American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | December 6, 2017
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The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its 20th Annual Meeting March 15-17, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at Marriott Orlando World Center.

March 15, 2018
Raj-Racz Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Today, Tomorrow, and Future of Pain Management: Arnold Caplan, PhD
  • Evidence Synthesis in IPM: Evolution of EBM or Death of Expertise and Truth: Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD

Best Practices in Pain Management in the Context of Addressing the National Opioid Epidemic
  • Current State of Opioid Epidemic: Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD
  • Turning the Tide on the Opioid Tsunami Crisis: Understanding Pain, Policy, Opioids and Solutions: Anita Gupta, DO, PharmD
  • Addressing National Opioid Epidemic: Jerome Adams, MD, Surgeon General
  • The Opioid Crisis and Pain Management: Vanila Singh, MD
Moderator: Peter Staats, MD, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Anita Gupta, MD, PharmD, Vanila Singh, MD
Jerome Adams, MD, Surgeon General

  • Resident/Fellow Section
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Emerging Concepts in Interventional Pain Management
  • Society of Interventional Pain Management Surgery Centers
  • Abstract session
  • Endoscopic Lumbar Decompression
  • Current Concepts in IPM
  • Neuromodulation

March 16, 2018
Manchikanti Distinguished Lecture Series
  • State of Health Care in the US: Past, Present, and Future: Robert Laszewski
  • Health Care Advocacy: ASIPP Involvement with Grass Roots Advocacy: Ed Whitfield
  • Health Care Reform: A View from Washington: Tim Hutchinson
Moderator: Joshua Hirsch, MD
Robert Laszewski, Ed Whitfield, Tim Hutchinson, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Amol Soin, MD

Best Practices in IPM
  • Advances in Neuromodulation: Ricardo Vallejo, MD
  • Shared Research and Entrepreneurship for Preservation of Interventional Pain Management: Amol Soin, MD
  • Evolution of ASIPP: Standiford Helm, MD
  • What Can Members Do to Preserve IPM: Citizenship: Dharam Mann, MD
  • Resident/Fellow Session
  • Compliance, Billing and Coding
  • Opioids
  • Emerging Concepts in IPM
  • Session for Spouses
  • Managing Spinal Stenosis Beyond Epidurals: The Role of Interventionalist
  • Dry Needling
  • Imaging for Interventionalists
  • Research and Publications in Interventional Pain Management as Part of Your Practice
March 17, 2018
Senator Cassidy and other keynotes and 8 panel discussions on various subjects of interventional pain management until 5 pm.

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ASIPP Abstract Submission for 2018 Annual Meeting is Open

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 for all 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.

The CVS-Aetna Gamble: A Health-Care Giant Not Built Around Doctors
CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc. are attempting to create something with little precedent: an integrated health-care enterprise that isn’t built around doctors.
The  combination  of the two companies, in a deal valued at $69 billion and announced Sunday, is supposed to bring together Aetna’s patient data and CVS’s sprawling network of nearly 10,000 brick-and-mortar sites to squeeze out costs while improving care and convenience.
But no major health-care company has tried to build a vertical system around the combination of drugstores, insurance and pharmacy-benefit management, the main businesses of CVS and Aetna, experts said. The merged company will lack a strong foundation of its own doctors, who make many of the decisions that influence both costs and quality of care.
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Brooklyn Prosecutors Charge 20 in $146 Million Health-Care Fraud
Brooklyn prosecutors said Tuesday that they charged 20 people and 14 corporations in a $146 million fraud scheme, calling it the biggest health-care case in their office’s history.
The defendants paid patients to come to clinics, where they received unnecessary tests that were subsequently billed to Medicare and Medicaid, prosecutors said. The defendants then spent the proceeds on real estate, luxury shopping sprees and lavish vacations, according to an indictment.
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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

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Cities, counties and schools sidestep FDA foreign drug crackdown, saving millions
Schenectady County, N.Y., is on track to pay 20 percent less on prescription drugs for its employees this year than in 2003.
Flagler County, Fla., expects to save nearly $200,000 in 2017 on brand-name medicines for its 800 workers, thanks to drug costs that have fallen 10 percent since 2016.
Kokomo, Ind., has found a way to save so much money buying drugs that it offers employees a free 90-day supply of certain popular medications.
While the nation grapples with soaring drug prices, dozens of cities, counties and school districts have found a solution they say protects their budgets and saves workers money: They are helping employees buy medicines from Canada and overseas, where prices are up to 80 percent cheaper.
Considering Patients' Rights When Complying With Law Enforcement
Healthcare professionals must know applicable law and institutional policy when complying with law enforcement demands for evidence from patients, according to a recent article published in the  New England Journal of Medicine .
The recent case of Alex Wubbels, a nurse from Salt Lake City who refused to comply with a police detective's request for a blood sample from an unconscious motor vehicle accident victim not suspected of having violated any law, is a case in point. Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD, of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Medical College of Wisconsin, reviewed the legal and ethical implications involved in the case.
FDA approves first once-monthly buprenorphine injection, a medication-assisted treatment option for opioid use disorder
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Sublocade, the first once-monthly injectable buprenorphine product for the treatment of moderate-to-severe opioid use disorder (OUD) in adult patients who have initiated treatment with a transmucosal (absorbed through mucus membrane) buprenorphine-containing product. It is indicated for patients that have been on a stable dose of buprenorphine treatment for a minimum of seven days.
Buprenorphine for the treatment of OUD is currently approved to administer as a tablet or film that dissolves in the mouth, or as an implant. Sublocade provides a new treatment option for patients in recovery who may value the benefits of a once-monthly injection compared to other forms of buprenorphine, such as reducing the burden of taking medication daily as prescribed (medical adherence). An independent FDA advisory committee supported the approval of Sublocade at a meeting held last month.
Regional Nerve Block May Provide Effective Pain Relief In Hip Fracture
The use of a regional nerve block may provide noticeable pain relief, reduce the time to first mobilization, and decrease the risk for pneumonia in patients with hip fractures, according to a systematic review published in the  Annals of Emergency Medicine .
Investigators obtained data from randomized-controlled trials comparing the use of a regional nerve block with the absence of a nerve block in patients with  hip fractures . A total of 1760 patients from 31 randomized trials were included in the review.
Looking Under the Hood of 'Socialized Medicine'
Americans pay too much for healthcare that falls well short of standards in other developed countries, according to a researcher who studies the issue.
But persuading people that other systems might work better often hits a roadblock, according to Eric Schneider, MD, of the  Commonwealth Fund , a New York-based foundation that sponsors research into ways to improve healthcare in the U.S.
Dallas-Based Physician-Owned Hospital to Pay $7.5 Million to Settle Allegations of Paying Kickbacks to Physicians in Exchange for Surgical Referrals
Pine Creek Medical Center LLC (“Pine Creek”), a physician-owned hospital serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area, has agreed to pay $7.5 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by paying physicians kickbacks in the form of marketing services in exchange for surgical referrals, the Department of Justice announced today.
“Health care providers that attempt to profit from illegal kickbacks will be held accountable,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “Improper financial incentives can distort medical decision making and drive up healthcare costs for federal health care programs and their beneficiaries.” 
The government alleged that, between 2009 and 2014, Pine Creek engaged in an illegal kickback scheme whereby the hospital would pay for marketing and/or advertising services on physicians’ behalf and, in return, the physicians would refer their patients, including Medicare and TRICARE beneficiaries, to Pine Creek. Among other things, Pine Creek allegedly paid for advertisements on behalf of the physicians in a number of local and regional publications. Pine Creek also allegedly paid for radio and television advertising, pay-per-click advertising campaigns, billboards, website upgrades, brochures, and business cards, as well as other forms of marketing to induce physicians to refer patients to Pine Creek for medical services.
State-Level Declarations of Opioid Emergency Raise Public Awareness of Addiction

As a result of the overwhelming rates of opioid addiction and overdose in the United States, many states have declared emergency situations to educate the public, curb prescriptions of high-risk opioid pain relievers, and improve access to opioid antagonists, according to a paper published in the  New England Journal of Medicine .
As opioid-related mortality rates rise, the majority of states have enacted specific policies aimed at reducing prescriptions for these medications. In addition, every state in the nation participates in prescription drug monitoring programs, which are aimed at monitoring individual opioid prescription habits.
How to Treat Difficult Patients: A Step-By-Step Guide
Some research suggests that as many as 15% of adult patient encounters can be described as “difficult.” 1,2  Handling these situations requires  skill and empathy . To shed further light on navigating this challenging terrain,  MPR  interviewed Karen Broquet, MD, MHPE, associate dean for graduate medical education and professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield.
What motivated you to focus on this issue?
I have colleagues who have been so distressed when they encountered negative feelings toward patients in themselves that they have sought advice from me. It is clear that there is a need for education in this area. In 2007, I coauthored an article with Sharon Hull, MD, 3  about difficult patient encounters and my coauthor and I continue to get calls from caregivers about these issues.
State Society News 
April 18-22, 2018
GSIPP 2018 Annual Meeting
Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Thursday, April 18, 2018 - Sunday, April 22, 2018
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

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