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American Pain Society Seeks OK to Call It Quits
Broaches possible Chapter 7 dissolution

The  American Pain Society  may soon vote itself out of existence, blaming soaring legal costs to fight litigation that alleges the organization, along with medical associations,  acted as "front groups" for opioid drug makers  that gave them financial support.

"It is with heavy hearts that we write to inform you that it is the recommendation of the Board of Directors that [[the] American Pain Society (APS) cease its business operations," said an  email the board sent to the society's membership.

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Healthcare Professionals Almost Equally Divided on Medicare for All, Poll Shows

As Congress  holds hearings  on the Medicare for All Act introduced in the House in March, a  Medscape  poll  finds that healthcare professionals are roughly equally divided on the subject.
Fewer than half of the 1306 physicians, nurses/advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), pharmacists, and those who work in health business/administration who responded to the poll, which was first published on March 6, say the United States should move to a Medicare-for-All system.

The bill seeks to replace private insurance with a federally financed healthcare system that would be phased in over 2 years. Benefits would include coverage for women's reproductive care, prescription drugs, mental health and  substance abuse  services, dental and vision care, and hospital and outpatient services.

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How Not to Run a Pain Clinic
Attorney takes us on an inspection

Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in 2016, 1  the medical and health policy communities have largely embraced its recommendations. A majority of state Medicaid agencies reported having implemented the guideline in fee-for-service programs by 2018, and several states passed legislation to increase access to nonopioid pain treatments. 2  Although outpatient opioid prescribing had been declining since 2012, accelerated decreases — including in high-risk prescribing — followed the guideline’s release. 2,3  Indeed, guideline uptake has been rapid.

Difficulties faced by clinicians in prescribing opioids safely and effectively, growing awareness of opioid-associated risks, and a public health imperative to address opioid overdose underscored the need for guidance and probably facilitated uptake. Furthermore, the guideline was rated as high quality by the ECRI Guidelines Trust Scorecard. In addition, the CDC (including the authors of this Perspective, who were also authors of the Guideline) engaged clinicians, health systems leaders, payers, and other decision makers in discussions of the guideline’s intent and provided clinical tools, including a mobile application and training, to facilitate appropriate implementation.

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White House runs into health-care industry hostility as it plans executive order
President Trump is preparing to issue an executive order to foster greater price transparency across a broad swath of the health-care industry as consumer concerns about medical costs emerge as a major issue in the lead up to next year’s presidential election.

The most far-reaching element favored by the White House aides developing the order would require insurers and hospitals to disclose for the first time the discounted rates they negotiate for services, according to health-care lobbyists and policy experts familiar with the deliberations.
The idea has stirred such intense industry opposition, however, that it may be dropped from the final version, the sources said.

Centene nabbed lower WellCare price thanks to market downturn

A downturn in the market during the fourth quarter of 2018 helped Centene score a better price for WellCare Health Plans, a purchase the companies expect to close in the first half of 2020.
The deal price fluctuated widely over the seven months of negotiations, reaching as high as $380 per share, consisting of as much as 55% cash with the rest being shares of Centene common stock, according to the companies' joint proxy statement filed last week.

By the time  the companies reached a merger agreement  in late March, Centene and WellCare had settled on a lower final price that valued WellCare at about $312 per share and consisted of less cash. The price, which will continue to fluctuate with the market, is made up of $120 in cash and 3.38 Centene shares for each WellCare share. It reflects a premium of about 35% to WellCare's closing price on March 26, the day the two companies signed the merger agreement.

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

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Pain Physician
May/June 2019 Issue Features

The May/June issue of Pain Physician features guidelines for sedation and fasting in patients undergoing IPM procedures as well as several systematic reviews, randomized trials and original research.

Alan D. Kaye, MD, PhD, Mark R. Jones, MD, Omar Viswanath, MD, Kenneth D. Candido, MD, Mark V. Boswell, MD, PhD, Amol Soin, MD, Mahendra Sanapati, MD, Michael E. Harned, MD, Thomas T. Simopoulos, MD, Sudhir Diwan, MD, Sheri L. Albers, DO, Sukdeb Datta, MD, Frank J.E. Falco, MD, and Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD

Systematic Reviews
Chia-Shiang Lin, MD, Ying-Chun Lin, MD, Hsuan-Chih Lao, MD, and Chien-Chuan Chen, MD

Yola Moride, PhD, Danae Lemieux-Uresandi, Msc, Genaro Castillon, MD, Cristiano Soares de Moura, PhD, BPharm, Louise Pilote, MD, PhD, Mareva Faure, MSc, Sasha Bernartsky, MD, PhD

Shu-Wei Yeh, MD, Chien-Hsiung Hong, MD, Ming-Chieh Shih, MD, Ka-Wai Tam, MD, PhD, Yao-Hsien Huang, MD, and Yi-Chun Kuan, MD

CDC Provides Clarification of Opioid Prescribing Guideline

HealthDay News — Implementation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  opioid prescribing  recommendations should be consistent with the guideline’s intent, according to a perspective piece published online April 24 in the  New England Journal of Medicine .

Noting that some policies and practices purportedly derived from the 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain have been inconsistent with its recommendations, Deborah Dowell, M.D., M.P.H., from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues provide clarification of the guidelines.

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Reading Visit Notes May Improve Medication Management
Patients say note reading helps them understand why meds are prescribed, makes them feel in control

Reading clinical notes can help patients to understand why medications are prescribed and improves medication adherence for some patients, according to a brief research report published online May 28 in the  Annals of Internal Medicine .

Catherine M. DesRoches, Dr.P.H., from Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and colleagues conducted an online survey of patients who participated in the original OpenNotes pilot. Patients were provided with online access to clinical notes; eligible patients had logged into the portal at least once in the previous 12 months.

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

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

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