the Stark Law - a key piece of healthcare regulation involving physician self-referral regulations. As penalties and sanctions involving a lack of Stark Law compliance threaten hospitals' ability to remain open, what's next on the healthcare horizon?

The Stark Law - a strict liability statute prohibiting physicians from making referrals for designated health services payable by Medicare if a financial relationship exists, without a matched exception - has been a recent focus within the healthcare spectrum.
  

aetnaHow the Aetna, Humana merger played out: SEC filing chronicles the drama
 
The merger between Aetna and Humana didn't come togeter overnight. In fact, based on a new Securities and Exchange Commission filing by Humana outlining the takeover, the deal stretches back to October 2014.
 
The below transcript from the filing shows just how complicated the deal was, with Humana holding discussions with a number of payers. While the transcript does not mention other parties by name, only Aetna, a Modern Healthcare report said "Party X" in the transcript is Cigna and "Party A" represents United Health Group. It's also interesting to see how a May Wall Street Journal report on Humana's plans to put itself up for sale factored into the dealmaking.

The transcript is long, but for healthcare insiders who want to see how big mergers come together it is a fascinating read.
  
  

hardestWhy This Is The Hardest Of Times To Be A Physician In America
 
With apologies to Charles Dickens, just as now is the best of times to practice medicine, it is also the worst of times to do so.
In their twenties, most physicians choose health care as a career for altruistic reasons. They dedicate years to arduous training, making personal and financial sacrifices to serve, heal and otherwise help others. They looked forward to being rewarded accordingly, and feel privileged to be able to build long-lasting relationships with patients and experience a level of trust and respect that, among human interactions, remains unique.

Throughout much of history, this was the social contract that attracted doctors to the profession. But increasingly all that training and hard work offer no protection from a growing number of day-to-day difficulties that leave physicians feeling increasingly frustrated and even powerless. Today's blog focuses on three of these current "facts of life" that, for many physicians, compromise and undermine the joys and fulfillment of the practice of medicine.
  
  

methadoneIs Methadone Linked To Initial QTc Prolongation In Chronic Pain?
 
HealthDay News -- For patients with chronic pain, methadone is associated with a small, but nonsignificant, initial increase in QTc, which does not persist, according to a study published in Pain Medicine.
 
Samuel Grodofsky, MD, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues conducted a prospective cohort study in a chronic pain clinic involving 82 patients receiving methadone and 102 receiving non-methadone opioid therapy. Automated QTc calculations from 12-lead electrocardiograms were analyzed at baseline and during the subsequent six months
 
  
                           
  
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Group Purchasing Organization - Join Today

 

ASIPP is pleased to announce that we have formed a partnership with Henry Schein and PedsPal, a national GPO that has a successful history of negotiating better prices on medical supplies and creating value added services for the independent physician. Working with MedAssets, PedsPal provides excellent pricing on products like contrast media that alleviate some of the financial pressures you experience today. While the cost of contrast media has skyrocketed due to the single dose vial issue, because we have partnered with Henry Schein, this could enable you to purchase Omnipaque 240mg/50 ml for slightly above $4.50.

 

It will be easy for ASIPP members in good standing to enroll today and begin to realize the savings this partnership can bring. Members can join or see sample prices by going to http://pedspal.org/asipp/default.html  

Click on "view our discounted supplier prices" ( Username:ASIPPmember and Password: Save ) or click on the words "join for free now" and begin saving today!

 

rxPain Patients Say They Can't Get Meds After Illegal Rx Drug Crackdown
 
The accident happened 10 years ago when Chris Young was 35. He owned a salvage yard in Maui, Hawaii, and his employee had hoisted a junker on a machine called an excavator when the hydraulics gave out. The car fell on him from above his head, smashing his spine.
 
"He was crushed accordion-style," says his wife Lesley.
 
The accident left Young with a condition known as "partial paraplegia." He can't walk and he needs a wheelchair, but he does have some sensation in his legs. Unfortunately for Young, that sensation is often excruciating pain.
 
 

                           
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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.


 

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.

 

 

 
Please send your State Society meetings and news to: Holly Long at hlong@asipp.org

 

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