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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | May 18, 2016
  1. Few Spots Remain for Memphis ASIPP Courses in June
  2. ABIPP Certification Made Simple
  3. ICD-10 Book Now Available: Order Your Copy Today! 
  4. Medicare Overpayment Overview Webinar May 25 
  5. Millennials Believe In Life After Work 
  6. 8 things to know about Medicare reimbursement & MACRA 
  7. Over-The-Counter Pain Med May Impede Ability to Empathize 
  8. Listen to ASIPP April Podcast 
  9. Roland Doctors, Clinic Owner Indicted, One Faces Murder Charge 
  10. Alcoholism Prevented by Marriage? Maybe 
  11. State Society News 
  12. Physician Wanted 
memphis-juneFew Spots Remain for Memphis  ASIPP Courses in June
Disc Decompression, Imaging, Controlled Substance, Practice Management, and Interventional Techniques 

Here is an overview of the June schedule of meetings that ASIPP has in store for you! Meeting Brochures and Registration will be available soon!

Lumbar Endoscopic Spinal Decompression Hands-on Cadaver Workshop and Online Lectures
Jun. 11-12

Click HERE  to register
Click HERE to view brochure

Comprehensive Review of Interventional Techniques and Hands on Cadaver Workshop
Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Interventional Techniques
Jun 9-12
Two days of didactics and 1 1/2 days of hands-on training in the cadaver lab. New and revised content!

Click HERE  to register
Click HERE to view brochure

Comprehensive Imaging Review in Interventional Pain Management and Competency Examination
Course - Jun. 9-10
Examination - June 11

Click HERE to register
Click HERE to view brochure
Comprehensive Review Course of Controlled Substance Management and Practice Management and Competency Examinations
Course - June 9-10
Examinations - June 11
Take CSM, CCPM, or a combined examination

Take one or both! Click HERE to Register
Click HERE to view brochure
ABIPP Part I Examination - June 11        

250 North Main Street
Memphis , TN, 38103
abippABIPP Certification Made Simple
The American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) has developed certification programs that recognize accepted levels of knowledge and expertise in the interventional pain management profession, with the goal of improved patient care. Hundreds of qualified physicians have made the commitment to become ABIPP certified. ABIPP is recognized in 11 states. Ten states have no statutes governing specialty boards. Approval is pending in remaining states.
ABIPP is a Specialty Board providing certifications in the following areas:
Board Certification in Interventional Pain Management
Either with ABMS pain medicine board certification or  ABMS primary certification only

Competency Certification in:
* Interventional Pain Management
Regenerative Medicine
Controlled Substance Management
Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management
Fluoroscopic Interpretation and Radiological Safety
Endoscopic Spinal Decompression
Click HERE to view Pathway to ABIPP Certification

More information  www.abipp.org
ICD-10 Book Now Available: Order Your Copy Today!

The initial impression of ICD-10 implementation was that it went well for both providers and CMS, however, shortly after the October 1, 2015 date when Medicare claims began processing, providers found out otherwise. In some cases, Interventional Pain Management providers continue to struggle with "finding the right code" to report for their patient's condition.

CMS released a publication "Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities" http://tinyurl.com/CMS-ICD-10-ClarifyQ-A that provided additional details as to how this ICD-10 family of codes "free pass" was going to work.
In short, CMS stated, "The recent Guidance does not change the coding specificity required by the NCDs and LCDs. Coverage policies that currently require a specific diagnosis under ICD-9 will continue to require a specific diagnosis under ICD-10. It is important to note that these policies will require no greater specificity in ICD-10 than was required in ICD-9, with the exception of laterality, which does not exist in ICD-9. LCDs and NCDs that contain ICD-10 codes for right side, left side or bilateral do not allow for unspecified side."
What this means is that:
  • Interventional Pain Management providers are still being held responsible for reporting the correct ICD-10 code or risk Medicare claims denials.
  • Many Interventional Pain Management procedures are included in the various Medicare contractor's Local Coverage Policies (LCD) and include very specific lists of ICD-10 codes that meet medical necessity for the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
  • In some cases, Medicare contractors have separate LCD policies for each type of interventional pain procedure and often multiple pages in length.
Don't be one of the providers that have the misunderstanding if they report a valid ICD-10-CM code in the same family of codes, Medicare will accept that.
Busy Interventional Pain Management providers don't have time to check the Medicare LCD each time they perform a procedure.
Make your medical practice easier and use the ASIPPĀ® new ICD-10-CM Pocket Guide for assistance navigating through the complexity of ICD-10 coding.

This book is 5.25 x 8.25 and can easily be placed in your jacket or any carrying case. For only $400 you will receive both the electronic and paper versions. You can recover your cost by avoiding mistakes in just one single case.
Order immediately to avoid any future losses. Get it for yourself and get copies for all your partners and staff. Multiple copies can be transferred to your EMR and save you money.
Also take a 10% discount for 5-9 copies or a 20% discount for 10 copies or more.

webinarMedicare Overpayment Overview Webinar May 25

Presenter: Vicki Myckowiak, Esq.of Myckowiak Associates, PC
May 25, 2016  |  11:00am-12:30pm CST 
$185 per registrant  |  Group rates available( rlane@asipp.org)  
When physician practice discovers that they have been overpaid by Medicare  
they must report and return the overpayment within 60 days.

Overpayments can include:
  • Payments for services that do not meet medical necessity guidelines
  • Payments for services that are incorrectly coded or billed
  • Payments for noncovered services
  • Duplicate payments
On February 12, 2016 the federal government published new rules on the  reporting and repayment of overpayments.  Failure to comply can lead to significant fines and penalties.

What should you do?
Join Vicki Myckowiak for a hands-on practical webinar dedicated to helping
interventional pain physicians navigate the complicated repayment rules

Click HERE to register

Millennials Believe In Life After Work
According to  Deloitte , many  millennials   around the world are planning near-term exits from their employers. Many have expressed their belief that businesses have few motivations beyond profit and they would prefer to place their own values ahead of organizational goals . For millennials searching for  new employment opportunities , a good work/life balance is their top priority in any future career. The reputation of a company and its leaders is not considered important by young workers today.

8 things to know about Medicare reimbursement & MACRA
Richard J. Zall, Edward S. Kornreich and Mara Wilber of Proskauer Rose LLP wrote an article in Law 360 discussing the trends in physician pay after the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthoraization Act was signed into law and began implementation earlier this year. 
Here are eight things to know about Medicare reimbursement going forward:
1. Physicians will receive a zero to 100 performance score based on four weighted performance standards: Quality, advancing care information, clinical practice improvement activities and resource use. The first performance period occurs in 2017.
2. The data reported in 2017 through the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System next year will impact the payments in 2019.
3. Next year is the first year of the Qualified Professionals participating in Advanced Payment Models. The data reported in 2017 will determine which clinicians meet requirements for becoming qualified professionals in APMs.
4. The MIPS aggregated payment increases over time. MIPS is budget-neutral, so Medicare will use scores to compute positive, negative or neutral adjustments. In 2019, the adjustments are 4 percent; in 2020 they are 5 percent. By 2022 and after, adjustments are 9 percent.
Over-The-Counter Pain Med May Impede Ability to Empathize
As well as reducing the pain an individual may be experiencing, acetaminophen may also impede their ability to recognize and empathize with pain in others. Those are the findings of a new study which examined participant's ability to empathize with others after receiving acetaminophen in two randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled experiments.

In Experiment 1, 40 participants were administered acetaminophen 1000mg in liquid form, while 40 were given placebo. After waiting an hour for the treatment to take effect, the participants read eight short scenarios that described various physical or social pain. They rated perceived pain in two measures; scale from 1 (No pain at all) to 5 (Worst possible pain) and secondly, participants rated on three items how much each protagonist felt hurt, wounded, and pained.

Mischkowski D, Crocker J, Way BM. From Painkiller to Empathy Killer: Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) Reduces Empathy for Pain. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2016; doi:10.1093/scan/nsw057.
Listen to ASIPP April Podcast

The April ASIPP Podcast is a departure from its regular format. This month features a series of short interviews conducted at the recently concluded ASIPP 18th Annual Meeting in Dallas.

 If you didn't attend the meeting, or even if you did, you are sure to find the interviews informative and interesting. Plus, the featured interview is with Dr. Jeff Petersohn, winner of this year's Best Abstract.

 rolandRoland Doctors, Clinic Owner Indicted, One Faces Murder Charge
SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) - Four doctors associated with a Roland clinic have been indicted by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

According to a release, Bernard M. Tougas, and Drs. Ronald V. Myers, John C, Friedl and George B. Howell, all associated with the Wellness Clinic of Roland, Inc., are being indicted on suspicion of running a pill mill in Sequoyah County.

The release stated that Tougas, the owner of the clinic, is also accused of maintaining a building where drugs are sold. He turned himself in Friday (April 15) and was released on a $10,000 bond.

Alcoholism Prevented by Marriage? Maybe
There's strong evidence that marriage may reduce the risk for alcohol use disorder, although a study of Swedish data is still observational and can't prove causality, researchers said here.

In a study using records from more than 3 million Swedish residents, marriage was associated with about a 60% reduction in alcohol use disorders for men and a 70% reduction for women. Kenneth Kendler, MD, of Virginia Commonwealth University, and colleagues reported here at the American Psychiatric Association meeting and online in the American Journal of Psychiatry.


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State Society News

FSIPP Annual 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 



CASIPP Annual Meeting
November 11-13, 2016
Early Bird Registration is Open for the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians annual meeting. T he meeting is set for Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016  at the exquisite Bacara Resort & Spa,  Santa Barbara , California. 

Please send your State Society meetings and news to: Holly Long at hlong@asipp.org


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