THURSDAY | FEBRUARY 27, 2020
RANDY ALVAREZ
FOUNDER AND CEO, THE WELLNESS HOUR
ASIPP ® Is Pleased To Have Randy Alvarez, Founder & CEO of the Wellness Hour , As A Keynote At Annual Meeting
Randy Alvarez will have a keynote during the General Session on Thursday, April 2 titled 'Marketing for Success in Tough Times: Hope or Hype ? This is a lecture that will benefit all physicians from someone who knows. In 1999, Randy Alvarez launched The Wellness Hour TV Show. Each week, The Wellness Hour airs on TV in approximately 70 million homes across the United States and Canada, featuring some of the nations leading medical doctors, dentists and other licensed health practitioners. The show airs more than 2,400 episodes each month on cable, satellite and broadcast television.

The Wellness Hour has three divisions: Production, Advertising and Practice Management Consulting. In addition, the Wellness Hour website  has become an extensive online medical resource for both doctors and the public.
We Must Address the Mental Health Crisis Among Medical Professionals

IT'S TIME TO SOP THE STIGMA
On her fourth birthday, Chastity Edwards' mother asked her to make a wish. She closed her eyes and wished to become a doctor.
Several decades later,  young Edwards'  dream of becoming a physician had come true -- but it eventually turned into a nightmare. The business and politics of medicine were so taxing on her wellbeing that she was on the verge of leaving the profession.

Each year, my organization works with thousands of physicians like her. For all of the perceived benefits of a career in medicine -- such as high pay and respect in the community -- we see how tough it can be on each of them. Medical professionals face enormous pressures in their work lives, and, as a result, many struggle with high levels of stress and burnout.

According to a recent study,  74% of physicians reported seeing symptoms of burnout in others , and over half believed that their workload had impacted their mental health. Additionally, the rate of suicides among doctors is  higher than any other profession and more than double the general population .
READ MORE | MEDPAGE TODAY |
Early Bird Rates For The
22nd ASIPP ® Annual Meeting Ends March 3!
If you haven't registered yet for the ASIPP® Annual Meeting in Dallas you could save $100. Register before March 3 to receive the Early Bird Rates

Saving $100 on the ASIPP® Annual Meeting 2020 with all of its benefits is BIG . ASIPP® is collaborating with the Texas Pain Society to offer one of the highest caliber meetings in America . The meeting is tailored to physicians, mid-level providers, and staff. There will be two Distinguished Lecture Series and ten keynotes . There are more than 45 distinguished speakers scheduled with many being physician speakers. Over 1,000 attendees are projected to attend. There will be around 100 exhibitors . The Hyatt Regency Dallas makes for a world class venue. And new this year, a Career Fair . This is BIG !

Take advantage of the savings by registering you and your staff by March 3 .
BE PART OF THE CAREER FAIR | REGISTRATION FORM |
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
www.abipp.org or call 270-554-9412 x4217 or by email at summer@asipp.org .
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 Part II  
  • ABIPP Competency Exam
  • Regenerative Medicine Competency Exam
  • Endoscopic Lumbar Decompression Competency Exam
 
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Memphis, Tennessee 38120
JUNE 2020 ABIPP EXAMS AND COMPETENCY EXAMS
June 27 - June 28, 2020 | Hilton Memphis
LEARN MORE ABOUT ABIPP | EMAIL SUMMER WOODS |
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 ( https://www.ifedora.com ) 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:   https://www.asippbilling.com/  

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 
VIEW THE ASIPP ® BILLING PROGRAM | CLICK HERE |
Obtain A Waiver To
Prescribe Buprenorphine


ASAM TREATMENT OF OPIOID USE DISORDER - BUPRENORPHINE PRESCRIPTION WAIVER COURSE
Course Includes 4 hours of online material at the conclusion of the course to provide the required 8 hours needed to obtain the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in office-based treatment of opioid use disorders.

A $200 registration fee is in addition to the meeting registration fee.
ASAM course registrants must be registered attendees for the ASIPP ® 2020 Annual Meeting in Dallas. Onsite registration will be available as space allows or you may register in advance on your meeting registration form.

This course will only be offered Friday, April 3 and is open to Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Physician Assistants who wish to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in office-based treatment of opioid use disorder.
BUPRENORPHINE PRESCRIPTION WAIVER COURSE | REGISTER HERE |
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   http://pedspal.org/asipp/default.html   

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!
LEARN MORE ABOUT GROUP PURCHASING | CLICK HERE |
Humanity In Focus: Five Predictions For The Healthcare Industry In 2020
With the introduction of new technologies since the start of the millennium, the healthcare industry has advanced significantly. Yet too often, the focus was on the technology and not the people it served.

I believe 2020 will see healthcare technology being used in a new way that will help restore human connections. This year will be about infusing humanity back into healthcare and being purposeful about the ways we use technology to connect with one another and improve the safety and well-being of both patients and care teams.

Here are five predictions for the healthcare industry in 2020.

1. Nurses Take Center Stage
2. Spotlight Shines On Patient (And Staff) Safety
3. Human-Centered Design Grows
4. Natural Language Processing Brings Back Humanity
5. 5G Makes An Impact

READ MORE | FORBES |
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Mallinckrodt Reaches
$1.6 Billion Deal to Settle
Opioid Lawsuits
The company sold more opioids in the U.S. than any other manufacturer during the height of the addiction crisis, prosecutors have said.

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, the largest generic opioid manufacturer in the United States, has tentatively agreed to pay $1.6 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by state and local governments over its role in the opioid crisis.

The agreement was endorsed by 47 states and U.S. territories along with a committee of lawyers representing thousands of cities and counties, the company said on Tuesday.

The money, to be paid into a cash trust over eight years, will be used to underwrite the costs of opioid addiction treatments and related efforts across the country.
READ MORE | NEW YORK TIMES |
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
Blog: Always Running Late? This Simple Tip Can Change
A Physician's Life
In my previous practice, I routinely ran an hour or more behind schedule. It seemed like no matter how carefully I tried to schedule patients and manage my time, I would inevitably find myself falling more and more behind as the day progressed.

Running late was a huge source of stress and anxiety for me. In my rush to move on to the next patient, I would often delay finishing my notes until the end of the day, at which time I would be faced with an hour or more of charting, which created even more discontent. 

The reasons for running late were legion—sick patients being crowbarred into the schedule, people showing up for their appointment late, technology problems slowing down the system. But more often, the reason I ran behind was because patients just seemed to need a little more time than my schedule allowed.
READ MORE | MEDICAL ECONOMICS |
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.
Analysis/Survey
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
Should Mid-levels Be Paid At
A Doctor’s Rate?
The use of advance practice nurses (“APNs” or “NPs”) has continued to grow across the country. In several states, nurse practitioners now have independent authority to own and establish their own professional practices and, depending on the amount of experience they have, to practice independently. 

In Illinois, the Governor signed a Bill which amended the Illinois Nurse Practice Act to allow APNs to practice under their license without entering into written collaborative agreements with a doctor as long as the APN meets certain education and training standards. While APNs can still not engage in certain practices that are reserved for physicians, such as operative surgery, many barriers and restrictions on the ability of APNs to provide care to patients have now been completely removed. The goal of the law change in Illinois, as in other states which have passed similar laws, was to improve access to medical care, particularly in rural areas where there is inadequate physician care available. 
READ MORE | PHYSICIANS PRACTICE |
Study: Big Breakfast Better For Weight Loss
Diet-induced Thermogenesis "revved-up" In The Morning
The body uses more than twice as much energy to digest breakfast than dinner, a finding that emphasizes the importance of breakfast for weight loss, scientists said.

In 16 volunteers who spent 3 days in a lab under carefully monitored conditions, diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT) was 2.5 times higher in the morning after breakfast than in the evening after dinner (P<0.001), regardless of how large the meal was, Juliane Richter, PhD, of the University of Lübeck in Germany, and co-authors reported.

Furthermore, study participants who ate a low-calorie breakfast reported increased feelings of hunger (P<0.001) and specifically cravings for sweets (P=0.007) later in the day, compared with participants who ate a high-calorie breakfast.
READ MORE | MEDPAGE TODAY |
Control Your Waiting Room TV

Customized waiting room TV exclusively for ASIPP ® members. Create your own ad-free television broadcasts using our videos, custom informational slides and your own YouTube videos. Even add local weather reports, news and live messages.
GET YOUR OWN LOBBY TV CHANNEL | CLICK HERE FOR ASIPP-TV |
State Society Meetings
Send in your state society meeting news to Holly Long , hlong@asipp.org
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