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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | August 17, 2016
  1. Legislative Session and Capitol Hill Visits - Make Your Voice Heard!
  2. Are You Ready for October 2016: Honeymoon is Coming to a End. Order Your Pocket Guide Today! 
  3. ABIPP Certification Made Simple
  4. Start Planning NOW! ASIPP to Begin Accepting Abstracts for 2017 Annual Meeting 
  5. ASIPP Podcast July, 2016
  6. Beyond 'Obamacare': State initiatives refocus health debate
  7. Aetna to Drop Some Affordable Care Act Markets
  8. Big ICD-10 Challenges Ahead
  9. Physician Workload and Communication Survey Shows Physicians are Overworked and Want More Time with Patients 
  10. Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia for Neuropathic Pain 
  11. Fear-Avoidance Conditioning: Maintaining the Chronic Pain Cycle?
  12. The Art and Science of Pain: A Clinical and Research Update
  13. State Society News 
  14. Physicians Wanted
Legislative Session and Capitol Hill Visits - Make Your Voice Heard!

A legislative conference is scheduled for September 7 and 8. To participate in this conference, you must to be in Washington on Tuesday, September 6 in order to attend the 5 pm preparation session. We will have Capitol Hill visits and speeches, etc., on Wednesday morning and afternoon (Sept. 7). We will be preparing you for the presentation on Tuesday evening at 5:00 pm. We will be attending Capitol Hill with speeches in the morning of Wednesday and Capitol Hill visits with individual members of the Congress on Wednesday afternoon. Some appointments may continue through Thursday. If you would like to leave on Wednesday, please do not plan on leaving before 6 pm. If you want to stay, that would be wonderful as visits will continue on Thursday for those who are available to stay.
Each member is expected to visit two senators and one member of Congress for a total of three visits.
ASIPP will book and pay for your room at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, DC. You will be responsible for your own travel expenses.
It is crucial that we have as many people as possible in attendance for this legislative conference. Please block your schedule as soon as possible so that you can attend.
While many of the members and committees are important, we are specifically focusing on the following senators and members. Click here for the list.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you will be attending so that we can begin making the appointments. Contact Melinda Martin at mmartin@asipp.org to RSVP
Are You Ready for October 2016: Honeymoon is Coming to an End
Order Your Pocket Guide Today!

October 1, 2016, is coming. Along with it comes the end of the honeymoon period for ICD-10-CM is also coming. It essentially means you have to get ready for proper coding for the upcoming years.
Starting October 1, 2016, you must have a specific diagnosis for each condition you treat and for each procedure you perform.
You don't need to hit the panic button; there is help for preparation. But you should act now!
You can be prepared for the challenges of ICD-10-CM by purchasing the most definitive ICD-10-CM resource for interventional pain physicians.
If you have not already purchased and reviewed the ICD-10-CM for Interventional Pain Management: A Practical Guide, a pocket guide which will fit nicely in your pocket, you should order it immediately, not only for yourself, but for your staff, electronic and hard copy versions.
This exhaustive guide for interventional pain physicians will assist you with numerous intricacies of coding for interventional pain management. If you are not immediately ordering this practice guide, answer the following questions:
1. If you perform caudal epidural injection and cervical interlaminar epidural injection in a cervical and lumbar post surgery syndrome patient, can you use the same code for both procedures and get paid?
2. Can you perform lumbar transforaminal epidural injections at L5 and S1 in a patient with lumbar radiculitis at L5 only?
3. Can you use disc herniation and radiculopathy codes in the same patient in the same region?
If you answer "yes" for any of the above questions, you urgently need to prepare yourself and review these guidance.
Please prepare for your future.by ordering immediately at a 25% discount. Go to http://www.asipppublishing.com/ and make your purchase today!

abippABIPP Certification Made Simple
The American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) has developed certification programs that recognize accepted levels of knowledge and expertise in the interventional pain management profession, with the goal of improved patient care. Hundreds of qualified physicians have made the commitment to become ABIPP certified. ABIPP is recognized in 11 states. Ten states have no statutes governing specialty boards. Approval is pending in remaining states.
ABIPP is a Specialty Board providing certifications in the following areas:
Board Certification in Interventional Pain Management
Either with ABMS pain medicine board certification or  ABMS primary certification only

Competency Certification in:
* Interventional Pain Management
Regenerative Medicine
Controlled Substance Management
Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management
Fluoroscopic Interpretation and Radiological Safety
Endoscopic Spinal Decompression
Click HERE to view Pathway to ABIPP Certification

More information  www.abipp.org
abstractStart Planning NOW! ASIPP to Begin Accepting Abstracts for 2017 Annual Meeting
Registration will be open for Abstract Submissions beginning August 10, 2016.
The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its 19th Annual Meeting April 20-22 in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace.
This year, we will be making significant changes to the Abstract and Poster Sessions. Anyone who submits their Abstract for consideration will be included in the electronic poster presentations. The posters are available to all meeting participants during all bring and meal times.
The Abstract Committee will select the top 25 for publication in Pain Physician and of those 10 will be selected for Abstract presentation and judging during the Annual Meeting. The top 3 will receive cash prizes.
podcastASIPP Podcast July, 2016

On the July ASIPPĀ® Podcast, we'll be talking with ASIPPĀ®'s current president, Dr. Aaron Calodney. Our news segment this time has a number of medical marijuana stories, as well as stories about depressed medical residents, a gene that holds the key to potential pain treatments, and more. Plus, how getting a tattoo could be the key to curing the common cold. 

beyondBeyond 'Obamacare': State initiatives refocus health debate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Moving beyond "Obamacare," political activists are looking to state ballot questions to refocus the nation's long-running debate over government's role in health care.
This fall, California voters will decide whether to lower some prescription drug prices, while Coloradans will vote on a state version of a "single-payer" government-run health system, similar to what Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed in his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
aetnaAetna to Drop Some Affordable Care Act Markets
Aetna Inc.AET-0.34%will withdraw from 11 of the 15 states where it currently offers plans through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, becoming the latest of the major national health insurers to pull back sharply from the law's signature marketplaces after steep financial losses.

Aetna's move will sharpen concerns about competitive options in the exchanges-and it puts at least one county, Pinal in Arizona, at risk of having no insurers offering exchange plans in 2017, a circumstance that would present a major challenge to the basic mechanics of the ACA.

The law mandates that most people acquire health coverage, and offers subsidies to help lower-income consumers purchase plans. To obtain the subsidies, though, people are supposed to purchase their plans through ACA exchanges.

Access to this article may be limited.
bigBig ICD-10 Challenges Ahead
When medical professionals made the switch to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD-10) last October, the conversion was monumental.

Many industry stakeholders argued that the ICD-9 code set had become outdated, and the introduction of ICD-10 would offer health care providers more and better data, which would, in turn, lead to higher-quality patient outcomes.
Moving from ICD-9's 14,025 numeric codes to ICD-10's 69,823 alphanumeric codes, however, proved more of a jump than a gentle transition. And given that CMS is planning to add another 5,500 codes to the ICD-10 diagnostic library this year, it's no wonder some have likened becoming fluent with ICD-10 to learning a whole new language.

overworkPhysician Workload and Communication Survey Shows Physicians are Overworked and Want More Time with Patients
Physicians' lives are out of balance, according to a recent study bylocumstory.com.
To better understand how physicians feel about their jobs, including their workload and communication with patients,locumstory.com surveyed nearly 1,000 physicians across multiple specialties and practice types, including private practice, hospital-based practice, group practice and others (health maintenance organization [HMO], locum tenens, etc.).

The survey found that due to the growing amount of paperwork, physicians are spending more time at work, but less time with patients. In addition to working longer hours, physicians are also taking secondary jobs to supplement their incomes.

exerciseExercise-Induced Hypoalgesia for Neuropathic Pain
Designing of effective treatments for neuropathic pain (NPP) has been hampered by the diversity of mechanisms and sites involved. 1   Randomized controlled trials have shown that only half of patients achieve pain relief with medication, most of whom still experience moderate-to-severe pain. In addition, NPP treatments are associated with adverse side effects which render treatments intolerable. 2

A significant body of research using animal models of neuropathic pain suggests that exercise holds promise for the treatment of NPP. 3-5   A review recently published in Anatomical Science International, sought to clarify the mechanisms involved in exercise-induced hypoalgesia (EIH). 6
cycleFear-Avoidance Conditioning: Maintaining the Chronic Pain Cycle?
In an article recently published in Pain,researchers at the University of Leuven, Belgium propose a model for the transition from acute to chronic pain, based on fear-avoidance. 1

With this model, which describes the distinct behaviors underlying perpetuation of or breaking from pain, researchers seek to guide pain-related research as well as pain management. In this model, conditioning plays a central role in the maintenance of pain, and authors argue that its disruption may lead to recovery.
artThe Art and Science of Pain: A Clinical and Research Update

The Albany Medical College's Department of Neuroscience ad Experimental Therapeutics and the Office of Continuing Medical Education are sponsoring a symposium on October 15, 2016 at the Gideon Putnam.

Located at 24 Gideon Putnam Road , Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Registration Deadline is October 10, 2016.

Who Should Attend
This program has been designed to be of interest to scientists, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, primary care physicians, neurologists, pain management physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical students, residents and fellows treating or researching pain.

About the Symposium
This conference will review the latest technology, science and treatment options anyone interested in treating or researching pain should be made aware of in order to offer the best care choices to their patients and background for their studies
For information regarding the conference, contact the Office of Continuing Medical Education by phone at (518) 262-5828, fax at (518) 262-5679 or e-mail at pricej@mail.amc.edu

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State Society News

NYSIPP Meeting
November 4 - 7, 2016
The New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold a meeting November 4-7, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, NJ - registration link is:   www.NYSIPP.org
Fellows / Residents Workshop, Thursday: November 3, 2016
NYNJSIPP PA/NP Meeting: Thursday and Friday Nov. 3, 4
Saturday Nov. 5: The Good, Bad and Ugly Sides of Opiate Utilization
CASIPP Annual Meeting
November 11-13, 2016
Early Bird Registration is Open for the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians annual meeting. T he meeting is set for Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016  at the exquisite Bacara Resort & Spa,  Santa Barbara , California. 

OHSIPP Meeting
August 25-27, 2017
The Ohio Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (OHSIPP) has set the dates for it
S 2017 meeting. Dates are Friday Aug 25 thru Sunday Aug 27, 2017. The meeting will be held in Cincinnati at the Westin Hotel, 21 E 5th St , at Fountain Square .
Contact Michelle Byers for more information MichelleHByers@gmail.com

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


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