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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | March 19, 2014





  1. Attend ASIPP's 2014 Annual Meeting! Don't Miss Out!
  2. Pfeiffer Guarantees No Delay to Individual Mandate
  3. House and Senate Bills Call for Zohydro Ban
  4. Researchers Link ICD-10 Shift to Financial Losses
  5. Almost half of Americans believe in medical conspiracy theories
  6. Obama's Health-Care Pitch Takes Quirky Route
  7. Data Confirm Spike in Opioid, Benzo Combo
  8. Order Copies of Pain-Wise for Your Patients
  9. State Society News
  10. Physician Wanted

annualAttend ASIPP's 2014 Annual Meeting! Don't Miss Out!








CMS's Proposed Devastating Cuts For Interventional Pain Management and Onerous Regulations Will Make It Difficult To Practice IPM In The Future! However, we are pleased to announce the agenda for ASIPP's 16th Annual Meeting which handles exactly alll the issues we are facing and will prepare you for the future of healthcare.


Because IPM in Not a Luxury nor Experimental, but Effective and Necessary, this is the one meeting in 2014 that you can't afford to miss.

The 16th Annual Meeting will feature practical, evidence-based, education to help preserve your practice into the future. We believe you will find that this conference is quite different from the majority of other conferences, offering you much, much more than the typical lectures on emerging technologies. We have worked hard to design a meeting for you and your staff that covers the many aspects of your practice in addition to the cutting-edge technologies and research in IPM.


This annual meeting will have many exciting features: not only practical, evidence-based education, but also our speakers, who we are proud to say are the highest quality we've ever had.


   1. Dr. Devi is the first interventional pain physician to be a medical journalist. She will deliver the keynote speech on "Interventional Pain Management and Media Interactions in the Modern Era." She will provide tips for all of us to present ourselves, provide proper evidence, and present ourselves with smiles rather than stress.


   2. Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, Ben Sasse, PhD, willpresent a lecture titled "Navigating Uncertainty in Health Care and Surviving as Individual Pain Physicians in the New Era."


3. Christopher J. Gilligan, MD, "Preparing for Accountable (Obama) Care: Understanding Value-Based Approaches and Cost Utility in Managing Patients with Spinal Pain"


4. For the first time ASIPP is offering a special Saturday afternoon session on ultrasound for non-spinal injections, with Kenneth Candido, MD, serving as the session coordinator and chair. This is a limited session so early registration is strongly suggested.


 5. Because with healthcare in the shape it is right now, we are pleased to bring you an evening of humor with "The Funny Doctor," Brad Nieder, MD. The Healthy Humorist TM, Dr. Nieder will provide us with a few last during the Sunday evening Business and Dinner meeting. Dr. Nieder will bring us a few laughs. We know you won't want to miss the entertainment, inspiration, enlightenment of Dr. Nieder!


Other speakers include eminent physicians Steve Cohen, Joshua Hirsch, Gabor Racz, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, and many others-each with unique and vast experience in interventional pain management.

For the first time we offer an ultrasound workshop for non-spinal interventions, as well as sessions on practical billing, coding, and practice management and our always popular abstract presentations.


Last, but not least is the entertainment portion with exhibitor interactions, our presidential dinner with congressional speakers, and New Orleans style entertainment.


We strongly recommend that you register immediately for the meeting and plan to stay through Sunday afternoon or longer. Arrive with the family, and enjoy yourselves before, during and after the annual meeting.


Staying on Sunday will be extremely important to you because of the discussion we'll have concerning practical issues, focusing on measures you can apply locally. As you know, all politics are local an as we face the draconian cuts of 2014, we all need this more than ever.

pssst Pfeiffer Guarantees No Delay to Individual Mandate


While several other elements of the health-care law have unilaterally been delayed, top White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer ruled out the possibility that President Obama would delay the individual mandate.


"That will not happen?" David Gregory pressed Pfeiffer on Meet the Press.

"That will not happen," he asserted.


Pfeiffer's guarantee comes days after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration quietly provided a two-year "hardship exemption" from the mandate for those who had their previous health-care plans canceled. The Department of Health and Human Services included that exemption in a separate announcement delaying another aspect of the law: one that would allow insurance providers to renew previously terminated plans after 2016.


Nonetheless, Pfeiffer defended the administration's delays as being part of the process of implementing large pieces of legislation.

National Review

zohHouse and Senate Bills Call for Zohydro Ban


Members of Congress have introduced bills to ban Zohydro and prevent future formulations of opioid drugs that lack abuse-deterrent mechanisms from getting on the market.


Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Reps. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) and Hal Rogers (D-Ky.) separately introduced bills Thursday in the Senate and House to reverse FDA approval of the hydrocodone-only painkiller.



MedPage Today

linkResearchers Link ICD-10 Shift to Financial Losses


The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding led to significant information loss at one oncology clinic, says a researcher who found that 39 ICD-9-CM codes with information loss accounted for 2.9% of total Medicaid reimbursements and 5.3% of the organization's billing charges.



Healthcare providers will see clinical and billing information and financial losses during the mandated switch to ICD-10 disease classification set later this year, a new study suggests.


The University of Illinois at Chicago study, published this month in the Journal of Oncology Practice, looked at entry ambiguities for hematology-oncology diagnoses in anticipation of the challenges providers may face during the transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM, which takes effect on Oct. 1. UIC researchers focused on hematology-oncology because it has fewer ICD-10 codes and less convoluted mappings when compared with other sub-specialties.



Health Leaders Media


almostAlmost half of Americans believe in medical conspiracy theories


About half of all American adults believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, according to a study from researchers at the University of Chicago in Illinois and published in JAMA Internal Medicine.


Conspiracy theories concerning aliens, secret societies and shadowy governmental organizations have become a firm trope in popular culture thanks to cult television shows, novels and movies like The X-Files and The Da Vinci Code. But conspiracy theories have also sprouted up around numerous public health concerns over the past 50 years.


Water fluoridation, vaccines, cell phones and alternative medicine, for instance, are all subjects of conspiracy-based speculation, but to what extent do the American public put faith in these uncorroborated theories?



Medical News Today


pitchObama's Health-Care Pitch Takes Quirky Route


The White House is counting on cat videos, college basketball and a dancing first lady to help persuade young people to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.


President Barack Obama's appearance on the mock talk show "Between Two Ferns" last week drew wide notice and millions of views. The online parody, it turns out, was part of a broader effort that has resulted in Mr. Obama and the first lady chatting up quirky radio DJs and self-proclaimed "digital influencers" on YouTube.


Administration officials say they are using a mix of platforms that reach young adults, but it isn't yet clear whether winning over the host of YouTube's "My Drunk Kitchen" will translate into higher enrollment numbers.



Wall Street Journal


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spikeData Confirm Spike in Opioid, Benzo Combo


The number of people taking both narcotic painkillers and tranquilizers grew substantially over the last decade, according to new research.


The study, which was presented last week at a medical meeting, shows that for the years 2002 through 2009, the number of people receiving prescriptions for both benzodiazepines and opioids from primary doctors increased by 12% per year.


For the study, the researchers analyzed a sample of a national database of 3.1 billion visits to primary care doctors for the 8-year period.


MedPage Today

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Georgia Society Chapter Plans Meeting



The Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (GSIPP) will have its 10th Annual Pain Summit April 25 - 27, 2014 at The Ritz Carlton Lodge Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, GA.




For more information and registration, visit www.gsipp.com


CASIPP Sets Date for Annual Meeting


The California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its 2014 annual meeting September 12-14 at the Terranea Resort (www.terranea.com) in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.


For more information, go to www.casipp.com




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 Holly Long at hlong@asipp.org








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