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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | December 28, 2016
  1. ABIPP Certification Made Simple: June Dates Set
  2. Heroin Is Now The Leading Cause Of Overdose Deaths In The U.S.  
  3. Top 10 Personal Health Expenses From Diabetes To Pregnancy 
  4. Mark Your Calendars: ASIPP Annual Meeting in Vegas in April
  5. Start Planning NOW! ASIPP to Begin Accepting Abstracts for 2017 Annual Meeting
  6. DEA Reverses Announced Change to Registration Renewal Process
  7. CMS: 171,000 docs to face meaningful use penalties in 2017 
  8. December Podcast Now Available
  9. Introducing Scientific American: Pain Management: Coming in January
  10. Placebo Analgesic Effect Stronger in Patients vs Healthy Individuals
  11. State Society News 
Important News From ASIPP - National IPM-Qualified Clinical Data Registry
ASIPP is well on the way to applying for CMS approval for the National IPM-Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) in collaboration with ArborMetrix. We have had very healthy sign ups and are on track to gather the required amount of participants' quality data to meet CMS requirements by the end of the year.
To help participants prepare for the coming year, we plan to share many of the proposed measures in early January. This will leave us with plenty of time to begin data collection by April 1. But we do urge you to begin the process of enrollment now, while ASIPP completes the approval process with CMS.
If you are interested in signing up for the National IPM QCDR, you can respond to this email or send an email to . 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. 
If you have already signed up, please pass along this information to anyone else who could benefit from this opportunity.   
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
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.
Please send an email to to sign up for QCDR participation. 


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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

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heroinHeroin Is Now The Leading Cause Of Overdose Deaths In The U.S.
The war on drugs needs to shift away from prescriptions written in your doctor's office to street drugs bought in our communities.
In 2010, the prescription opiate, oxycodone, was the primary drug implicated in overdose deaths in the U.S. But now, based on data from a new report from the CDC, heroin is the leading cause of overdose deaths.
The report also describes a dangerous rise in overdose deaths linked to fentanyl, a synthetic opiate 50-100 times more potent than morphine. Data from the study indicates that the number of deaths related to fentanyl doubled from 2013 to 2014.

topTop 10 Personal Health Expenses From Diabetes To Pregnancy
The cost of diabetes, heart disease and back pain are taking a greater toll on the U.S. economy with these conditions and injuries dominating personal healthcare spending, authors of a new study say.
They are among only 20 of 155 conditions that account for more than half of all U.S. health spending, researchers led by the University of Washington wrote in the study, published in the Dec. 27 Journal of the American Medical Association.    Diabetes, the top spending category, accounted for more than $100 billion in personal health spending , the JAMA report showed.
Top 3
  1. Diabetes - $101.4 billion
  2. Heart disease - $88.1 billion
  3. Low back and neck pain - $87.6 billion


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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.

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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

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



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