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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | May 25, 2016
  1. June Courses - Last Chance this Year to Attend! Don't Miss Out!
  2. ASIPP Member
  3. ASIPP Responds to Special Report: OVERDOSED
  4. FDA Mulling Pricey Implant as Opioid Addiction Tx  
  5. Opioid Addiction and Overdose: New Legislation and How Pharmacists Play a Critical Role in the Epidemic 
  6. Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in Two Decades
  7. Assessing Patient Expectations of Pain May Help Guide Treatment Decisions 
  8. Food Labels Get a Makeover, Courtesy of FDA 
  9. Baby Boomers Will Become Sicker Seniors than Older Generations 
  10. ABIPP Certification Made Simple
  11. ICD-10-CM Book Now Available: Order Your Copy Today!
  12. Listen to ASIPP's Newest Podcast
  13. State Society News
  14. Physicians Wanted

HeavnerASIPP Member James Heavner Passes Away 



We are saddened to inform you that  Dr. James Edward Heavner, Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology and Clinical Professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, died on May 18, 2016 at the age of 72. Dr. Heavner and his wife, Rev Betsey Heavner, have three children and six grandchildren.Dr. Heavner was the founding director of the anesthesiology research program at Texas Tech Health Science Center and travelled globally to consult, teach, and lecture on the management of pain and the pharmacology of local anesthetics. For more than 35 years, he published research articles to advance the medical specialty of pain management, contributed to several textbooks, and helped develop and coordinate an international examination for the credentialing of pain specialists. He was active in many professional organizations and served on the editorial board of several professional journals. The Texas Pain Society named a lectureship for Dr. Heavner in recognition of his contributions.

There will be a memorial service at Texas Tech Health Science Center in Lubbock on May 27 at 3 PM (Academic Classroom Bldg, Rm ACB100) and a family gathering later this summer in western Maryland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to The Texas Pain Foundation ( www.texaspainfoundation.org or Texas Pain Foundation, PO Box 201363, Austin, TX 78720), the Fort Hill High School Scholarship Fund (forthillscholarshipfund.com or Fort Hill High School Scholarship Fund, 500 Greenway Ave., Cumberland, MD 21502), or to your favorite charity.


Combined Comprehensive Review of Interventional Techniques and Hands with Hands-on Cadaver Workshop AND Imaging Review in IPM - Won't Be Held Again for Two Years.

Comprehensive Review of Interventional Techniques and Hands on Cadaver Workshop
Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Interventional Techniques - LAST ONE THIS YEAR!  The course will take place on June 9-12. New and revised content for the 2- days of didactics and 1 1/2 days of hands-on training in the cadaver lab. The competency examination with be held on June 11.
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Comprehensive Imaging Review in Interventional Pain Management and Competency Examination - WON'T BE HELD AGAIN FOR TWO YEARS! The c ourse will take place on June 9-10 with the e xamination on June 11.

250 North Main Street
Memphis , TN, 38103
Comprehensive Review Course of Controlled Substance Management and Practice Management and Competency Examinations - New and Revised!

The course with take place on June 9-10 with the competency e xamination to follow on June 11. You may t ake CSM, CCPM, or a combined examination.

Take one or both courses!   Click HERE to Register
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250 North Main Street
Memphis , TN, 38103
overdosedPain physicians group (ASIPP) responds to OVERDOSED

ASIPP Chairman of the Board, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD responded the Pittsburg Post-Gazette's special report OVERDOSED: How Doctors Wrote the Script for an Epidemic.

Read the response: Pittsburg Post-Gazette
FDA Mulling Pricey Implant as Opioid Addiction Tx

Amid a raging opioid epidemic, many doctors and families in the U.S. have been pleading for better treatment alternatives. One option now under consideration by the FDA is a system of implanted rods that offer controlled release of buprenorphine -- a drug already used in other forms to treat opioid addiction.

Because it's implanted in the skin, this version of the drug can't easily be sold on the illegal market, proponents say -- a key treatment advantage. The FDA is expected to decide whether to approve the device -- called Probuphine -- within a week.

MedPage Today
epidemicOpioid Addiction and Overdose: New Legislation and How Pharmacists Play a Critical Role in the Epidemic

It is estimated that 46 individuals die of prescription opioid overdoses every day in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 16,000 individuals in the United States died of opioid overdoses in 2013.1  Results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health demonstrate that almost 2 million Americans, 12 years or older, misused or abused opioid pain relievers in 2013.2  The rise in overdose deaths resulting from the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs has been linked to overprescribing, a 300% increase in prescription opioid sales since 1999, and improper medication disposal.3,4

On March 10, 2016, the United States Senate passed a bill to combat the growing heroin and opioid epidemic throughout the nation. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, a bipartisan bill, was passed with a vote of 94 to 1, demonstrating overwhelming support to reduce opioid addiction and related deaths. This bill will provide $725 million of federal grant money to local and state governments, and nonprofit organizations, to expand program resources, education, and monitoring programs. In addition, funds could be used to develop drug treatment programs.

Pharmacy Times
DropOpioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in Two Decades


After years of relentless growth, the number of opioid prescriptions in the United States is finally falling, the first sustained drop since OxyContin hit the market in 1996.


For much of the past two decades, doctors were writing so many prescriptions for the powerful opioid painkillers that, in recent years, there have been enough for every American adult to have a bottle. But for each of the past three years - 2013, 2014 and 2015 - prescriptions have declined, a review of several sources of data shows.

The New York Tmes
Assessing Patient Expectations of Pain May Help Guide Treatment Decisions

Austin, Texas  -  Assessing patient expectations about how much pain the patient is in, or what they expect the intensity of future pain may be, may help to guide physicians in how they treat that patient, according to a speaker at the  American Pain Society 2016 Meeting. 

"Pain expectation is a pain predictive cue," Howard Fields, MD, PhD, who is a professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco said during the meeting. "The computation includes what the individual thinks is going to occur." 1

Dr Fields supported his statement by citing several articles, including a recently published paper by Stephanie Cormier et al in the journal Pain. 

Clinical Pain Advisor
Food Labels Get a Makeover, Courtesy of FDA

The FDA approved drastic changes to the nutrition facts labels on packaged foods today, mandating that added sugars be listed separately.

The decision comes as a victory for many public health advocates, including the White House, who have been calling for the change for years. The new label will disclose how many grams of sugar were added by the manufacturer and the percent daily value of added sugars. These are significant changes, since current labels give the total amount of sugars only, making it impossible for consumers to distinguish natural sugars from added sugars.

MedPage Today

BoomersBaby Boomers Will Become Sicker Seniors Than Earlier Generations

The next generation of senior citizens will be sicker and costlier to the health care system over the next 14 years than previous generations, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation. We're talking about you, baby boomers.

The report looks at the current health status of people ages 50 to 64 and compares them to the same ages in 1999.

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.

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.


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State Society News

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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