American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | May 8, 2019

ASIPP 21 st Annual Meeting Tremendous Success
The ASIPP 21 st Annual Meeting, held May 3-5, 2019 in Las Vegas was a tremendous success! With more than 900 participants attending last week’s Las Vegas meeting, members were both enlightened and educated by the experience.
Highlights of the meeting included many top notch speakers, an awards ceremony, a wide variety of break out sessions, and 70 plus booth in the exhibit hall.

The 2019-2020 Board of Directors was installed during the meeting with Dr. Hans Hansen passing the president’s gavel to Dr. Sudhir Diwan

Distinguished and keynote speakers include: 
Raj-Racz Distinguished Lecture Series
John J. Nance, and Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD ,

Keynote Speakers
Linda Watkins, PhD, Matt Andry, MD, Devi  Nampiaparampil, MD, and Scott Grubman, Esq

Manchikanti Distinguished Lecture Series
Robert Laszewski , and Sanjeeva Gupta, MD

The Awards Ceremony Saturday recognized those who have contributed to the speciality in very meaningful ways. Winners and awards were:

Lifetime Achievement Award:          Standiford Helm, MD, and Andrea Trescot, MD
Racz Excellence Award:               Larry Driver, MD
Raj Excellence Award:                  Miles Day, MD
Manchikanti Excellence Award:       Sairam Atluri, MD
International Award:                        Sanjeeva Gupta, MD
Distinguished Service:                     Sheri Albers, DO,  Sheldon Jordan, MD , Joseph Cabaret, MD,
and Ramarao Pasupuleti, MD
Outstanding Research:                     Ricardo Vallejo, MD, PhD, and  Amol Soin, MD
Rising Star:                                       Michael Lubrano, MD

Outstanding State Society:               FSIPP, NYSIPP, NJSIPP, OHSIPP, WVSIPP, GSIPP       

Outstanding Advocacy:                     Ramsin Benyamin, MD, Dharam Mann, Mahendra Sanapati, MD
Deborah Tracy, MD
Academic Achievement:                   Nick Knezevic, MD, PhD, and Joshua Hirsch, MD
Outstanding Journalism:                    Devi Nampiaparampil, MD
Social Media Champion:                    Hans Hansen, MD
Top Abstracts:

Resident/Fellow section
1 st Mark Jones and Vwaire Orhurhu
2nd Ajex Yang
3 rd Saiyun Hou

Physician section
1st Navdeep Jassal
2 nd Ricardo Vallejo
3 rd Corey Hunger

Make plans right now to attend next year’s meeting in Dallas, Texas!
Meeting dates are April 2-4, 2020.

July 13 - July 14 | Memphis, TN
The American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians ( ABIPP ) has developed certification programs that recognize accepted levels of knowledge and expertise in the interventional pain management
profession, with the goal of improved patient care. Hundreds of qualified physicians have made the commitment to become ABIPP certified.


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May 16 to May 30, fee is total of $3,000

No registrations after May 30.

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For complete information about the examination requirements and to obtain an application packet, visit or call 270-554-9412 x4217 or by email at

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ABIPP Competency Exam

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Combined CSM/CCPM Exam for ABIPP Path
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Competency Exam in Controlled Substance Management

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Competency Exam in Coding, Compliance, and
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Regenerative Medicine Competency Exam
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National Spine & Pain Centers involved in $3.3M settlement over fraud allegations: 3 key details
National Spine and Pain Centers and Physical Medicine Associates will pay the federal government $3.3 million to settle allegations that they illegally billed Medicare and other federal healthcare providers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia .
Three key details:
1. Both organizations operate pain management clinics in northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, Va., and Glen Allen, Va. They are accused of billing for medical services as if they were provided by physicians, when they were actually performed by physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
2. The pain clinics also ordered medically unnecessary urine drug tests and submitted illegal claims for those services, according to federal prosecutors.

Nearly half of physicians think EHRs have decreased quality of care, survey finds

More physicians (44 percent) believe that EHRs have hurt quality of care in their workplace than the 40 percent who said the technology has improved it, according to a recent  Medscape poll released May 1.
Medscape surveyed 273 U.S. clinicians — 207 physicians and 66 nurses and advanced practice registered nurses — for the poll.

A former physician assistant at Physical Medicine Associates filed the lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The whistleblower will be awarded up to 25 percent of the settlement.

 ‘Pill mill’ doctor who lost license three times is sentenced to seven years in prison

A doctor with a history of misconduct who lost his medical license three times was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for running a clinic that prescribed opioids with little evaluation or oversight.
Shriharsh Pole, 65, pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria last year to a drug distribution conspiracy.
“I realize my mistake, and I sincerely apologize for it,” he told U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton. “It was a lack of judgment on my part.”

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Octogenarian Manhattan doctor accused of prescribing 2 million pills gets 20-year prison term for patient’s deadly opioid overdose

There was no sympathy for this drug-dispensing devil.
An octogenarian doctor whose illegal opioid prescriptions killed a 27-year-old patient was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in federal prison for his wanton distribution of the deadly pills — an almost-guaranteed life term for the frail physician.
>Dr. Martin Tesher, 83, of Manhattan, is a pill-pushing animal, said Krystal Benedetto, who found the lifeless body of her brother Nicholas in March 2016.Hes just as bad as a drug dealer on the street," she said after the sentencing. "He's actually worse. The biggest thing is that even after being sentenced, he couldn't look over to us and apologize to me and my mom.

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.  

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Pharmaceutical Company Agrees to Pay $17.5 Million to Resolve Allegations of Kickbacks to Medicare Patients and Physicians

The Justice Department announced today that US WorldMeds LLC (USWM) has agreed to pay $17.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 et seq ., by paying kickbacks to patients and physicians to improperly induce prescriptions of its drugs, Apokyn® and Myobloc®. USWM is a pharmaceutical manufacturer headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. 
“The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that physicians’ and patients’ selection of medications is not influenced by improper financial considerations,” said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. “The nation’s health care programs and taxpayers deserve health care companies that play by the rules, including the Anti-Kickback Statute.”


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Pain Physician
March/April 2019 Issue Features

Systematic Review
Ian D. Coulter, PhD, Cindy Crawford, BA, Howard Vernon, DC. PhD, Eric L. Hurwitz, DC. PhD, Raheleh Khorsan, PhD, Marika Suttorp Booth, MS, and Patricia M. Herman, ND, PhD

Systematic Review
Nitika Sanger, HBSc, Meha Bhatt, MSc, Nikhita Singhal, BHSc, Katherine Ramsden, MD, Natasha Baptist-Mohseni, BSc, Balpreet Panesar, BSc, Hamnah Shahid, BASc, Alannah Hillmer, BSc, Alessia D'Elia, BSc, Candice Luo, BHSc, Victoria Rogers, BSc, Abirami Arunan, HBSc, Lola Baker-Beal, BSc, Sean Haber, BSc, Jihane Henni, BSc, Megan Puckering, BSc, Sunny Sun, BSc, Kim Ng, BSc, Stephanie Sanger, MLIS, Natalia Mouravaska, MD, M. Constantine Samaan, MD, Russell de Souza, ScD, Lehana Thabane, PhD, and Zainab Samaan, PhD

Randomized Trial
Doo-Hwan Kim, MD, Myung-Su Lee, MD, Sookyung Lee, MD, Syn-Hae Yoon, MD, Jin-Woo Shin, MD, PhD, and Seong-Soo Choi, MD, PhD

Randomized Controlled Trial
Neerja Bharti, MD, John Sujith, MD, Navneet Singla, Mch, Nidhi B. Panda, MD, and Indu Bala, MD.

HHS announces final rule requiring drug pricing to be included on television advertising

The Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a final rule requiring drug manufacturers to include their list price in television advertisements for prescription pharmaceuticals covered by Medicare or Medicaid. The rule is expected to appear in the Federal Register later this week and the compliance date will be 60 days from date of that publication. The new rule (42 CFR § 403.1202) requires that advertisements for Medicare or Medicaid covered prescription drugs or biological products on television (including broadcast, cable, streaming, and satellite) contain a statement indicating the Wholesale Acquisition Cost (referred to as WAC or the list price) for a typical 30-day regimen or for a typical course of treatment, whichever is most appropriate if such a 30 day supply costs more than $35. Please see the following links to view the final rule, an HHS press release and an HHS fact sheet about the new rule. 
Click here to view the final rule .
Click here to view the press release .
Click here for a fact sheet about the final rule. 

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

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