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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | July 31, 2019
Join the AMA to help us keep our seat in the House of Delegates

The American Medical Association (AMA) requires all societies to requalify for membership in the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) every five years. In order for ASIPP to retain our seat, the AMA requires that 20% of ASIPP’s physician members also be members of the AMA. Unfortunately, ASIPP is at risk of losing representation in the AMA because we have fallen below the 20% membership minimum threshold.

Membership in the AMA gives us a voice in shaping policy that affects our practice and patients.
We encourage you to join or renew your membership in the AMA. Joining the AMA will further strengthen our specialty’s representation at the national level through the AMA House of Delegates, the AMA’s policymaking body, and strengthen our ability to meet the challenges in health care today with thoughtful, well-organized responses.

We strongly encourage you to join the AMA today to help us keep our seat at the table. Right now, you can become a member and pay only half the dues.

The stronger our membership, the more we can advance issues that are important to our specialty including improving the Medicare Quality Payment Program, reducing administrative burdens and ensuring accurate coding and reimbursement of our services.

Thank you for supporting ASIPP!

Click HERE to join today and pay only half price! 
Register Today for the Ohio-Kentucky Annual Meeting and Tickets for REDS/CUBS Baseball Outing
The Ohio and Kentucky Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians have planned a great agenda over 2.5 days on August 9-11. The meeting is designated for 17.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
After a day of learning, we will go to the Great American Baseball Park near The Westin to watch the Cincinnati Reds-Chicago Cubs game Saturday evening. It’s sure to be lots of fun and a great matchup.

Tickets are just $83 and may be purchased when you register for the meeting. If you have already registered and would like to purchase tickets, email your order to kavery@asipp.org .
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2019 ASIPP Washington Legislative Meeting and Capitol Hill visits set for October 15-16, 2019  
Now is our chance!
Let your voices be heard!  
At no other time in the history of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians has it been more important for you, as members, to get involved in our advocacy efforts. Despite o ur ongoing, tireless efforts, with some improvements, our specialty continues to be affected by coverage and reimbursement issues. These issues continue to hurt more than just our bottom lines; some practices and surgery centers have been forced to close their doors or sell to others.
Our legislative issues include:
  •  Non-coverage by Medicare Advantage
  •  Dual eligibility with Medicaid not paying 20%
  •  Centene acquisition of Well Care
  •  Onerous audits and investigations
  • Incorporation of best practices in Pain Management
  • Support for preauthorization for Medicare Advantage
  • Support for H.R.3107 - Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (preauthorization bill)

We have scheduled a legislative conference for October 15-16, 2019. To participate in this conference, you must to be in Washington DC on Tuesday, October 15 in order to attend the preparation session Tuesday evening. Then, on Wednesday, October 16, we will head to Capitol Hill for breakfast and congressional speeches. You will be able to fly out late on Wednesday evening. Please do not plan on leaving before 6 pm.  
Each member is expected to visit two senators and one member of Congress for a total of three visits.  
ASIPP has booked a block of rooms at the beautiful Melrose Georgetown Hotel, less than a mile from the Hill. You will be responsible for travel expenses.  Please let us know as soon as possible if you will be attending so that we can begin making the appointments. Please bring your family, friends and employees.
It will be fun! If you have never participated before, just ask those who have. Not only is this a necessary and important meeting, but it is also an exciting and fun experience.
Please contact Melinda Martin, ASIPP Director of Operations, at mmartin@asipp.org if you are interested in attending.
Opioid makers say there’s no proof they are responsible for the epidemic’s harms
Major opioid manufacturers have asked a judge to throw out the first test case of whether they must pay for the nation’s drug crisis , arguing that two Ohio counties cannot prove the drug companies’ actions were responsible for overdose deaths or other harms, newly unsealed court documents show.
Lawyers for Purdue Pharma, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and other drug companies contend that Cuyahoga and Summit counties cannot sufficiently connect the tens of billions of legal painkillers the companies produced to fatalities and addiction. Nor can the counties show that drug company sales calls caused doctors to overprescribe the medications, they said.

Book Your Room at The Peabody Memphis for September Midsouth Meeting by Aug. 19
The first meeting of the Midsouth Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians will be September 20-22 in Memphis. IPM: Issues, Pitfalls and Opportunities is for physicians and midlevel practitioners for the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
The discounted room rate at The Peabody ends Aug. 19 and space is limited. Reserve your room today!

Click here for meeting registration and hotel booking information. 

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Consumers Will Be Able to Pay for Doctor Visits on Their Phones, Via Anthem

Health insurers are racing to roll out new digital tools that give them a deeper role in health care, aiming to reduce costs and improve convenience for consumers.
The latest sign is a new app from  Anthem  Inc.  ANTM 0.44%  that is set to be introduced next week in one state, but later reach the big insurer’s full geographic territory. The app will let consumers, including those who don’t have its insurance, schedule and pay for medical visits through their smartphones, as well as learn potential diagnoses and text with doctors.
Companies including  UnitedHealth Group  Inc.,  CVS Health  Corp. and Cigna  Corp. are all competing to introduce offerings that they hope will smooth  the fragmented experience  of getting and paying for health care. Often, such tools can also serve to steer consumers’ decisions about their care in ways that reduce costs.

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June 13 - June 14, 2020 | 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.
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 www.abipp.org or call 270-554-9412 x4217 or by email at summer@asipp.org.
June 13
ABIPP Part I  
Combined CSM/CCPM Exam for ABIPP Path
Competency Exam in Controlled Substance Management
Competency Exam in Coding, Compliance, and
Practice Management

June 13-14
Regenerative Medicine Competency Exam
Endoscopic Lumbar Decompression Competency Exam

June 14
ABIPP Competency Exam

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2020 Medicare Fee Schedule Wins Praise, Brickbats
WASHINGTON -- The proposed rule for 2020 Medicare payment rates for U.S. physicians garnered mixed reactions from stakeholders.
Taking into account certain budget neutrality adjustments in relative value units (RVUs) as required by law, the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule released Monday establishes a conversion factor of $36.09, up $0.05 from 2019, for an overall increase of 0.14%.

The proposed rule aims to give clinicians' more time with their patients by scrapping unnecessary measures and shrinking their paperwork burden, explained Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in a press release .

Three drugmakers settle with California over deals to keep generic medications off the market
Two pharmaceutical companies will pay the state of California a total of nearly $70 million to settle allegations that they violated antitrust laws by making agreements to delay generic drugs from entering the market, according to the California attorney general’s office.
A third company will be subject to an injunction as part of the settlement.
Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. illegally maintained a monopoly over sales of narcolepsy drug Provigil by entering “pay-for-delay” agreements to keep a generic version off the market for almost six years, Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra’s office said in a statement Monday.
Pay-for-delay agreements — under which the maker of a brand-name drug pays other drugmakers to refrain from producing a generic version after the drug’s patent expires — are not on their face illegal, but they can be used in ways that violate antitrust law. Regulators have said such deals also keep drug prices high.
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

NY Board Announces Public Comment Period for Additional Medical Treatment Guidelines

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board proposes to adopt Medical Treatment Guidelines for:
  •       Hip/Groin Injuries
  •       Foot/Ankle Injuries
  •       Elbow Injuries
  •       Occupational Interstitial Lung Disease
These Guidelines will be added to the Board’s existing set of Medical Treatment Guidelines for the treatment of Mid and Low Back Injuries, Neck Injuries, Knee Injuries, Shoulder Injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Non-Acute Pain. Consistent with previous Guidelines, these new Guidelines have been prepared in consultation with the Board’s Medical Advisory Committee.
The proposed Medical Treatment Guidelines are available on the Board’s website. The proposed regulations to support the additional Medical Treatment Guidelines will be published in the State Register on July 31, 2019.
The Board encourages the public, injured workers, employers, self-insured employers, insurance carriers, third-party administrators, attorneys, medical providers, and labor and business organizations to comment on these Guidelines. Please submit your comments on or before September 29, 2019, to regulations@wcb.ny.gov .
2019 MIPS Reporting? Start Now.
MIPS-eligible clinicians must report a full year of data. Don’t fall behind – keep up with NIPM-QCDR.
MIPS 2019 has brought larger payment adjustments and greater reporting requirements, including a 365-day performance period for the Quality and Cost categories. The sooner you start your MIPS reporting for 2019, the better.
Sign up today to use ASIPP’s NIPM-QCDR for MIPS.
This powerful tool makes MIPS reporting easy through the use of our new patient-reported outcomes measures for 2019, which ease the burden on providers and reduces costly EMR integration.

Get started today at ASIPP.ArborMetrix.net

State Society News 

August 9-10, 2019
Ohio and Kentucky Annual Meeting
Westin Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Send in your state society meeting news to Holly Long, hlong@asipp.org
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