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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | January 28, 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. Abstract Submission Deadline Feb. 6: Submit Your Abstract Today for 17th Annual Meeting 
    5. Don't Miss Out! Sign Up for the HIPAA Compliance Webinar-Thursday, Jan. 29 
    1. Obama Administration Announces Overhaul of Medicare Reimbursement - Tying Fees More Closely to Quality of Care Than Quantity  
    2. OIG Raps CMS Oversight of Compounded Drugs  
    3. HHS Researchers Debate Informed Consent Policy  
    4. NY Docs Press for E-Script Delay 
    5. Budget Office Slashes Estimated Cost of Health Coverage  


Filling up Fast, Don't Delay! Register Today for Hands-on Caver Workshop for IPM Techniques and Ultrasound for Non-spinal Techniques Review and in Vegas


On Friday, Feb. 27 ASIPP will hold a course in Ultrasound for Non-spinal Techniques Review and Hands-on Workshop.  This course will f   eature a short session of didactics followed by a hands-on learning experience using live models. 

The following day, Sat. Feb. 28 - March 1, 2015 we will hold a Hands-on Cadaver Workshop for IPM. ASIPP will transport participants from the Venetian to the Oquendo Center Cadaver Lab. The course will have three levels: Basic, Intermediate, and ABIPP Exam Preparation (Advanced) plus online videos presentations.

We hope you will join us for one or both of these exciting courses. Click HERE to view brochure. Click HERE to register for the courses! 



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  to book your room at the Venetian.





annualEmbrace the Future and the Sunshine!  Join us in Sunny Orlando for the ASIPP 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 to view the meeting schedule



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!

Abstract Submission Deadline is Fast Approaching: Submit Your Abstract by Feb. 6!


 You are invited 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.


Posters will be on display during the meeting on both Thursday and Friday in the exhibitor hall.  In addition the top 8 posters will be presented for judging during Friday's breakout session.


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




Don't Miss Out! Sign Up for the HIPAA Compliance Webinar-Thursday, Jan. 29 


When HIPAA was first enacted, the maximum penalty for a HIPAA violation was $250,000. Now, the maximum penalty is $1.5 million. Fines as well as criminal penalties can be imposed on the violating institution and the individuals involved. The FBI has Medical Record theft on the radar and this webinar will show you how to start prevention of this in your practice.You can't afford not to be HIPAA Compliant. 


This webinar will include information on: HIPAA Security for your practice, doing a risk analysis so you don't lose Meaningful Use dollars and how to avoid patient electronic records from being stolen. A few of the areas that will be covered are:

  • What is HIPAA and Who Oversees it.
  • Who must comply.
  • What information needs to be protected.
  • All the safeguards to be HIPAA compliant.
  • What happens if you don't comply and how much you can pay.
  • Do you have Business Associate Agreements in place?
  • Where to get started.
  • and much more...

Only one day left to register. Don't miss this convenient and affordable training opportunity. Register today! 


ObamaObama Administration Announces Overhaul of Medicare Reimbursement - Tying Fees More Closely to Quality of Care Than Quantity


HHS Push on Paying for Quality Has Its Critics - Agency is moving too fast, some experts say  


The announcement by the Obama Administration that it will start tying most of its Medicare reimbursement to quality or value rather than volume has garnered a lot of positive responses -- but not everyone is jumping on the bandwagon.


"I think the administration is right to want to move away from fee-for-service [reimbursement], but if you're going to squeeze doctors and other providers out of fee-for-service, they've got to have someplace else to go," John O'Shea, MD, visiting fellow in the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, a right-leaning think tank here, said in a phone interview. "The evidence so far with these alternative payment models doesn't seem to support the enthusiasm [for them]."


MedPage Today 



The Obama administration wants to dramatically change how doctors are paid


The Obama administration on Monday announced an ambitious goal to overhaul the way doctors are paid, tying their fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity.


Rather than pay more money to Medicare doctors simply for every procedure they perform, the government will also evaluate whether patients are healthier, among other measures. The goal is for half of all Medicare payments to be handled this way by 2018.


Monday's announcement marks the administration's biggest effort yet to shape how doctors are compensated across the health-care system. As the country's largest payer of health-care services, Medicare influences medical care generally, meaning the changes being initiated by the administration will likely be felt in doctor's offices and hospitals across the country.


The Washington Post  

OIGOIG Raps CMS Oversight of Compounded Drugs      

The Office of Inspector General made two recommendations that it says CMS and CMS-authorized accreditors should use to oversee compounded sterile preparations in hospitals.

More than two years after drugs contaminated with a virulent fungus killed 64 patients and caused related illnesses in another 687, Medicare-approved hospital accreditors still don't properly oversee contracts hospitals have with compounding pharmacies to assure these drugs are safe.


That's the conclusion of an Office of Inspector General report, which made two recommendations for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve oversight of compounded sterile preparations (CSPs) in hospitals.


HealthLeaders Media


HHS Researchers Debate Informed Consent Policy


A patient plagued with difficult-to-control asthma is at the end of his rope until his doctor suggests joining a clinical trial. He's no longer just a patient but also a research subject, and he'll be testing one existing treatment approach while others stay on a different therapy. These kinds of studies are the bedrock of medical science - they ensure that medicines and procedures are safe and effective.


Before agreeing, he needs to know what he's getting himself into - the potential benefits and harms, known as "informed consent."



MedPage Today



NY Docs Press for E-Script Delay


Handwritten prescriptions will soon be illegal in New York. The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) and 18 national and NY State medical organizations are trying to delay for a year the onset of a law that would eliminate handwritten prescriptions and drastically restrict prescribers from phoning them in.

The measure, due to take effect March 27, would require electronic prescriptions for all medications-not just for controlled substances but antibiotics, allergy medications or anything else that requires a prescription.


HCP Live


BudgetBudget Office Slashes Estimated Cost of Health Coverage

The Congressional Budget Office on Monday significantly lowered its estimate of the cost of providing health insurance coverage to millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act.

Douglas W. Elmendorf, the director of the budget office, said the changes resulted from many factors, including a general "slowdown in the growth of health care costs" and lower projections of insurance premiums that are subsidized by the federal government.


In March 2010, when President Obama signed the health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the expansion of coverage would cost the federal government $710 billion in the fiscal years 2015 through 2019, Mr. Elmendorf said.


The New York Times

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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 9-11, 2015.  We anticipate several hundred participants to join us for this educational, stimulating, and entertaining agenda.


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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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