American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | February 1, 2017
American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | March 1, 2017
You are not going to want to miss this year's meeting!  

ASIPP is proud to announce that Mayor Rudolph "Rudy" Giuliani  will be addressing the attendees of  the 2017 ASIPP Annual Meeting to be held April 20- 22, 2017 in Las Vegas. Mayor Giuliani will be one of our keynote speakers on Saturday, August 22, 2017 at Caesar's Palace in Vegas.  

Other prestigious guest speakers lined up for this year's meeting include:  
  • Chairman Greg Walden: Changes in Health Care Policies, Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Congressman Ed Whitfield: ASIPP is Moving Forward, Long-time friend of ASIPP and recently retired Congressman for Kentucky
  • Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP - Keynote Speaker: Delivering Humanistic Care in the Era of High Tech and Lean Resources Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA Abraham Verghese is a physician-author, Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University Medical School and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine.   
  • Robert Wachter, MD: The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA Dr. Robert Wachter is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He was named one of the 50 most influential physicians in the U.S. for each of the past 7 years.  
  • Robert Laszewski: US Health Care: Present Status and Future Directions for Independent Physician President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates, LLC. Robert Laszewski is a frequent speaker at ASIPP events. He is the president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, Inc. (HPSA), a policy and marketplace consulting firm dealing with health policy and market change.  
  • Richard North, MD: Evolving Concepts of Neuromoducation: Past, Present and Future  President, the Neuromodulation Foundation, Inc. Dr. Richard North has directed the Neurosurgery Spine Service for 16 years at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has received The American Academy of Pain Medicine's Founder's Award, and the North American Neuromodulation Society's Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of implanted electrical stimulation devices.
  • Philippe Hernigou, MD - Keynote Speaker: Innovations in Stem Cell Therapy for Musculoskeletal Injuries Chief of Surgery & Professor of Hospital Henri Mondor, University, Paris. Dr. Hernigou served as a Member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of Stemedica Cell Technologies, Inc. He has used autologous bone marrow concentrate (BMC) to treat orthopedic pathologies since 1990.
  • Laxmaiah Manchikanti: Evolution or Innovation: Current Perspectives and Future Strategies, Chairman of the Board and CEO, ASIPP

In addition, ASIPP will be offering multiple afternoon breakout sessions includes sections on:

  • Compliance Billing and Coding
  • Responsible Controlled Substance Prescribing
  • Endoscopic Decompression
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Practce Management
  • Ambulatory Surgery Center Payment Systems
  • Emerging Concepts in IPM
  • Abstract Session
  • Current and Future Concepts in IPM


- Selected manuscripts will be presented in electronic poster presentation.
- 25 will be published in Pain Physician. 
- Top 10 will be selected for abstract presentation at meeting.
- Top 3 will receive cash prizes.



ASIPP Releases Opioid Guidelines for Responsible, Safe, Effective, and Approach to Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain

The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) is releasing revised recommendations that are responsible, safe, effective, and provide a balanced approach to prescribing opioids for chronic non-cancer pain in order to curtail opioid abuse and at the same time maintain access to the medically needed use of prescription pain medications.

These guidelines are featured in a special issue of Pain Physician journal set to be released on March 1, 2017.   (Available online today at

The guidelines recommend that opioids be prescribed only after extensive assessment with proper monitoring in only patients with persistent pain in minimally effective doses. This is the latest update since 2013 and includes some of the recommendations from the recently released CDC guidelines.

These guidelines come at a time that we are experiencing an explosive increase in opioid-related deaths, which can be traced to the use of other opioids, specifically heroin and illicit synthetic fentanyl as highlighted nationwide. More recently, an explosive increase in opioid-related deaths can be traced to the use of other opioids, specifically heroin and illicit synthetic fentanyl as highlighted in multiple states. As an example, fentanyl-related deaths spiked to 139 between 2015 and 2016.

The ASIPP opioid guidelines also take into consideration public opinion, wherein a significant proportion of physicians and patients (92%) believe that opioids reduce pain and a smaller proportion (57%) report a better quality of life. 

A multidisciplinary, diverse panel consisting of 60 specialists from across the nation worked to prepare these guidelines, focusing on the means to reduce the abuse and diversion of opioids without jeopardizing access for those patients suffering from non-cancer pain who have an appropriate medical indication for opioid use.

Click HERE to read guidelines

Trump Sketches ACA Replacement Plan in Speech to Congress

WASHINGTON -- President Trump, during a speech to lawmakers on Tuesday evening, presented a broad outline of how the Affordable Care Act should be replaced -- incorporating many of the reform ideas traditionally offered by Republicans.

"Obamacare is collapsing -- and we must act decisively to protect all Americans," he told a joint session of Congress. "Action is not a choice -- it is a necessity 

MedPage Today

Customer-friendly Obamacare fixes: Column

Health insurance reform can and should be fixed.

Obamacare is an overregulated monster of an insurance marketplace reform that violates a basic marketplace rule ­­­­–– it doesn't meet most customers' needs because of its individual mandate and penalties, its limited choices, high deductibles, still high premiums and narrow provider networks.

But there are many parts of it that should be kept and built upon. 

USA Today

Rethink 'repeal and replace': Column

The Republicans seem determined to "repeal and replace"Obamacare. They simply cannot bring themselves to consider fixing what they have come to revile.

Being against the president's namesake legislation has been a big winner in at least two out of the past three elections. But now that Republicans are in charge of the Congress, just attacking Obamacare won't work. They have to put something on the table.

However, they need to come up with something better. An effort to repeal and replace Obamacare would be a huge political mistake. There is no issue that presents a worse political minefield than health care. Each and every potential reform means somebody will be losing something and will be very motivated to stop it. 

USA Today

February Podcast Available

This month’s ASIPP Podcast features an extended news segment as we report on pain-related news stories of interest to interventional pain management physicians.


Facing Criticism, Drug Makers Keep Lid On Price Increases  

Facing mounting criticism about prices, drug companies put some limits on their increases this year.
Prescription-drug makers traditionally raise list prices in January. This year, they didn’t raise prices for as many drugs as last year and imposed fewer boosts of 10% or greater, according to an analysis by the investment firm Raymond James & Associates.

About 5.5% of the increases reached the 10% level. A year ago, 15% did, and two years ago, 20% did.    

Majority of Patients Concerned With Health Information Theft  

HealthDay News -- Forty-four percent of US adults are worried about having their personal health care information stolen, according to findings from the Xerox eHealth Survey published in  HIT Consultant.1

Noting that in 2016, more than one data breach was reported each day, the Xerox survey polled more than 3,000 US adults aged 18 years and older about their perceptions in relation to health care information security.    

  FDA Guidance on Medical Product Marketing Communication 

A great deal of material is generated in the marketing of a medical product, for dissemination across an increasingly broad range of media, including written materials, press releases, commercials (television, radio, or online), website content, and social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Messaging through these and other channels may use language in contexts other than the direct prescribing information for a product may inadvertently be misleading, misperceived, or in some way alter specific details from what is listed in the product approval labeling. 

Clinical Pain Advisor

State Society News  

OHSIPP Meeting

August 25-27, 2017

The Ohio Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (OHSIPP) has set the dates for its 2017 meeting.

Dates are Friday Aug 25 thru Sunday Aug 27, 2017.
The meeting will be held in Cincinnati at the Westin Hotel, 21 E 5th St , at Fountain Square .

Contact Michelle Byers for more information


FSIPP Meeting

August 27 - 30, 2017

The Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (FSIPP) has set the dates for its 2017 meeting

Dates are April 27-30, 2107

The meeting will be held in Orlando, FL at the Orlando World Center Marriott  

Click Here for more information and to make reservation

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