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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | February 10, 2016
  1. ASIPP Announces Patient Education Program 
  2. Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to February 22
  3. Controlled Substance Management Course Scheduled for February in Orlando
  4. Missed your Chance at February  Lumbar Endoscopic Course? No Problem, Register for June Course Today
  5. ASIPP 2016 Annual Meeting has an impressive group of faculty. April 15-17, 2016. Meeting Registration Open!!
  6. ASIPP Webinar: 2016 Medicare Acronyms to Decipher: PQRS, VBPM and QRUR  
  7. Group Purchasing Organization Offers Better Supplies Pricing and Creates Added Value 
  8. Obama Releases FY 2017 Budget 
  9. Identifying New Effective Painkillers for Patients With Chronic Pain 
  10. HHS proposes changes to the rules governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder records 
  11. FDA Announces New Measures to Curb Opioid Overdose 
  12. Medical Schools Boost Pain Management Education 
  13. Doctor convicted of murder for patients' drug overdoses gets 30 years to life in prison  
  14. State Society News 
  15. Physician Wanted 
patientASIPP Announces Patient Education Program

The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), a not-for-profit national organization representing interventional pain physicians, and Medical Media, Inc., dedicated to medical marketing, announced today they have entered into a collaboration agreement to form Interventional Pain Management Network, a new patient education program. 

Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti, ASIPP Chairman of the Board, said, "Interventional Pain Management Network consists of interactive videos for waiting rooms as an innovative way to provide awareness and understanding of evidence-based and clinically relevant information to the patient at a time when the patient is in need and receptive to health issues. Further, Medical Media will customize the videos in collaboration with ASIPP based on evidence unique to each individual physician's office."

Medical Media's CEO, Nick Autrey said "We have six (6) specific goals for each patient: to inform, educate, engage, entertain, inspire, and interact. Patient education is at the forefront of the medical industry. Through the joint efforts of Medical Media and Interventional Pain Management Network we strive to meet these goals for the benefit of your patients."
Here is link to Media Release for Medical Media.

abstracts  Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to February 22

It's not too late to make your plans 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 has been extended to  February 22, 2016.
The annual meeting is a great opportunity to share your abstract with hundreds of physicians who specialize in interventional pain management.

Controlled Substance Management Course and Competency Exam 

This course is intended to present interventional pain management specialists, nurses, and other healthcare providers an in-depth review of multiple areas of controlled substance management.

* Review basic science and core concepts
* Discuss pharmacology for IPM
* Identify clinical use and effectiveness
* Identify substance abuse in IPM
* Discuss topics with documentation, regulatory issues,
legal issues, and ethical issues
In addition to the review course, the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (for physicians) and the American Association of Allied Pain Management Professionals (for non-physicians) offers the opportunity for examination in order for physicians to obtain competency certification and non-physicians to obtain associate certificates in Controlled Substance Management 
February 26-28, 2016 | The Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida  

Alternate hotel for rooms:
6001 Destination Parkway
Orlando , FL 32819
(407) 313-4700
9801 International Drive
Orlando , Florida, 32819
 The property is within walking distance and the guest can use the skywalk to both the Hilton and Rosen Centre.
ASIPPĀ® 2016 Annual Meeting has an impressive group of faculty. April 15-17, 2016. Schedule Now Available! Meeting Registration Open!!

Click HERE to see Annual Meeting Brochure
Featured Speakers:
Salahadin Abdi, MD, PhD
Nick Autry
Steve Aydin, DO
Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD
Susan Blank, MD, MRO, FACFE
Mark Boswell, MD, PhD
Kenneth Candido, MD
George ChangChien, DO
Harold Cordner, MD
Ray H. D'Amours, MD
Sukdeb Datta, MD 
Timothy Deer, MD 
Sudhir Diwan, MD
Bradley Duhon, MD
Frank Falco, MD
Christopher G. Gharibo, MD
Scott Glaser, MD
Arik Hananel, MD, MBA, BsCs
Marvel Hammer, RN, CPC
Standiford Helm, II, MD
Joshua Hirsch, MD
Senator Tim Hutchison
Gary Janko, MD
Neal Kassell, MD
Alan Kaye, MD, PhD
Lakshmi Koyyalagunta, MD
Nick Knezevic, MD, PhD
Robert Laszewski
Mikiko Murakami, DO
William D Murrell, MD
Vicki Myckowiak, Esq.
Devi E. Nampiaparampil, MD
Kenneth Pettine, MD
Gabor Racz, MD
Francis Riegler, MD
David Schultz, MD 
Sanford Silverman, MD 
Amol Soin, MD
Peter Staats, MD
Albert Telfeian, MD, PhD
Andrea Trescot, MD
Les Zuckerman, MD

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webinarASIPP Webinar: 2016 Medicare Acronyms to Decipher: PQRS, VBPM and QRUR 

WEBINAR FEE:  $ 185    
WEBINAR DATE:  February 16, 2016
TIME:   11:00am-12:30am CST
CREDIT:   1.5 CEUs  
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
SPEAKER:  Marvel Hammer, RN, CPC  
CMS issued the 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule on October 30, 2015, . The rule changes several of the quality reporting initiatives associated with PFS payments, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

Important 2016 PQRS Highlights:
  • The 2018 payment adjustment penalty for not successfully reporting 2016 PQRS is
  • 4% for solo providers and groups with 2-9 providers: 2% value modifier penalty + 2% PQRS penalty
  • 6% for groups with ten or more providers: 4% value modifier penalty + 2% PQRS penalty.
  • There is no incentive payment for 2016 PQRS reporting.
  • New cross-cutting measures: Preventive Care and Screening: Unhealthy Alcohol Use: Screening & Brief Counseling; Falls: Risk Assessment and Falls: Plan of Care.
  • New 2016 Individual Quality Measures applicable to interventional pain management providers
Registration and other information can be found at:

Group Purchasing Organization Offers Better Supplies Pricing and Creates Added Value
ASIPP   has   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. Now, more than ever, health care providers require the guidance of trusted advisers to help operate their practices more efficiently. Our   members   rely on us for guidance in selecting the right supplies, software, equipment, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and much more. Our portfolio of practice solutions helps clinicians build their practices so they can focus on improving the health of patients
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 ) orclick on the words "join for free now" and begin saving today!

Obama Releases FY 2017 Budget
WASHINGTON -- President Obama revealed his eighth and final  White House budget on Tuesday, sketching out plans for spending priorities in fiscal year 2017. In the healthcare realm, the president's budget included few surprises, but a cut in funding for the CDC left some research and policy advocates dismayed.
The $6.98 billion request for the CDC represents a marked decrease from the nearly $7.2 billion the president proposed in  FY 2016.
Almost exactly one-quarter of the president's $4.1-trillion proposal for the entire government is destined for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -- up about $30 billion from FY 2016 -- most of it for the entitlement programs CMS oversees.


Identifying New Effective Painkillers for Patients With Chronic Pain
Functional MRI (fMRI) may help clinicians with identifying new and effective pain medicines for patients with chronic pain, according to a study published in  Anesthesiology.

It is current practice for researchers to use patient-reported pain relief as the primary outcome measure in development studies designed to determine whether a painkiller is effective. This approach, however, is subject to many unwanted influences: self-reported pain perception and relief is subjective. Effective compounds that might work well in the general population can be overlooked.
HHS proposes changes to the rules governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder records

Proposed changes would facilitate health information exchange to support delivery system reform efforts while protecting the privacy of patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced proposed revisions to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, 42 CFR Part 2. The goal of the proposed changes, which will be published in the Federal Register on February 9, 2016, is to facilitate information exchange within new health care models while addressing the legitimate privacy concerns of patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder. 

"This proposal will help patients with substance use disorders fully participate and benefit from a health care delivery system that's better, smarter and healthier, while protecting their privacy," said Secretary Burwell. "We are moving Medicare, and the health care system as a whole, toward new integrated care models that incentivize providers to coordinate and put the patient at the center of their care, and we are modernizing our rules to protect patients."

FDA Announces New Measures to Curb Opioid Overdose
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced a new plan to refocus its efforts on curbing opioid-related deaths.

There were 18 893 deaths involving prescription opioids in the US in 2014, up 16% from 2013, according to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The administration believes synthetic opioids contributed to the increase in prescription opioid-related deaths. Deaths involving drugs like fentanyl and tramadol increased by 79% from 2013-2014.

Medical Schools Boost Pain Management Education
In light of opioid epidemic, more schools focus on thoughtful prescribing
Congress and health officials have criticized medical schools for failing to teach doctors about pain management, but medical schools and residency programs are moving quickly to address the issue.
"[I]f you're a veterinarian, you get much more training on how to address pain than if you're a medical student," said Nora Volkow, MD, director of that National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in Bethesda, Md., at a Senate hearinglast week.
Students in veterinary schools spend five times as many education hours focused on pain management as students in medical schools, she said.
A 2011 study in  The Journal of Pain found that U.S. medical schools allot a median of 9 teaching hours on pain and its management, compared to a median of 19.5 hours in Canada. In the U.S., that's approximately 0.3% of the total curriculum hours.

Doctor convicted of murder for patients' drug overdoses gets 30 years to life in prison

A j udge on Friday sentenced a Rowland Heights doctor to 30 years to life in prison for the murders of three of her patients who fatally overdosed, ending a landmark case that some medical experts say could reshape how doctors nationwide handle prescriptions.

The sentence came after a Los Angeles jury last year found Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng guilty of second-degree murder, the first time a doctor had been convicted of murder in the United States for overprescribing drugs, the district attorney's office said.

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State Society News

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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