Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed named
Editor in Chief of Interventional Pain Management Reports
Interventional Pain Management will experience a “changing of the guard” today. Dr. Kenneth Candido, who has been editor-in-chief for IPM Reports since it’s inception in 2017 will be stepping down to devote more time to his busy teaching and traveling schedule. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed has accepted the position as the new editor-in-chief. 

Dr. Abd-Elsayed will assume the duties of Editor in Chief of Interventional Pain Management Reports beginning today, Jan. 1, 2020. Dr. Abd-Elsayed is Medical Director of the Chronic Pain Medicine Department and the UW Pain Clinic at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. He completed is fellowship in Pain Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. He was named to the list of Leading Physicians of the World and America’s Best Physicians and to America’s Top Doctors.

Dr. Abd-Elsayed has been on the faculty with ASIPP since 2018 and an active reviewer for ASIPP’s Pain Physician journal as well as for IPM Reports.He has served as both Editor and Reviewer for dozens of journals.

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 is an open access journal, available online with free full manuscripts.
Congratulations to Dr. Abd-Elsayed and best wishes in your endeavors to Dr. Candido.
The ASIPP ® 2020 Annual Meeting will be held
April 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas
This will be the 22nd annual meeting for ASIPP ® and is being held in conjunction with the Texas Pain Society . The Annual Meeting will be tailored to physicians, mid-level providers, and staff. Registration is now open.You can register in several ways. By phone contact Cindy at 270-554-9412. Online click here . In addition, the Exhibitor Prospectus is available to prospective sponsors and vendors. Click here to access the Exhibitor Prospectus.

Reserve your hotel room at discounted rates. The ASIPP ® meeting room block is now open for reservations. You may book online or by phone. Discounted rates include date of March 31-April 5 and will be available until March 17. Reserve by phone: 1-877-803-7534. Use the Group Discount Code: G-SIPP. Click h e re to reserve your room online.

If you have questions about the room block or the meeting, contact Karen Avery at / 270-554-9412 x 4210
Study finds opioid deaths are mostly accidental
PORTLAND, Ore. — Newly released data shows nearly all deaths from opioids are accidental.

The analysis, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, puts a number on the death toll.
It said more than 47,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2017, but in roughly nine out of every 10 cases, it was an accident. Just 4% of cases were from suicide. That’s a much lower intentional rate than seen in previous studies.

The author of the study said establishing a death as a suicide can be difficult because medical examiners have a tough time figuring out a person’s intent.

12 Million Americans Drove While Stoned Last Year
  Millions of Americans, teens and young adults in particular, are driving while high on pot and other illegal drugs, U.S. health officials report.

According to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12 million drivers aged 16 and older said they had driven while stoned in 2018, and more than 2 million said they drove after using other illicit drugs.

In the same year, nearly 21 million Americans drove drunk. Although that's nearly double those driving under the influence of marijuana and other drugs, driving while stoned is becoming an ever-increasing concern, the researchers noted.
Registration Open for ‘Truths and Myths of Stem Cell Therapy’ Webinar
Sairam Atluri, MD provides clarity on misconceptions about stem cells.
  1. Are stem cells the future or just a fad?
  2. Are they really a breakthrough to treat pain?
  3. Is FDA compliance mandatory?
  4. Do bone marrow stem cells work in the elderly or do we have to use perinatal stem cells?
  5. Do stem cells regenerate bones and cartilage?
  6. What about Exosomes?
  7. Is bone marrow aspiration is painful?
  8. Do we need to concentrate the bone marrow?
  9. How to get the best results with stem cell therapy
  10. Are stem cells opioid sparing?
Title: Truths and Myths of Stem Cell Therapy
Date: Wed, Jan 15, 2020
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm EST
Fee: $175
Presenter: Dr. Sairam Atluri , Medical Director, Interventional Spine Specialists
Top 10 healthcare finance stories of 2019
Physician specialties that generate the most revenue for hospitals, CMS payment rules and hospital closures were among the healthcare finance topics that piqued the interest of readers this year.

Here are the 10 most popular finance stories published by Becker's Hospital Review in 2019:

The amount of revenue physicians generate for hospitals is typically considerably more than their annual salaries, according to a survey by physician staffing firm Merritt Hawkins.

More than half of 147 CFOs surveyed by Deloitte believe the U.S. will be in a recession by the end of 2020. What would a recession mean for healthcare? We looked back to the effects of the 2008-09 recession.

Firefly Value Partners Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager Ryan Heslop is bearish on Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems. Mr. Heslop, who was one of several hedge fund managers to present May 6 at the Ira Sohn Investment Conference in New York, announced a short position in CHS during the conference. He said CHS will likely go bankrupt over the next few years due to rising debt costs and dwindling revenue per hospital bed.
What Familiar Tune Helps Hand Hygiene?
The 24-hour news cycle is just as important to medicine as it is to politics, finance, or sports. At MedPage Today, new information is posted daily, but keeping up can be a challenge. As an aid for our readers and for a little amusement, here is a 10-question quiz based on the news of the week. Topics include handwashing tips, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for STIs, and a recent FDA approval. After taking the quiz, scroll down in your browser window to find the correct answers and explanations, as well as links to the original articles.
1. Which tune was found to be a good mnemonic for hand washing in a recent study?

  • Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)

  • Stayin’ Alive (The Bee Gees)

  • Flight of the Bumblebee

  • Brother John a.k.a. Frére Jacque

2. The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its autism spectrum disorder guidelines this week for the first time since 2007. Which of the following were recommended?

  • Screen early

  • Involve the family in treatment

  • Pay attention for common comorbidities

  • All of the above
ABIPP Recognizes Your Knowledge and Expertise

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 .
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  • Competency Exam in Controlled Substance Management
  • Competency Exam in Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management
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  • Regenerative Medicine Competency Exam
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Hot Peppers May Be the Spice of (Long) Life and Healthy Heart
Benefits independent of the Mediterranean diet, researchers say
Eating more chili peppers is linked to lower risk of dying, researchers found in a Mediterranean cohort study.

People who ate chili peppers regularly had less mortality over a median 8.2 years compared to peers who didn't eat them or only rarely did so. This was observed after adjustment for age, sex, and caloric intake:

  • All-cause mortality: HR 0.77 (95% CI 0.66-0.90)
  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality: HR 0.66 (95% CI 0.50-0.86)
  • Ischemic heart disease mortality: HR 0.56 (95% CI 0.35-0.87)
  • Cerebrovascular death: HR 0.39 (95% 0.20-0.75)
Essentials of Regenerative Medicine in
Interventional Pain Management
Essentials of Regenerative Medicine in Interventional Pain Management is a book to bring concise, collective, and comprehensive information to interventional pain physicians practicing regenerative medicine in managing chronic pain. Regenerative medicine is an integral part of interventional pain management within the definitions of interventional pain management and interventional techniques.

Each chapter contains an introduction of the subject, historical context,pathophysiology, applicability of regenerative medicine with its evidence base, indications, anatomy, technical aspects, complications, and precautions for each topic when available and applicable. This comprehensive book consists of 35 chapters, more than 350 figures, and 50 tables.
Essentials of Regenerative Medicine in Interventional Pain Management
Submit Your Abstract To The ASIPP ® 2020 Annual Meeting Abstract/Poster Presentation

The 2020 Annual Meeting Abstract Submission form is now available! Abstracts must be submitted by February 17, 2020.
Final CMS Payment Rules for Interventional Pain Physicians In-Office, ASC, and HOPD Settings
ASIPP ® and SIPMS will be sending comment letters to CMS. CMS released all 3 payment rules on November 1, 2019.
Links to Payment rates for major IPM codes:

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana and Illicit Drugs Among Persons Aged ≥16 Years — United States, 2018

What is already known about this topic?

The use and co-use of alcohol and drugs has been associated with impairment of psychomotor and cognitive functions while driving.

What is added by this report?

During 2018, approximately 12 million (4.7%) U.S. residents aged ≥16 years reported driving under the influence of marijuana, and 2.3 million (0.9%) reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs other than marijuana during the past 12 months.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Development, evaluation, and further implementation of strategies to prevent alcohol-, drug-, and polysubstance-impaired driving coupled with standardized testing of impaired drivers and drivers involved in fatal crashes could advance understanding of drug- and polysubstance-impaired driving and assist states and communities with prevention efforts.
Pain Physician November/December
2019 Articles Available Online Now
The November/December issue of Pain Physician features a Health Policy article on the changes in utilization of interventional techniques in the Medicare population, a look at opioid prescribing in Switzerland, and opioid prescribing training in fellowship programs in the US, as well as several systematic reviews, randomized trials and original research.

Update on Reversal and Decline of Growth of Utilization of
Interventional Techniques In Managing Chronic Pain in the
Medicare Population from 2000 to 2018
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD; Mahendra Sanapati, MD; Vidyasagar Pampati, MS; Mark V. Boswell, MD, PhD; Alan D. Kaye, MD, PhD; Joshua A. Hirsch, MD


Opioid Prescription in Switzerland:
Appropriate Comedication use in Cancer and Noncancer Pain
Maria M. Wertli, MD, PhD; Ulrike Held, PhD; Andri Signorell, MSC; Johann Steurer, MD; Eva Blozik, MD; Jakob M. Burgstaller, MD, PhD

What are Future Pain Physicians Learning? A Survey of
Opioid Prescribing Practices Among US Pain Fellowship Programs
Ferdinand Iannaccone, DO; Peter Nielson, MD; Hazeez Adigun, MD; Andrew Kaufman, MD
Buttigieg and Biden Spend What They Would Gain Repealing the Republican Tax Cuts on Health Care

Shouldn't any gain from repealing the Republican tax cuts on the wealthiest go toward fixing the debt and deficit problems these tax cuts have contributed to?

Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg both rely on repealing some of the Trump tax cuts––particularly those for the "rich"––to pay for their  very similar and incremental health care plans  that rely upon making a government-run public option available to consumers.

On one level that notion can be attractive to Democratic voters turned off by the 2017 Republican tax cuts.

But when those tax cuts were passed, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated those cuts would add $1.6 trillion over ten years to the deficit. The Democrats were apoplectic over the Republican irresponsibility of it all.
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.  

So submit today your:
  • Case Reports
  • Technical Reports
  • Editorials
  • Short Perspectives
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