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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | July 10, 2019
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.
 
Get Your Best Room Rate Now for Ohio Kentucky Societies Annual Meeting

During this 2.5 course August 9-11 at the Westin Cincinnati, interventional pain physicians and staff will hear from Dayton, Ohio public health officials about how their efforts helped to greatly reduce opioid deaths. Come for the education. Come for the networking. Come for the fun.
 
After a day of lectures on Saturday, we will enjoy a summer night of baseball in the Ohio-Kentucky SIPP suite at the Great American Ballpark watching the Cincinnati Reds/Chicago Cubs game. To enjoy the comradery you must purchase your baseball tickets through the meeting registration form. Click here to register and to purchase your Reds/Cubs tickets.
 
To reserve your hotel accommodations , click here . Discounted Room Rates End July 12.
 
We are also accepting abstracts for the poster presentations. To submit proposals, click here .
Register Now for First Midsouth Meeting to be Held September 20-22 in Memphis
 
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, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee.
 
Click here for meeting registration and hotel booking information.  

Agenda coming soon!
Public Disclosure of New Drug and Biologics Application Filing With the FDA

Although current regulations prohibit the public disclosure of pending New Drug Applications (NDAs) or Biologics License Applications (BLAs) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unless they have been publicly disclosed or acknowledged previously, investigators found that most information treated as confidential with regard to applications was already available to the public, and most of these disclosures occurred within one week of applications being submitted, according to a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
This letter discussed a cross-sectional study of all BLAs for new and biosimilar biological products and NDAs for new molecular entities that were submitted to the FDA from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2016, with data collected in July 2017. Primary outcomes included application disclosures in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, press releases, and other media. If disclosures were not found, investigators performed Google searches for disclosures in other media, such as annual reports or investor materials. Investigators also searched Pharmaprojects, a subscription-based drug development database, as part of the determination of the percentage of submissions disclosed, although this was not considered a public disclosure. 



Permanent injunction on clinic firm US Stem Cell is big blow to fat clinics

Today the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida entered a permanent injunction against stem cell clinic firm US Stem Cell and co-defendants including U.S. Stem Cell Clinic. Patients have been harmed by the unproven treatments sold by these firms.
US Stem had lost the case a couple weeks back, but now we know the details of the permanent injunction on them by Judge Ursula Ungaro.
The order against US Stem, which is likely to be appealed, is appropriately strict in my first quick read through. I’d be curious of other’s views of it. Update: Here’s the FDA’s PR on the injunction.


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

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

Do You Want to Be Right or Happy?
Letting go will enhance your work

Whether we're talking about patient interactions, staff communication, or losing battles with our physician colleagues, we've all been there. You know what I mean. Patients who have high expectations, poor compliance, and negative attitudes. Staff who shirk their duties or do the bare minimum or fail to do the (to us) obvious. Physician colleagues who express resentment, distrust, or anger at something -- making us feel attacked, whether it's about our office schedule, our vacation request, or our accounts receivable.
You likely have heard of the studies and sometimes comedians' jokes about the key to a happy relationship or successful marriage. Are you ready? Decide if you want to be "happy" or if you want to be "right." We can take this concept one giant step further by looking at business relationships with our patients, staff, or colleagues.


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.

Guidelines
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


Anger Inhibition Alters Pain Modulation

Milwaukee—Patients with high anger inhibition were just as likely as those with low anger inhibition to decrease and increase their pain through emotions, according to a poster presentation at the American Pain Society 2019 Scientific Meeting .
“However, persons with low trait anger inhibition—a tendency to inhibit anger—displayed the ability to decrease pain through distraction, whereas persons with high trait anger inhibition—a greater tendency to inhibit anger—failed to decrease pain through distraction,” said primary author Tyler Toledo, BA, who is pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. “These findings suggest that cognitive resource deficits in individuals with high anger inhibition may contribute to increased pain risk. That is, individuals that have a greater tendency to inhibit their anger may have problems inhibiting pain.”
The study is part of a larger study that investigated mechanisms of pain disparities between Native American and non-Hispanic white patients.
“I am interested in the ways that individuals engage in self-regulatory

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 karrie@theassociationcompany.com or Tara Morrison at tara@theassociationcompany.com 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

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