WEDNESDAY | DECEMBER 11, 2019
UPDATE: The 'Now and Future of EXOSOMES' webinar scheduled for December 18 has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thousands of medical tests delayed, improperly canceled at VA facilities, audit finds
WASHINGTON – Veterans Affairs employees improperly canceled tens of thousands of orders for diagnostic medical tests such as X-rays and cardiac imaging, jeopardizing the health of some patients, a wide-ranging audit by the VA's inspector general found.
In other cases, tests were delayed for weeks.

Auditors blamed the problems on backlogs, breakdowns and mismanagement at every level, from the facilities around the country where veterans get medical care to headquarters in Washington, D.C.
READ MORE  | USA TODAY  |
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 kavery@asipp.org / 270-554-9412 x 4210
QUICK LINKS  | HOTEL  | MEETING REGISTRATION  |
EXHIBITOR PROSPECTUS / REGISTRATION  | ABSTRACT SUBMISSION / GUIDELINES  |
Prescription Opioid Use Steady, NHANES Data Show. But what this means for the opioid epidemic is unclear
About 6.5% of U.S. adults age 20 and older used prescription opioids in the past 30 days during 2013-2016, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey ( NHANES ) data showed.

The percentage of adults who reported using prescription opioids increased with age, rising from 3.2% of younger adults to 7.5% of middle-age adults and 9.6% of adults 60 and older, reported Steven Frenk, PhD, PMP, of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and colleagues, in NCHS Health E-Stats . The pattern was similar for men and women.
 
The overall prevalence of 6.5% nearly mirrors ones seen in previous NHANES reports : since the 2003-2006 studies, about 6.9% of adults 20 and over have reported using prescription opioids within 30 days. The change in prevalence from 6.9% to 6.5% is not significant, NHANES researchers told MedPage Today.
LINK TO REPORT  | MEDPAGE TODAY  |
Hospitals Sue Trump to Keep
Negotiated Prices Secret
The nation’s hospital groups sued the Trump administration on Wednesday over a new federal rule that would require them to disclose the discounted prices they give insurers for all sorts of procedures.

The hospitals, including the American Hospital Association, argued in a lawsuit filed in United States District Court in Washington that the new rule “is unlawful, several times over.”

They argued that the administration exceeded its legal authority in issuing the rule last month as part of its efforts to make the health care system much more transparent to patients. The lawsuit contends the requirement to disclose their private negotiations with insurers violates their First Amendment rights.
LINK TO REPORT  | THE NEW YORK TIMES |
Orofacial Pain Archived Webinar Now Available
Dr. Marisa Chang, assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Department of Neurology, gave an informative webinar on Orofacial Pain on December 6. If you missed the live webinar, you can order the archived version now. The archived version is a recording of the live webine. Once you've purchased it, you can access the webinar from anywhere, at anytime with a device with Internet.

An overview on how to approach the orofacial pain patient was presented

  • How to diagnose and evaluate TMJ
  • How to diagnose and treat clenching and grinding
  • How to diagnose and treat trigeminal neuralgia
  • How to diagnose and treat atypical facial pain

Medical pain management and interventional techniques were outlined and taught.
You will learn how to perform an efficient orofacial pain exam in your office.

BONUS: Dr Chang will include a video of performing a procedure at no additional cost.
OROFACIAL PAIN WEBINAR ARCHIVE | ORDER HERE |
Tobacco Product Use and Associated Factors Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2019
Teresa W. Wang, PhD 1 ; Andrea S. Gentzke, PhD 1 ; MeLisa R. Creamer, PhD 1 ; Karen A. Cullen, PhD 2 ; Enver Holder-Hayes, MPH 2 ; Michael D. Sawdey, PhD 2 ; Gabriella M. Anic, PhD 2 ; David B. Portnoy, PhD 2 ; Sean Hu, DrPH 1 ; David M. Homa, PhD 1 ; Ahmed Jamal, MBBS 1 ; Linda J. Neff, PhD 1 ( View author affiliations )

ABSTRACT

Problem/Condition: Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Most tobacco product use begins during adolescence. In recent years, tobacco products have evolved to include various smoked, smokeless, and electronic products.

Period Covered: 2019.
READ MORE | CDC MMWR |
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
Chronic Opioid Therapy Can Increase
Risk of Sleep Disorders
by Zeena Nackerdien PhD, CME Writer, MedPage Today
Opioid-associated sleep-disordered breathing warrants collaborative care

Study Authors: Ilene M. Rosen, R. Nisha Aurora, et al.

Target Audience and Goal Statement: Pulmonary specialists, sleep specialists, pain specialists, primary care physicians. The goal of this position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) was to address the associations between chronic opioid therapy and sleep.

Question Addressed:
What should prescribers know about chronic opioid therapy and sleep?
READ MORE | MEDPAGE TODAY |
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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
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The Risk of an Opioid Overdose is
High Following Medical Treatment
Opioid addicted individuals face a high risk of overdosing following treatment with the medication buprenorphine, according to the results of a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

The FDA-approved buprenorphine is dispensed to almost one million individuals yearly to combat opioid addiction. However, approximately 50% to 80% of patients discontinue the treatment within several weeks or months, and there remains no consensus on how long patients should remain taking the therapy.
READ MORE | DOC WIRE NEWS |
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
Public Safety Notification on Exosome Products
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public, especially patients, health care practitioners, and clinics, of multiple recent reports of serious adverse events experienced by patients in Nebraska who were treated with unapproved products marketed as containing exosomes. These reports were brought to the agency’s attention by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others, and the agencies worked with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. FDA is carefully assessing this situation along with our federal and state partners.
READ MORE | FDA |
Final CMS Payment Rules for Interventional Pain Physicians In-Office, ASC, and HOPD Settings
ASIPP ® and SIPMS will be sending comment letters to CMS. You may also send comment letters to them on these payment rules no later than 5pm EST on December 2, 2019. 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
Join the AMA to help us keep our seat in the House of Delegates
 
The American Medical Association (AMA) requires all societies to requalify for membership in the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) every five years. In order for ASIPP to retain our seat, the AMA requires that 20% of ASIPP’s physician members also be members of the AMA. Unfortunately, ASIPP is at risk of losing representation in the AMA because we have fallen below the 20% membership minimum threshold.
 
Membership in the AMA gives us a voice in shaping policy that affects our practice and patients. We encourage you to join or renew your membership in the AMA. Joining the AMA will further strengthen our specialty’s representation at the national level through the AMA House of Delegates, the AMA’s policymaking body, and strengthen our ability to meet the challenges in health care today with thoughtful, well-organized responses.
 
We strongly encourage you to join the AMA today to help us keep our seat at the table. Right now, you can become a member and pay only half the dues.
 
The stronger our membership, the more we can advance issues that are important to our specialty including improving the Medicare Quality Payment Program, reducing administrative burdens and ensuring accurate coding and reimbursement of our services.

Thank you for supporting ASIPP!
JOIN AT HALF PRICE | CLICK HERE |
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
Send in your state society meeting news to Holly Long , hlong@asipp.org
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