American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | February 1, 2017
American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | March 15, 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, 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

Let’s Not Let the Republicans Make the Obamacare Replacement Debate About the Congressional Budget Office—Fewer People Will Be Covered and Many Will See Big Cost Increases

From ASIPP Keynote Speaker
Robert Laszewski 

If you carve a huge chunk of revenue out of Obamacare and shift more subsidies to the middle class it should not be a surprise that the lower income folks will pay the price 

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that 14 million of people would lose coverage in 2018, 21 million in 2020, and 24 million in 2026 if the House Republican plan is allowed to significantly amend the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare).

Health Policy and Market
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Seema Verma Confirmed as Head of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

WASHINGTON—Seema Verma, President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee the Medicare and Medicaid programs, won Senate confirmation in a largely party-line vote on Monday, placing an advocate of overhauling Medicaid at the program’s helm.

With Ms. Verma installed in a 55-43 vote, the Trump administration is set to move forward with dismantling parts of the Affordable Care Act through executive action, a strategy Republicans see as a pillar of their plan to overhaul health care.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which Ms. Verma will head, oversees health insurance programs for more than 100 million Americans, but it also runs key parts of the Affordable Care Act.

Ms. Verma, a health policy consultant, made a name for herself as the architect of Indiana’s Medicaid expansion program under then-Gov. Mike Pence, which that state administered through a federal waiver. Ms. Verma struck a deal with  the Obama administration allowing Indiana to charge enrollees under the expansion monthly premiums. 

Wall Street Journal

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The High Cost of Health Care in America

The United States spends more on health care as a percentage of GDP than other developed countries, but Americans are less healthy. 

America spent more than 17% of its gross domestic product on medical care and drugs in 2014. Yet our life expectancy at birth was only 78.8 years according to the latest data available--lower than most developed countries.

Why does health care cost so much, and why aren’t we healthier? 

Wall Street Journal

FDA Advisory Panel Says Benefits of Painkiller Opana ER No Longer Outweigh Risks

The benefits of an opioid painkiller linked to a 2015 HIV outbreak in Indiana no longer outweigh the risks, a panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded Tuesday.

The FDA asked the experts to review the drug, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Opana ER, after concerns mounted about its safety. The FDA cited particular concerns about the 2015 HIV outbreak in rural Austin, Ind., which was caused by opioid addicts sharing needles while injecting Opana ER.

The panel of advisers voted 18 to 8 that the painkiller’s benefits no longer outweigh its risks, with many saying the drug’s formulation appeared to encourage particularly risky forms of injection drug abuse that can help spread viruses including HIV. 

Wall Street Journal

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  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 

LENGTH: 90 Minutes 

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

CLICK HERE for Registration and other information

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.


After Record Year for Fatal Overdoses, New York City Targets Opioids

New York City will spend $38 million annually to combat an opioid epidemic that killed more than 1,000 New Yorkers last year, city officials said Monday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the initiative, dubbed HealingNYC, would reduce the number of opioid deaths by 35% during the next five years. The funding will support the distribution of 100,000 kits of naloxone, the drug-overdose-reversal drug, to treatment programs, city shelters and pharmacies. All 23,000 New York Police Department patrol officers also will be equipped with the kits.    

Wall Street Journal

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Chemical weapon for sale: A synthetic opioid from China that will kill heroin users

For a few thousand dollars, Chinese companies offer to export a powerful chemical that has been killing unsuspecting drug users and is so lethal that it presents a potential terrorism threat, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The AP identified 12 Chinese businesses that said they would export the chemical — a synthetic opioid known as carfentanil — to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and Australia for as little as $2,750 a kilogram, no questions asked.  


  Burnout Eroding Physicians' Sense of Calling  

HealthDay News — For physicians across specialties, burnout is associated with reduced odds of a sense of calling, according to a study published in the  Mayo Clinic Proceedings.1

Andrew J. Jager, from the American Medical Association in Chicago, and colleagues surveyed US physicians across all specialties to examine the correlation between degree of burnout and physicians' sense of calling. A single-item measure was used to assess professional burnout, while 6 validated true-false items were used to evaluate sense of calling, defined as committing one's life to personally meaningful work that serves a prosocial purpose.    

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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