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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | March 26, 2014





  1. Last Chance To Attend ASIPP's 2014 Annual Meeting! Don't Miss Out!
  2. Register Today: Spinal & NonSpinal Interventional Techniques Offered Just One Time This Year: June 20-21
  3. The One Thing That Could Save Obamacare--And The Obama Administration Needs To Do It In the Next Month
  4. Low Back Pain Afflicts Millions Around the World
  5. Obamacare Insurer WellPoint Sees Double-Digit Rate Rise
  6. Physician Leaders Disapprove of Lawmakers' Decision to Link Medicare Payment Reform to Delay in ACA Mandate
  7. Narrow Networks: Obamacare's broken promise and how doctors and patients can fight back
  8. CBO Says Senate Bill To Repeal SGR Would Cost $180B Over 10 Years
  9. 10 States Are Critical to ACA's 6 Million Goal
  10. Order Copies of Pain-Wise for Your Patients
  11. State Society News
  12. Physician Wanted

annualLast Chance To Attend 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.


This year, ASIPP is departing from it's tradition of meeting in Washington for the Annual Meeting and Capitol Hill visits to focus solely on our Annual Meeting. In an effort to meet the needs of interventional pain physicians and other providers as well, we have created an educational program of the highest caliber covering topics of critical interest to interventional pain physicians, mid-level providers, and staff.



juneRegister Today: Spinal & NonSpinal Interventional Techniques Offered Just One Time This Year: June 20-21




This 2-day comprehensive review course and cadaver workshop on spinal interventional techniques (basic and intermediate levels) and non-spinal interventional techniques. Participants experience a comprehensive and intense learning opportunity, focusing on interventional pain management techniques.



This intensive review course in spinal and non-spinal interventional techniques is planned as a CME activity for interventional pain physicians-for review, skills improvement or to fullfil state board requirements for CME hours.



After this course, participants should be able to:

- Describe the delivery of multiple aspects of interventional pain management.

- Review multiple areas of interventional pain management including spinal and non-spinal techniques.

- Demonstrate skills through interactive hands-on cadaver workshop.



Physicians should be able to integrate multiple aspects of spinal and non-spinal techniques in interventional pain management in treating their patients so that patients have better outcomes and reduced side effects.






212 N. Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63108 - (877) 587-2427

Each tastefully decorated space welcomes you with a comforting array of amenities and personal touches, including fine cotton sheets, generously sized towels and pre­mium toiletries.The discounted nightly rate of $160 is available through May 30, 2014 or until sold out which ever occurs first. Ask for the ASIPP room block when registering.


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oneThe One Thing That Could Save Obamacare--And The Obama Administration Needs To Do It In the Next Month


To properly price the exchange health insurance business going forward the carriers have to sharply increase the rates. A senior executive for Wellpoint, which sells plans in 14 Obamacare exchanges, is quoted in a Reuters article telling Wall Street analysts there will be big rate increases in 2015, "Looking at the rate increases on a year-over-year basis on our exchanges, and it will vary by carrier, but all of them will probably be double digits."

If the health plans do issue double digit rate increases for 2015, Obamacare is finished.

There are a ton of things that need to be fixed in Obamacare. But, I will suggest there is one thing that could save it.

The health insurance companies have to submit their new health insurance plans and rates between May 27 and June 27 for the 2015 Obamacare open-enrollment period beginning on November 15th. Any major modifications to the current Obamacare regulations need to be issued in the next month to give the carriers time to adjust and develop new products.



Health Policy and Market

lowLow Back Pain Afflicts Millions Around the World


Low back pain is on the rise and causes more global disability than any other condition, according to two studies from Australia.


The number of disability-adjusted life years (DALYS) due to low back pain increased from 58.2 million (95% CI 39.9 million-78.1 million) in 1990 to 83 million (95% CI 56.6 million-111.9 million) in 2010, wrote Damian Hoy, PhD, of the University of Queensland, and colleagues in the Annals of the Rheumatic Disease.


"The global point prevalence of [low back pain] was 9.4% (95% CI 9.0-9.8)," they said.


MedPage Today

wellpointObamacare Insurer WellPoint Sees Double-Digit Rate Rise


Two months before health insurers must submit rate proposals for 2015 to government regulators,WellPoint Inc. (WLP) fired a surprising shot across their bow by predicting it may ask for "double-digit plus" increases.

Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary, said March 13 that while premiums for health plans sold on the Obamacare insurance exchanges would rise next year, the increases would be "far less significant than they were before the passage of the Affordable Care Act."


Individuals who bought their own insurance in 2010 paid 13 percent more than in 2009, a Kaiser Family Foundation surveyfound. The exchanges, which opened in October, serve those who buy their own individual or family insurance and aren't covered by employer or government health plans. WellPoint's statement on next year's rates, the first by an insurer, startled some analysts while others said the company may be hedging bets as the Obama administration continually changes the rules on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.





leadersPhysician Leaders Disapprove of Lawmakers' Decision to Link Medicare Payment Reform to Delay in ACA Mandate


An overwhelming majority of physician leaders believe the U.S. House of Representatives made a mistake when it linked an important initiative for Medicare reimbursement reform to a delay in the ACA's mandate that individuals purchase health insurance, according to a new poll released by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE).


The poll showed 80 percent of respondents did not believe repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) should be tied to a delay in the individual mandate of the Accountable Care Act. An additional 16 percent said they should be linked, while 3 percent were unsure.


Digital Journal

narrowNarrow Networks: Obamacare's broken promise and how doctors and patients can fight back


This fight is about money, and it's about patient choice. In the aftermath of a lawsuit targeting UnitedHealthcare after it dropped thousands of physicians from its Medicare Advantage network-despite a public pledge by President Barack Obama that patients could keep their doctors-insurance companies are reportedly using healthcare reform to tighten their physician networks. While the goal, payers say, is to rein in healthcare costs, the consequences will impact all practicing physicians as they scramble to implement provisions of Affordable Care Act (ACA) and guide patients through an increasingly complex payment maze.


Narrow provider networks-which allow insurance companies to keep premiums down by including physicians they see as providing less-costly, more value-based care-are not a new phenomenon.


The trend, however, has accelerated since enactment of the ACA, under which payers are using narrow networks to keep premiums lower in the federal and state health insurance exchanges.


Medical Economics


cboCBO Says Senate Bill To Repeal SGR Would Cost $180B Over 10 Years


The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a bill (S 2110) by Senate Democrats that seeks to repeal and replace Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula, which sets Medicare physician reimbursement rates, would cost about $180 billion over 10 years, Modern Healthcarereports.


CBO's cost analysis of the bill -- which was introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) -- comes after the House last week approved its SGR repeal bill (HR 4015), which is expected to stall in the Senate because of an amendment that would delay enforcement of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate through 2019. CBO estimated that the add-on would increase the nation's uninsured population by about 13 million in 2018 (Dickson, Modern Healthcare, 3/20).


Lawmakers have been attempting to address the SGR in advance of a 24% cut to physicians' Medicare reimbursements scheduled to take effect on April 1.


California Health


ten10 States Are Critical to ACA's 6 Million Goal


Ten states -- seven of them controlled by Republicans -- hold the key to whether the Obama administration succeeds at signing up 6 million people by the deadline of March 31.


Those states -- California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia -- account for nearly 30 million uninsured, almost two-thirds of the nation's 47 million uninsured.


It's like what Willie Sutton said when they asked him why he robbed banks. 'That's where the money is,'" said Jonathan Oberlander, health policy professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "The national figures are really being driven by just a handful of large states."



MedPage Today

copiesOrder Copies of Pain-Wise for Your Patients


  Pain-Wise is a patient and Medical Professional'sguide to simplifying the confusing and often overwhelming process of finding the appropriate treatment for chronic pain. Written by three ASIPP Member doctors with years of experience in pain management, Pain-Wise teaches the basics of how pain works, explains different interventional pain therapies in layman's terms, and helps a patient communicate with their doctor. Doctors have found Pain-Wise to be a strong tool in creating a meaningful dialogue with their patients.

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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


FSIPP Annual Meeting set for May 16-18, 2014


The Florida  Soceity of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its annual meeting May 16-18 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida--

On the Disney Property.


Don't miss this year's FSIPP Annual Meeting. It is expected to supersede all other meetings and includes an additional full-day Friday Schedule with concomitant sessions, Session A, Prescribing Controlled Substances and Session B, Practice Management. Our full-day Practice Management Session is a new edition to our meeting and will include: ICD-10, PQRS, HIPPA and cyber situations, audits, efficiency, solvency and much more. Our Controlled Substance Workshop will provide full updates on the pill mill crisis in Florida, a review of current statistics, trends in prescribing practices and addiction. The Friday Night Dinner for you and your family will feature Spanish Guitar Music, Flamenco Dancers, Sketch Artists and a Banquet Dinner. Discounted packages for the Spectacular Disney World Kingdoms are available to all. Lectures on Saturday and Sunday will be presented by nationally recognized speakers on cutting edge issues in pain management.


Go to FSIPP's homepage, http://fsipp.org, for information on reserving your hotel room. The Conference Brochure with registration materials will also be available soon and you will be notified.


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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