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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | January 21, 2015



  1. Filling up Fast! Register Today for Hands-on Caver Workshop for IPM Techniques and Ultrasound for Non-spinal Techniques Review and in Vegas
  2. Embrace the Future - and the Sunshine in Sunny Orlando at ASIPP's 17th Annual Meeting in April 
  3. Registration Now Open for July Board Review Course in Chicago 
  4. No Easing in Opioid Death Toll
  5. Perils of Pot: Colorado Update 
  6. Unhealthiness of Sitting Not Offset by Exercise: Meta-Analysis 
  7. Physicians Under Pressure To Remain Independent 
  8. CMS Head Tavenner Resigns 
  9. Congress Sets SGR Reform as a Priority 
  10. Flu Shots 23% Effective; Antivirals in Demand 
  11. A 12-Hour Window for a Healthy Weight 
  12. Rethink "Repeal and Replace" and Consumer Friendly Obamacare Fixes - Two Op-Eds in USA Today 
  13. Abstract Submission Deadline Feb. 6: Submit Your Abstract Today for 17th Annual Meeting


Filling up Fast! Register Today for 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 - and the Sunshine in Sunny Orlando at ASIPP's 17th Annual Meeting in April



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



Make plans now to head down to Sunny Orlando Florida! ASIPP's 17th annual meeting is set for April 9-11. Plan to bring your family to enjoy access benefits to Universal Studies and the Loew's Royal Pacific Resort.


Your family will love the walking distance to the Universal Parks, and the hotel's gorgeous resort atmosphere while you enjoy learning about all the latest news and techniques for Interventional Pain Management.


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.


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.


We hope you will join us for the meeting in the fun filled city of Orlando. Bring your family and spend a few days.



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


Click HERE to Register


Click HERE for Exhibitor Prospectus



Registration Now Open for July Board Review Course in Chicago


Make plans today to attend the 2015 Board Review Course set for July 21-24  at the Palmer House in Chicago, IL


This intensive and comprehensive high-quality review will prepare physicians appearing for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)-Subspecialty Pain Medicine examination and for the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP)-Part 1 examination.


* A five-day review covering anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, ethics, interventional techniques, 

   non-interventional techniques, controlled substances and practice management

* Unique lectures by experts in the field

* Extensive educational materials



Click HERE to Register:  


Brochure and Hotel Registration Information will be available soon!
No Easing in Opioid Death Toll


Despite years of policy changes and increasing awareness of abuse and addiction, deaths due to poisoning from prescription opioids rose in 2013 as did heroin deaths, federal researchers reported.


The 16,235 opioid drug poisoning deaths that year were a slight rise from the 16,007 in 2012. Experts said this could reflect a continued plateau, although some said they would have expected more consistent declines by now.



MedPage Today



Perils of Pot: Colorado Update


Marijuana may prove to have some health benefits. But in Colorado, the immediate, short-term consequences of legalizing its retail sale and recreational use have not all been good. Those include fires, severe burns, accidental poisoning of children, and adult overdoses.

Writing in the "viewpoints" section of JAMA three Denver-area University of Colorado emergency physicians (Andrew Monte, MD, Richard Zane, MD, and Kennon Heard, MD, PhD) outline the medical problems they have seen since Jan.1, 2014, when it became legal to sell recreational marijuana in the state.


Click HERE to read JAMA article





Unhealthiness of Sitting Not Offset by Exercise: Meta-Analysis


Greater sedentary time was associated with increased risk of adverse health outcomes including early death, even in those who otherwise exercised regularly, a meta-analysis indicated.


With data pooled from 41 primary research studies, researchers found that long periods of sitting time were positively correlated with all-cause mortality and other outcomes, after adjustment for levels of physical activity, compared with study participants reporting relatively little sitting time:

  • All-cause mortality (hazard ratio 1.240, 95% CI 1.09-1.41)
  • Cardiovascular disease mortality (HR 1.179, 95% CI 1.106-1.257)
  • Cardiovascular disease incidence (HR 1.143, 95% CI 1.002-1.729)
  • Cancer mortality (HR 1.173, 95% CI 1.108-1.242)
  • Cancer incidence (HR 1.130 95% CI 1.053-1.213)
  • Type 2 diabetes incidence (HR 1.910, 95% CI 1.642-2.222)



MedPage Today



Physicians Under Pressure To Remain Independent


In order to maintain their autonomy, independent physicians must look to new and innovative practice models that allow them to adapt to shifting market dynamics in the health care sector. As the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act sends ripples through the health care marketplace, a recent survey of dozens of independent physicians indicates that many doctors are nervously eyeing the landscape, unsure of their future.


According to the 2015 Independent Physician Outlook & Sentiment Survey, conducted by ProCare Systems, a Michigan-based consultancy that advises independent physician groups across the country, 44 percent of surveyed physicians say they anticipate being forced to sell their practices to a larger player at some point in the future. A full 73 percent of respondents, though, would prefer not to sell - a clear indication that doctors are feeling pressured.



Physicians News




CMS Head Tavenner Resigns

Her resignation will be effective at the end of February


WASHINGTON -- Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is stepping down, according to news reports.


Tavenner's resignation will become effective at the end of February, the Huffington Post reported; her deputy Andrew Slavitt will step in as acting administrator until a successor is named.



MedPage Today



Congress Sets SGR Reform as a Priority


Although the 114th Congress is only 10 days old, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has wasted no time in announcing a two-day hearing Jan. 21-22 to examine the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).

Tight legislative deadlines and an eagerness to capitalize on new majorities in both Congressional chambers prompted the early announcement of upcoming hearings by House Republicans. Absent Congressional action, all physicians, including radiologists, face an approximately 21 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursement stemming from the SGR starting on April 1.

Though the hearing dates have been announced, further details on what type of SGR solution the Energy and Commerce Committee will explore are still forthcoming. In the last Congress, federal lawmakers introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation, specifically HR. 4015/S. 2000, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, to completely revamp the method by which physicians are reimbursed through Medicare. Despite bipartisan support for the underlying policy, an inability to reach an agreement on how to finance the estimated $140 billion, 10-year cost of enacting H.R. 4015/S. 2000 ultimately doomed the legislation.






Flu Shots 23% Effective; Antivirals in Demand


Though the flu vaccine for the 2014-2015 season is only 23% effective, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend flu shots for those who do not have the illness, and antivirals for those who do. 

The effectiveness estimate is based on data from 2,321 children and adults with acute respiratory illness tested from Nov. 10, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015 at 5 study sites with outpatient facilities. The cases were all laboratory confirmed.
Most of those cases were traced to A H3N2 viruses, but most were not the subtypes used in the vaccine. 


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A 12-Hour Window for a Healthy Weight


This article appeared in the January 18, 2015 issue of The New York Times Magazine.


Scientists, like mothers, have long suspected that midnight snacking is inadvisable. But until a few years ago, there was little in the way of science behind those suspicions. Now, a new study shows that mice prevented from eating at all hours avoided obesity and metabolic problems - even if their diet was sometimes unhealthful.


Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego and elsewhere began experimenting with the eating patterns of laboratory mice in a previous study. On that occasion, some mice consumed high-fat food whenever they wanted; others had the same diet but could eat only during an eight-hour window. None exercised. The mice that ate at all hours soon grew chubby and unwell, with symptoms of diabetes. But the mice on the eight-hour schedule gained little weight and developed no metabolic problems. Those results were published in 2012.



New York Times


Rethink "Repeal and Replace" and Consumer Friendly Obamacare Fixes - Two Op-Eds in USA Today


I have no doubt Republicans will insist on proposing their own complex plan to reform the health insurance system that will include repealing and replacing Obamacare.

But I think it is going to get them into more political trouble than it's worth.


Of course that begs a question, Just what should we do to make health insurance reform politically and financially viable?

Proposals the Republicans are now considering will have no chance of getting by a Presidential veto--even if they can muster 60 votes in the Senate--so long as Obama is President. Even if the Supreme Court takes away insurance subsidies in the state exchanges I doubt this President and this Congress can agree on anything.


Health Policy and Market



Abstract Submission Deadline Feb. 6: 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


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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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