American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | May 2, 2018
ASIPP Offers 3 Courses June 29 to July 1 in Orlando
CMS to release Medicare Advantage data to researchers for first time

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will for the first time release Medicare Advantage data to researchers, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
Currently, researchers have access to Medicare claims data for the fee-for-service program. However, the release of Medicare Advantage data will provide a more comprehensive view of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries, said Verma at last week’s Health Datapalooza conference in Washington.

QRUR Webinar: Quality and Resource Use Reports
How to Read Your QRUR and the Attribution of the Cost Category to your MIPS Score
Avoid a penalty and get a bonus on your Medicare Part A & B Claims
All TINS that bill Medicare Part A & B services should attend this webinar to get a headstart on avoiding penalties based on cost which will become 30% of the MIPS Payment Program in the future
The 2016 Annual QRUR is based on services provided from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 and applied to Claims submitted in 2018. Claims-based cost, quality outcome and utilization data are based on services provided to a TIN's attributed beneficiaries. Quality data in the 2016 QRUR include the Physician Quality Reporting System submitted by the TIN. Cost data provides the Medicare calculations of cost attributed to each provider in the TIN as it compares to the providers peers across the nation. All TINs nationwide that had at least one eligible professional (EP) bill Medicare under the TIN in 2016-have incurred a bonus or penalty for 2018 Medicare Part B collections. Learn to read your QRUR (very difficult) so you can understand how your care compares to your peers! The QRUR will be used in the MIPS Program Cost Category for 2018!

Date: May 8, 2018
Time: 12pm ET (90 minutes)
Fee: $185
Speaker: Deborah H. Tracy MD, MBA
Only two payment models from the CMS Innovation Center have survived, GAO says

Eight years into its existence, CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has recommended further development of only two of the 37 models the center has created, with testing completed on 10 of them, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
The Affordable Care Act set aside $10 billion for the Innovation Center's activities for fiscal 2011 through 2019 and $10 billion per decade beginning in fiscal 2020.
By Sept. 30, 2016, the last period for which data are available, $5.6 billion of its initial $10 billion appropriation had been spent.

Dozens of Opioid Bills Advance in House
Includes repeal of the Institutions of Mental Disease exclusion, requirement to check Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

WASHINGTON -- After a marathon mark-up session that stretched into late evening Wednesday, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee advanced dozens of bills related to the opioid crisis, which now go to the full committee.
"Taken together, the bills before us today will improve access to care for individuals suffering from substance use disorder, provide our healthcare system with the tools and resources it needs to care for patients, and help prevent future misuse of opioids," said Subcommittee Chair Michael Burgess (R-Texas) in a  press statement .

CMS Chief Slams Administration Critics

WASHINGTON -- Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, lashed out Monday at critics of the Trump administration's changes to the Medicaid program and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.
"I take exception to those out there who have made claims that we have tried to sabotage the healthcare of the American people, particularly when it comes to the healthcare exchanges," she said here at the World Health Care Congress. "Obamacare was failing long before Donald Trump became president and I became CMS administrator."

Opioid Abuse Tied To Readmission Risk: Pain Medicine News Report

A recent  analysis  reported higher readmission rates after elective surgery in patients who abused opioids.
Weight loss may lead to notable reductions in global pain,  researchers reported .

Opioids are not more effective than non-opioid painkillers at relieving osteoarthritis pain, according to a new  study  that examined the long-term effects of both types of medications.

SAMHSA Head Stands Firm on Marijuana's Dangers
Also says younger generation of providers is key to opioid fight

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. -- A top health official in the Trump administration, speaking at a behavioral health conference on Monday, pushed back on states' efforts to legalize marijuana, asserting it's a dangerous drug that should be kept out of the public's hands.
Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use -- and thus overseeing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) -- raised concerns over the increased use of marijuana in the U.S., particularly among children, adolescents, and pregnant women.

Interventional Pain Management Reports is an Open Access online journal, a peer-reviews journal dedicated to the publication of case reports, brief commentaries and reviews and letters to the editor. It is a peer-reviewed journal written by and directed to an audience of interventional pain physicians, clinicians and basic scientists with an interest in interventional pain management and pain medicine. 

Interventional Pain Management Reports is an official publication of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) and is a sister publication of Pain Physician . Interventional Pain Management Reports Interventional Pain Management Reports is an open access journal, available online with free full manuscripts.  

The benefits of publishing in an open access journal that has a corresponding
print edition journal are:  
  • Your article will have the potential to obtain more citations.
  • Your article will be peer-reviewed and published faster than other journals.
  • Your article can be read by a potentially much larger audience compared with traditional subscription-only journals.  
  • Open Access journals are FREE to view, download and to print.

So submit today your:
  • Case Reports
  • Technical Reports
  • Editorials
  • Short Perspectives

Essentials of Interventional Techniques in Managing Chronic Pain Available for Order!
  • Comprehensive textbook of interventional techniques in managing chronic pain
  • Covers spinal interventional techniques, peripheral nerve blocks, sympathetic interventional techniques, soft tissue and joint injections and implantables
  • Step-by-step guidance backed up by the latest evidence

This comprehensive review covers the full and latest array of interventional techniques for managing chronic pain. Chapters are grouped by specific treatment modalities that include spinal interventional techniques, nonspinal and peripheral nerve blocks, sympathetic interventional techniques, soft tissue and joint injections, and implantables. Practical step-by-step and evidence-based guidance is given to each approach in order to improve the clinician's understanding. Innovative and timely, Essentials of Interventional Techniques in Managing Chronic Pain is a critical resource for anesthesiologists, neurologists, and rehabilitation and pain physicians.

Vero Beach doctor Johnny Benjamin found guilty of drug charges, not guilty of weapons charges

FORT LAUDERDALE — A jury found Vero Beach doctor Johnny Benjamin guilty of five of the seven federal drug charges against him after deliberating for just three hours Friday.
Benjamin, 53, an orthopedic surgeon who practiced at Pro Spine Center, was targeted by the Drug Enforcement Agency after a Palm Beach County woman overdosed on furanyl fentanyl-laced pills in September 2016.
Two men who pleaded guilty earlier this month to selling her those pills became DEA informants, secretly recording conversations that helped agents build the case against Benjamin that culminated in the trial that began April 20.

March/April 2018 Issue Features

Systematic Reviews
  • Discography in Chronic Spinal Pain
  • Neuropathic Pain in Acute and Subacute Neuropathies
  • Vitamin D Supplementation for Low Back Pain
Comprehensive Review
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain: A Review
Randomized Trials
  • Fluoroscopic Guided Radiofrequency of Genicular Nerves
  • Effects of a Sustained Release Formulation of Sodium Nitrite on Patients with Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Pulsed Radiofrequency in an Animal Model of Neuropathic Pain
  • Pulsed Radiofrequency Treatment for Chronic Post-Surgical Orchialgia

Four Additional Chinese Nationals and Six Additional U.S. Residents Indicted in North Dakota in International Drug and Money Laundering Conspiracy Involving Opioids
Total of 28 Charged With Conspiracy to Distribute Fetanyl and Other Lethal Drugs Resulting in Deaths and Injury
Na Chu, 37; Yeyou Chu, 36; Cuiying Liu, 62; and Keping Zhang, 62, all Chinese nationals, were charged by a superseding indictment returned on Jan. 18, with international money laundering conspiracy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions,   U.S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers for the District of North Dakota and Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced today.
The charges come as part of “Operation Denial,” an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation into the international trafficking of fentanyl and other lethal drugs, and was significantly aided by the national and international coordination led by the multi-agency Special Operations Division (S.O.D.) near Washington D.C. as part of “Operation Deadly Merchant.” The investigation started in North Dakota on Jan. 3, 2015, with the overdose death in Grand Forks of 18-year-old Bailey Henke.


State Society News 
June 9-10, 2018
Midwest Societies of Interventional Pain Management Meeting
State Societies from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Iowa .
Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
Early registration rates are available through 5/9/18 - REGISTER NOW.
Hotel accommodations are available at the conference facility the Chicago Westin, Michigan Avenue. The link for rooms in the hotel block is available at:   MidWest SIPP hotel reservations

April 18-22, 2018
GSIPP 2018 Annual Meeting
Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

July 19-22, 2018
FSIPP 2018 Annual Meeting, Conference, and Trade Show
Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
One South County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480
Click Here for more information

WVSIPP launches Regional Conference Series, WV PainCare
The West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians has created an educational series titled WV PainCare.
Huntington, WV - July 14, 2018
Lewisburg/Beckley, WV - October 20, 2018
Morgantown, WV - December 1, 2018
Click HERE for more information


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