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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | January 14, 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. 90% of future physicians intend to avoid private practice 
  4. How voice dictation can ease ICD-10, meaningful use burdens 
  5. House Passes Mandate Bill 
  6. Is Physician Fear of ICD-10 Turning Them Off Preparation? 
  7. Opinion: Skip Your Annual Physical 
  8. Obama's Cuban Strategy Unlikely to Ease U.S. Doc Shortage 
  9. How ObamaCare Harms Low-Income Workers 
  10. Medicaid expansion may contract 
  11. How to Look Smarter The Tactics People Use to Look Intelligent Often Backfire; Fancy Words Donā€™t Work 
  12. Abstract Submission Deadline Feb. 2: Submit Your Abstract Today for 17th Annual MeetingĀ 


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


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


How voice dictation can ease ICD-10, meaningful use burdens


Physicians have historically relied on their voice, namely through dictation, to create comprehensive, patient-specific notes in a fraction of the time of typing or tapping on a screen. While it may seem old-fashioned, that enhanced level of individualized detail is needed now more than ever so practices can comply with meaningful use's Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) requirements as well as the ICD-10 code set - both of which demand more data capture and reporting.


These regulations have driven many practices to discover the recent technological advances in digital voice technology. Physicians have found that such tools, including digital dictation and speech recognition software, can help them improve data quality, while streamlining workflows for providers and administrators, particularly when the tools integrate directly with existing EHRs.


Medical Practice Insider

House Passes Mandate Bill


By a vote of 252-172, the House passed a measure Thursday largely along party lines that would make the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate apply to employees working at least 40 hours a week, instead of the current 30 hours. Businesses employing 50 or more workers must offer health insurance coverage to all employees affected by the mandate or face financial penalties.


House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement that the measure would prevent employers from cutting full-time workers' hours in order to not have them covered by the mandate.


MedPage Today


fearIs Physician Fear of ICD-10 Turning Them Off Preparation?


Does ICD-10 have physicians running scared? How can the industry respond to their needs and concerns to ensure a successful switch?

There are a lot of reasons for healthcare professionals to dislike the notion of ICD-10.  More mandates, more money, more work, and more complications that do nothing but take highly-trained physicians away from the business of patient care have been repeatedly cited as reasons why the industry should just forget the new code set all together.  But new research from AHIMA shows that frustration, empty pockets, and exhaustion may not be the only things slowing down the ICD-10 adoption process.  Many physicians in a series of focus groups expressed straight-up fear about how the new codes will impact their practices - and even more worryingly, expected their EHR vendors and billing services to do most of the heavy lifting as October 1, 2015 draws near.


"ICD-10 is scary for most people," one physician admitted during one of the interview sessions.  The large-scale changes required to bring clinical documentation up to the appropriate level of detail and specificity are of great concern to many physicians, not only due to necessary changes in their workflow, but also because of the uncertain impact on their reimbursement.


EHR Intelligence



Opinion: Skip Your Annual Physical


We all make resolutions and promises to live healthier and better lives, to make the world a better place. Not having my annual physical is one small way I can help reduce health care costs - and save myself time, worry and a worthless exam.


Around 45 million Americans are likely to have a routine physical this year - just as they have for many years running. A poke here, a listen there, a few tubes of blood, maybe an X-ray, a few reassuring words about diet, exercise and not smoking from the doctor, all just to be sure everything is in good working order. Most think of it as the human equivalent of a 15,000-mile checkup and fluid change, which can uncover hidden problems and ensure longer engine life.


NY Times




Obama's Cuban Strategy Unlikely to Ease U.S. Doc Shortage


President Obama's recent outreach to Cuba in an effort to restart diplomatic relations probably will not have much effect on the number of Cuban doctors coming to practice in the U.S., according to an expert.


That's mainly because there are already agreements permitting Cuban doctors to come here, said Bill Kelly, associate vice-president for operations at the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (), in Philadelphia.


MedPage Today


How ObamaCare Harms Low-Income Workers


The primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to make health insurance affordable for people with modest incomes. Yet as the employer mandate begins to kick in for 2015, the law is already hurting some of the people it was intended to help. By this time next year, we may find that many workers who earn within a few dollars of the minimum wage have less income and less insurance coverage (as a group) than they did before the mandate began to take effect.


This is the conclusion I draw from my survey in December of 136 fast-food restaurants (franchisees) that employed close to 3,500 workers. Before 2014 about half the employees were "full time" as defined by ObamaCare; that is, they worked 30 hours or more a week. The potential cost to the employers of providing mandated health insurance to their full-time staff would have been about $7 million a year. But by the time the employers took advantage of all their legal options they were able to reduce their cost to less than 1% of that amount.



Wall Street Journal


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Medicaid expansion may contract

After the midterms, there is a renewed assault in some states.


Obamacare's Medicaid expansion is under renewed assault in the states even as the health law faces threats in Washington from the Supreme Court and a Republican Congress.


A handful of Republican governors said that after the November elections, they'd be open to taking billions of federal dollars to cover millions of their low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion. Instead, Medicaid faces possible retrenchment after a Republican tide swept emboldened Obamacare foes into every level of government.


Arizona and Arkansas, for instance, seemed like the top trophies in the expansion push. But the governors who embraced that part of Obamacare are gone, and hundreds of thousands of people could be stripped of their coverage if their successors don't show the same zeal to defend it.





How to Look Smarter The Tactics People Use to Look Intelligent Often Backfire; Fancy Words Don't Work


While trying to look intelligent, a lot of people do things that make them look dumb.


For instance, people use big words or put on a poker face-tactics that can backfire for some, studies show.


A growing amount of research is teasing out how people form first impressions of others' intelligence-and how well it works when you try to manage those impressions. The cues people look for in assessing each other's intelligence are simple. But they aren't always easy to pull off under pressure. They include showing self-confidence, speaking clearly and smoothly, and responding thoughtfully to what others are saying, research shows.



Wall Street Journal


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Abstract Submission Deadline Feb. 2: Submit Your Abstract Today for 17th Annual Meeting 


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.  

Link here:

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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