American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | February 13, 2019
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Abstract Submission Deadline February 18

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

July 13 - July 14 | Memphis, TN
The American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians ( ABIPP ) has developed certification programs that recognize accepted levels of knowledge and expertise in the interventional pain management
profession, with the goal of improved patient care. Hundreds of qualified physicians have made the commitment to become ABIPP certified.

Register before March 30, 2019. Fee only $1,000.

April 1 to May 30, 2019, fee is $2,000

May 1 to May 30, fee is total of $3,000

No registrations after May 30.

ABIPP now offers the only competency certification program for regenerative medicine.
For complete information about the examination requirements and to obtain an application packet, visit or call 270-554-9412 x4217 or by email at

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July 13-14
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ABIPP Competency Exam

July 13
Combined CSM/CCPM Exam for ABIPP Path
July 13
Competency Exam in Controlled Substance Managemen

July 13
Competency Exam in Coding, Compliance, and
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July 13-14
Regenerative Medicine Competency Exam
July 13-14
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HHS proposes free patient access to electronic health data: 7 notes

HHS has proposed giving patients access to their electronic health information at no cost.
Seven things to know:
1. The rules, issued by CMS and ONC, support the MyHealthEData initiative and 21st Century Cures Act.
2. CMS proposed "requirements that Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, Medicare Advantage plans and Qualified Health Plans in the federally facilitated exchanges provide enrollees with immediate electronic access to medical claims and other health information electronically by 2020."
3. CMS proposed these healthcare providers and plans implement open data-sharing technologies to better support patient care transitions.
4. CMS' rule would also require providers or hospitals that participate in "information-blocking" — roughly defined as "practices that unreasonably limit the availability, disclosure, and use of electronic health information that undermine efforts to improve interoperability" — be publicly reported to incentivize providers to openly share data.
5. ONC's proposed rule recommends that the healthcare industry adopt standardized application programming interfaces to help patients more easily access their electronic health information.
6. ONC also proposed to implement information-blocking provisions included in the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes "identifying reasonable and necessary activities that do not constitute information-blocking," such as when the data is insecure, dangerously inaccurate or when releasing it could violate a patient's privacy or lead to harm.
7. "These proposed rules strive to bring the nation's healthcare system one step closer to a point where patients and clinicians have the access they need to all of a patient's health information, helping them in making better choices about care and treatment," HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a news release. "By outlining specific requirements about electronic health information, we will be able to help patients, their caregivers and providers securely access and share health information. These steps forward for health IT are essential to building a healthcare system that pays for value rather than procedures, especially through empowering patients as consumers."
For a fact sheet on the CMS proposed rule, click here .
For fact sheets on the ONC proposed rule, click here .
Regenerative Medicine and Antithrombotic Guidelines Now Available

Responsible, Safe, and Effective Use of Biologics in the Management of Low Back Pain: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Guidelines

Responsible, Safe, and Effective Use of Antithrombotics and Anticoagulants in Patients Undergoing Interventional Techniques: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Guidelines

Partners experiences technical issues, including EHR downtime

Boston-based Partners HealthCare has regained access to its EHR platform that was down for several hours Feb. 11, according to The Boston Globe .
In a series of tweets early in the morning, Partners said it was experiencing "technical issues with some clinical and administrative information systems, including Partners eCare." Partners eCare is the health system's EHR system network launched in 2012 in partnership with Epic.
Per the tweets, Partners noted that some nonurgent procedures may be rescheduled or delayed.
A Partners spokesperson told the Globe that emergency medical procedures were not affected.

Identifying Ways to Increase Trust in the Patient-Physician Relationship

Patient-physician relationships  have been unintentionally deprioritized in current clinical practice. In turn, trust between physicians and patients is at risk, which may likewise increase patient vulnerability and reduce physicians' perception of effective patient management, according to a viewpoint article published in  JAMA .
Physician behavior is described as a critical component in improving trust, particularly if physicians consistently display empathy and honesty during care. Communication, knowledge of the patient, and the perception of the interpersonal relationship all play a role in trust.

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

Pain Physician
January/February 2019 Issue Features

Sjors H. Wagemakers, MD, Joanne M. van der Velden, MD, PhD, A. Sophie Gerlich, MD, Alinde W. Hindriks-Keegstra, MD, Jacqueline F.M. van Dijk, PhD, and Joost J.C. Verhoeff, MD, PhD.
Cui Zhiyong, MD, Tian Yun, MD, Feng Hui, MD, Yang Zhongwei, MD, and Liu Zhaorui, MD.

Zung Vu Tran, PhD, Anna Ivashchenko, MPH, and Logan Brooks, BA.
Peng-Fei Wu, BD, Ya-Wei Li, MD, Bing Wang, MD, Bin Jiang, BD, Zhi-Ming Tu, BD, and Guo-Hua Lv, MD.

Parisa Nejati, MD, Afsaneh Safarcherati, MD, and Farshid Karimi, MD.

Does Opioid Tapering in Chronic Pain Result in Controlled Pain at Taper Completion?

Opioid tapering may result in an alleviation of  chronic pain , but this notion is based on low-level evidence, according to a systematic review published in  Pain Medicine .
For this systematic review, a total of 20 studies — published in Embase, Medline, Psychological Abstracts, PsycINFO, CINAHL, Science Citation Index, or the National Library of Medicine Physician Data Query database — in which the effects of opioid tapering were examined in alleviating pain in patients with chronic pain (n=2109) were examined. All studies had a type 3 or 4 level of evidence (ie, studies were not controlled) and reported pain levels before and after taper.

Hospital Prices Outgrew Physician Prices in 2007-2014
But American Hospital Association points to more recent figures showing markedly slower growth

Price growth in hospital-based procedures has been primarily driven by the facility side rather than the physician side, according to a  study  in  Health Affairs .
From 2007 to 2014, hospital prices for inpatient services grew by 42% while physician prices grew by 18%. Over the same period of time, hospital prices for outpatient services grew by 25% and physician prices grew by only 6%.
For four hospital-based procedures, ranging from cesarean section to knee replacement, the hospital component of the total price was between 64% and 84%, according to the study.

Verma: Health IT Industry Needs to Catch Up to CMS
The government is a step ahead in promoting EHR interoperability

ORLANDO -- The federal government has gone ahead of the private sector when it comes to promoting interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs), and now it's up to the private sector to catch up, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Seema Verma said here Tuesday.
"The federal government has already spent $36 billion on interoperability; we've made the investment and it's up to the private sector to take the next step," she said at the  Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society  (HIMSS) annual meeting.

Justice Department Files First of its Kind Action to Stop Tennessee Pharmacies’ Unlawful Dispensing of Opioids
The Justice Department announced an action today to stop two pharmacies, their owner, and three pharmacists from dispensing controlled substance medications, including powerful opioids that have been linked to abuse and diversion. The action is part of a coordinated effort by the Department’s Prescription Interdiction & Litigation (PIL)  Task Force  to deploy all available criminal, civil, and regulatory tools to reverse the tide of opioid overdoses in the United States. Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt for the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee, D. Christopher Evans, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Louisville Field Division, and Derrick L. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General made the announcement. 
In a civil complaint unsealed today in the Middle District of Tennessee, the United States alleges that Celina, Tennessee, pharmacies, Oakley Pharmacy, Inc., d/b/a Dale Hollow Pharmacy (Dale Hollow) and Xpress Pharmacy of Clay County (Xpress), the pharmacies’ owner, Thomas Weir, and pharmacists John Polston, Michael Griffith, and Larry Larkin were dispensing, and billing Medicare for, prescriptions in violation of the Controlled Substances Act and the False Claims Act. According to the United States’ complaint, the defendants’ unlawful dispensing of opioids has been tied to the deaths of at least two people and numerous others have been treated at hospitals for serious overdoses within a short time of obtaining controlled substances from the pharmacies.


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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