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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | December 14, 2016
  1. 2017 Coding for IPM Webinar set for Dec. 16 
  2. Listen to November Podcast!
  3. ABIPP Certification Made Simple: June Dates Set
  4. Significant Change to DEA Registration Renewal Process
  5. Start Planning NOW! ASIPP to Begin Accepting Abstracts for 2017 Annual Meeting
  6. Painkillers Tied to Overuse Headache in Acute Migraine
  7. Treating Pain and Pain Comorbidities
  8. Effect of Opioid Use on Exercise-Based Motivational Interviewing for Fibromyalgia
  9. Addressing Psychological Comorbidities in Spondyloarthritis
  10. Centers Acquires Pain and Anesthesia Practices in NJ, Premier Pain and Specialty Anesthesia Associates
  11. State Society News 
Important News From ASIPP - National IPM-Qualified Clinical Data Registry
ASIPP recently brought you exciting news for interventional pain management in announcing the National IPM-Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) in collaboration with ArborMetrix. Nearly 200 ASIPP members have already expressed interest in joining the QCDR, and registration is underway. If you have already signed up, please pass along this information to anyone else who could benefit from this opportunity.   
Participating in the QCDR is a valuable opportunity not only to meet reporting requirements, but also to provide outcome data and compare yourself with others in ASIPP and nationwide. We encourage you to sign up for the QCDR before the end of the year, while ASIPP completes the approval process with CMS.
To sign up for the National IPM QCDR, you can respond to this email or send an email to ASIPPQCDR@arbormetrix.com. We will then send you registration forms to complete. There is no commitment or cost to you until we are approved for the QCDR for 2017 reporting. 
As you are well aware, CMS has issued the final rule on its value-based care entitled, "Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Combining Quality Measures, Meaningful Use or Advancing Care Information, Clinical Improvement Activities and Costs." Because of our efforts, CMS has made substantial changes to enable us to avoid penalties. The QCDR reporting mechanism and specifically the NIPM-QCDR will complete the collection and submission of MIPS requirements.
This unique registry developed only for interventional pain physicians by ASIPP will:
  • Offer as many as 30 new non-MIPS QCDR measures specially designed by ASIPP for interventional pain management in addition
  • Manage submission of both MIPS and non-MIPS QCDR measures  
  • Support both individual physicians and physician group practices in meeting MIPS requirements.
  • Provide documentation and assistance with compiling the needed data for quality improvement
  • Provide easily accessible reports and performance updates to registry participants on an ongoing basis as new data is available from your practice
  • Allow physicians to review and select measures to report prior to submission
Now the pathway is clear. We can not only avoid the penalties, but also be exceptional performers and earn high level bonuses. We will also have the data to present in the future.
If you have any further questions, we can arrange for you to talk to one of the representatives from ArborMetrix with whose collaboration we are preparing the registry, or you can also attend one of the webinars we will be starting soon.


REGISTER TODAY! Only a limited number of spots. Competency Exam will be in June.




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commonWhat 1980 and 2016 Have in Common
Like the Reagan and Thatcher revolutions, Trump and Brexit are reactions to stagnation.
Just as Margaret Thatcher's ascendance in 1979 foreshadowedRonald Reagan's in 1980, so the British vote to exit from the European Union earlier this year presaged Donald Trump's triumph. The two nations with the longest traditions of liberty-the United Kingdom and the United States-both have a renewed chance to reclaim their freedom from overzealous regulators and international institutions, which have served government interests but let down average citizens.
Since 2008, the largest developed economies, in an effort to build financial stability and economic prosperity, have engaged in unprecedented coordination of financial regulation, monetary policy and business taxation. What the G-7 nations got instead was the weakest economic growth, the largest surge in government debt, the riskiest monetary expansion and the gravest deflationary pressures of the postwar era.

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opiatesWhere opiates killed the most people in 2015
More than 33,000 people died of opioid overdoses in the United States last year. But speaking of an "opiate epidemic" is in some ways a misnomer. The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the country is in fact dealing with multiple opioid epidemics right now - each with a distinct geographic footprint.
The geography of opioid deaths 

Starting with the big picture, here's a map of total opioid death rates by state. County-level data would be preferable, but the CDC suppresses data for many small counties to protect the privacy of the people who live there. The data in this map encompasses everything from heroin to hydrocodone to more powerful synthetic drugs like fentanyl.

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Listen to November Podcast!


On the November 2016 edition of the ASIPP Podcast we'll list the didactic courses ASIPP has scheduled for next year; we'll meet ASIPP's new director of operations; in the news segment we'll find out if pain is contagious, the latest medical marijuana news, some pediatric pain news, and much more; and we'll wrap things up with a study about whether rats are ticklish.
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Will administer in June

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

More information: www.abipp.org

deaSignificant Change to DEA Registration Renewal Process
Through a notice on its website, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced significant changes to its registration renewal process.  Effective January 1, 2017, the DEA is eliminating the informal grace period which the agency has previously allowed for registrants to renew their registrations.  Only one renewal notice will be sent to each registrant's "mail to" address approximately 65 days prior to the expiration date; no other reminders to renew the DEA registration will be provided.  The notice also advises that online capability to renew a DEA registration after the expiration date will no longer be available, and that failure to file a renewal application by midnight EST of the expiration date will result in the "retirement" of the registrant's DEA number.  The original DEA registration will not be reinstated.  In addition, paper renewal applications will not be accepted the day after the expiration date.  If DEA has not received the paper renewal application by the day of the expiration date, mailed in renewal applications will be returned and the registrant will have to apply for a new DEA registration.

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ASIPPĀ® Abstracts Submission for 2017 Annual Meeting OPEN
Registration will be open for Abstract Submissions is now available.
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. Submissions will be in two categories: Resident/Fellow and Physician.  Selected posters will be on display forall meeting participants during all breaks 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.

painkilldersPainkillers Tied to Overuse Headache in Acute Migraine
Analgesics and opioids were linked to a higher risk of developing medication-overuse headache compared with other treatments in patients receiving acute migraine treatment, researchers reported.

Based on a systematic literature review, the pooled relative risk was 0.65 (relative risk reduction of 35%) for triptans versus analgesics. For ergots versus analgesics, a similar trend was observed in favor of ergots with a relative risk of 0.41, according to Kristian Thorlund, PhD, of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and colleagues.

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comorbidTreating Pain and Pain Comorbidities
Chronic pain is often associated with a range of comorbidities that are either not recognized or treated separately from the pain. Failure to adequately treat pain comorbidities results in a soaring of pain scores, adding to the challenge of managing chronic pain.
The biopsychosocial model of pain management allowing for the comprehensive treatment pain and its comorbidities-many often in the psychological realm-is now recognized as a most effective way of managing chronic pain.
exerciseEffect of Opioid Use on Exercise-Based Motivational Interviewing for Fibromyalgia
Among patients with fibromyalgia, motivational interviewing (MI) to promote physical exercise improved physical function and fibromyalgia (FM) symptoms in opioid nonusers but not in opioid users, according to a study published in The Journal of Rheumatology.

"Exercise is an important component in the management of FM. Given that FM is a chronic condition, exercise has to be sustained long term," Dennis C. Ang, MD, MS, of Wake Forest School of Medicine, told Clinical Pain Advisor
psychAddressing Psychological Comorbidities in Spondyloarthritis
Spondyloarthritis   (SpA) is an umbrella term used to describe a group of chronic inflammatory diseases involving the joints and entheses. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is the most common form, affecting 0.2% to 0.5% of the US population.[1] In patients with AS, the spine and vertebrae are typically affected, which can result in back pain, impaired mobility, and reduced work productivity and quality of life (QoL).
Patients with AS and other forms of SpA, such as psoriatic arthritis (PsA), have been found to have a high prevalence of psychological comorbidities, including depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances, which can further reduce their QoL and adversely affect their outcomes. Therefore, to optimize the care and outcomes of patients with SpA, clinicians must strive to effectively treat the condition and its symptoms while also addressing potential psychological risk factors and comorbidities. 
centerCenters Acquires Pain and Anesthesia Practices in NJ, Premier Pain and Specialty Anesthesia Associates
ROCKVILLE , Md. , Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of National Spine & Pain Centers' effort to provide quality care and pain management solutions to patients on a wider scale, the recent acquisition of highly esteemed Premier Pain and Specialty Anesthesia Associates in New Jersey is a significant milestone. Patients suffering from acute or chronic pain conditions will greatly benefit, as nationally recognized pain specialists join forces with one of America's leading practices in National Spine & Pain Centers (NSPC).

Chief Medical Officer of NSPC, Dr. Les Zuckerman, states, "Premier is New Jersey's best and largest interventional pain group. We've known and worked with their founders for many years, so we feel confident that they will easily dovetail into the NSPC family. Not only does Premier solidify our presence in the North East US, but their addition will open up tremendous opportunities in research & development and help attract top fellowship-trained physicians. Dr. Peter Staats, one of their leaders, is formerly past president of our largest national society (ASIPP). With his help, we foresee continued efforts to strengthen our medical field on a national scale and to continue our efforts to bring together the best doctors in the country."

 ASSR Meeting Schedule for February in San Diego


The  American Society of Spine Radiology will hold its 2017 Annual Symposium

in   San Diego, CA | February 23-26, 2017 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

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State Society News

OHSIPP Meeting
August 25-27, 2017
The Ohio Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (OHSIPP) has set the dates for its 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

FSIPP Meeting
August 27 - 30, 2017
The Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (FSIPP) has set the dates for its 2017 meeting
Dates are April 27-30, 2107
The meeting will be held in Orlando, FL at the Orlando World Center Marriott
Click Here for more information and to make reservation

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



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