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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | September 14, 2016
  1. Capitol Hill Visit A Great Success
  2. House Reps Ask CMS for MACRA Implementation Flexibilities
  3. Plans for the Quality Payment Program in 2017: Pick Your Pace
  4. Register for October Spinal Cord Stimulation Course
  5. Register for the ASIPP® Interventional Pain Management Hands-on Cadaver Workshop and Online Lectures set for Oct. 22 in Orlando, FL 
  6. ABIPP Certification Made Simple
  7. Rule finalizes CMS new emergency preparedness requirements
  8. Listen to August ASIPP Podcast 
  9. Proposed Decision Memo for Percutaneous Image-guided Lumbar Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (CAG-00433R) 
  10. Dropout by Dartmouth Raises Questions on Health Law Cost-Savings Effort
  11. Homicides In Chicago Eclipse U.S. Death Toll In Afghanistan And Iraq
  12. Physicians Reap Value-Added Benefits with Technology
  13. Start Planning NOW! ASIPP to Begin Accepting Abstracts for 2017 Annual Meeting 
  14. State Society News 
  15. Physicians Wanted
capitolCapitol Hill Visit A Great Success
Though we have much more work ahead, we had a successful visit to Capitol Hill. More than 50 ASIPP members made the trip, representing 25 states. We are grateful for presentations from: Chairman Kevin Brady, Chairman John Shimkus, Senator John Boozman, Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Bill Cassidy, Senator Rand Paul, Representative Michael Burgess, and Chairman Pete Sessions.
After hearing from the Congressmen, we had the opportunity to sit down for individual meetings with many senators and members of the House
It appears that we are making substantial progress in our efforts to make changes for MIPS.
At the same time that we were in the halls of the Congress, CMS announced that they will be providing multiple options for implementation of MIPS including an option of delay; however, this does not include all our issues.
Click HERE to read complete copy of the bill we proposed and a link to the statement from CMS.
Our visit to the Capitol also included awarding Representative Ed Whitfield with a lifetime achievement award. As you know, Representative Whitfield has been instrumental in preserving interventional pain management.
macraHouse Reps Ask CMS for MACRA Implementation Flexibilities
CMS should consider MACRA implementation flexibilities to ensure all eligible clinicians have the chance to succeed under new reimbursement structures, lawmakers say.

Representatives from the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee have penned a   letter  to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell calling for more flexibilities with MACRA implementation.

pacePlans for the Quality Payment Program in 2017: Pick Your Pace
As the baby boom generation ages, 10,000 people enter the Medicare program each day. Facing that demand, it is essential that Medicare continues to support physicians in delivering high-quality patient care. This includes increasing its focus on patient outcomes and reducing the obstacles that make it harder for physicians to practice good care.

The bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) offers the opportunity to advance these goals and put Medicare on surer footing. Among other policies, it repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and its annual payment cliffs, streamlines the existing patchwork of Medicare reporting programs, and provides opportunities for physicians and other clinicians to earn more by focusing on quality patient care. We are referring to these provisions of MACRA collectively as the Quality Payment Program.


SCSRegister for ASIPP® October Spinal Cord Stimulation Course
Register today to attend the Spinal Cord Stimulation Cadaver Workshop and Online Lectures, Oct. 21, 22 in Orlando, Florida. The hotel for this meeting will be the Caribe Royale. More information on the ASIPP Room Block and meeting brochure will be available soon!
Host Hotel: 
Caribe Royale
8101 World Center Drive , Orlando FL 32821
407-238-8000 Direct | 800-823-8300 Reservation
Cadaver Workshop Site:
6850 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827
Phone: 407.266.1000 

Click HERE to register for the course >>> 
IPM Register for the ASIPP® Interventional Pain Management Hands-on Cadaver Workshop and Online Lectures set for Oct. 22 in Orlando, FL
This one-day hands-on cadaver workshop will be for Basic, Intermediate and ABIPP Exam Preparation (Advanced). The course includes video lectures and PDF copies of the video presentations.
Host Hotel: 
Caribe Royale
8101 World Center Drive , Orlando FL 32821 
407-238-8000 Direct | 800-823-8300 Reservation
Cadaver Workshop Site:
6850 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827
Phone: 407.266.1000
Click HERE to register >>> 

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
Are You Ready for October 2016: Honeymoon is Coming to an End
Order Your Pocket Guide Today!
October 1, 2016, is coming. Along with it comes the end of the honeymoon period for ICD-10-CM is also coming. It essentially means you have to get ready for proper coding for the upcoming years.
Starting October 1, 2016, you must have a specific diagnosis for each condition you treat and for each procedure you perform.
You don't need to hit the panic button; there is help for preparation. But you should act now!
You can be prepared for the challenges of ICD-10-CM by purchasing the most definitive ICD-10-CM resource for interventional pain physicians.
If you have not already purchased and reviewed the ICD-10-CM for Interventional Pain Management: A Practical Guide, a pocket guide which will fit nicely in your pocket, you should order it immediately, not only for yourself, but for your staff, electronic and hard copy versions.
This exhaustive guide for interventional pain physicians will assist you with numerous intricacies of coding for interventional pain management. If you are not immediately ordering this practice guide, answer the following questions:
1. If you perform caudal epidural injection and cervical interlaminar epidural injection in a cervical and lumbar post surgery syndrome patient, can you use the same code for both procedures and get paid?
2. Can you perform lumbar transforaminal epidural injections at L5 and S1 in a patient with lumbar radiculitis at L5 only?
3. Can you use disc herniation and radiculopathy codes in the same patient in the same region?
If you answer "yes" for any of the above questions, you urgently need to prepare yourself and review these guidance.
Please prepare for your future.by ordering immediately at a 25% discount. Go to http://www.asipppublishing.com/ and make your purchase today!
Related story:
emergencyRule finalizes CMS' new emergency preparedness requirements

CMS has finalized a rule that creates broad disaster readiness requirements for the entire health care industry.
The rule, "Emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers," was posted Sept. 8 on the Federal Register. First proposed in December 2013, the rule creates emergency preparedness Medicare Conditions of Participation (COPs).
In the August ASIPP® podcast we'll be talking with Christy Davies of Apex Biologix about the business potential of adding regenerative medicine procedures to your practice. Our news segment has a story about a pain medication showing promise as a treatment for Alzheimer disease, new hope for eliminating opioid tolerance, the pay gap between male and female doctors, and much more. Plus, the health hazards of bagpipes.
Click HERE to listen!
proposedProposed Decision Memo for Percutaneous Image-guided Lumbar Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (CAG-00433R)
On January 9, 2014, CMS posted its final decision memorandum for the National Coverage Determination (NCD 150.13) covering PILD for beneficiaries with LSS when provided in a prospective, randomized, controlled clinical study meeting certain conditions under the Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) determination. We received a request to reconsider this NCD based in part on evidence developed in those studies.

We believe that the new evidence supports  broader coverage under CED, therefore the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes to modify the existing NCD to cover percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression (PILD) when provided in a clinical study under §1862(a)(1)(E) of the Social Security Act through Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) for Medicare beneficiaries with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) who are enrolled in an approved clinical study that meets the broader criteria set forth below. 
  • The CMS-approved protocol must answer all of the following questions:
  • Does PILD provide a clinically meaningful improvement of function and/or quality of life in Medicare beneficiaries with LSS compared to other treatments?
  • Does PILD provide clinically meaningful reduction in pain in Medicare beneficiaries with LSS compared to other treatments?
  • Does PILD affect the overall clinical management of LSS and decision making, including use of other medical treatments or services, compared to other treatments?

dartmouthDropout by Dartmouth Raises Questions on Health Law Cost-Savings Effort
WASHINGTON - In its quest to remake the nation's health care system, the Obama administration has urged doctors and hospitals to band together to improve care and cut costs, using a model devised by researchers atDartmouth College.

But Dartmouth itself, facing mounting financial losses in the federal program, has dropped out, raising questions about the future of the new entities known as accountable care organizations, created under the Affordable Care Act.
The New York Times
chicagoHomicides In Chicago Eclipse U.S. Death Toll In Afghanistan And Iraq

Chicago's murder rate is spiraling out of control. Killings in the Windy City have already surpassed the 500 mark this year, more than New York and Los Angeles combined. The city hasn't experienced a single day without a homicide since February of last year and the murder rate is at a 20-year high. The majority of the victims are young black men from a small number of neighborhoods in the city.

With an average of 12 people shot every day, shootings and homicides have become a grim normality for some residents. In 2015, 2,988 people were shot and the 2016 figure already stands at 2,949. In order to illustrate the sheer extent of violence in Chicago, a BBC report compared the number of deaths with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2001, Chicago has experienced 7,916 murders (as of September 06, 2016). The number of Americans killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was 2,384 and 4,504 respectively since 2001.

reapPhysicians Reap Value-Added Benefits with Technology
As a physician, you can only see one patient at a time. And when patients leave your office, they're on their own. There's not much you can do for them, right?   Well actually, wrong.   You see, that's where technology enables physicians to add value, and care for patients beyond the four walls of their practice.   "Individuals need guidance, support, tools and information that allow them to better manage themselves," says Star Cunningham, founder and CEO of 4D Healthware, a platform that helps keep track of patients with chronic conditions virtually. It also helps physicians capitalize on the Medicare reimbursement for chronic disease management, which is approximately $40 per patient per month
Start Planning NOW!
ASIPP® to Begin Accepting Abstracts for 2017 Annual Meeting
Registration will be open for Abstract Submissions beginning September 13, 2016.
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.
2016 The Art and Science of Pain: A Clinical and Research Update - Conference
Conference  will be held October 15, 2016 in Saratoga Springs, New York.
One can register 2 different ways:
1.        Sending back the registration form in the brochure I sent you previously

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State Society News

Connecticut Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Sept 23-24, 2016
2016 Fall Meeting - Pain & Addiction: A Collective Response to a State Crisis Friday & Saturday, September 23 & 24, 2016
Mystic Hilton, 20 Coogan Blvd., Mystic * 860-572-0328

NYSIPP Meeting
November 4 - 7, 2016
The New York Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold a meeting November 4-7, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, NJ - registration link is:   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. T 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
Click HERE to see brochure

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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