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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | January 20, 2016
  1. Controlled Substance Management Course Scheduled for February in Orlando
  2. Register Today for Regenerative Medicine Course
  3. Missed your Chance at February  Lumbar Endoscopic Course? No Problem, Register for June Course Today
  4. Registration Open for 2016 ASIPP Annual Meeting in Dallas
  5. Call for Abstracts for ASIPP Annual Meeting 
  6. Drug Testing Compliance Webinar
  7. Update on PQRS Implementation 
  8. A Seamless Navigation to ICD-10-CM for Interventional Pain Physicians: Is a Rude Awakening Avoidable? 
  9. ASIPP Podcast for January 
  10. Rising Use of Opioid Painkillers May Lead Soldiers, Vets to Heroin
  11. Committee Recommends FDA Approval of Opioid Addiction Implant 
  12. The Power of Emotion on Chronic Pain 
  13. No Antibiotics for Colds, Sore Throats 
  14. State Society News 
  15. 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
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.

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

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.


The February ASIPP Lumbar Endoscopic Spinal Decompression Review Course and Hands-on Cadaver Workshop
is now filled. But, don't worry! You can take this course in June in Memphis.

Join us on June 11-12, 2016 in Memphis, TN for the next available course.

The ASIPP Lumbar Endoscopic Spinal Decompression Hands-on 2-day Cadaver Workshop is the most comprehensive Lumbar Endoscopic Spinal Decompression Course available in the United States. 

The course will include the following:
     - Online Review Course
    - Technical considerations of disc decompression
    - 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

Register Today to save your spot in this limited course.




"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.

"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. 


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.
WebinarDrug Testing Compliance Webinar Tomorrow

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
Update on PQRS Implementation

Among multiple regulations, we are also faced with documentation for the physician quality reporting system. Now the bonuses have ended and penalties are being imposed on non-participation starting last year. If you did not complete them for 2014, you will see a 2% reduction in Medicare fee-for-service amounts for services furnished during 2016. The same is true for 2015; if you did not complete documentation for 2015, you will face a penalty in 2017 and 2016 will result in a penalty in 2018. After 2018, the PQRS payment adjustment will be transitioned to a merit-based incentive payment system, or MIPS, as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015.
We have attempted to make it palatable for interventional pain physicians to meet the criteria. Recently, we published a manuscript on Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for Interventional Pain Management Practices: Challenges and Opportunities (click here for manuscript).

Essentially, PQRS is one of the easiest to implement among all the regulations. Enclosed, please find the recommended measures for IPM providers. There are 9 measures included and 3 optional measures. The included measures are utilized by the undersigned 

A Seamless Navigation to ICD-10-CM for Interventional Pain Physicians: Is a Rude Awakening Avoidable?
Since October 1, 2015, the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) was integrated into U.S. medical practices. This monumental transition seemingly occurred rather unceremoniously, despite significant opposition and reservations having been expressed by the provider community. In prior publications, we have described various survival strategies for interventional pain physicians.
The regulators and beneficiaries of system - CMS, consultants, and health information technology industry are congratulating themselves for a job well done. Nonetheless, this transition comes at an immeasurable financial and psychological drain on providers. However, a rude awakening may be making its way with expiration of initial concessions from government and private payers.
This manuscript provides a template for interventional pain management professionals with multiple steps for seamless navigation, including descriptions of the most commonly used codes, navigation through ICD-10-CM manual, steps for correct coding, and finally, detailed coding descriptions for various interventional techniques.
ASIPP Podcast for January

In the January episode of the ASIPP Podcast we'll be talking with Dr. Hans Hansen about dealing with difficult patients. In the news segment we'll find out about smoking's relationship with pain relief, what is required to prescribe medical marijuana in New York, the best and worst states for practicing medicine, and more. Finally, we find out which specialty prefers loud Top 40 music in the OR and which one prefers soft jazz.

Pharma Pushes Back in Drug Price Debate
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- With a backlash brewing over the price of medicines in the U.S., drugmakers are pushing back with a new message: Most people don't pay retail.

Top executives from Eli Lilly, Merck, and Biogen said in interviews with  Reuters   this week that the media focus on retail, or "list prices," for branded medications is misplaced.

Rising Use of Opioid Painkillers May Lead Soldiers, Vets to Heroin
Twenty-four year-old Aaron Nowiski died alone, on his bed next to two bags of heroin.

The Army veteran, who served two tours in Iraq, had secretly been using the powerfully addictive drug, even fooling his family into the understanding that he had quit, before it claimed his life in 2011.

Committee Recommends FDA Approval of Opioid Addiction Implant
The Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee has recommended that the Food and Drug Administration approve an implant for treating opioid addiction.
The committee voted 12 to 5 in favor of approving probuphine, the first long-acting, subdermal buprenorphine implant to treat addiction to opioids. Buprenorphine is currently only available either as a dissolvable film that is placed under the tongue, or a pill, which allows some addicts to sell their supplies to get money for drugs.
Because probuphine works like a contraceptive implant, with four small implanted rods that provide a steady amount of medication for up to six months, its manufacturer Braeburn Pharmaceuticals says the implant eliminates that risk.

The Power of Emotion on Chronic Pain
BL is a 76-year-old male patient who suffers from lower back pain that radiates into the lower extremities. He has had lumbar surgery; however, it was not successful. When BL was first accepted as a new patient, he was on high doses of hydromorphone. This was reported to be the only opioid agent that adequately controlled his pain. 

Over the past year, BL lost his wife to Alzheimer's disease, which was very traumatic for him. Shortly after his wife died, he became acquainted with another woman close to his age and subsequently began dating. Shortly after the relationship started, his new friend was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She, too, died shortly after the diagnosis was made. 

No Antibiotics for Colds, Sore Throats
Two doctor groups are reminding physicians to use antibiotics sparingly this cold and flu season.

The American College of Physicians and the CDC urged doctors not to dole out antibiotics for colds, sore throats, bronchitis, and sinus infections that aren't complicated, according to guidance published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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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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