American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | December 27, 2017

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: Hans Hansen, MD
  • What Can Members Do to Preserve IPM: Citizenship: Dharam Mann, MD

  • Resident/Fellow Session
  • Compliance, Billing and Coding
  • Opioids
  • Emerging Concepts in IPM
  • Family Session
  • 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.
ASIPP is Pleased to announce Dike Drummond, the Happy MD, as a Keynote Speaker at the Annual Meeting
Dike Drummond MD, CEO
Physician Coach and Healthcare Speaker

Dike Drummond MD is a Mayo trained Family Practice Physician and the leading coach, trainer and consultant on ...

  • The prevention of burnout in individual physicians
  • The realization of the Quadruple Aim in healthcare organizations

Dr. Drummond is a Mayo trained family doctor, professional coach, author, speaker and trainer whose sole professional focus since 2011 has been addressing the modern burnout epidemic in physicians.

He has two keynote speeches during the General Session on Saturday

8:30am – 10:00am               
Burnout Proof Live Workshop: Lower Stress Levels, Build More Life Balance and a More Ideal Practice with Practical Tools to Recognize and Prevent Burnout

1:00pm – 2:00pm               
The Quadruple Aim Blueprint: Four Steps to Proactive, Organization-Wide Burnout Prevention Program
Start Planning NOW!
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.

Doctor faces charges over opioid prescriptions and 5 patient deaths
A Pennsylvania doctor was indicted Thursday on 19 counts, including charges regarding the deaths of five patients he had prescribed opioids to, according to the Department of Justice. It alleges that Dr. Raymond Kraynak caused their deaths between 2013 and 2015 by "unlawfully distributing and dispensing controlled substances to them."
Prosecutors also say Kraynak prescribed nearly 3 million doses of opioids from January 2016 through July 2017.
Kraynak, 60, of Mt. Carmel, was arrested Thursday. Prosecutors say he made a first appearance before a federal magistrate on Thursday, and is scheduled to appear Friday morning for a bail hearing in federal court.

America the Painful? (The Atlantic)
Researchers find U.S. leads the world in pain complaints
More Americans say they deal with pain regularly than in any other country,  The Atlantic  reports .
Researchers have three theories about what might lead to the split. Obesity likely plays a role, as the country has one of the highest obesity rates in the world, and obese people have been shown to be sensitive to pain.
It could also be tied to the explosion of opioids, or our general lack of happiness. Happiness levels in the U.S. have been steadily declining for more than 40 years.

Click HERE to view December issue of IPM Reports

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

Click HERE to submit
The Streetlight Effect: Statistical vs Clinical Significance in Medical Research
After a long evening lubricated by perhaps one too many martinis, a young man stumbles out of his favorite watering hole. Despite the wishes of his buddies, state law, and his own better judgment, he is determined to drive himself home. But alas, fate intervenes: our protagonist cannot find his keys. A few minutes later, a police officer happens upon him, on his hands and knees, under a streetlight, at least 50 paces from where his car is parked. Perplexed, the officer taps the man on the shoulder.
           “What are you doing, sir?”
           “Trying to find my car keys.”
           “Shouldn't you be looking closer to your car?”
           “I'd love to. But the light is better over here.”
Epidural Use Takes a Dip, Opioid Deaths Due to Heroin and Fentanyl Increase Astronomically
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Amol Soin, MD, Dharam P Mann, MD, Sanjay Bakshi, MD, Vidyasagar Pampati, MSc, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD published statistics showing decline in utilization of interventional techniques with reductions in reimbursement, with reductions in reimbursement. Opioid prescription reductions, increasing deaths, with increasing heroin and fentanyl correlate with decline in interventional techniques, despite promotion of nonopioid techniques.
In the November/December of Pain Physician, Manchikanti and Joshua Hirsh have assessed with an in-depth look at growth of interventional techniques over the past 17 years. Interesting, they have divided the periods prior to 2009 - enactment of Obamacare, and after 2009, that is, i.e. pre- and post-Obamacare.
This analysis showed overall reduction of interventional techniques from 2009 to 2016 of 0.6% per year; however, startling statistics show the following:
Epidural injections and adhesiolysis procedures declined at an annual rate of 1.7% per 100,000 Medicare population. It appears that there may be slight increase for facet joint interventions, specifically in the cervical spine without substantial increase in the lumbar spine. There is also annual decrease of 2.2% for disc procedures and other types of nerve blocks.
For full manuscript, please see
Click below to view full article pdfs available only online at: 

Kmart Corporation to Pay U.S. $32.3 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations for Overbilling Federal Health Programs for Generic Prescription Drugs
Kmart Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC), has agreed to pay $32.3 million to the United States to settle allegations that in-store pharmacies in Kmart stores failed to report discounted prescription drug prices to Medicare Part D, Medicaid, and TRICARE, the health program for uniformed service members and their families,the Justice Department announced today.
The agreement resolves allegations arising from a lawsuit brought under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act, which permit private citizens with knowledge of fraud against the government to bring an action on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. The 2008 lawsuit, which was filed by James Garbe in the federal district in Los Angeles and later transferred to the Southern District of Illinois, alleged that Kmart pharmacies offered discounted generic drug prices to cash-paying customers through various club programs but knowingly failed to disclose those prices when reporting to federal health programs its usual and customary prices, which are typically used by those programs to establish reimbursement rates.
NIPM-QCDR deadline extended - Sign up by January 5

There is still time to avoid the 4% Medicare reimbursement penalty from your CMS MACRA MIPS Reporting for 2017.
1. Sign up to report via the NIPM-QCDR, and then complete the NIPM-QCDR contract and forms by January 5*
2. Log onto the web-based system and report on one quality measure or clinical practice improvement activity by February 15

3. The ASIPP NIPM-QCDR team will submit the information to CMS on your behalf in March, ahead of CMS' March 31 submission deadline
Visit to get started.
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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