ASIPP ® Members and Friends:
We want to thank you for your patience following the announcement of the postponement of the 2020 Annual Meeting due to Covid-19. We are pleased to report that the Dallas Hyatt Regency has been very gracious and has worked quickly with ASIPP ® to secure the same meeting space and same room rate for the new meeting dates.
Friday, Sept. 4 – Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020
We believe this will be a great weekend as it leads up to the Labor Day holiday, and will be a wonderful time to bring your family to experience some Dallas fun and hospitality. We also believe it will be a great weekend to get back on track for your CME credit requirements.

  1. If you have already registered for the meeting, there is nothing more you need to do.
  2. If you have already booked your room at the Hyatt, we will announce when the new room block is ready to accept reservations. They Hyatt will be cancelling all rooms in our block that had been booked for the April meeting.

The refund and cancellation policy will remain the same except with different deadlines.
Visit for more details. We will update this site frequently with new information as it becomes available.
Track the Coronavirus Outbreak on Johns Hopkins Live Dashboard

Realtime Infection and Death Data from Five Sources

This tracker from Johns Hopkins University provides realtime information and  counts cases of COVID-19 coronavirus  in China, as well as around the world, including numbers of deaths, recovered patients, and countries affected.

The World Health Organization has its own  coronavirus dashboard  as well, but includes only its own information, whereas the Hopkins team synthesizes data from WHO and four additional sources:  CDC European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control China's National Health Commission,  and , an independent data source maintained by Chinese physicians.

Lauren Gardner , associate professor of civil and systems engineering and co-director of the  Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) , led the dashboard development effort. There's also a  mobile version  as well as  full size .
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 .
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, Tennessee 38120
June 27 - June 28, 2020 | Hilton Memphis
White House on COVID-19:
'We're All in This Together'

Administration unveils new guidance document
for homes, businesses, schools

WASHINGTON -- "We are all in this together." That's the message President Trump and Vice President Pence kept emphasizing during Monday evening's press briefing here by the White House's Coronavirus Task Force. "It's not just a 'whole of government' approach -- it's a 'whole of America' approach," Pence said. "And, together, we'll get through the coronavirus."

President Trump started the briefing by saying "We are going to take care of, and have been taking care of, the American public." He added that White House officials would be meeting Tuesday with House Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to discuss a payroll tax cut "and we're also going to be talking about hourly wage earners getting help so that they can be in a position where they're not going to ever miss a paycheck. Also, we're going to be seeing the Small Business Administration and creating loans for small businesses. We're also working with the industries, including the airline industry, and the cruise ship industry -- which, obviously, will be hit."
Announcing A New ASIPP ® Partnership - Fedora Billing
And Revenue Cycle
Management Company 
After long discussions, in addition to our NorCal liability program for ASIPP ® members, now we are able to offer unique benefits for revenue cycle management with billing, etc.

Fedora ( ) is a company known to many of our board members and others. ASIPP ® has reached an agreement with Fedora to provide exclusive discounts on billing or revenue cycle management that will decrease practice costs and promote growth, or at least stop deterioration. It is not just a billing company; they streamline the billing and receivable process and constantly update payor regulations keeping your practice up to on date on a daily basis. 

You may view the ASIPP ® billing program website at the following link:  

Some of the ASIPP ® Billing Program highlights are below:
Up to 50% savings for ASIPP ® members for their billing or revenue cycle management for their offices and surgery centers:
  • Expertise in interventional pain management billing for all types of services
  • 99% Clearing House Rate
  • 95% First-Time Claim Passage
  • 23.4 Average Days in A/R
  • Eligibility and Benefits Verification 
  • Pre-Certification/Prior Authorization
  • Denials and A/R Management 
Why I’m Very Concerned
Despite what should have been ample warning,
the U.S. may get blindsided

While it’s well known that China and Iran have under-reported their  COVID-19 statistics , Italy has been fully transparent. What we are learning is very concerning.

The Lombardy province alone has experienced a surge in deaths due to the coronavirus— from 20 to 66 deaths in just one day. Analyzing data for the country as a whole, new diagnoses and deaths are doubling every few days. At this rate, Italy’s entire healthcare system will be overwhelmed by next week. Remember that two weeks ago, Italy had reported seven deaths.

Italy is a preview of what we may see in the U.S. very soon.
In a  recent statement , the American Hospital Association projects strain on U.S. hospitals and is requesting congressional funding for new hospital construction and increased housing for patients. Doing the math, the U.S. currently has approximately 100,000 ICU beds with most hospitals already functioning at full or near-full capacity. According the  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security , 200,000 to as many as 2.9 million patients could present to U.S. hospitals with coronavirus. It’s time we increase the capacity of our medical centers before the infection ramps up.
Join The Group Purchasing Organization Today
ASIPP ® has formed a partnership with Henry Schein and PedsPal , a national GPO that has a successful history of negotiating better prices on medical supplies and creating value added services for the independent physician. Working with MedAssets, PedsPal provides excellent pricing on products like contrast media that alleviate some of the financial pressures you experience today. While the cost of contrast media has skyrocketed due to the single dose vial issue, because we have partnered with Henry Schein, this could enable you to purchase Omnipaque 240mg/50mL for slightly above $4.50.

It will be easy for  ASIPP ® members in good standing to enroll today and begin to realize the savings this partnership can bring. Members can join or see sample prices by going to   

Click on “view our discounted supplier prices” (Username:ASIPPmember and Password: Save) or click on the words "join for free now" and begin saving today!
Prescription unfilled?
These 30 drugs are in short
supply in the US right now
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has revealed the vulnerability of the supply chain of drugs that originate in China, which is the main supply source of raw ingredients for penicillin, ibuprofen, and aspirin.

However, drugs are frequently announced to be in short supply. In fact, the FDA has a running list of drug shortages due to anything from increasing demand to regulatory factors as well as supply disruptions.

24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of drugs in short supply from information provided by the  Food and Drug Administration .

Drug shortages occur for a variety of reasons and this has been an ongoing problem the FDA and legislators have been trying to address. These include manufacturing and quality issues, delays involving logistics along the supply chain, and the lack of incentives for manufacturers to supply drugs they consider to be not as profitable as they had hoped.  These are the world’s 15 top selling drugs.
Clinical Challenge:
Pain and Cognition

Does chronic pain impair mental function?

Observational studies have looked at the relationship but "there's still a lot of unanswered questions," said Yuko Hara, PhD, of the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation in New York City. "We don't know whether there's a causal link -- in other words, whether chronic pain causes cognitive decline -- or whether there's just an association," she observed.

Chronic pain can affect cognitive function in many different ways, Hara noted. "Pain can increase levels of stress hormones like cortisol, which has been shown to affect brain structure, as well as structures of brain cells," she said. Pain can be "consuming and distracting and can make it more difficult for people to perform cognitive and memory tasks well," she continued. And pain can interfere with sleep, and "quality sleep is important for optimal cognitive function," she pointed out.
TV Shows on Chronic Pain
Do Not Get It
I cannot stay quiet any longer. I have been a chronic pain patient for over two decades: CRPS – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, dystonia, Dysautonomia, Barre Lieou Syndrome, vasovagal syncope, fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, etc.… I used to get upset that no one in my situation was ever represented on television.

I recently started to become hopeful when I saw advertisements for some of my favorite television shows announcing that their future plotlines were to include chronic pain patients. One popular prime time show even has one of its main characters diagnosed with CRPS. When I first heard about these shows, I thought, “Finally, we will have some much needed public awareness about chronic pain and what we go through on a daily basis
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 | ORDER |
FDA Approves OTC Combination of Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen
The FDA has approved Advil Dual Action with Acetaminophen (GlaxoSmithKline), the first over-the-counter (OTC) fixed-dose combination therapy containing ibuprofen and acetaminophen for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains due to headache, backache, muscular aches, toothache, menstrual cramps, and minor pain of arthritis.

Each caplet contains 125mg of Ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and 250mg of acetaminophen and is indicated for adults and children 12 years of age and older. The approval was based on study data that showed use of the fixed-dose combination therapy was associated with superior pain relief compared with the individual components taken alone.

Advil Dual Action with Acetaminophen is expected to be available nationwide sometime during 2020. 
Pain Physician January/February
2020 Articles Available Online Now
The January/February issue of Pain Physician features two surveys: one on prescription drugs in the workplace, and another on patient-reported outcome demographics. The issue also features randomized trials on pulsed radiofrequency on thoracic dorsal root ganglion, and the effects of intraoperative, low-dose ketamine on postsurgical pain after breast cancer.
Prescription Drugs and the US Workforce: Results from a National Safety Council Survey
Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, Mathew Fischer, MD, Jonathan Dimbert, MS, and Kenneth James Fiala,BS

Demographic Factors Associated with Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in Pain Management
Jihad Abdelgadir, MD, Edmund W Ong, PhD, Salma M Abdalla, MD, John C Hunting, MPH, Mohamed Mustafa Diab, MD, Michael M Haglund, MD, PhD, C Rory Goodwin, MD, PhD, and Padma Gulur, MD

Randomized Trials
Pulsed Radiofrequency on Thoracic Dorsal Root Ganglion versus Thoracic Paravertebral Nerve for Chronic Postmastectomy Pain, A Randomized Trial: 6-Month Results
Diab Fuad Hetta, MD, Sahar Abdel Baky Mohamed, MD, Kawser Hofny Mohamed, MD, Taha Abd Elrazek Mahmoud, MD, and Hanan Ahmed Eltyb, MD

Effects of Intraoperative Low-Dose Ketamine on Persistent Postsurgical Pain after Breast Cancer Surgery: A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled, Double-Blind Study
Christine Kang MD, Ah-Reum Cho MD, PhD, Kyung-Hoon Kim MD, PhD, Eun-A Lee MD, Hyeon-Jeong Lee MD, PhD , Jae-Young Kwon MD, PhD, Haekyu Kim MD, PhD, Eunsoo Kim MD, PhD, Ji-Seok Baik MD, PhD, and Choongrak Kim MD, PhD
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