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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | December 16, 2015
  1. Registration open for 3 February Courses in Orlando
  2. Registration Open for 2016 ASIPP Annual Meeting in Dallas
  3. Senators Seek Direction on Combating Opioid Abuse
  4. Depressed Mood Triples Risk for Chronic Neck Pain in Office Workers 
  5. Older Adults Now Largest Age Group Receiving Opioid Treatment 
  6. US healthcare spending grew 5.3% in 2014 
  7. What is Acetaminophen's Role With Treating Influenza Symptoms? 
  8. Husband and wife steal 80 patient records, use credit card information for $300k shopping spree 
  9. What We Learned About HIV in 2015 
  10. State Society News
  11. Physician Wanted 



Senators Seek Direction on Combating Opioid Abuse
WASHINGTON -- Over and over again on Tuesday, members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee kept asking witnesses what Congress could do to help them combat opioid abuse.

"What would your suggestions be for getting some degree of commonality and some better coordination between different states' prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs)?" asked Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

Depressed Mood Triples Risk for Chronic Neck Pain in Office Workers
Depressed mood more than triples an office workers' risk for chronic neck pain, according to a prospective study published in Journal of Pain. 1

After adjusting for age, sex, and body mass index, researchers found that office workers reporting depressed mood were 3.36-fold more likely to develop chronic neck pain within a year of hire (odds ratio [OR] = 3.36; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.10 - 10.31; P = .03).


Make your plans now to participate in the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians abstract and poster presentation at the 18th Annual Meeting, April 15-17 in Dallas, Texas.
The abstract submission deadline will be February 9, 2016.
The annual meeting is a great opportunity to share your abstract with hundreds of physicians who specialize in interventional pain management.
largestOlder Adults Now Largest Age Group Receiving Opioid Treatment
An increasing number of adults age 50 and older have been admitted to substance abuse treatment in recent years, according to research published in Substance Use & Misuse.

Most of the few previous studies on this topic have been based on a limited dataset-the treatment episode dataset (TEDS)-that only accounts for treatment admissions and therefore may not fully capture how people have been making use of substance abuse treatment over time. TEDS data examining aging trends are also limited by defining an older adult as one older than age 50 or 55 and may not fully demonstrate how the population is aging.

US healthcare spending grew 5.3% in 2014

Overall US spending on healthcare grew 5.3%, and per-capita spending grew 4.5% in 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid reports.

The share of gross domestic product allotted to healthcare spending was 17.5%, up from 17.3% in 2013.

The increase in spending was primarily driven by coverage expansion associated with the Affordable Care Act and rapidly rising prescription drug costs.

Spending on prescription drugs grew by 12.2% in 2014, compared with 2.4% in 2013.

What is Acetaminophen's Role With Treating Influenza Symptoms?
Findings from a new study published in Respirology show no benefits or harms in viral or clinical outcomes for influenza patients taking over-the-counter acetaminophen. 

Dr Irene Braithwaite, co-author of the study, and colleagues theorized at first that acetaminophen might be harmful in that reducing a patient's temperature would allow the influenza virus to better thrive and replicate. Animal studies had previously shown antipyretic treatment increased mortality from influenza.

Husband and wife steal 80 patient records, use credit card information for $300k shopping spree
A husband and wife are accused of stealing over 80 emergency room patient records at New York City-based Lenox Hill Hospital and taking over their credit card accounts to buy more than $300,000 in fraudulent purchases from high-end stores, according to CBS New York.

Kyle Steed began working at Lenox Hill in 2011 and was fired this past April. Between January 2014 and February 2015, Mr. Steed stole patient information from paper records. He then gave the information to his wife, Krystle, who used it to take over the patients' credit card accounts.

Ms. Steed posed as account holders and received immediate access to the victims' accounts by pretending to be at a physician's office where she needed access to pay a bill. If her intial plan didn't work, she allegedly called the credit card company repeatedly until a representative would grant her access, according to the report.

What We Learned About HIV in 2015
This was a pivotal year in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) research, including treatment revelations and a confirmed celebrity diagnosis. Positive steps have been made over the past 12 months in terms of better managing HIV and uncovering its pathology. Cholesterol and vitamin D proved to be influential in infected patients and key discoveries were made about elite controllers, or patients who have an undetectable viral load without antiretroviral therapy.

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Mark your calendar: GSIPP 12th Annual Pain Summit meeting set.
The Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physician have set their meeting dates for 2016.
GSIPP 12th Annual Pain Summit
April 22-24, 2016
The Ritz Carlton Lodge Reynolds Plantation
Greensboro, Georgia

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 2016 Annual Meeting, Conference and Trade Show Interventional Pain Management: 
A Diagnostic and Therapeutic Pathway to Restoration of Function
 will be held at the  Orlando World Center Marriott,
8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
FSIPP is also offering 2 concurrent programs:
  • Safe Opiate Prescribing Course - no charge, but you need to be registered for the annual meeting.
  • The Business of Pain Course on Saturday, May 21 - $150.00
  To register online, please select from the choices below.
2016 FSIPP Members
Early Registration Rate: $449.00 through 4/1/2016

(Late Registration Rate: $525.00 after 4/1/2016)

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


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