WEDNESDAY | JANUARY 8, 2020
Hospitals Merged.
Quality Didn’t Improve.
The quality of care at hospitals acquired during a recent wave of deal making got worse or stayed the same, new research found, a blow to a frequently cited rationale for tie-ups.

Hospital merger-and-acquisition activity has surged in recent years, with executives involved in transactions making the case that greater size will boost quality with new investments and yield other improvements as deal makers benefit from each others’ strengths.

The new research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked for evidence of quality gains using four widely used measures of performance at nearly 250 hospitals acquired in deals between 2009 and 2013. The analysis didn’t find it, said the study’s authors.
READ MORE  | WALL STREET JOURNAL |
The ASIPP® Annual Meeting 2020 will be held April 2-4 at
the Hyatt Regency Dallas
You’ve heard everything is BIG in Texas. So is the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians’ (ASIPP®) Annual Meeting 2020. This 22nd Annual Meeting will be at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, April 2-4, 2020. The theme is ‘Integration of Innovative Approaches’ and is brought to you in collaboration with the Texas Pain Society

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 kavery@asipp.org / 270-554-9412 x 4210
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Major drugstore chains sue doctors in sprawling federal opioid case
Major drugstore chains — which face an October trial in the mammoth federal opioid litigation — have sued doctors across northeast Ohio, claiming that physicians are the real culprits in the nation’s deadly drug epidemic.

CVS, Walgreen Co., Walmart, Rite Aid and other major pharmacy chains said opioid prescribers bear responsibility for the prescription narcotic crisis, but unlike the drugstores, have not been sued by Cuyahoga and Summit counties. In legal papers filed Monday, they contended that doctors and other prescribers should have to pay some of the penalty if the drugstore chains are found liable at trial.

The doctors in the nearly identical lawsuits are unnamed, identified only as “John and Jane Does 1-500.” The drugstores said they would name them if it became apparent during legal proceedings who they are.
READ MORE  | WASHINGTON POST |
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
ASIPP ® STEM CELL THERAPY WEBINAR | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER |
University of North Carolina School of Medicine blood-clot expert Stephan Moll at NASA.
NASA astronaut's blood clot in space gets treated by doctor on Earth
"There are no emergency rooms in space."
 
It was like  Grey's Anatomy  in microgravity. A  NASA  astronaut developed a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) in the jugular vein partway through a long-term mission on the International Space Station. The space agency called in University of North Carolina doctor  Stephan Moll , a blood-clot expert, to help develop a treatment plan for the tricky situation.

NASA hasn't revealed the crew member's name or when the incident happened, though the astronaut discovered the clot two months into a six-month mission while getting a neck ultrasound for a research study.
READ MORE | CNet |
Best Diets 2020
U.S. News evaluated 35 of the most popular diets and identified the best. Find which top-rated diet is best for your health and fitness goals.

#2   DASH Diet  (tie)
#2   The Flexitarian Diet  (tie)

Best Weight-Loss Diets
#2   Vegan Diet  (tie)
#2   Volumetrics Diet  (tie)
READ MORE | U.S.News |
Outpatient surgery centers expected to have strong decade — 3 insights
Surgery centers are going to be in demand through 2030, according to an  Albany Business Journal  report that examined the ASC market.

What you should know:

1 . The worldwide outpatient surgery market is expected to hit $93 billion by 2025, a drastic increase from 2017's $61 billion.

2 . In Albany, N.Y., for example, at least six surgery centers have been proposed, approved or completed over the last two years, and several area hospitals began building or partnering for their own surgery centers.

3 . The growing migration of procedures from the inpatient to the outpatient space, too, is evidence of the effect surgery centers can have on healthcare.
READ MORE | BECKER'S ASC REVIEW |
The decade in healthcare:
12 milestones we won't forget
It's a line spoken often in the Becker's Healthcare newsroom and encouragement for our reporters to ask the next question, talk to more people, find a new perspective and explore the bigger picture.

It's also a reminder to be ambitious yet humble, both of which we are in presenting this compilation of milestones as definitive of healthcare in the 2010s.

After a decade following the industry nationwide — especially from the perspective of hospitals, health systems and surgery centers — we know only three things for sure.

One: Progress is never made in a straight line. New policies can intensify political partisanship. Innovations can solve problems while causing new complications. Even diseases we eliminated as a nation return. Nothing we deem a milestone here is considered a win or a loss. In 10 years, we saw healthcare take steps forward, backward and sideways. These events, trends and forces were all part of that inimitable dance.

Two: Healthcare contains multitudes. It accounts for nearly 20 percent of our country's GDP, is a top policy issue for U.S. voters and is one of the fastest-growing industries for jobs. Beyond the civic and economic statistics, healthcare is wildly, vividly human and personal. We're all patients. Hospitals are home to some of our highest highs, lowest lows and the mundane moments in between. Conversations without costs easily veer theoretical: It's easy to say how healthcare dollars should be spent until it's your loved one's care or medication in question. At times, it seems the only way to define healthcare is with an armful of contradictions: lifesaving, flawed, slow, urgent, redundant, necessary, broken, hopeful, expensive, heartbreaking, inspiring. 

And three: We're grateful to write about healthcare and its complexities, to have covered so many events, people and things that left their mark on the last 10 years. It's with humility and high regard that we present a dozen milestones as those we won't soon forget in an industry nearly impossible to summarize.

READ MORE | BECKER'S HOSPITAL REVIEW |
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
 
939 Ridge Lake Blvd.,
Memphis, Tennessee 38120

JUNE 2020 ABIPP EXAMS AND COMPETENCY EXAMS
June 27 - June 28, 2020 | Hilton Memphis
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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
PLACE YOUR ORDER | CLICK HERE TO ORDER |
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.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION / GUIDELINES
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:

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.
HEALTH POLICY REVIEW

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

ANALYSIS SURVEY

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
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
SUBMIT TO IPM REPORTS | CLICK HERE |
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
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