American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | July 1, 2015


    1. ASIPP Dispels the Misinformation on ICD-10-CM and Asks Congress to Postpone Implementation
    2. SCOTUS Rules Subsidies Legal 
    3. ASIPP Room Block Extended to July 3. Hurry Today to Get Your Spot! Board Review Course July 21-24 in Chicago   
    4. Room Block Extended to July 3 for ASIPP Controlled Substance Management, Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses in Chicago
    5. Same-sex marriage ruling puts health benefits in spotlight
    6. Supreme Court: EPA unreasonably interpreted the Clean Air Act
    7. Court orders physician to dole out $500k for trash talking sedated patient 
    8. Imaging of Spine Disease: Look to MRI, says EULAR  
    9. Nurse Pleads Guilty to Taking Kickbacks From Drug Maker 
    10. Banned, but Bountiful: Marijuana Coveted by NFL Players as Invaluable Painkiller
    11. State Society News 
    12. Physician Wanted 

dispelASIPP Dispels the Misinformation on ICD-10-CM and Asks Congress to Postpone Implementation


 ASIPP began an aggressive campaign yesterday to reach out to legislators asking them to postpone ICD-10-CM by contacting Sen. John Boozman. Click here for letter and fact sheet.


As we all know, physicians in the United States are drowning in a regulatory tsunami. Now physicians face the threat of ICD-10-CM implementation with unfunded mandatory requirements. ICD-10 implementation is based on a liberal interpretation of a weak clause in HIPAA that actually only requires an update to ICD-9 and says nothing about ICD-10 or beyond. Further, the highly regulated health care industry has been handed over to and under-regulated health information technology (IT) industry and various other providers in health care. Click here for more facts on ICD-10-CM.


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ruleSCOTUS Rules Subsidies Legal
The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on June 25, 2015 that subsidies were legal. The IRS will be able to issue subsidies on behalf of those who bought a plan through HealthCare.Gov after the plaintiffs in King V. Burwell lost their challenge
Following are a variety of healthcare stories that were published this week as a result of this vote:
Why The Affordable Care Act Isn't 'Here To Stay'????--In One Picture


Here is one picture that tells you just about everything you need to know to understand where Obamacare stands-politically and financially.


In the wake of the Supreme Court decision President Obama said, "the Affordable Care Act is here to stay."


Will it be repealed and replaced by Republicans? I doubt it because it is so unlikely that Republicans will score the electoral trifecta Democrats did in 2008 by winning the White House, the House of Representatives, and having a filibuster proof 60 votes in the U.S. Senate and therefore have the power for a complete repeal and replace.

But does that mean Obamacare is "here to stay" as it is? It clearly is not.


Why not?


Here is the answer in just one picture:



Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies


Millions of Americans can keep their health insurance subsidies, regardless of whether they purchased their coverage on a state-run or federally-run marketplace, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

In a major victory for President Barack Obama, the court rejected a claim that the law only enacted subsidies for people in states that ran their own exchanges. The vote was 6-3. Had the subsidies been struck down, 6.4 million people in 34 states would have faced the prospect of losing their subsidies, and potentially not being able to afford health insurance.


HCP Live


The King V. Burwell Decision

First, as any of us who know the market can appreciate, the Court just saved the Republicans from themselves. They were in no way ready to avoid the crisis that would have engulfed the individual market--half of those people on the exchange who would have lost their subsidies and the other half off-exchange that would have seen 30% to 50% rate increases--on top of the big increases already announced--without a quick fix.

Does this mean that Obamacare has cleared its last major hurdle?

Not a chance.


Health Policy and Market

Court Saves Obamacare's Bacon


WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Thursday that people who buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) federally run insurance exchange can continue to receive subsidies to help pay their premiums.


"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the majority concluded. "If at all possible we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter. Section 36B can fairly be read consistent with what we see as Congress's plan, and that is the reading we adopt."


MedPage Today


ASIPP Room Block Extended to July 3. Hurry Today to Get Your Spot! Board Review Course July 21-24 in Chicago



Make plans today to attend the 2015 Board Review Course set for July 21-24 at the Palmer House in Chicago, IL. Register by this Friday to received discounted room rate.


This intensive and comprehensive high-quality review will prepare physicians appearing for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)-Subspecialty Pain Medicine examination and for the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP)-Part 1 examination.


- A five-day review covering anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, ethics, interventional techniques, non-interventional techniques, controlled substances and practice management

- Unique lectures by experts in the field

- Extensive educational materials




Room Block Extended to July 3 for ASIPP Controlled Substance Management, Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses in Chicago


The ASIPP Comprehensive Review Courses and Exams in Controlled Substance Management and Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on July 22-24, 2015. Discounted room rate has been extended to this Friday or until sold out..


The Coding, Compliance and Practice Management is so beneficial to practices, both office-based and ASCs, that many physicians send their staff early to keep them current on the cutting edge aspects of practice management. These intensive review courses are designed to present interventional pain management specialists and other health care providers an in-depth review of multiple areas of interventional pain management-the areas we were never taught, yet are crucial for our survival.


 The course features many nationally recognized experts in pain management billing and coding and practice management as well as controlled substance management. In today's environment of regulations and litigations, you can't afford not to broaden your knowledge and refresh your skills in these areas.


Educational Objectives for Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management in IPM:

- Discuss documentation

- Review practice management topics

- Discuss coding and billing

- Examine compliance issues


CLICK HERE to register for Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Course 


Educational Objectives for Controlled Substance Management:

- Review basic science and core concepts

- Discuss pharmacology

- Identify clinical use and effectiveness

- Identify substance abuse

- Discuss topics with documentation, regulatory issues, legal issues, and ethical issues


CLICK HERE to register for Controlled Substance Management Course 


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 to and non-physicians to obtain associate certificates in Controlled Substance Management and Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management.


Click HERE to view brochure


Click HERE for Reservations at The Palmer House Hotel  

17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603 | Phone: 312-726-7500

Same-sex marriage ruling puts health benefits in spotlight


The landmark U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 decision Friday granting all same-sex couples the right to marry throughout the country is significant for civil rights, but it also will likely change the health insurance landscape.

Now that same-sex marriage is legal in every state, more employees will add their same-sex partners to their health plans. But it's also likely that a number of employers will soon drop their domestic partnership benefits and instead require employees to marry if they want to extend coverage to their partners.


Modern Healthcare


Supreme Court: EPA unreasonably interpreted the Clean Air Act


Washington (CNN )In a loss for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA unreasonably interpreted the Clean Air Act when it decided to set limits on the emissions of toxic pollutants from power plants without first considering the costs on the industry to do so.


The ruling was 5-4, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the majority. Justice Elena Kagan wrote the dissent for the four liberal justices.


Bill Schuette, the attorney general for Michigan, the state named in the suit, cheered the ruling, as did several conservative groups and business organizations.





icd10Providers Frustrated, Seek Accommodation as ICD-10 Draws Near


WASHINGTON -- Grumbling about the much-delayed but now firm launch of ICD-1o in the U.S. -- set for Oct. 1 -- continues unabated, but the message seems to be shifting from demands for another postponement or outright cancellation to pleas for a phase-in period and forgiveness for the inevitable hiccups.


"What we're asking for is a set of training wheels on this new bicycle if we're forced to ride it," said Gerald Harmon, MD, a member of the American Medical Association's Board of Trustees, a family medicine specialist in private practice in Georgetown, S.C. Harmon spoke on a panel hosted by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, here on Wednesday.



MedPage Today



Court orders physician to dole out $500k for trash talking sedated patient


A man recorded the conversations that took place while he was sedated for a medical procedure, and he was shocked at what he heard when he pressed play afterward, according to a Chicago Tribune report.


The man, who is only identified in court documents as "D.B.," pressed record on his smartphone as he sat in a medical suite in his surgical gown before a colonoscopy. He claims he pressed record on the phone and then put it in his pants to capture his physician's post-procedure instructions.


When the patient played back the recording after he awoke from the procedure, he realized his pants had been put under the operating table, and his phone had recorded everything that was said during his examination. The playback revealed the anesthesiologist, Tiffany Ingham, MD, had made insulting and degrading comments about him.



Becker's Hospital Review


mriImaging of Spine Disease: Look to MRI, says EULAR
European League Against Rheumatism says focus spondyloarthritis imaging on earlier diagnosis


The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) has released a new set of recommendations on imaging for the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA), emphasizing the importance of MRI for early diagnosis.


"Significant advances have been made within the field of imaging in SpA over the past decade," wrote Peter Mandl, MD, PhD, of the University of Vienna, and colleagues from the EULAR task force.


MedPage Today


nurseNurse Pleads Guilty to Taking Kickbacks From Drug Maker


A Connecticut nurse has pleaded guilty to federal charges of accepting $83,000 in kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics, an Arizona drug manufacturer that sells the powerful painkiller Subsys, as prosecutors appear to be intensifying their investigation into the company, which is under scrutiny for its marketing practices.


According to federal prosecutors in Connecticut, the nurse, Heather Alfonso, 42, worked in a pain clinic in Derby, Conn., and was a top prescriber of Subsys to Medicare patients. At the same time, prosecutors said, Ms. Alfonso was being paid by the company for speaking engagements, even though many times the only other person in attendance was a sales representative for Insys, or friends and colleagues who had no authority to prescribe the drug.


NY Times



bannedBanned, but Bountiful: Marijuana Coveted by NFL Players as Invaluable Painkiller


Jamal Anderson was a talented NFL running back with a bruising style who rushed for over 5,000 yards while playing for the Atlanta Falcons. It was a more physical league during Anderson's time, and he retired in 2001 after an eight-year playing career. It was nastier. More punishing. More measures taken by players to ease the pain of playing in the sport. 


Anderson remembers the prevalent use of marijuana when he was in the game. It was used for enjoyment but also as treatment for the aches and bruises caused by professional football.




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WVSIPP Meeting Set for  Aug 13-16, 2015

The West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its annual meeting at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL Aug. 13-16, 2015. For more information, go to     

Save The Date! CASIPP Meeting set for October 2015
The California chapter of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians   will hold its 6th Annual Meeting in Monterey, CA at the Monterey Plaza Hotel Resort over the weekend of October 16-18. Agenda and registration can be found online at or by calling 661-435-3473. 


NY and NJ Societies to hold Pain Symposium Nov. 5-8

The New York and New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians will host a Pain Symposium titled Evolving Pain Therapies on November 5-8, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency, Jersey City, NJ. Click HERE for Schedule and more information.


SAVE the DATE: 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 meeting will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando.

Watch for more details.





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