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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | May 7, 2014




  1. Spinal & Non-Spinal Interventional Techniques Offered Just One Time This Year: June 20-21 
  2. Register Today for ASIPP Practice Management Webinar May 13
  3. Small Businesses Find Benefits, Costs as They Navigate Affordable Care Act
  4. E-Cig Makers Breathe Easier After FDA Proposes Rules
  5. Obamacare Ratings Steady Despite Busy Month - WSJ/NBC Poll
  6. Patients' Eye Color a Clue to Pain Tolerance
  7. ER Docs Still Rx Opioids for Migraine
  8. Pain Med Docs More Prone to Burnout
  9. BMI Predicts Neck Pain After Car Crash
  10. State Society News 
  11. Physician Wanted 

juneJune 21-22, Spinal & Non-spinal Interventional Techniques: Back by Popular Demand




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 suite 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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webinarRegister Today for ASIPP Practice Management Webinar May 13



Just one week left to register for ASIPP's Practice Managment Webinar. Hosted by Executive VP and CEO of PSMG, Gary M. Janko, MPA, the webinar is from 11am CST to 1230pm CST Tuesday May 13.


Fee for the webinar is $175. The course qualifies for 1.5 CEUs.


The purpose of this webinar is to detail the major elements of the revenue cycle; identify meaningful benchmarks; define critical operating workflows and their impact on clinical efficiency; develop optimal report sets; and establish a budget to measure administrative and clinical performance against established goals. The webinar content is designed for both physicians, mid-level providers, and key administrative staff.


Upon conclusion, the attendee will gain an understanding of the need for establishing practice benchmarks and performance goals; the budgeting process; the inter-relationship between clinical workflow and the revenue cycle; develop report sets and methodology; presentation of financial results; and how to interpret operating trends and results.


The presentation will include detailed discussion of key workflows, examples of management and production reports, budget components, and financial statement presentation. Requirements for internal controls and segregation of duties to protect Practice assets will also be addressed.


Registration and other information can be found at:




smallSmall Businesses Find Benefits, Costs as They Navigate Affordable Care Act


Many small businesses won a reprieve from having to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act until 2015 or later. But the law is already having a lasting impact on how lots of owners choose to run their companies.

Some owners have begun to weigh strategies that might help them avoid complying with the law later on, such as opting out of providing the required coverage and instead paying a federal penalty of $2,000 for each full-time worker after the first 30.


Others have begun restructuring their businesses, reducing their employees' hours, for example, or trimming their total head counts to fewer than 50 full-time workers.



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ciggeretteE-Cig Makers Breathe Easier After FDA Proposes Rules


Makers of electronic cigarettes breathed a big sigh of relief Thursday as the Food and Drug Administration avoided a heavy-handed approach to regulating the fast-growing alternative to traditional smokes, likely paving the way for stepped-up investment and even more varieties.


The agency proposed federal rules Thursday that would prohibit sales of the battery-powered devices to anyone under 18 and require manufacturers to submit their products for FDA approval, in addition to disclosing ingredients and warning consumers that nicotine is addictive. But in contrast to the heavy regulation of cigarettes, the FDA stopped short of trying to ban advertising, Internet sales or candy or fruit flavors of the popular devices, which create a vapor by heating nicotine-laced liquid.



Wall Street Journal


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obamacareObamacare Ratings Steady Despite Busy Month - WSJ/NBC Poll


Public opinion about the Affordable Care Act hasn't budged much in the past few months, according to the latest WSJ/NBC News poll, despite rising insurance enrollments and the departure of the Obama administration's top health official.


Some 36% think the law is a good idea - the same as in March 2010, when the law passed - but up a bit from the 31% who supported it last September just before the law's rollout.


A steady 46% think the law is a bad idea, down slightly from the 50% peak in December 2013, but up a bit from 44% in September.


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PatientPatients' Eye Color a Clue to Pain Tolerance


TAMPA -- Caucasian women with light-colored eyes -- blue or green -- appear to tolerate pain better than Caucasian women with brown or hazel eyes, researchers reported here.


In a study involving 58 pregnant women -- 24 with dark-colored eyes and 34 with light-colored eyes -- those with lighter eyes achieved greater reductions in postpartum anxiety (P=0.02), depression (P=0.08), and catastrophizing/rumination (P=o.15), said Inna Belfer, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


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erdocsER Docs Still Rx Opioids for Migraine


TAMPA - In 1998, emergency department doctors gave more than half patients suffering migraine headaches opioids to relieve pain - 12 years later, they hadn't changed, researchers reported here.


Although the triptan class had emerged as the treatment of choice for acute migraine, the use of the drugs in the emergency department remains around 10%, said Benjamin Friedman, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine at Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, The Bronx.


In 1998, about 51% of patients presenting with migraine at the emergency department were treated with parenteral opioids; in 2010, opioids were prescribed for 53% of the patients, Friedman reported at the annual scientific meeting of the American Pain Society.


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painmedsPain Med Docs More Prone to Burnout


TAMPA -- Doctors who specialize in pain medicine appear to be at greater risk of experiencing professional burnout than physicians in other specialties, researchers reported here.


"In other studies of specialty groups, 38% of all doctors experienced burnout," explained Harry Kroll, MD, from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. "But in this survey, about 61% of pain specialists experienced burnout."



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bmiBMI Predicts Neck Pain After Car Crash


TAMPA -- The risk of neck pain 6 months after a car crash is increased if the injured person is obese, researchers reported here.


The relative risk of having neck pain for people who are morbidly obese at the time of the accident -- a body mass index in excess of 35 kg/m2 -- was 1.9-fold at 6 weeks compared with normal-weight individuals (relative risk [RR] 1.9, 95% CI 1.4-1.8), said Ana Bermudez, BA, clinical research coordinator with the TRYUMPH Research Program of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of North Carolina.



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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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