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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | January 13, 2016
  1. Controlled Substance Management Course Scheduled for February in Orlando
  2. Lumbar Endoscopic Spine Decompression Course Set for February 
  3. Register Today for Regenerative Medicine Course 
  4. Registration Open for 2016 ASIPP Annual Meeting in Dallas
  5. Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil Named Fox 5 New York Medical Contributor
  6. Will Delay Weaken CDC Opioid Guidance?
  7. HIPAA Rule Change Part of Move to Fight Gun Violence
  8. Call for Abstracts for ASIPP Annual Meeting 
  9. 10 Biggest Challenges to ASC Profitability in 2016 
  10. Drug Testing Compliance Webinar
  11. 32 Hospitals Will Pay $28 Million to Resolve Kyphoplasty Probe 
  12. Meaningful Use Program 'Effectively Over,' Says CMS Head 
  13. State Society News 
  14. Physician Wanted 

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



The ASIPP Lumbar Endoscopic Spinal Decompression Review Course and Hands-on Cadaver Workshop is  the most comprehensive Lumbar Endoscopic Spinal Decompression Course available in the United States.

At this time the cadaver workshop is full and registration is closed. However, we are still taking registrations for the 1-day didactic course. The course will be held again on June 10-12 in Memphis, TN.
The course will include the following:
    - Overview of lumbar disc herniation and spinal stenosis
    - Manipulation and placement of needle and scope
    - Technical considerations of disc decompression
    - Indications and efficacy of endoscopic discectomy
     - Cadaver lab space limited to 4 physicians per station and maximum of 6 stations
February 26-28, 2016 | The Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida  

Alternate hotel for rooms:
6001 Destination Parkway
Orlando , FL 32819
(407) 313-4700


regenerativeThis Regenerative Medicine Review Course and Hands-on Workshop includes 1 day of didactics and 1.5 days of cadaver workshop. Participants will experience a comprehensive and intense learning opportunity, focusing on interventional pain management techniques.

  • Gain understanding of regenerative medicine.
  • Attain eligibility for ABIPP competency certification.
  • Incorporate regenerative medicine in treating your patients so that patients have better outcomes and reduced side effects.
  • Provide high-quality, competent, safe, accessible, and cost-efficient services to your patients.
  • Fluoroscopic interpretation. 
These comprehensive review courses in interventional techniques are targeted to interventional pain physicians seeking CME credit hours and introduction or review of proven interventional techniques, as well as skills improvement and/or to fulfill CME hours.  
February 26-28, 2016 | The Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida  

Alternate hotel for rooms:
6001 Destination Parkway
Orlando , FL 32819
(407) 313-4700



"Application of Regenerative Medicine in Spinal Pain"
Kenneth Pettine, MD, to be a Keynote Speaker on Saturday
Dr. Kenneth Pettine, trademarked the phrase, "Friends don't let friends get fused," founded The Spine Institute in 2011 to ensure his patients have non-fusion surgical options. The principal investigator for 15 FDA studies involving non-fusion implants, biologics, and stem cells, he is a pioneer in spinal stem cell therapy. He is featured as one of the top 50 Spine and Specialist Surgeons to Know in America, and is the recipient of numerous honors, a distinguished speaker at national and international symposiums, and the author of more than 20 research publications. 

"The Cu rrent Landscape of Regenerative Medicine"
William D Murrell, MD, to be a Keynote Speaker on Saturday  
William D. Murrell, Jr. M.D., M.Sc., is a specialist orthopaedic surgeon sub-specialized in orthopaedic sports medicine and surgery of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. He is the President of the American Musculoskeletal Wellness Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and formerly served as the Director of Sports Medicine at the Dubai Bone and Joint Center, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai, UAE. Currently is Specialist Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Dr. Humeira Badsha Medical Center, Dubai, UAE. He is an Author, Innovator, International Lecturer, Stem Cell Pioneer, and Biologic Treatment Expert.

'Doctor Devi' to be an ASIPPĀ® 2016 Annual Meeting Featured Speaker 
ASIPPĀ® board member Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil, 'Doctor Devi', is an American physician whose research in developing strategies to prevent and treat chronic pain has been most helpful to the specialty of IPM. She has published numerous articles and comments on medical issues for various platforms. Doctor Devi regularly appears on national TV- on Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN and other networks- to discuss the latest medical developments. She also serves as the Fox 5 New York Medical Contributor.

"Interventional Pain Management: The Time of our Lives"
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Featured Speaker for the Raj-Racz 
Distinguished Lecture Series
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the Society of Interventional Pain Management Surgery Centers. Through his work with various organizations, Manchikanti has been instrumental in the preservation of Interventional Pain Management through specialty designation, mandatory Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC) representation, reimbursement, the passage of NASPER, and more. Dr. Manchikanti is published in over 350 publications. He is also the editor of nine books designed for interventionalists.

Robert Laszewski To Be Saturday Featured Speaker
Robert Laszewski, National Expert on Health Policy is one of the keynote speakers on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Mr. Laszewski is president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, Inc. (HPSA), a policy and marketplace consulting firm specializing in assisting its clients though  the significant health policy and market change afoot.   

"Evolving Concepts of Lumbar Endoscopic Spine Decompression"  
Albert Telfeian, MD, PhD, Eminent Speaker for  
Raj/Racz Distinguished Lecture Series: 2016 Annual Meeting
Albert Telfeian, MD, PhD, is director of pediatric neurosurgery at Hasbro Children's Hospital and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Brown University. Telfeian is a graduate of the MD/PhD program at Brown University. Telfeian has published extensively in the areas of endoscopic spine surgery, epilepsy and functional neurosurgery and is currently involved with the research and development of ultra minimally invasive endoscopic technique.

Pathophysiology of Controlled Substance Use, Overuse, Abuse, Dependency Addiction
Susan Blank, MD - Keynote
Dr. Susan Blank Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Atlanta Healing Center.  Dr. Susan Blank is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, she completed a residency in Psychiatry and Neurology at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  She recently completed a Fellowship and Advance Fellowship training in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Blank can be heard nationwide every Tuesday on her weekly radio show "Detailing Addiction" on America's Web Radio. 

DeviDr. Devi Nampiaparampil Named Fox 5 New York Medical Contributor

On Monday ASIPP Board Member Devi Nampiaparampil, MD, was named Fox 5 New York Medical Contributor. She will cover the news programming for the morning shows, evening shows, and 10pm news through informational news on health, the latest medical advances, the health care industry, etc.

A few of Dr. Devi's clips are:

HIPPAHIPAA Rule Change Part of Move to Fight Gun Violence
Only a few healthcare organizations report to the federal database that conducts background searches on people who want to buy guns, but those groups will get a little more latitude through a final HHS rule that's part of a White House package announced this week aimed at combating gun violence.

A change to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act clarifies who can share data with the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). HHS says the rule change will facilitate the flow of information from providers to NICS.

The database was created to prevent guns from being sold to prohibited individuals, including felons, but also persons found to be "mentally defective" or who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution.

The U.S. Justice Department credits NICS with preventing more than 2 million guns from getting into the wrong hands since it was created in 1998.
 Click here to read more in Modern Health Care

Will Delay Weaken CDC Opioid Guidance?

- Recommendations to limit supply and dosing under fire

Although the CDC's pending guidance on opioid prescribing -- expected to be some of the strongest federal advice on opioids to date -- was supposed to drop this month, politics have forced the agency into an additional public comment period.

That has some experts wondering whether strong advice about supply and dosing limits will be preserved.
Read More in MedPage Today.

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.
10 Biggest Challenges to ASC Profitability in 2016
Ensuring ASC profitability in 2016 will require more out-of-the-box thinking than ever before due to declining reimbursements and the further fee-for-performance integration into care delivery.
"2016 is likely to bring further shifts towards value-based purchasing for ASCs," says Brian Mathis, senior vice president, strategy and payment innovation at Surgical Care Affiliates. "We have seen this take on many forms ranging from quality incentives for surgeons to bundled payments to full capitation. ASCs provide high quality care at lower cost so are well positioned to capitalize on this shift to value."

It is important that ASCs leverage their unique position to succeed in the new value-based landscape.

Here are some of the biggest challenges to ASC profitability in the coming year and how to overcome them:

Click here for Becker's ASC Review's 10 biggest challenges.
WebinarDrug Testing Compliance Webinar

Date:  January 21, 2016    
Time:   11:00am-12:30am CST
Credit Hours:  1.5 CEUs
Length: 90 Minutes
Speaker:  Marvel J Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, ACS-PM, CHCO   
Are you confused about how you should bill for the urine drug screen testing in your Interventional Pain Management Practice? Get the facts straight during the Drug Testing Compliance Webinar
Get answers to your questions on Drug Testing Compliance.
In some patients, chronic pain can only be controlled with opioid medication; an increasing number of physicians are using drug screen testing in the office to mitigate the risks associated with management of patients taking these controlled substances. Some states are now enacting legislation that requires providers to periodically perform these tests. Correctly reporting these services is a must!
Webinar Highlights:
  • Learn the steps to CLIA certification of waiver for your office
  • Identify which code is the correct code to report your in-office UDS testing
  • Discover the compliant units of service for your UDS billing
  • Determine which ICD-10 code should be reported to support UDS medical necessity
  • Discover the top ICD-10 areas likely requiring documentation updates for pain management providers
  • Discuss payer documentation requirements and UDS "Best Practices"
  • Practice determining the correct ICD-10 diagnosis codes in common pain management conditions
*This program has been submitted to the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for 1.5 continuing education hours.Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

Click HERE to register

Kypho32 Hospitals Will Pay $28 Million to Resolve Kyphoplasty Probe

Thirty-two more hospitals have agreed to pay $28 million to settle allegations that they billed Medicare for kyphoplasty procedures as inpatient rather than outpatient services to make more money, the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday.

The settlements are the latest in a long-running whistle-blower lawsuit that alleged equipment-maker Kyphon encouraged hospitals to perform the procedures on an inpatient rather than outpatient basis to help pay for kits used in the procedures and pull in more cash for hospitals. In all, more than 130 hospitals across the country have now settled in the case.

The hospitals in this latest round of settlements span 15 states. They include, among others, the Cleveland Clinic, which will pay $1.74 million; five hospitals affiliated with Community Health Systems, which will pay $3.5 million; five hospitals affiliated with Tenet Healthcare Corp., which will pay $2.2 million, and five hospitals formerly owned and operated by Health Management Associates, which will pay $2 million
Read More in Modern Health Care
MUMeaningful Use Program 'Effectively Over,' Says CMS Head

MU will be "replaced with something better," says Andy Slavitt. Reaction from healthcare CIOs is largely one of relief.

For the first time, the leader of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has said publicly that the agency "has the opportunity" to sunset the meaningful use program in 2016.

Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of CMS, made his remarks Tuesday at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. Slavitt's full remarks were then posted on the CMS blog, and summarized in a series of tweets.
Read more in HealthLeaders Media

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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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