American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | February 1, 2017
American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | March 22, 2017

Today is Final Day to Register at Discounted Prices for the ASIPP® Annual 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, April 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

From ASIPP Keynote Speaker
Robert Laszewski 

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Health Policy and Market/CNBC
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Board Certification Testing Available in June in Orlando, FL 

Make plans now to take one of the following exams during the June 16 – 18th course in Orlando, FL. 

We will be offering the following exams (more details will be available next week)  


Written and Oral Exams will be held on Saturday, June 17. Hand-on lab exam will be Sunday 18th

Chances for 'Repeal and Replace' Bill Improve in House

WASHINGTON -- Sweetening the pot to win over fence-sitters in the GOP, House Republicans issued a letter Monday night suggesting changes to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), as the Affordable Care Act "repeal and replace" bill is known.

Many of the changes in the manager's amendment target the Medicaid program. But other suggestions in the amendment letter would hasten the repeal of the majority of the taxes already slated for repeal in the bill, by one year, from the end of 2018 to 2017. And the amendment letter delays the "Cadillac tax" on high cost plans an additional year, from 2025 to 2026.    

MedPage Today

Dr. Price Brakes Bundled Payments Expansion

Our orthopedic surgeon and Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, M.D., has said he is no fan of bundled payments.

After just taking office in February, he's already putting on the brakes to the payment model with the March 20, 2017 announcement that the expansion of hip and knee replacement bundled payment programs (Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement - CJR) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Innovation Center will be delayed.  


Where Does Teen Opioid Abuse Start

Usually in a doctor's office, survey data suggest

Sean Esteban McCabe, PhD, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues examined data from the Monitoring the Future study, which looks at drug use from a representative sample of U.S. high school seniors from approximately 135 public and private schools.

Among other topics, the study examined national trends in both medical and non-medical prescription opioid use among high school seniors from 1976 to 2015.    

MedPage Today

Incoming Residents Now Allowed to Work 24-Hour Shifts

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Board of Directors has announced that first-year residents will be able to work 24-hour shifts, with an additional 4 hours to manage necessary care transitions. The total number of clinical and educational hours for residents has been set to a maximum of 80 hours per week.

The ACGME Common Program Requirements for the 2017 to 2018 academic year will also include work at home toward the 80-hour work week, and residents must also have 1 day free from clinical experience or education. 

MedPage Today

Registrations will be accepted up to the time of webinar at 11am CST

Join ASIPP for this informative webinar that will not only review the coding and regulatory changes for pain management practices in 2017, but take next steps to evaluate the impact these modifications have had on your billing, documentation and reimbursement.   For instance, if you haven’t changed the way you document moderate sedation, you could be putting your practice at risk.  

There are major alterations in documentation requirements that, if done correctly, may influence your work flow and the time to record these services.   

Verify that the necessary notations have been included in your epidural procedure notes to support the codes you are reporting.  Urine drug testing continues to rank high on all payers’ audit plans so it is crucial that all EMR templates and billing tools have been updated appropriately to meet medical necessity requirements for this controversial controlled substance management tool.


WEBINAR DATE: March 23, 2017 
TIME: 11:00am-12:30pm CST 

SPEAKER: Judith Blaszczyk, RN, CPC, ACS-IPM, ICDCT-CM 

CLICK HERE for Registration and other information

Shorter Pain Medication Attitudes Questionnaire Validated

An abbreviated version of the Pain Medication Attitudes Questionnaire (PMAQ-14) has been developed and tested by a research team led by James Elander, PhD, head of the Centre for Psychological Research at the University of Derby, United Kingdom.1 

Results were reported March 2017 in PAIN. First described in The Journal of Pain in 2006, the original 47-item Pain Medication Attitudes Questionnaire (PMAQ) is composed of 7 scales that measure attitudes and beliefs in patients who use pain medications:  Addiction, Need, Scrutiny, Side Effects, Tolerance, Mistrust of Doctors, and Withdrawal.2 Those 7 domains were selected based on focus groups, expert opinions and a review of the relevant literature on patient concerns and other potential barriers to the appropriate use of analgesics. Specific questions in each scale were developed using input from 220 patients with chronic pain, including their beliefs and concerns about pain medication, and analyzed to determine how their answers correlated with medication use, depression, and disability.    

Clinical Pain Advisor

Opioids Before Surgery Means Higher Costs, More Problems Afterward

Research suggests that patients and physicians should be aware of opioid use before elective operations like hysterectomy and bariatric surgery  

Surgery patients often go home from the hospital with a prescription for painkillers to take as they recover. But a new study suggests that doctors should also focus on patients who were taking such medicines before their operations. People who received prescriptions for opioid painkillers in the months before elective abdominal operations had longer hospital stays, and a higher chance of needing follow-up care in a hospital or rehabilitation facility, than patients who weren’t taking such medications before they had the same operations, the study finds.

The extra care translated into higher costs for their post-surgery care – double or triple the amount, with higher opioid doses associated with higher costs. The results are published in Annals of Surgery by a team from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.  

  Annals of Surgery

  A Prescription Blood Thinner Beat Aspirin at Preventing Recurrence of Blood Clots, Study Finds  

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Long-term use of a blood-thinning drug is more effective than aspirin in preventing a recurrence of potentially life-threatening blood clots in patients at risk, according to a new study.

A blood clot can be life-threatening if it develops in a deep vein or breaks loose and travels to the lung, where it can block the blood supply. As many as 900,000 people are affected by blood clots every year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Wall Street Journal

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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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