American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | March 13, 2019
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

July 13
July 13-14
July 14
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
Practice Management

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

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The cut-off date for our room block with discounted rates is on June 10, 2019 or until sold out, whichever occurs first.
ASIPP Liability Insurance Program - with average premium reductions of 35%  

The ASIPP malpractice insurance program is up and running. Practices who have signed up are realizing tremendous savings - some as high as 60K per year. The program is specifically tailored to interventional pain management and works with multiple top rated carriers to secure the best rate and coverage.
ABIPP practices will be eligible for additional discounts off the ASIPP rate. The program along with the insurance carrier will be offering additional education and risk management programs specific to interventional pain management.
To proceed with this further and obtain the best rates possible please reach out to the insurance program broker & administrator.
Tom Wierzbowski
Willow Risk Advisors
 Ph –  267-448-5091 (Direct Line)
 Cell –  267-884-2729
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

Pulsed Radiofrequency of Axillary, Suprascapular Nerves May Be Effective
Pulsed radiofrequency targeting the axillary and suprascapular nerves under ultrasound guidance may alleviate chronic shoulder pain effectively , according to a study published in Pain Medicine.
Shoulder pain is a common complaint, leading to frequent referrals for pain management. Pulsed radiofrequency on the axillary and suprascapular nerves has been suggested as a therapeutic strategy for the management of shoulder pain, with ultrasound guidance facilitating selective targeting and more accurate needle placement, while minimizing physician and patient exposure to radiation.

Are Perceptions of Educational Articles Affected by Financial Conflict of Interest Statements?

Physicians’ perceptions of educational articles were not influenced by financial conflict of interest (COI) statements, according to a study published in BMJ Open.
This randomized, controlled trial was designed to investigate how COI statements affect perceptions of educational articles in a random sample of physicians in the United Kingdom (N=749). Four permutations of 2 clinical reviews (1 on dyspepsia and 1 on gout) were created; the articles varied only in in terms of COI statement.

NSAID Allergy May Increase Risk for Opioid Use Disorder

Patients with low back pain or osteoarthritis who reported adverse drug reactions to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have significantly higher odds of receiving prescriptions for opioids and developing opioid use disorder compared with patients without adverse reactions to NSAIDs, according to research presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting, held February 22-25, in San Francisco, California.
The use of NSAIDs as first-line treatment for chronic pain is advised to reduce the quantity and length of opioid prescriptions, which are associated with opioid use disorder and increased risk of overdose. This retrospective study of patients with low back pain or osteoarthritis being treated by the Partners HealthCare System from January 2008 to December 2017 was designed to assess the underexplored relationships between reported adverse reactions to NSAIDs, analgesic utilization patterns, and opioid use disorder.

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

Hospitals, Insurers Set to Resist Price Transparency Proposal

Hospitals and insurers are gearing up to battle  a Trump administration plan  that could require the public disclosure of negotiated prices for medical services, part of an effort to lower U.S. health-care costs.
Patient advocates have largely cheered the idea, saying consumers should be able to price shop before they pick a doctor or undergo treatment. But industry groups are attacking the administration’s legal authority to mandate price disclosure, which could upend hospitals’ negotiations with insurers, and are criticizing any requirement as too complex to implement.
They also say such a move would force them to disclose prices that would be of little use to consumers, who just want to know what they need to pay out of their pockets, not the full price of the service.

Opioid Prescriptions Higher in Rural Areas

Between 2014 and 2017, a higher percentage of patients who were prescribed an opioid analgesic resided in rural vs urban areas, although reductions in opioid prescribing were observed in all geographic areas following the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain released in March 2016. This is according to an analysis of patient opioid prescription data from a national electronic health record vendor published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Researchers retrospectively analyzed de-identified prescription data from primary health care providers (n=31,422) serving approximately 17 million patients. Data were obtained from the Athenahealth electronic health record system. The patient-level data were aggregated from January 2014 to March 2017. Period-specific percentage of patients with opioid prescriptions and of annual rate of increase or decrease in prescribing rates were calculated. In the final analysis, data from a total of 128,194,491 patient-weeks were included.

Kansas doctor gets life in prison for selling opioids that led to patient's death

A doctor in Kansas was sentenced to life in prison Friday for distributing prescription drugs that resulted in the death of a patient, federal officials said.
Wichita doctor Steven R. Henson, 57, was convicted in October after dozens of charges, including conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs outside the course of medical practice, presenting false patient records to investigators and money laundering, according to the Department of Justice .
Henson postdated prescriptions and wrote them without a medical need or legitimate exam in return for cash, federal officials said. In some instances, he prescribed opioid medications in dangerous amounts.


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.

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Laser Spine Institute abruptly shuts down, leaving hundreds without jobs

Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute has announced it is shutting down, leaving hundreds of employees without jobs.
The company made the announcement Friday that it will cease operations effective immediately, citing financial troubles.
Shock-waves rippled through the corporate headquarters after the company announced it was laying off its entire workforce of more than 500 people.
The closure affects workers at the company's surgical center in Tampa as well as other locations in Ohio, Arizona and Missouri.

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.

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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