American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | January 7, 2015



  1. ASIPP Hosting Hands-on Caver Workshop for IPM Techniques and Ultrasound for Non-spinal Techniques Review and in Vegas
  2. Embrace the Future: Register to Attend  ASIPP's 17th Annual Meeting
  3. Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard 
  4. CMS Now Recognizes Interventional Cardiology 
  5. Dr. Devi Addresses Current Health Issues 
  6. As Docs Face Big Cuts In Medicaid Pay, Patients May Pay the Price 
  7. The Depression That Was Fixed by Doing Nothing 
  8. 90% of future physicians intend to avoid private practice  
  9. Gold standard sullied? Employees' deductibles balloon to 80% 
  10. Massachusett  Docs Must Demonstrate EHR Proficiency 
  11. Multiple Pay Cuts Hit Doctors In 2015 
  12. Computer-generated vs. physician-recorded patient histories: Which is better? 
  13. Submit Your Abstract Today for 17th Annual Meeting Abstract Session 


ASIPP Hosting Hands-on Caver Workshop for IPM Techniques and Ultrasound for Non-spinal Techniques Review and in Vegas


The Ultrasound for Non-spinal techniques Review and Hands-on Workshop will be Feb. 27, 2015 and the Hands-on Cadaver Workshop for IPM with be Feb. 28 - March 1, 2015


The course will have three levels: Basic, Intermediate, and ABIPP Exam Preparation (Advanced) plus online Videos and Presentations.


Click HERE to view brochure


Room block:

The Venetian

3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard

Las Vegas, NV 89109

Phone: 702-414-1000

Room block ends Feb. 5, 2015.

Click HERE for Hotel link.


Click HERE to register



annualEmbrace the Future: Register to Attend  ASIPP's 17th Annual Meeting



 April 9-11, 2015 | Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando | Orlando, Florida




We are pleased to announce the agenda for ASIPP's 17th Annual Meeting in collaboration with the Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. We hope you will join us for the meeting in the fun filled city of Orlando. Bring your family and spend a few days.


This year's theme is Embrace the Future: Evidence, Medical necessity, Be accountable and reasonable, Research-based practice, Advocacy based on evidence, Competency and compromise based on a comprehensive approach, Ethical practice and sacrifice. (BROCHURE)


We continue to face challenges in our practices and our specialty but the best way to handle these difficulties is by staying positive and to EMBRACE THE FUTURE.  The 2015 Annual Meeting will have practical, evidence-based, and progressive 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. We have worked hard to design a meeting for you and your staff that covers the many aspects of your practice, from evidence-based medicine, emerging concepts and controversies, to practice management and information technology and media, and much, much more.


This Annual Meeting will have many exciting features: not only practical, evidence-based education, but also many new and exciting speakers, whom we are proud to say are the highest quality we've ever had.


1.  John J. Nance, a New York Times Best-Seller Author, and ABC Analyst, will provide the Manchikanti Distinguished lecture "Surviving the Affordable Care Act Earthquake: Implications and Survival Strategies for Interventional Pain Management." Mr. Nance will also talk on "Medical Errors: Prevention and Management in IPM. http://www.johnnanceassociates.com/


2.  P. Christopher Music, best-selling author and international speaker, will provide a keynote talk on "Survival of Independent Practice of Interventional Pain Management: Strategies for Present and Future." http://www.pchristophermusic.com/


3.  Dr. Devi is the first interventional pain physician to be a medical journalist. She will deliver the Raj-Racz Distinguished lecture "IPM in the Age of Explosive Information and Media: Is it Indispensable or Irrelevant? She will provide tips for us on how to deal with the age of information and instant and rapid communication. http://doctordevi.com/


4.  Vanila Singh, MD will tell us about "An Interventionalist's Experience: Jumping into the Political Arena - Facts, Fiction, Frustration and Reward."  


Other speakers include eminent physicians Christopher J. Gilligan, MD, Robert Levy, MD, PhD, Paul Sloan, MD, Konstantin Slavin, MD, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, MD, PhD, and Gabriele Jasper, MD, and many others-each with a lifetime of experience in interventional pain management.


We also offer sessions on practical billing, coding, and practice management and our always popular abstract presentations. This year we have a special session for our large resident and fellow members with many great speakers.


Join us for this exciting meeting and begin to Embrace the Future. 


Click HERE to Register


Click HERE for Exhibitor Prospectus


Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard


WASHINGTON - For years, Harvard's experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.


Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care. The university says the increases are in part a result of the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, which many Harvard professors championed.



New York Times



CMS Now Recognizes Interventional Cardiology


Interventional cardiologists can be identified as such by Medicare starting Jan. 5, which the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions says will open up reimbursement opportunities and improve quality metric comparisons.


The designation takes only a one-time request to the local Medicare provider asking to be changed from general cardiology to the new C3 category, a relatively straightforward process that should only take about 15 minutes, according to SCAI.



MedPage Today


Dr. Devi Addresses Current Health Issues

Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil is a physician, researcher, Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine, and a member of ASIPP. 

Here are the links to some of her current news interviews:

January 2, 2015: CDC Declares Flu Epidemic

The Rundown With Jose Diaz-Balart, MSNBC



January 2, 2015: Members of ISIS Now Have Ebola

Varney & Co., Fox Business Network



January 3, 2015: Tips to Manage Flu Season

America's News Headquarters, Fox News Channel




December 26, 2014: CDC Lab Tech Checked for Ebola

News, Al Jazeera America


For more interviews from Dr. Devi, go to: http://doctordevi.com/

As Docs Face Big Cuts In Medicaid Pay, Patients May Pay the Price


Andy Pasternak, a family doctor in Reno, Nev., has seen more than 100 new Medicaid patients this year after the state expanded the insurance program under the Affordable Care Act.


But he won't be taking any new ones after Dec. 31. That's when the law's 2-year pay raise for primary care doctors like him who see Medicaid patients expires, resulting in fee reductions of 43% on average across the country, according to the nonpartisan Urban Institute.



MedPage Today


depressionThe Depression That Was Fixed by Doing Nothing
The often forgotten 1920-21 economic crisis suggests that sometimes the best stimulus is none at all.


To combat the Great Recession and its long-lingering aftermath, leading central banks have pulled some $10 trillion out of thin air. Governments of the world's principal economies have rung up almost $20 trillion in deficit spending. We often hear that the authorities have done too little. Perhaps they have done too much.


Not so long ago, the authorities did hardly anything. In response to the severe, little-known economic slump of the early 1920s, they virtually sat on their hands. It is an often forgotten episode that suggests the potential for constructive federal inaction-and underscores the healing power of Adam Smith 's invisible hand.


Beginning in January 1920, something much worse than a recession blighted the world. The U.S. suffered the steepest plunge in wholesale prices in its history (not even eclipsed by the Great Depression), as well as a 31.6% drop in industrial production and a 46.6% fall in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Unemployment spiked, and corporate profits plunged.



Wall Street Journal


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90% of future physicians intend to avoid private practice


athenahealth has released the results of its 9th annual Epocrates Future Physicians of American Survey, and America's future physicians say they have neither the desire nor the knowledge to participate in private practice.


Medical students today largely intend to avoid private practice, are unsatisfied with their business skills and are putting faith in technology to improve communication, according to the results of the survey, which polled 1,400 medical students on their training and on practices in the healthcare industry. According to the report:

  • About three-fourths (73 percent) plan to seek employment with a hospital or large group practice.
  • Just 10 percent planned to join private practice, down from 20 percent in 2008.
  • About two-thirds say they are dissatisfied with the education they have received in regard to practice management, ownership and coding and billing.


Becker's ASC Review


Gold standard sullied? Employees' deductibles balloon to 80%


Physician Praveen Arla is witnessing a reversal of health care fortunes: Poor, long-uninsured patients are getting Medicaid through Obamacare and finally coming to his office for care. But middle-class workers are increasingly staying away.


"It's flip-flopped," says Arla, who helps his father run a family practice in Hillview, Ky. Patients with job-based plans, he says, will say: " 'My deductible is so high. I'm trying to come to the doctor as little as possible. ... What is the minimum I can get done?' They're really worried about cost."


It's a deep and common concern across the USA, where employer plans cover 60% of working-age Americans, or about 150 million people. Coverage long considered the gold standard of health insurance now often requires workers to pay so much out-of-pocket that many feel they must skip doctor visits, put off medical procedures, avoid filling prescriptions and ration pills - much as the uninsured have done.


USA Today



massMassachusetts Docs Must Demonstrate EHR Proficiency


The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine has finalized regulations that implement a state law requiring physicians to demonstrate proficiency in the use of electronic health records, as well as the skills for achieving meaningful use.


The new regulations establish multiple ways in which physicians would be in compliance with the requirement. 


Health Data Management



Multiple Pay Cuts Hit Doctors In 2015


A flurry of pay cuts for doctors hit today as physicians struggle to implement electronic health records, deal with new measurements to improve quality and deal with myriad changes in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement formulas.


The biggest pay decrease will be a return to the old rates paid by the Medicaid program for poor Americans when a two-year pay bump under the Affordable Care Act that increased reimbursement 40 percent or more expires. Under the health law, a primary care doctor - a family physician, a pediatrician or an internist - who treats Medicaid patients has been reimbursed to the generally higher level of the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly for scores of primary care services but only for 2013 and 2014.




Computer-generated vs. physician-recorded patient histories: Which is better?

Computer-generated histories of present illness were of higher overall quality, better organized and more useful than with histories written by physicians in gastroenterology clinics, according to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.


Researchers performed a cross-sectional study, which included adult GI patients undergoing usual care and then completing AEGIS, a patient-provider portal that systematically collects patient symptoms using a computer algorithm. The HPI generated by the computer and by a physician were evaluated by 48 blinded physicians.


According to study results, the mean overall impression score for computer-generated HPIs was higher than physician HPIs - 3.68 vs. 2.80. Computer-generated HPIs were also judged more complete, more useful, better organized, more succinct and more comprehensible.


Becker's ASC Review


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Submit Your Abstract Today for 17th Annual Meeting Abstract Session


Make your plans now to participate in the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians abstract and poster presentation at the 17th Annual Meeting, April 9-11 in Orlando Florida.


This year's abstract session will be bigger and better. In response to your many suggestions, the top 20 posters will be on  display through our new  electronic poster presentations with Q & A time with poster presenters. They will also be published in Pain Physician journal.


In addition the Top 8 posters will be presented for judging during Friday's session. The top three abstracts will receive cash prizes.


Posters will be on display during the meeting on both Thursday and Friday in the exhibitor hall.


The abstract submission deadline will be February 6, 2015.



For a complete set of rules and to access the online submission application, please go to:  http://www.asipp.org/0415-Abstract-registration.htm


stateState Society News


FSIPP Annual 2015 Meeting a Huge Success


In 2015 we will be having our FSIPP Annual Meeting in association with ASIPP.  The meeting will be held in Orlando at the Lowe's Royal Pacific Resort, Universal, on April 9, 10, 11, 12 of 2015.  We anticipate several hundred participants and   expect the educational agenda to blow your mind.  

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Save The Date! CASIPP Meeting set for October 2015



The 2015 Annual Meeting of the California chapter of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will be Oct. 16-18, 2015.  The event will take place at the Monterey Plaza Hotel in Monterey, California.  Registration will open early next year.  





* Please send your State Society meetings and news to:
 Holly Long at hlong@asipp.org


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