November 13, 2019
Registration Now Open For 22nd Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX

The ASIPP 2020 Meeting April 2-4 will be in downtown Dallas at the Hyatt Regency. This will be the 22nd annual meeting for ASIPP and is being held in conjunction with the Texas Pain Society.
Registration is now open. In addition, the Exhibitor Prospectus is available to prospective sponsors and vendors.

Click Here for Exhibitor Prospectus.

Reserve Your Hotel Now for ASIPP 2020 Meeting in Dallas

The meeting will be in downtown Dallas at the Hyatt Regency. The room block is now open for reservations. You may book online or by phone. Discounted rates end after March 17.

Reserve by Phone
Group Discount Code: G-SIPP

Reserve Online
Click here to reserve your room.

If you have questions about the room block or the meeting, contact Karen Avery at / 270-554-9412 x 4210
Final CMS Payment Rules for Interventional Pain Physicians In-Office, ASC, and HOPD Settings
CMS released all 3 payment rules on November 1, 2019.

Here are the links Payment rates for major IPM codes :
Physician Fee Schedule:
ASC Fee Schedule:
HOPD Fee Schedule:
The following is important information on the newly released 2020 final payment rules. ASIPP and SIPMS will be sending comment letters to CMS. You may also send comment letters to them on these payment rules no later than 5 p.m. EST on December 2, 2019.
Pain Physician
September/October 2019 Issue Features
The September/October issue of Pain Physician features a cost utility analysis of cervical interlaminar epidural injections as well as several systematic reviews, randomized trials and original research.
Cost Utility Analysis
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Vidyasagar Pampati, MSc, Allan Parr, III, MS, Maanasa V. Manchikanti, Mahendra R. Sanapati, MD, Alan D. Kaye, MD, PhD, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD.

Narrative Review
Inna Blyakhman, MSc, and Krishnan Chakravarthy, MD, PhD.

Comprehensive Review
Ajay B. Antony, MD, Anthony J. Mazzola, MD, Gurpreet S. Dhaliwal, MD, and Corey W. Hunter, MD.

Narrative Review
Gabriel Fregoso, MD, Annie Wang, MD, Kelly Tseng, MD, and Jingping Wang, MD, PhD.

Retrospective Review
Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD, Nicholas Lee, ., Kevin Neal, MD, and Michael Burchell, MD.
June 27 - June 28, 2020 | 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.
ABIPP now offers the only competency certification program for regenerative medicine.
For complete information about the examination requirements and to obtain an application packet, visit or call 270-554-9412 x4217 or by email at
June 27
ABIPP Part I  
Combined CSM/CCPM Exam for ABIPP Path
Competency Exam in Controlled Substance Management
Competency Exam in Coding, Compliance, and
Practice Management
June 27-28
ABIPP Competency Exam
Regenerative Medicine Competency Exam
Endoscopic Lumbar Decompression Competency Exam
939 Ridge Lake Blvd. | Memphis, TN 38120  
Competition between ASCs, physician practices could ramp up: 2 reasons why
ASCs primarily compete with hospitals, but they're facing another layer of competition as more investors enter the space, according to Health Capital Consultants .

ASCs could face more competition from physician practices that perform office-based surgeries and other revenue-producing procedures, HCC's Todd A. Zigrang and Jessica L. Bailey-Wheaton wrote in an October newsletter.

There are two reasons for more competition between these players:
  1. Reimbursement is increasingly based on quality, rather than quantity.
  2. There is increasing integration and affiliation among hospitals, physician practices and other outpatient providers who become affiliated with an ACO.

Join the AMA to help us keep our seat in the House of Delegates
The American Medical Association (AMA) requires all societies to requalify for membership in the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) every five years. In order for ASIPP to retain our seat, the AMA requires that 20% of ASIPP’s physician members also be members of the AMA. Unfortunately, ASIPP is at risk of losing representation in the AMA because we have fallen below the 20% membership minimum threshold.
Membership in the AMA gives us a voice in shaping policy that affects our practice and patients.
We encourage you to join or renew your membership in the AMA. Joining the AMA will further strengthen our specialty’s representation at the national level through the AMA House of Delegates, the AMA’s policymaking body, and strengthen our ability to meet the challenges in health care today with thoughtful, well-organized responses.
We strongly encourage you to join the AMA today to help us keep our seat at the table. Right now, you can become a member and pay only half the dues.
The stronger our membership, the more we can advance issues that are important to our specialty including improving the Medicare Quality Payment Program, reducing administrative burdens and ensuring accurate coding and reimbursement of our services.
Thank you for supporting ASIPP!
Click HERE to join today and pay only half price! 

Americans cutting back on monthly expenses to afford healthcare premiums
Open enrollment is just kicking off, and if the results of a new survey are any indication, insured Americans aren't impressed.

HealthPocket, a free information source designed to help consumers find medical coverage, has released results of a pulse survey which found that many Americans are facing rising healthcare costs. In fact, more than 40% of those surveyed have found it difficult to pay their monthly insurance premium.
The survey also found that another 41% are feeling pressure to cut back on other monthly expenses to afford their monthly premium. Interestingly, nearly 60% of those surveyed are on an employer provided plan.

Americans are also looking to elected officials to bring down costs, as 68% say that providing affordable healthcare should be a political issue. Healthcare is the second most important issue to those surveyed, next to the economy in the upcoming presidential election.

Kratom-Linked Hepatotoxicity on the Rise in the U.S.
Clinicians should be aware that the herbal supplement can cause liver injury, researcher says
BOSTON -- A small, but growing number of cases of liver injury, related to the herbal product kratom, have been observed over the past 2 years, a researcher said here.

Cases of kratom-associated hepatotoxicity had been sporadic until 2017, when there were three cases alone for a total of seven cases since 2007, as well as four more pending from 2018, reported Victor Navarro, MD, of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia.

How Germany Averted An Opioid Crisis

HAMBURG, Germany ― In 2016, 10 times as many Americans as Germans died as a result of drug overdoses, mostly opiates. Three times as many Americans as Germans experienced opioid addiction.
Even as the rates of addiction in the U.S. have risen dramatically in the past decade, Germany’s addiction rates have been flat.

That contrast, experts say , highlights a significant divergence in how the two countries view pain as well as distinct policy approaches to health care and substance abuse treatment.

Unlike in the United States, where these pills are commonly dispensed after surgeries and medical procedures, opioids have never emerged as a front-line medical treatment in Germany.
The 7 greatest challenges of being a doctor today

Times have changed. A century ago, most physicians were challenged by a lack of medical knowledge or innovation in their practice of medicine. Today, we have too much new medical information. In fact, the pool of medical knowledge is expected to double every 73 days by 2020. Compare that with 1950, when it took about 50 years for medical knowledge to double. These days, many of the biggest challenges that physicians face involve technology, policy, and administration. 

Here we explore some of the biggest challenges that physicians face in everyday practice. Unfortunately, some of these would require bigger changes to the healthcare system in order to see any real change. As for the rest, we offer some solutions that may make practicing medicine just a little bit easier.

Prior authorizations
Oh, the purgatory of prior authorization! You went to medical school and completed postgraduate training. Now you have to make a case for your patient to receive necessary treatment.

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

Mind-Body Therapies are Effective at Reducing Pain and Opioid Misuse

The findings of a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggest that mind-body therapies (MBTs) such as meditation, relaxation, and hypnosis are associated with moderate reductions in pain and may moderately mitigate opioid cravings and misuse .

“Mind-body therapies (MBTs) are emerging as potential tools for addressing the opioid crisis,” the researchers wrote in their abstract. “Knowing whether mind-body therapies may benefit patients treated with opioids for acute, procedural, and chronic pain conditions may be useful for prescribers, payers, policy makers, and patients.”

In this systematic review and meta-analysis study, researchers combed MEDLINE, Embase, Emcare, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Cochrane Library databases for randomized clinical trials and systematic reviews from date of database inception to March 2018. Search topics included in this study included pain, analgesia or opioids, as well as mind-body therapies. The researchers also canvassed gray literature,, and relevant bibliographies.

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

Wearable Device Preventing Death From Opioid Overdoses by Triggering Breathing

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently granted Breakthrough Device status to Med-botics, LLC ’s Oxalert Enhanced Pulse Oximeter (EPOTM), a wearable device designed to prevent respiratory arrest and death from an opioid overdose . This is an FDA designation that aims to expedite the development, assessment, and review of medical devices that may be more effective than current options in treating/diagnosing life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating conditions.

What is Oxalert?
Oxalert marks a breakthrough in patient safety, offering an interactive monitor of oxygen levels that is worn on the wrist. The device contains a pulse oximeter and an arousal device that functions to restore conscious control of breathing to save the lives of overly sedated patients.

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