American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | February 21, 2018
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The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its 20th Annual Meeting March 15-17, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at Marriott Orlando World Center.

  •   Multiple topics covering Interventional Pain Management
  • 70+ physician speakers discussing over 125 interventional pain management topics and conducting numerous panel discussions
  • 8 keynote speakers enlightening attendees
  • "Excellence in IPM: Education, Research, and Advocacy"
  • 100+ exhibitors showcasing new IPM products and services
  • A luxurious stay in the stylish rooms and many amenities of Marriott Orlando World Center

Thursday General Session:
Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Today, Tomorrow, and Future of Pain Management
Evidence Synthesis in IPM: Evolution of EBM or Death of Expertise and Truth

Friday General Session:
State of Health Care in the US: Past, Present, and Future
Health Care Advocacy: ASIPP Involvement with Grass Roots Advocacy Find everything you need for a successful stay.
Health Care Reform: A View from Washington

Multiple breakout sessions including: Abstract and Posters; Regenerative Medicine; Resident/Fellows; Compliance, Billing and Coding; and various sessions on interventional techniques
Essentials of Interventional Techniques in Managing Chronic Pain
Available for Order!
  • Comprehensive textbook of interventional techniques in managing chronic pain

  • Covers spinal interventional techniques, peripheral nerve blocks, sympathetic interventional techniques, soft tissue and joint injections and implantables

  • Step-by-step guidance backed up by the latest evidence

This comprehensive review covers the full and latest array of interventional techniques for managing chronic pain. Chapters are grouped by specific treatment modalities that include spinal interventional techniques, nonspinal and peripheral nerve blocks, sympathetic interventional techniques, soft tissue and joint injections, and implantables. Practical step-by-step and evidence-based guidance is given to each approach in order to improve the clinician's understanding. Innovative and timely, Essentials of Interventional Techniques in Managing Chronic Pain is a critical resource for anesthesiologists, neurologists, and rehabilitation and pain physicians.
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Pending State Medical Boards Group Report on Stem Cell Clinics Could be Game Changer
We have a big problem with clinics in the U.S. selling unproven and non-FDA approved stem cell “treatments” to patients and part of the reason in my view why we have this mess today with upwards of 700 such businesses from coast to coast is that regulators including both the FDA and state medical boards haven’t realized the scope of the clinic industry and/or taken proportionate action accordingly. There are signs that this lack of the needed scope of regulatory oversight may be changing for the better at the federal level (we’ll see how that plays out with the FDA), but will state medical boards step up to the plate to tackle this problem that poses serious risks to patients?
I’m more hopeful at this point.
One potentially encouraging development is that the Federal of State Medical Boards (FSMB) formed a working group to develop a report on stem cells and regenerative medicine including the problem of direct-to-consumer clinics. This group, called the “Workgroup to Study Regenerative and Stem Cell Therapy Practices” is due to issue a final report in May. The big questions are (1) whether this report will be bold enough considering the magnitude of the problem and (2) even if the report is appropriately strong, will the medical boards actually take concrete actions on the ground to rein in risky clinics and the care providers at them?
Fatal fentanyl overdose caused by Kansas doctor, suit says. This is his third suit
Bobby Ray Jordan didn’t know that his wife’s 2014 death might have been caused by a legal prescription medication until law enforcement agents came around last year asking questions about Overland Park doctor Steven Simon, according to a new lawsuit.
The coroner’s report had suggested she overdosed on illegal drugs, but after talking to the agents Jordan learned that it might have been Subsys, an opioid-based fentanyl spray produced by a pharmaceutical company that was paying Simon hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees to promote it.
SAVE THE DATE! 3 Exciting Meeting Options: Phoenix May 4-5, 2018
Policy Experts Question 13 Pain Advocacy Groups' Legitimacy Due To Opioid Industry Funding
The future of a number of pain patient advocacy organizations and professional societies may be on shaky ground following the Tuesday (Feb. 13) release of a damning report that revealed 13 of these groups -- along with a non-patient-focused organization, the Washington Legal Foundation -- received nearly $9 million in funding over a five-year period from major opioid manufacturers. Additionally, several high-level individuals within those organizations received payments from the opioid industry. The report asserts -- as do the policy experts -- that there is a link between corporate donations and the advancement of opioid-friendly messaging.
Experts told Inside Health Policy the report's findings -- published by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee minority staff and ranking Democrat Claire McCaskill (MO) -- raise questions about some of the organizations' legitimacy and may lead to some shutting down while also forcing the legitimate organizations involved to rethink funding sources. Some of the groups cited in the report defended their policy agendas, telling IHP the funding had no affect on their advocacy efforts.

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When Healthcare Providers Consolidate, Medical Bills Rise
What happens to your medical bills if your doctor’s practice merges with another or is acquired by a local hospital?
In theory, this could drive down prices. After all, overhead might be lower if these groups consolidate, say, billing or records departments. Or the now-larger group might be able to negotiate lower prices on medical supplies.
But that is not what is actually happening, according to new research from the Kellogg School. Instead, prices have climbed as more and more healthcare providers have gained market power through mergers and acquisitions. And not much can be done about this.
Click HERE to view February issue of IPM Reports

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

Click HERE to submit
All Your MIPS Questions Answered — Sort Of
Still in the works: Determining real-time eligibility
WASHINGTON -- Physicians who are anxious about year 2 of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) got some relief from a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) official, but some of the agency's answers were still pretty fuzzy.
"We'd like to get to a place where we can determine real-time eligibility, but we're not there yet," said Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, director and chief medical officer for the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at CMS, at the American Medical Association National Advocacy Conference here.
January/February 2018 Journal Now Posted

January/February 2018 Issue Features
Health Policy Review
  • Buprenorphine Formulations
Systematic Reviews
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Middle Cervical Sympathetic Ganglion
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia Therapies
Randomized Trials
  • Pulsed Radiofrequency Improves Neuropathic Pain in Chronic Constriction Injury
  • Ultrasound-Guided Genicular Nerve Block for Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Reducing Radiation Exposure in Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid
  • Cerebral Blood Flow and Heart Rate Variability in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Intradiscal Ozone-Oxygen Injection in Patients with Low Back Pain

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Billing, Insurance Send Administrative Costs Soaring (JAMA)
Administrative costs associated with billing and insurance were high, a new study found.
The study, appearing in  JAMA, found that at one academic health center the estimated cost of physician billing after a primary care visit was roughly $20 and took 13 minutes -- the least expensive of the five types of patient encounters assessed. The most expensive was billing and insurance-related activities following an inpatient surgical procedure, which cost around $215 and took around 100 minutes.
Gabapentin abuse spikes in Kentucky, often found in overdose deaths
A non-opioid medication commonly prescribed for nerve pain and seizures is often found in the bodies of people who die of drug overdose in Kentucky.
Gabapentin, which is sold under the Neurontin brand name, was found in the toxicology screens of more than one-third of drug overdose victims in Kentucky during 2015-16. In the last quarter of 2017, gabapentin was the second most common prescribed state controlled substance in Kentucky at 25 percent. Hydrocodone was the first at 29 percent.
Health-Care Deals: An Offer They Can’t Refuse
The health-care industry is in the throes of a major shake-up. That creates a situation in which companies face a greater risk by standing pat than possibly overpaying for an acquisition. Inc.,  AMZN 1.28%  Berkshire Hathaway and  JPMorgan Chase  announced last month that they would  start their own nonprofit company aimed at lowering medical costs for their employees. Separately,  The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon has designs on expanding its hospital-supplier business.

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State Society News 
June 9-10, 2018
Midwest Societies of Interventional Pain Management Meeting
State Societies from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Iowa .
Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago

April 18-22, 2018
GSIPP 2018 Annual Meeting
Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

July 19-22, 2018
FSIPP 2018 Annual Meeting, Conference, and Trade Show
Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
One South County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480

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