American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | November 21, 2018
American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Launches Medical Liability Program for Members
The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) is pleased to announce a partnership with Willow Risk Advisors to create an exclusive policy available to ASIPP members. In an effort to further increase value to its physician members, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) has endorsed Willow Risk Advisors as their professional liability insurance broker. Teaming up with the NORCAL group, Willow Risk has developed an exclusive Medical Malpractice Insurance Program tailored specifically to serve interventional pain physicians. This new program will offer necessary benefits including risk management, premium discounts, consent to settle, aggressive claims handling, and administrative defense.
One Day Ultrasound Course February 21, 2019
Orlando, FL
3 Choices in February!
Review Courses and Cadaver Labs
Feb 22-24 2019, Orlando, FL
CDC, Joint Commission Release New Infection Control Guides for Pain Management Settings
The Joint Commission and CDC came out with new infection control resources for pain management settings.
The CDC and Joint Commission received input from 12 professional associations and 11 healthcare systems to compose the new resources. Additionally, interviews were conducted between podiatry, orthopedic and pain management outpatient facilities to gain insights on challenges and specific scenarios.
Adaption and Dissemination of Outpatient Infection Prevention Guidance is a free, online tool that is part of an initiative that began in 2015 to disseminate CDC guidance for infection prevention and control in the outpatient setting. The guidance is designed to improve practices while protecting patients and staff.

Abstract Submission Open!

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 ASIPP Annual Meeting Abstract and Poster Contest. The top 10 abstracts selected by our panel will be presented at the annual meeting. The top 25 abstracts will be presented as electronic posters in view for all our attendees.

Click HERE to submit. Deadline is Feb. 18

National Government Services, Inc., Claimed Some Unallowable Medicare Pension Costs

National Government Services, Inc., claimed $763,067 of unallowable Medicare pension costs on its Final Administrative Cost Proposals for fiscal years 2010 through 2013.
Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at .
Download the  complete report  or the  Report in Brief .


93% of eligible clinicians received MIPS payment under QPP last year

New data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that 93% of eligible clinicians who participated in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP) received positive payment adjustments for their performance last year, the November 9 EHR Intelligence reports. Only 5% received a negative payment adjustment.
On average, MIPS eligible clinicians in rural practices earned a mean score of 63.08 points, while those in small practices received a mean score of 43.46 points. The national average score for MIPS eligible clinicians in 2017 was 74.01 points.
CMS encourages clinicians, stakeholders, and other to send their feedback to help identify areas of immediate need and shape the program for future years.

Save the Date! Webinar Dec. 12
Regenerative Medicine - The Future of Pain Management. 
WHY and HOW to add it to your practice?

Regenerative Medicine is revolutionizing the field of Pain Management. "Stem Cells" has become the new buzz word among patients who are actively seeking non-traditional approaches for pain relief. Although regenerative procedures are not covered by insurance, many patients are willing to pay out of pocket for these game changing procedures. 
Learn the many reasons why Regenerative Medicine is considered the best treatment option to treat pain and why you should incorporate it in your practice. Also, this webinar will teach you how to seamlessly add this new technology to your armamentarium.
Webinar is set for 7 pm Dec. 12. Cost will be $150
Registration will be open soon!
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

November Podcast Now Available

Miles Day of Texas Tech Discusses Multiple Pain Management Techniques
Miles Day, MD, DABA, FIPP, DABIPP, Treweek/ Racz Endowed Professor in Pain Research, Pain Management Fellowship Program Director, Department of Anesthesiology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center discusses pain management with Hans Hansen, Interventional Pain physician and the ASIPP Podcast producer. Dr. Day is internationally known throughout the pain community by face and name. He is the Program Director of the Pain Management Fellowship Program at one of the leading institutes for training and developing pain management as we know it. Dr. Day takes us through an interesting discussion about what it takes to be competent to sit for the Board Exam. Only 300 passed the test last year and can enter the world of pain management and be able to help those that suffer the most with painful conditions. It's an evolving field and keeping residents abreast of safe and effective techniques is daunting. Dr. Day also discusses where the pain management field is headed. Join us on this journey with Dr. Day and his perspective from one of the premiere pain management institutes in the world.

Click HERE to listen!
Detroit Clinic Owner Sentenced to Over 13 Years in Prison for $8.9 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
The owner of two Detroit-area clinics was sentenced to 160 months in prison today for her role in a scheme involving approximately $8.9 million in fraudulent Medicare claims for home health care and other physician services that were procured through the payment of kickbacks, were not medically necessary, were not actually provided, or were provided by an unlicensed physician.
Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider of the Eastern District of Michigan, Special Agent in Charge Timothy Slater of the FBI’s Detroit Division and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Chicago Regional Office made the announcement.
Jacklyn Price, 34, of Shelby, Michigan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland of the Eastern District of Michigan. Judge Cleland also ordered Price to pay $6,350,332 in restitution, jointly and severally with her co-conspirators, and to forfeit the same amount. Price pleaded guilty in April 2017 to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of health care fraud. 


Milwaukee Resident Convicted of Prescription Fraud and Aggravated ID Theft in Scheme to Obtain Oxycodone
United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger announced today that Kameka Simpson, 43, of Milwaukee, pleaded guilty in federal district court to one count of obtaining controlled substances (oxycodone) by fraud, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 843(a)(3), and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1). The indictment against Simpson and others, returned by the grand jury earlier this year, was part of a larger National Healthcare Fraud and Opioid Takedown coordinated by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services.    
The indictment against Simpson and others charged multiple counts stemming from the defendants’ passing of fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions purportedly written by an authorized healthcare provider at a pain clinic in Milwaukee. Simpson, who entered her plea in district court on November 13, 2018, admitted that she used her position as an office assistant at the pain clinic to facilitate the fraud.
Simpson is scheduled to be sentenced in February. The prescription fraud count carries a maximum penalty of four years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, as much as one year of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100. The aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of two years, a fine of up to $250,000, as much as one year of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100. 


State Society News 

July 12-14, 2019
GSIPP 2019 - 15th Annual Meeting & Pain Summit
The Cloister Hotel at Sea Island
Sea Island, GA
For more information, contact Karrie Kirwan at or Tara Morrison at or 770-613-0932.

July 26-28, 2019
PAIN 2019
West Virginia Society of Pain Physicians
Loews Miami Beach, FL

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