American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | May 30, 2018
ASIPP Offers 3 Courses June 29 to July 1 in Orlando

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June 29 - July 1 | Orlando, Florida

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.

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 x217 or by email at

HOTEL: Reservation Group Call-In Center
Toll Free: 1.866.360.7395
Local: 407.503.9276
Fax: 407.503.9208

HOTEL: Reservation Group Call-In Center
Toll Free: 1.866.360.7395
Local: 407.503.9276
Fax: 407.503.9208
Introducing Advanced Neuromodulation Course!
This one day didactic and one day cadaver lab will be offered at three levels:
Neuromodulation (Advanced)
Plus Basic and Intermediate Interventional Techniques.

Attendance in the Neuromodulation Level is limited to 2 stations with just 4 physicians at each station.

The Neuromoducaiton Advanced Course will include the following procedures:
1. Spinal cord stimulator trial – Conventional leads
2. Spinal cord stimulator trial – Newer leads
3. Spinal cord stimulator implant
4. Spinal cord stimulator and DRG implant
5. Intrathecal Infusion System
6. Peripheral Nerve Stimulation 

HOTEL: Reservation Group Call-In Center
Toll Free: 1.866.360.7395
Local: 407.503.9276
Fax: 407.503.9208
How Blockchain Could Help Lower Health Costs

In the continuing push for affordable health care, one of the biggest stumbling blocks is still the confused and error-filled manner in which electronic data is shared among doctors, insurers, hospitals and patients.
One solution could be blockchain technology.
In the current tangle of incompatible records systems that typifies U.S. health care, incorrect information can creep in when patient data gets re-entered multiple times by doctors’ offices, insurers and hospital staff. Big errors can seriously affect the quality of care that patients receive, small discrepancies can result in wrongful denials of insurance coverage, and errors of all types add to the system’s cost.

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NIH study explains why opioid therapy may not always work well for chronic pain

Researchers have shown that pain-induced changes in the rat brain’s opioid receptor system may explain the limited effectiveness of opioid therapy in chronic pain and may play a role in the depression that often accompanies it. These findings clearly show the impact of chronic pain on the brain and its relation to depression. The study, conducted by scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and colleagues from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, was published in the journal Pain.
“We know that people with chronic pain have reduced availability of opioid receptors — the molecules opioid drugs bind to — in the brain,” said Mark Pitcher, Ph.D., visiting fellow in the Division of Intramural Research at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and one of the authors of the study. “What we haven’t known ― until now ― is why. Are there preexisting brain differences that might predispose some people to develop chronic pain? Or might chronic pain cause these differences? Our findings suggest that chronic pain itself is responsible.”


Midwest SIPP Meeting June 9-10 in Chicago

We ​would ​like ​to ​take ​this ​opportunity ​to ​welcome ​you ​to ​an ​exciting ​new ​Interventional ​Pain ​Meeting, ​the ​First ​Annual ​Midwest ​SIPP ​Meeting. ​Midwest ​SIPP ​is ​in ​collaboration ​with ​Illinois, ​Indiana, ​Kentucky, ​Michigan, ​Missouri, ​Wisconsin, ​and ​Iowa ​Societies ​of ​Interventional ​Pain ​Physicians. ​This ​meeting ​will ​invite ​participation ​from ​physicians ​from ​all ​of ​these ​states, ​plus, ​academic ​and ​private ​practice ​physicians ​from ​across ​the ​United ​States. 

We ​hope ​to ​foster ​a ​collegial ​environment ​where ​all ​the ​practicing ​fellowships ​can ​interact ​and ​share ​ideas ​with ​other ​academic ​and ​private ​physicians. ​The ​first ​meeting ​will ​take ​place ​in ​Chicago, ​Illinois, ​June ​9-10, ​2018. ​Our ​goal ​is ​to ​present ​cutting ​edge, ​information ​to ​practitioners ​of ​all ​levels ​and ​provide ​a ​forum ​to ​interact ​and ​discuss ​evidence ​based ​medicine ​to ​improve ​the ​quality ​of ​care ​and ​access ​to ​care ​for ​patients. ​There ​will ​be ​many ​opportunities ​for ​you ​to ​network ​with ​colleagues ​from ​across ​the ​Midwest ​and ​the ​United ​States, ​and ​attend ​educational ​sessions ​to ​expand ​your ​knowledge ​on ​current ​available ​treatment ​options ​to ​patients ​and ​practitioners. 

The courses are intended to present interventional pain management specialists, nurses, and other healthcare providers an in-depth review of multiple areas of interventional pain management.

Discuss established and evolving concepts in interventional pain management: • Interventional Techniques • Regenerative Medicine • Spinal Cord Stimulation • Spinal Endoscopic Decompression • Minimally Invasive Interventional Therapies • Coding, Billing, and Compliance • Managing Burnout • Discuss Present and Future Healthcare Environment

Participants in the MidWest SIPP Conference will learn to operate comprehensive interventional pain care centers more efficiently, so that patients will receive the best care available. They should leave with greater knowledge of interventional pain management as it applies to their patients and practice.

The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
909 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Click HERE to Register!
Supervised Injection Sites Hailed as the Latest Strategy to Fight the Opioid Crisis

As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities around the country, a new strategy is coming to the United States, even though it is currently against the law.
Supervised injection sites are spaces overseen by medical staff, where people have access to clean injection equipment when using drugs. Trained healthcare professionals at these sites provide visitors with treatment information, counseling, and access to medical care. Under federal law, however, these sites are considered illegal.

The Role of Hospitality in Medicine: Learnings from a Restauranteur

One of the cornerstones of practicing medicine is paying attention to the needs of the patient. Medical assistants, EMTs, RNs and any number of professions have been taught from day one that healthcare is a service. While this is true, I would argue that we should be looking at the medical profession as one of hospitality and not just service. 
Service is what we do for the patient. Our services include fixing fractures, diagnosing illness and managing chronic disease. Where we need more focus is in hospitality – the empathy of the situation, the ability to influence a perception or frame of reference in a positive manner, the ability to do things that are not driven by our egos but for the patient and their families. 

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

Essentials of Interventional Techniques in Managing Chronic Pain Available for Order!
  • Comprehensive textbook of interventional techniques in managing chronic pain
  • Covers spinal interventional techniques, peripheral nerve blocks, sympathetic interventional techniques, soft tissue and joint injections and implantables
  • Step-by-step guidance backed up by the latest evidence

This comprehensive review covers the full and latest array of interventional techniques for managing chronic pain. Chapters are grouped by specific treatment modalities that include spinal interventional techniques, nonspinal and peripheral nerve blocks, sympathetic interventional techniques, soft tissue and joint injections, and implantables. Practical step-by-step and evidence-based guidance is given to each approach in order to improve the clinician's understanding. Innovative and timely, Essentials of Interventional Techniques in Managing Chronic Pain is a critical resource for anesthesiologists, neurologists, and rehabilitation and pain physicians.

May/June 2018 Issue Features

Systematic Reviews
  • Role of Unilateral Balloon Kyphoplasty for OVCSF
Comprehensive Review
  • Patters, Changes, and Trends in Prescription Opioid Dispensing in Canada
  • Stem Cells for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis
Randomized Trials
  • Effect of Different Volumes on Pain Relief in Patients Receiving Fluoroscopic Guided Interlaminar Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Noninferiority Trial Comparing Upper and Lower One-Third Joint Approaches for SI Join Injections
  • Efficacy and Safety of Bone-filling Mesh Container and Simple Percutaneous Balloon Kyphoplasty


Pain physician admits to collecting $470k in illegal kickbacks: 6 details
Michael Frey, MD, a former physician at Fort Myers, Fla.-based Advanced Pain Management & Spine Specialists admitted to defrauding Medicare and Tricare,  News Press reports.
Here's what you should know.
1. Dr. Frey pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud May 18. Investigators said he collected more than $470,000 for prescribing specific equipment and pain medications between 2010 and 2016.
2. Dr. Frey paid medical supplier A&G Spinal Solutions $50,000 to add his wife to their payroll and give her 10 percent of profits from equipment referrals he made to them, according to investigators.

Doctor Convicted in $8.9 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
A federal jury found a physician guilty 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, not actually provided or, in some cases, were provided by the defendant, who was not a licensed physician during the conspiracy. 
Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan 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.
Millicent Traylor, 47, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks in connection with Medicare beneficiaries, and five counts of health care fraud following a four-day trial. Sentencing has been scheduled for Sept. 27, before U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland of the Eastern District of Michigan, who presided over the trial. 


Drug Maker Pfizer Agrees to Pay $23.85 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Liability for Paying Kickbacks
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer, Inc. (Pfizer), based in New York, NY, has agreed to pay $23.85 million to resolve claims that it used a foundation as a conduit to pay the copays of Medicare patients taking three Pfizer drugs, in violation of the False Claims Act, the Justice Department announced today.  
When a Medicare beneficiary obtains a prescription drug covered by Medicare Part B or Part D, the beneficiary may be required to make a partial payment, which may take the form of a copayment, coinsurance, or deductible (collectively copays). Congress included copay requirements in the Medicare program, in part, to encourage market forces to serve as a check on health care costs, including the prices that pharmaceutical manufacturers can demand for their drugs. Under the Anti-Kickback Statute, a pharmaceutical company is prohibited from offering, directly or indirectly, any remuneration—which includes paying patients’ copay obligations—to induce Medicare patients to purchase the company’s drugs.   


State Society News 
June 9-10, 2018
Midwest Societies of Interventional Pain Management Meeting
State Societies from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Iowa .
Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
Early registration rates are available through 5/19/18 - REGISTER NOW.
Hotel accommodations are available at the conference facility the Chicago Westin, Michigan Avenue. The link for rooms in the hotel block is available at:   MidWest SIPP hotel reservations

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
Click Here for more information

July 14, 2018
WVSIPP launches Regional Conference Series, WV PainCare
The West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians has created an educational series titled WV PainCare.
Huntington, WV - July 14, 2018
Lewisburg/Beckley, WV - October 20, 2018
Morgantown, WV - December 1, 2018
Click HERE for more information

Aug 17-19, 2018
Ohio and Kentucky SIPP Meeting
Click HERE for more information

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.

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