American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | May 16, 2018

ASIPP Offers 3 Courses June 29 to July 1 in Orlando
Only Chance this Year for Board Examinations!

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

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What's in Trump's 'American Patients First' Plan?

The two-phase blueprint includes actions Trump 'may direct HHS to take immediately' and other items under consideration for the future.
White House officials  unveiled on Friday the broad contours of a plan to counteract rising prescription drug prices.
The 44-page document, titled " American Patients First," includes a three-page outline of the Trump administration's two-phase blueprint.
The first phase involves actions the president "may direct HHS to take immediately," and the second involves additional items under active HHS consideration, for which the department is soliciting feedback, the document states.
Those two phases are reflected in each of the four key strategies the plan proposes to undertake: improved competition, better negotiation, incentives for lower list prices, and lowering out-of-pocket costs.

Study upends conventional view of opioid mechanism of action
NIH-funded scientists find new molecular target for developing safer pain medications.

A new discovery shows that opioids used to treat pain, such as morphine and oxycodone, produce their effects by binding to receptors inside neurons, contrary to conventional wisdom that they acted only on the same surface receptors as endogenous opioids, which are produced naturally in the brain. However, when researchers funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) used a novel molecular probe to test that common assumption, they discovered that medically used opioids also bind to receptors that are not a target for the naturally occurring opioids. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health.
This difference between how medically used and naturally made opioids interact with nerve cells may help guide the design of pain relievers that do not produce addiction or other adverse effects produced by morphine and other opioid medicines.

Blog: Responses From Both US Stem Cell & Cell Surgical Network to DOJ Action

I emailed the CSO of US Stem Cell, Kristin Comella, for any reaction to  today’s big news of the DOJ filing suit against two stem cell clinic firms including hers seeking injunctions.
I also emailed the leaders of the other firm, California Stem Cell Treatment Center/Cell Surgical Network. It’s important to include the clinic firms’ perspectives for balance as this story develops.
US Stem Cell’s PR firm and Cell Surgical Network both emailed back.

Original Story:

Health Law Is Back as Campaign Issue—This Time for Democrats

MINNEAPOLIS—Republicans have often won support in recent elections by promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This year, Democrats hope to turn the tables by pushing the opposite goal—not just keeping the health law, but expanding government’s role in health care.
The tactic, which carries political risk as well as opportunity, is playing out in places such as Minnesota, a state won narrowly by Hillary Clinton in 2016 that is facing a governor’s race, two Senate contests and five close House races. Democrats need to gain 23 House seats to retake the chamber, so the state is critical.
Nationally, the health-care landscape is unsettled in the aftermath of the  failed GOP push to repeal the ACA. Democrats acknowledge the law has problems but want to repair and expand it; Republicans are still pushing to dismantle it. Adding to this volatile mix, insurance premiums are set to be announced shortly before the November election.

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6 states sue maker of OxyContin as they battle expenses, human costs of opioid crisis

AUSTIN — Attorneys general in six states filed  lawsuits Tuesday against the maker of OxyContinand other pain medicines, for what the Texas attorney general called misleading marketing tactics that are fueling the nation's opioid epidemic.
Texas' lawsuit accuses Purdue Pharma, the privately held manufacterer of OxyContin, of violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by aggressively selling its products "when it knew their drugs were potentially dangerous and that its use had a high likelihood of leading to addiction," state Attorney General Ken Paxton said at a news conference here.

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
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Chicago, IL 60611

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Get Docs Out of Drug-Buying Business, HHS Chief Urges

WASHINGTON -- Doctors should get out of the business of making money off of providing prescription drugs to Medicare beneficiaries, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday.
Currently, physicians who administer drugs paid for under Medicare Part B -- which covers drugs administered in the physician's office -- pay for the drug themselves up front and then are reimbursed at the average sales price plus a 6% markup. This system "gets into the notion of physicians or facilities making money off the arbitrage between acquisition price and reimbursement," Azar explained at a briefing with reporters following a speech he gave on President Trump's plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

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

Tranquilmoney Reports: $125B in Rejected Insurance Claims Challenging Private Practices

U.S. doctors leave approximately $125 billion uncollected each year due to poor billing practices, serving as a reminder that providing optimal patient care is only one of the big factors in becoming successful in the industry.1 Another major factor is medical practice management, which should ensure that the practice is fiscally sound – but has traditionally been a pain point for physicians. According to Dr. Karun Philip,  Tranquilmoney President and Co-founder, there are alternatives to help the physician’s office stay ahead of the curve regarding billing and collections.
Per Philip, there are two main reasons that doctors’ offices don’t always get properly reimbursed: (1) insufficient office staff that are adequately trained on how to complete the forms accurately, checking diagnostic codes, making sure everything is complete, etc.; and (2) the constantly changing landscape of rules and regulations governing what the insurance company and public payers will pay for.
When examining the issue of inadequate trained office staff further, one finds that up to 80% of medical bills contain errors.2 Insurance companies are very strict on correct  medical billingand coding practices, so that the smallest mistake can result in a rejected claim. Kaiser Health Care estimated in 2010 that $68 billion in lost healthcare revenue could be attributed to fraud and medical billing mistakes.3 Billing errors can cause a doctor’s office to have to wait several months or more before receiving payment for their services, if they get paid at all.

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.

March/April 2018 Issue Features

Systematic Reviews
  • Discography in Chronic Spinal Pain
  • Neuropathic Pain in Acute and Subacute Neuropathies
  • Vitamin D Supplementation for Low Back Pain
Comprehensive Review
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain: A Review
Randomized Trials
  • Fluoroscopic Guided Radiofrequency of Genicular Nerves
  • Effects of a Sustained Release Formulation of Sodium Nitrite on Patients with Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Pulsed Radiofrequency in an Animal Model of Neuropathic Pain
  • Pulsed Radiofrequency Treatment for Chronic Post-Surgical Orchialgia

South Texas Doctor Charged with $240 Million Health Care Fraud and International Money Laundering Scheme
Allegedly Administered Chemotherapy and Other Toxic Medications to Patients Based on False Diagnosis

A physician based in the McAllen, Texas area was charged in an indictment unsealed today for his role in a $240 million health care fraud and international money laundering scheme.  
Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ryan J. Patrick of the Southern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge C.J. Porter of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Dallas Region and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI’s San Antonio Field Office made the announcement. 
Jorge Zamora-Quezada, 61, of Mission, Texas, was charged in a seven-count indictment filed in the Southern District of Texas. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, five counts of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Zamora-Quezada had his initial court appearance earlier today. His detention hearing is tomorrow, May 15, at 2 p.m. CDT before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby in the McAllen Division of the Southern District of Texas.


Ohio Hospital Operator Agrees to Pay United States $14.25 Million to Settle Alleged False Claims Act Violations Arising From Improper Payments to Physicians
WASHINGTON – Mercy Health, a nonprofit organization based in Cincinnati that operates healthcare facilities in Ohio and Kentucky, has agreed to pay the United States $14,250,000 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians, the Justice Department announced today.  
The settlement announced today resolved allegations that Mercy Health provided compensation to six employed physicians – one oncologist and five internal medicine physicians – that exceeded the fair market value of their services. Federal law restricts the financial relationships that hospitals may have with doctors who refer patients to them. These issues were self-disclosed to the government by Mercy Health.  


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

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