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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | February 11, 2015



    1. Vegas Room Block Ends Tomorrow!  Register Today for Hands-on Cadaver Workshop for IPM Techniques and Ultrasound for Non-spinal Techniques Review 
    2. Learn Ways to Combat IPM's Strategic Deficit at ASIPP Annual Meeting April in Orlando 
    3. Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to Feb. 16! Submit Yours Today! 
    4. Registration Now Open for July Board Review Course in Chicago 
    5. Time to Turn Up the Heat on PQRS 
    6. LegalRx: Healthcare as a Right in the Age of Obamacare 
    7. Dirty Clinical Trials Omit Violations Clinical trial researchers fail to report FDA-issued violations in their published reports
    8. Google to Answer Burning Health Questions 
    9. Why providers should charge like hotels 
    10. Anthem Breach: Warnings, Lessons for Healthcare Organizations 
    11. Universities use Fitbit trackers to study spine surgery recovery time 
    12. State Society News


Vegas Room Block Ends Tomorrow!  Register Today for Hands-on Cadaver Workshop for IPM Techniques and Ultrasound for Non-spinal Techniques Review 


On Friday, Feb. 27 ASIPP will hold a course in Ultrasound for Non-spinal Techniques Review and Hands-on Workshop.  This course will feature 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. 12, 2015.


Click HERE  to book your room at the Venetian.






Learn Ways to Combat IPM's Strategic Deficit at ASIPP Annual Meeting April in Orlando


As you know, any and all organizations connected with the spine are interested in interventional pain management, and yet multiple societies influencing interventional pain management are not adapting to changing circumstances. It is now time that we come out from the reactive crouch and take control of our future. So what is going on here? Peggy Noonan (Ronald Reagan's speech writer) wrote about America's strategy deficit, well it appears that interventional pain management is also suffering from a strategy deficit.


IPM cannot continue with this strategy deficit. Whether it is CPT coding, RUC assessment, draconian cuts for interventional techniques, LCDs and other coverage policies, or FDA regulations, we must make a change.


ASIPP continues to provide a strategy which is proactive, improves evidence-based practice, and addresses safety concerns. We are not consumed by minor issues, political ramifications, and isolated and unconnected behaviors which are detrimental to interventional pain management now and into the future.


The ASIPP Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend the 17th Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL on April 9-11. This year's meeting is set to be the most dynamic, evidence-based, informative, and practical meeting for interventional pain physicians. This meeting will assist you in reversing the strategy deficit and moving into the future with confidence.


We have invited many excellent speakers, several of whom are from outside of ASIPP. The 17th Annual Meeting faculty totals 53 with more than 75 scheduled lectures and presentations. This year's meeting holds something for everyone! 


Some of the outstanding and well-known speakers include:


John J. Nance   http://www.johnnanceassociates.com an author, reporter, aviation analyst for ABC News and Good Morning American, pilot, and veteran. An excellent speaker, John will be providing a lecture on how to survive the Affordable Care Act earthquake. He will also speak on the prevention and management of medical errors.


P. Christopher Music,  http://www.pchristophermusic.com/ an author and financial advisor will provide lectures on the survival of independent practices in interventional pain management, along with a special lecture for resident fellow section on starting an independent practice.


In addition, we also have imminent speakers such as Devi E. Nampiaparampil, MD http://www.doctorrdevi.com ; Josh Hirsch, MD; Robert Levy, MD, PhD; Senator Tim Hutchinson; Jeff Mortier;  Vanila Singh, MD; Paul Sloan, MD; Chris Gilligan, MD; Chris Gharibo, MD; Jay Grider, DO PhD; Ken Candido, MD; Wade Wong, MD; Kaylea Boutwell, MD; Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, MD, PhD; and many, many others, along with ASIPP board members, all of whom will be available to interact with the membership.  See Brochure for complete schedule. 


Make plans for you and your staff to attend. We look for ward to seeing you on April 9 in Orlando!  Register today.


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Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to Feb. 16! Submit Yours Today!


  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 16, 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



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!
heatTime to Turn Up the Heat on PQRS


Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established the Physician Quality Reporting System in 2006, for the past few years the pay-for-reporting program has pretty much been relegated to the back burner for most physician practices. Not by choice as much as by necessity.


Physicians have focused primarily on implementing electronic health records to meet Meaningful Use Stage 1 requirements. More recently some doctors have shifted their attention to actually starting to use the technology as directed by MU Stage 2. Many practices, however, are still reeling from EHR implementation fatigue and usability challenges and, instead, are concentrating efforts on learning how to adjust the workflows of their office staff and clinical teams in a way that supports optimal patient care and reform incentive models.


Health Data Management


legalLegalRx: Healthcare as a Right in the Age of Obamacare

Five years after ACA's passage, is healthcare no longer a privilege?


It was nearly 7 years ago that I first considered the question of whether all Americans should be entitled to healthcare (Clinical Endocrinology News, July 2008). I ended up concluding in a followup article - after discussing other countries that grant healthcare as a right to all citizens - that yes, healthcare should be a right.


At about the same time, the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare," was just a twinkle in a legislator's eye, since Barack Obama was only then on the presidential campaign trail. In fact, during one of the presidential debates, Obama was asked whether healthcare was a right, a privilege or a responsibility; unwavering, he said it was a right.


MedPage Today
dirtyDirty Clinical Trials Omit Violations Clinical trial researchers fail to report FDA-issued violations in their published reports


When the FDA found violations of safety or quality standards at clinical trial sites, the published peer-reviewed reports on these studies rarely mentioned the problems, according to journalism professor Charles Seife, MS, of New York University.


Seife, with the help of NYU graduate students, found 57 trials in which the FDA had cited trial investigators for serious, life-threatening incidents and data falsification, but only three of the 78 subsequent published reports on these trials acknowledged the issues, according to Seife's report in JAMA Internal Medicine.


MedPage Today



Google to Answer Burning Health Questions


The Internet has long been a popular source for the public to quell its inner hypochondriac. And, often after a few seconds of panic-induced searching, Dr. Google appeared to have an answer.
In fact, one in 20 Google searches are for health-related information - whether symptoms people had felt or details surrounding esoteric conditions.
As such, Google is adding a new database of 400 commonly searched medical conditions to its search engine. The more reliable health information, slated to surface at the top of its search results,would be fact-checked, curated, and reviewed by a team of medical doctors from Google and the Mayo Clinic, led by Google's very own Kapil Parakh, MD,MPH, PhD, an expert in clinical research, epidemiology, and public health.


HCP Live


hotelWhy providers should charge like hotels


The prices of healthcare services and how they are displayed are hot topics of debate in healthcare, especially as consumer responsibility increases due to the shift to high-deductible health plans.

Countless articles have been published in support of the "restaurant model" for price transparency.  Most notably, Time magazine published "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us" scrutinizing the struggle for consumers to understand their medical bills.


Put simply, "price transparency" in this form enables consumers to view the total price for a healthcare service in advance, just as the restaurant industry displays prices on a menu before the customer orders.


Medical Practice Insider


breachAnthem Breach: Warnings, Lessons for Healthcare Organizations


The FBI is still investigating the potential causes of yesterday's widely reported data breach at Anthem, the nation's second-largest health insurer. There is still no clear indication who perpetrated the attack, how they did so, or what could've been done to stop it, but informed sources point to a number of strong possibilities on all counts.


Investigators say that the breach of as many as 80 million customer and employee records at the company, which provides health insurance coverage to one in nine Americans, bears the hallmarks of Chinese state-sponsored hackers, and that they may have been after personal information such as Social Security numbers, as opposed to financial information like credit card numbers.



Health Data Management


fitbitUniversities use Fitbit trackers to study spine surgery recovery time


Researchers from Northwestern University have launched a study that will analyze how monitoring the physical activity of patients who underwent spine surgery, using Fitbit activity trackers, could help them predict the patient's recovery time.


Mayo Clinic published results of a similar study that used Fitbit devices to track recovery time of cardiac patients back in 2013.


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FSIPP Annual 2015 Meeting To Be Held in Conjunction with ASIPP Annual Meeting


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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WVSIPP Meeting Set for  Aug 13-16, 2015


The West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its annual meeting at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL Aug. 13-16, 2015.


For more information, go to 

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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