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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | October 12, 2016
  1.  ASIPP® Spinal Cord Stimulation Review Course and Cadaver Workshop  
  2. Register for the ASIPP® Interventional Pain Management Hands-on Cadaver Workshop and Online Lectures set for Oct. 22 in Orlando, FL
  3. ASIPP Sends letter National Coverage Analysis (NCA) for Percutaneous Image-guided Lumbar Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (CAG-00433R)
  4. Important News about ICD-10-CM Code Revisions and Add-ons
  5. ABIPP Certification Made Simple
  6. Start Planning NOW! ASIPP to Begin Accepting Abstracts for 2017 Annual Meeting
  7. September ASIPP Podcast Now Available
  8. The Best States to Practice in 2016
  9. AMA Offers Free Tools to Help Docs Deal With MACRA  
  10. FDA Splits on Naloxone Dose  
  11. Neurostimulation Emerges as an Alternative to Opioids
  12. Physicians Wanted

Host Hotel: Caribe Royale, 8101 World Center Dr, Orlando FL  
ASIPP® Spinal Cord Stimulation Review Course and Cadaver Workshop 
October 21-22, 2016. Orlando, FL
Up to 14.75 AMA PRA Category™ 1 Credits
Limit of 4 Doctors Per Station!

Great opportunity to learn and interact. ASIPP® is pleased to bring you this comprehensive review course and cadaver workshop on spinal cord stimulation.


Cadaver Workshop: University of Central Florida, College of Medicine, Orlando, FL 
ASIPP® Interventional Techniques Cadaver Workshop  
Basic, Intermediate, and ABIPP Exam Preparation (advanced) Plus Online Video Lectures 
October 22, 2016 | Orlando, FL
Up to 16 AMA PRA Category™ 1 Credits

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Limit of 4 Doctors Per Station!
The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP®) Interventional Techniques Cadaver Workshop is designed for more individual time with hands-on instruction to accommodate training levels and capacity of participants. This means there will be limited space available for training. Physicians can choose from basic, intermediate, or ABIPP examination preparation course levels to mirror your needs and skill level.

letterASIPP Sends letter National Coverage Analysis (NCA) for Percutaneous Image-guided Lumbar Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (CAG-00433R)
ASIPP submitted a comment letter on the Proposed Decision Memorandum for Percutaneous Image-guided Lumbar Decompression (PILD).
ASIPP opposes the proposed extension of Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) and the introduction of new requirements for coverage. The recently completed CMS-approved study (MiDAS ENCORE) fulfilled the original requirements for CED as stated in the Decision Memo for Percutaneous Image-guided Lumbar Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (CAG-00433N). The results of this study and the existing body of literature clearly establish mild® as reasonable and medically necessary. Efficacy and safety are comparable or exceed currently covered surgical, interventional, and conservative therapies. As such, unrestricted coverage without the need for additional studies under CED should be granted. ASIPP requested that the draft coverage policy on PILD be changed  to a final coverage policy that grants full coverage for the mild® procedure without the requirement of doing another study.

Click HERE to read entire letter with signatures
codesImportant News about ICD-10-CM Code Revisions and Add-ons
As promised, CMS continues to complicate ICD-10-CM starting October 1, 2016. They have instituted separate codes for mid cervical region for each level, along with multiple bilateral codes for various other ailments. These codes involve cervical disc disorder with myelopathy, with radiculopathy, cervical disc displacement without radiculopathy or myelopathy and cervical disc degeneration. CMS and other carriers may not reimburse for unspecified codes and lower specificity codes.
Please remember to use the codes with the highest level of specificity, otherwise claims may be denied.
Please update your coding as follows, whichever way it works for you. The following are the revised codes:
Red - Deleted
Blue - New codes
M50.02 Cervical disc disorder with myelopathy, mid-cervical region
M50.020 Mid-Cervical disc disorder with myelopathy, unspecified level
M50.021 Cervical disc disorder at C4-C5 level with myelopathy
M50.022 Cervical disc disorder at C5-C6 level with myelopathy
M50.023 Cervical disc disorder at C6-C7 level with myelopathy
M50.12 Cervical disc disorder with radiculopathy, mid-cervical region
M50.120 Mid-cervical disc disorder, unspecified
M50.121 Cervical disc disorder at C4-C5 level with radiculopathy
M50.122 Cervical disc disorder at C5-C6 level with radiculopathy
M50.123 Cervical disc disorder at C6-C7 level with radiculopathy
M50.22 Other cervical disc displacement, mid-cervical region
M50.220 Mid-other cervical disc displacement, unspecified level
M50.221 Other cervical disc displacement at C4-C5 level
M50.222 Other cervical disc displacement at C5-C6 level
M50.223 Other cervical disc displacement at C6-C7 level
Additional bilateral codes also have been issued. The following are the bilateral codes relevant for interventional pain management physicians.
G56.33 Lesion of radial nerve, bilateral upper limbs
G56.43 Causalgia of bilateral upper limbs
G57.03 Lesion of sciatic nerve, bilateral lower limbs
G57.13 Meralgia paresthetica, bilateral lower limbs
G57.53 Tarsal tunnel syndrome, bilateral lower limbs
G57.63 Lesion of plantar nerve, bilateral lower limbs
G57.73 Causalgia of bilateral lower limbs
G57.83 Other specified mononeuropathies of bilateral lower limbs
For those who have purchased ICD-10-CM book, the revisions will be made in the electronic version and sent to you at no cost.

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

More information: www.abipp.org

Start Planning NOW!
ASIPP® Abstracts Submission for 2017 Annual Meeting OPEN
Registration will be open for Abstract Submissions is now available.
The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its 19th Annual Meeting April 20-22 in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace.
This year, we will be making significant changes to the Abstract and Poster Sessions. Submissions will be in two categories: Resident/Fellow and Physician.  Selected posters will be on display forall meeting participants during all breaks and meal times.
The Abstract Committee will select the top 25 for publication in Pain Physician and of those 10 will be selected for Abstract presentation and judging during the Annual Meeting. The top 3 will receive cash prizes.

September ASIPP Podcast Available
On the September ASIPP Podcast we'll talk to Ashley Brenton, PhD of Proove Biosciences about genetic tests that can help you decide a patient's treatment plan; in the news segment we'll learn about a common NSAID that could be important in the fight against cancer, giving codeine to children, pain perception in patients with Alzheimer disease and more; and we'll end with a story about an elaborate cheating scheme during medical school exams.
bestThe Best States to Practice in 2016
Each year Physicians Practice assesses practice conditions across the United States, in search of the best states to practice. We reach out to both public and private organizations to assemble objective datasets that we think are indicative of favorable practice conditions for physicians. Then we whittle our list down to the top five states - no small task, as there is such diversity and breadth of opportunities represented in our nation.

amaAMA Offers Free Tools to Help Docs Deal With MACRA  

Having trouble figuring out how to navigate the new Medicare payment system? The American Medical Association (AMA) wants to help.
The new system, outlined in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) "represents the most significant change to Medicare in a generation," AMA presidentAndrew Gurman, MD, said Wednesday on a conference call with reporters. "The AMA is working to help physicians navigate this change and ... make sure they're prepared for it."
FDAFDA Splits on Naloxone Dose  

A joint FDA advisory panel was split on whether the injectable 0.4-mg dose of naloxone should remain the current standard by which products containing the opioid overdose reversal drug should be measured -- though they agreed that a lack of data made their decision more challenging.
Slightly more panelists voted to increase the minimum acceptable dose rather than maintain it (15-to-13) during the joint meeting of the Anasthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee (AADPAC) and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee (DSaRM).
neuroNeurostimulation Emerges as an Alternative to Opioids

More Physicians Seek Interventional Therapies for Acute and Chronic Pain; Top Pain Doctors Praise New Peripheral Nerve Stimulation System From SPR Therapeutics; Global Neuromodulation Market to Hit $7 Billion by 2018
CLEVELAND , OH--(Marketwired - Oct 5, 2016) - Pain physicians in the United States are turning to neurostimulation to treat chronic and acute pain in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic. The global neuromodulation devices market is expected to reach $7.07 billion by 2018, up 270 percent from 2011, according to a recent report by Transparency Market Research. Neurostimulation is a drug-free therapy that uses mild electrical pulses to activate and stimulate nerves to achieve pain relief.
"We're seeing a greater desire among physicians to use drug-free therapies such as neurostimulation for the relief of chronic and acute pain," said Maria Bennett, SPR® Therapeutics Founder, President and CEO. "Opioids have almost no long-term efficacy data and are known to cause abuse, addiction and death. Neurostimulation is a safe, effective treatment for sustained pain relief."

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State Society News

NYSIPP Meeting
November 4 - 7, 2016
The New York and New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold a joint meeting
November 4-7, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, NJ
Registration:   www.NYSIPP.org
Fellows / Residents Workshop, Thursday: November 3, 2016
NYNJSIPP PA/NP Meeting: Thursday and Friday Nov. 3, 4
Saturday Nov. 5: The Good, Bad and Ugly Sides of Opiate Utilization
CASIPP Annual Meeting
November 11-13, 2016 
Early Bird Registration is Open for the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians annual meeting.
he meeting is set for Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016  at the exquisite Bacara Resort & Spa,  Santa Barbara , California.  

Nov 12-13, 2016
The Kentucky Society of Interventional Pain Physicans and the Indiana Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
will hold a joint meting Nov. 12-13, 2016 at the Hyatt in Louisville, KY

OHSIPP Meeting
August 25-27, 2017
The Ohio Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (OHSIPP) has set the dates for it
S 2017 meeting. Dates are Friday Aug 25 thru Sunday Aug 27, 2017.
The meeting will be held in Cincinnati at the Westin Hotel, 21 E 5th St , at Fountain Square .
Contact Michelle Byers for more information MichelleHByers@gmail.com
Please send your State Society meetings and news to: Holly Long at hlong@asipp.org


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