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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | January 6, 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. Call for Abstracts for ASIPP Annual Meeting
  6. How Opioid Exposure Increases Odds of Low Testosterone Levels 
  7. Drug Testing Compliance Webinar 
  8. Update: Will Republicans Up the Ante on ACA Repeal in 2016? 
  9. CMS Eyes 'Nurture' as Key to Health Costs 
  10. Health Care's $605 Billion Buying Binge May Slow in 2016 
  11. Better Health Care Access in Kentucky and Arkansas, Study Says 
  12. Many See I.R.S. Penalties as More Affordable Than Insurance
  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 | Orlando, Florida     


decompressJoin us for this pioneering course in  Lumbar Endoscopic Spinal Decompression

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

You can register for the 1 day didactic course and/or the 1 1/2 day cadaver workshop.
Register for one or both. The choice is yours. Cadaver lab space limited to 4 physicians per station and maximum of 6 stations. Register today!

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
    - Billing and coding
    - Cadaver lab space limited to 4 physicians per station and maximum of 6 stations

February 26-28, 2016 | Orlando, Florida     


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.

  • Attain 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 | Orlando, Florida     



"The Current 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.

"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. 

'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.
"Interventional Pain Management: The Time of our Lives"
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, PFeatured 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. 

Robert Laszewski Blog: 2016 Obamacare Outlook
One of the more Obamacare fluent reporters just emailed me a set of questions regarding the 2016 outlook for Obamacare.

I thought I would share my responses with you:

According to early CMS data, 38% of exchange enrollees are under age 35. Is the risk pool beginning to stabilize? 

It's too soon to know if the pool is beginning to stabilize. First, the administration's announcement that 38% of the pool is below age 35 is disingenuous. They are counting all of the children that show up on the rolls with their families. They did not give us the far more important age 18-to-35 number.

Second, the overall subsidy eligible exchange penetration stood at about 35% at the end of 2015. Ideally, Obamacare needs to about double its penetration of the eligible to assure a balanced pool of the sick and the healthy.

Health Policy and Market

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.
How Opioid Exposure Increases Odds of Low Testosterone Levels
HealthDay News -- Exposure to opioids is associated with increased likelihood of low testosterone levels, with increased odds as age and number of comorbidities increase, according to a study published in Pain Medicine.

Maria Soledad Cepeda, MD, PhD, from Janssen Research & Development in Titusville, New Jersey, and colleagues used data from the 2011 to 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to examine whether opioid use contributes to changes in testosterone levels. Testosterone levels were compared for participants who responded that they had been exposed to prescription opioids in the past 30 days (320 participants) versus those who were unexposed (4909 participants).

Drug Testing Compliance Webinar

WEBINAR DATE: January 21, 2016    
TIME:   11:00am-12:30am CST
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: Will Republicans Up the Ante on ACA Repeal in 2016?
In June, the   Supreme Court ruled   in the   King v. Burwell  case that subsidy payments made to people receiving insurance through the ACA's federally run health insurance exchange were legal. The following is a look at what has happened since that story.

With the Supreme Court's decision in June in favor of the government in the  King v. Burwell   case, some people may have wondered whether that was the end of the Republicans' efforts to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.

MedPage Today
CMS Eyes 'Nurture' as Key to Health Costs
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to know if addressing the social and environmental problems that lead to illness, excessive hospitalization, and death can reduce health spending.
While 95% of healthcare spending focuses on medical services, about 60% of preventable deaths stem from behaviors that can be changed with the right intervention, noted Darshak Sanghavi, MD, and colleagues at CMS in an article published online Tuesday in the   New England Journal of Medicine .
Health Care's $605 Billion Buying Binge May Slow in 2016
When it comes to dealmaking, the health-care industry defied belief in 2015 with $605 billion of takeovers. While 2016 may be a good year, it's unlikely to beat that record.

"We entered 2015 with what I would characterize as almost a perfect M&A environment: a generally stable economy, lack of volatility in the equity markets, low interest rates, tons of cash on companies' balance sheets," said Jeff Stute, head of health-care investment banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co. His firm is hosting its annual conference next week in San Francisco, where health-care executives flock to hold court with top investors.

Better Health Care Access in Kentucky and Arkansas, Study Says
WASHINGTON - Low-income adults in Kentucky and Arkansas have had similar improvements in access to medical care under the Affordable Care Act, a new study found, despite the two states' differing approaches to expanding Medicaid.

Both states expanded their Medicaid programs in 2014 to cover most adults with incomes under 138 percent of the federal poverty level, as the health law allows. While new enrollees in Kentucky joined its traditional Medicaid program, Arkansas chose to buy private coverage for poor people through the new federal insurance marketplace using federal Medicaid funds, a model that several other states have since followed. Its program, known as the private option, was intended to appeal to Republicans who opposed expanding a federal entitlement program.

Many See I.R.S. Penalties as More Affordable Than Insurance
WASHINGTON - Clint Murphy let the deadline for getting health insurance by the new year pass without a second thought.

Mr. Murphy, an engineer in Sulphur Springs, Tex., estimates that under the Affordable Care Act, he will face a penalty of $1,800 for going uninsured in 2016. But in his view, paying that penalty is worth it if he can avoid buying an insurance policy that costs $2,900 or more. All he has to do is stay healthy.
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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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