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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | February 18, 2015



    1. Few Spots Remain! 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. Registration Now Open for July Board Review Course in Chicago 


Few Spots Remain! 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



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.


Click HERE for Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando® . Group rate of $197 

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!
ehrThink EHR Meaningful Use Will Prevent the PQRS 2017 Penalty?
Think Again! 



CMS issued the 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule on October 31, 2014. The rule changes several of the quality reporting initiatives associated with PFS payments, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).


ASIPP is hosting a webinar from 11 am to 12:30 pm CST on March 10, 2015.  Cost for the webinar is  

$185   The speaker is Marvel Hammer, RN, CPC, MJH Consulting, Denver, Colorado.


Important 2015 PQRS Changes:

  • The penalty for not reporting 2015 PQRS is 4% for solo providers and groups with 2-9 providers(2% value modifier penalty + 2% PQRS penalty).
  • The penalty for not reporting 2015 PQRS is 6% for groups with ten or more providers(4% value modifier penalty + 2% PQRS penalty).
  • There is no incentive payment for 2015 PQRS reporting.
  • A total of 255 PQRS measures are available in 2015, including:

              - 63 outcome-based measures

              - Removal of 4 measures groups, including the  

                 frequently reported Back Pain Measures Group  

  • Avoiding penalties - Significant increases to reporting requirements: Report at least 9 measures, covering at least 3 of the National Quality Strategy (NQS) domains and report each measure for at least 50 percent of the EP's Medicare Part B FFS patients seen during the reporting period to which the measure applies.
  • GPRO election - the time frame just got shorter.
  • Medicare's shift from Volume to Value: The value-based payment modifier applies to all physicians. The value modifier uses PQRS quality data and Medicare cost data to determine a provider's overall value score. It rewards high-performing providers with increased payments and reduces payments to low-performing providers. This will affect approximately 900,000 physicians.
  • What is a Quality and Resource Use Report (QRUR)?  How does it relate to the Value-Based Payment Modifier


Click HERE to register

Study: Physicians wrongly blame high healthcare costs on patient demands


Many physicians believe patients' inappropriate demands or requests for medical tests or treatments are partially responsible for ballooning healthcare costs, but the rate at which these requests are satisfied is actually very low, according to a recent study published in JAMA Oncology, of which Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, was the senior author.


Additionally, physicians feel compelled to do additional tests and procedures to protect themselves from medical malpractice suits. Despite their beliefs, the study shows malpractice and defensive medicine account for a very small portion of rising healthcare costs.



Becker's Hospital Review
White House announces new cybersecurity agency


The U.S. government plans to establish a new agency to address cyber threats.

After a tide of security breaches in 2014 and early 2015, President Barack Obama included cybersecurity as one of his focuses for his 2015 agenda. The new agency will be called the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, according to the Washington Post.


The new division will pull information and resources from the cybersecurity sectors of other government agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI. It is modeled after the National Counterterrorism Center, which was created amid rumors that the government had failed to share information that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks.


Becker's Health IT
Right Staff, Right Time, Right Place


I hear this question over and over. Generally what I find are appropriate staffing levels but inappropriate timing! In other words, over the course of a week, the right staff is in place, but not on a given hour of the day.


Think about the workflow in a practice. Even without consideration for specialty type, every medical office will tell you that the phones are busier on Monday mornings than any other time of the week. Yet we often have the same level of staff phone support on Monday morning as we have on Thursday afternoon. Does that make sense?


The phone workflow is often overlooked when we think of staffing effectively. Every practice can do a simple study of its incoming phone volume by making tick marks for every incoming call on a per-hour basis to track calls for appointments, prescription reissue, nurse/doctor, diagnostic test results, billing, or other. (If, after the first time you do it, you think you didn't get a typical week, try it for 2 or 3 weeks.)



MedPage Today


5 takeaways from the House hearing on ICD-10

Six of seven witnesses at Wednesday's "Examining ICD-10 Implementation" hearing, hosted by the House Energy and Commerce's Health Subcommittee, testified that the code set conversion should move forward on schedule, holding firm to the Oct. 1 deadline.


The meeting came on the heels of a study released Tuesday by the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management, which found that among practices with six or fewer providers the average cost of making the ICD-10 transition ranged from $4,372 to $13,541. Across all surveyed practices, average expenditures were $8,167 with per-physician costs coming in at $3,430.



Medical Practice Insider


UC Davis researchers identify new compound that takes aim at neuropathic pain


A new compound discovered by a team of UC Davis investigators has potent actions against production of a chemical that is implicated in the development of chronic pain following a peripheral nerve injury in the spinal cord.


The compound, a molecule named 6-chloro-8-(glycinyl)-amino-β-carbolin, or 8-Gly carb, provides an important new avenue of research for developing drugs to prevent the severe pain that sometimes remains long after an injury or infection has healed.  


UC Davis Health System




Poorer Rx Response for Smokers With Spine Disease
Smaller decreases in axial spondyloarthritis disease activity with anti-TNF for smokers.


Patients with axial spondyloarthritis who smoke may be undermining the potential benefit of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor therapy, Swiss researchers reported.


Over the course of a median 2 years, significantly smaller reductions in the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) were seen among current smokers compared with never smokers, with the mean change from baseline score differing by 0.75 units (95% CI 0.22-1.28, P=0.005), according to Adrian Ciurea, MD, of University Hospital Zurich, and colleagues.


MedPage Today


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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.


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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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