American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | February 1, 2017
American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | March 8, 2017
You are not going to want to miss this year's meeting!  

ASIPP is proud to announce that Mayor Rudolph "Rudy" Giuliani  will be addressing the attendees of  the 2017 ASIPP Annual Meeting to be held April 20- 22, 2017 in Las Vegas. Mayor Giuliani will be one of our keynote speakers on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Caesar's Palace in Vegas.  

Other prestigious guest speakers lined up for this year's meeting include:  
  • Chairman Greg Walden: Changes in Health Care Policies, Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Congressman Ed Whitfield: ASIPP is Moving Forward, Long-time friend of ASIPP and recently retired Congressman for Kentucky
  • Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP - Keynote Speaker: Delivering Humanistic Care in the Era of High Tech and Lean Resources Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA Abraham Verghese is a physician-author, Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University Medical School and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine.   
  • Robert Wachter, MD: The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA Dr. Robert Wachter is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He was named one of the 50 most influential physicians in the U.S. for each of the past 7 years.  
  • Robert Laszewski: US Health Care: Present Status and Future Directions for Independent Physician President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates, LLC. Robert Laszewski is a frequent speaker at ASIPP events. He is the president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, Inc. (HPSA), a policy and marketplace consulting firm dealing with health policy and market change.  
  • Richard North, MD: Evolving Concepts of Neuromoducation: Past, Present and Future  President, the Neuromodulation Foundation, Inc. Dr. Richard North has directed the Neurosurgery Spine Service for 16 years at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has received The American Academy of Pain Medicine's Founder's Award, and the North American Neuromodulation Society's Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of implanted electrical stimulation devices.
  • Philippe Hernigou, MD - Keynote Speaker: Innovations in Stem Cell Therapy for Musculoskeletal Injuries Chief of Surgery & Professor of Hospital Henri Mondor, University, Paris. Dr. Hernigou served as a Member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of Stemedica Cell Technologies, Inc. He has used autologous bone marrow concentrate (BMC) to treat orthopedic pathologies since 1990.
  • Laxmaiah Manchikanti: Evolution or Innovation: Current Perspectives and Future Strategies, Chairman of the Board and CEO, ASIPP

In addition, ASIPP will be offering multiple afternoon breakout sessions includes sections on:

  • Compliance Billing and Coding
  • Responsible Controlled Substance Prescribing
  • Endoscopic Decompression
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Practce Management
  • Ambulatory Surgery Center Payment Systems
  • Emerging Concepts in IPM
  • Abstract Session
  • Current and Future Concepts in IPM


- Selected manuscripts will be presented in electronic poster presentation.
- 25 will be published in Pain Physician. 
- Top 10 will be selected for abstract presentation at meeting.
- Top 3 will receive cash prizes.



ASIPP Releases Opioid Guidelines for Responsible, Safe, Effective, and Approach to Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain

The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) is releasing revised recommendations that are responsible, safe, effective, and provide a balanced approach to prescribing opioids for chronic non-cancer pain in order to curtail opioid abuse and at the same time maintain access to the medically needed use of prescription pain medications.

These guidelines are featured in a special issue of Pain Physician journal set to be released on March 1, 2017.   (Available online  at

The guidelines recommend that opioids be prescribed only after extensive assessment with proper monitoring in only patients with persistent pain in minimally effective doses. This is the latest update since 2013 and includes some of the recommendations from the recently released CDC guidelines.

These guidelines come at a time that we are experiencing an explosive increase in opioid-related deaths, which can be traced to the use of other opioids, specifically heroin and illicit synthetic fentanyl as highlighted nationwide. More recently, an explosive increase in opioid-related deaths can be traced to the use of other opioids, specifically heroin and illicit synthetic fentanyl as highlighted in multiple states. As an example, fentanyl-related deaths spiked to 139 between 2015 and 2016.

The ASIPP opioid guidelines also take into consideration public opinion, wherein a significant proportion of physicians and patients (92%) believe that opioids reduce pain and a smaller proportion (57%) report a better quality of life. 

A multidisciplinary, diverse panel consisting of 60 specialists from across the nation worked to prepare these guidelines, focusing on the means to reduce the abuse and diversion of opioids without jeopardizing access for those patients suffering from non-cancer pain who have an appropriate medical indication for opioid use.

Click HERE to read guidelines

The American Health Care Act: the Republicans’ bill to replace Obamacare, explained

House Republicans released their long-awaited replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act on Monday. The American Health Care Act was developed in conjunction with the White House and Senate Republicans. Two big questions — how many people it will cover and how much it will cost — are still unresolved: It will likely cover fewer people than the Affordable Care Act currently does, but we don’t know how many. And the Congressional Budget Office has not yet scored the legislation, so its price tag is unknown. But what we can say for sure is this:
  • Some of Obamacare’s signature features are gone immediately, such as the tax on people who don’t purchase health care. Other protections, including the ban on discriminating people with pre-existing conditions and the provision that allows young adults to stay on their parents’ plan through age 26, would survive.
  • The plan maintains the Medicaid expansion — for now. The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid to cover millions of low-income Americans. And, in a big shift from previous drafts of the legislation, which ended Medicaid expansion immediately, this bill would continue to that coverage expansion through January 1, 2020. At that point, enrollment would “freeze,” and legislators expect enrollees would drop out of the program as their incomes change.
Related Stories:

Blog: The House Republican Obamacare Replacement Plan: From ASIPP Keynote Speaker Robert Laszewski

Obamacare works for the poorest that have affordable health insurance because all of the program's subsidies tilt in their favor.

Obamacare doesn't work well for the working and middle class who get much less support––particularly those who earn more than 400% of the federal poverty level, who constitute 40% of the population and don't get any help.

House Republicans Ready to Push Ahead on Health Plan Without a Price Tag    

House Republican leaders are set to take the politically risky gamble Wednesday of asking their colleagues to vote on a bill replacing the Affordable Care Act without official estimates of the GOP plan’s cost or coverage losses.

By moving ahead without an official “score” from the Congressional Budget Office—an estimate of how much the bill would cost and how many people might lose coverage over the next 10 years—Republican leaders are asking members to vote on a bill without independent verification that it achieves what it claims. The unknowns surrounding the bill also have served as a boon to its opponents, including some House conservatives, who are resisting moving ahead without a better understanding of its cost implication.

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Alliance of Companies Unveil First Steps Aimed at Cutting Health-Care Costs

A U.S. alliance formed last year by more than three dozen companies, including American Express Co., Johnson & Johnson and Macy’s Inc., is announcing its first plans aimed at lowering the companies’ health-care spending.

The blueprint includes group contracts to purchase prescription drugs through units of CVS Health Corp. and UnitedHealth Group Inc.; the creation of specialized doctor networks; and a deal to use International Business Machines Corp.’s Watson software to analyze their health-care data.

The nonprofit group, called the Health Transformation Alliance, says combining the negotiating heft of its 38 members allows it to win lower prices than any individual company could alone.    

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OIG Releases FY 2016 Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Statistical Data

In FY 2016, State Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) were responsible for 1,721 indictments, 1,564 convictions, and $1.8 billion in criminal and civil recoveries, as reported to OIG.  Visit the below links to learn more.
  Join ASIPP for this informative webinar that will not only review the coding and regulatory changes for pain management practices in 2017, but take next steps to evaluate the impact these modifications have had on your billing, documentation and reimbursement.   For instance, if you haven’t changed the way you document moderate sedation, you could be putting your practice at risk.  

There are major alterations in documentation requirements that, if done correctly, may influence your work flow and the time to record these services.   

Verify that the necessary notations have been included in your epidural procedure notes to support the codes you are reporting.  Urine drug testing continues to rank high on all payers’ audit plans so it is crucial that all EMR templates and billing tools have been updated appropriately to meet medical necessity requirements for this controversial controlled substance management tool.


WEBINAR DATE: March 23, 2017 
TIME: 11:00am-12:30pm CST 

LENGTH: 90 Minutes 

SPEAKER: Judith Blaszczyk, RN, CPC, ACS-IPM, ICDCT-CM 

CLICK HERE for Registration and other information

February Podcast Available

This month’s ASIPP Podcast features an extended news segment as we report on pain-related news stories of interest to interventional pain management physicians.


Doctor charged in deadly sale of unneeded pain pill scrips

A New Jersey doctor was indicted Thursday on charges that he sold prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers to people who had no medical need for them, including one man who died from an overdose.

Dr. Byung Kang, of Little Falls, was charged with one count of "strict liability" for the drug–induced death of 26–year–old Michael Justice, of Clifton. Justice's mother had called Kang 18 months earlier threatening to call police if he didn't stop prescribing her son oxycodone, according to a statement from Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

Kang's attorney said he hadn't yet reviewed the indictment that also charges Kang with money laundering, tax fraud and drug distribution. Kang's wife and receptionist, Soo, also was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and tax–related counts. 


CMS Seeks to Make MACRA Manageable for Small Practices

CMS foresees a world where nine out of 10 small practices will participate in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization (MACRA) program, which determines how Medicare physicians are reimbursed. 

For those small practices thinking they can escape the program, CMS isn't buying it. "As we build the program, our goal is to achieve a 90 percent participation rate by all clinicians. That includes small practices as well," Jean Moody-Williams, deputy director of the center for clinical standards and quality at CMS said at this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, held in Orlando. Moody-Williams presented in a session on how small, rural, and underserved practices can adhere to the quality payment program.

Those numbers didn't come out of thin air. 

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OHSIPP Meeting

August 25-27, 2017

The Ohio Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (OHSIPP) has set the dates for its 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


FSIPP Meeting

August 27 - 30, 2017

The Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (FSIPP) has set the dates for its 2017 meeting

Dates are April 27-30, 2107

The meeting will be held in Orlando, FL at the Orlando World Center Marriott  

Click Here for more information and to make reservation

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