2012 asipp news header
American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | February 25, 2015



    1. ASIPP 17th Annual Meeting - Survival Strategies for Interventional Pain Management
    2. ASIPP Announces Election Results 
    3. Registration Now Open for July Board Review Course in Chicago 
    4. ASIPP Extends Abstract Deadline, Expands Number of Presenters 
ASIPP 17th Annual Meeting - Survival Strategies for Interventional Pain Management



It has been a long, hard winter for most of us. But spring is coming soon and so is ASIPP's 17th Annual Meeting, April 9-11 in Orlando, Florida. Wouldn't it be nice to go somewhere warm after so much snow and ice?


So we have survived a rough winter, but will IPM survive this year and in the years to come? We will address survival strategies for interventional pain management. As the great Reverend Martin Luther King put it, we hope to find "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."


P. Christopher Music is one of our keynote speakers. The topic of his talk is certainly timely: "Survival of Independent Practice of Interventional Pain Management: Strategies for the Present and Future."


The theme of survival is also included in another of our featured speakers. John J. Nance will talk about "Surviving the Affordable Care Act Earthquake: Implications and Survival Strategies for Interventional Pain Management." He will also have another lecture titled, "Medical Errors: Prevention and Management in Interventional Pain Management."


Other key note speakers and their topics include:

  • Dr. Devi Nampiaparimpil-"IPM in the Age of Explosive Information Technology and Media: Is It Indispensable or Irrelevant?"
  • Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti-"Strategy Deficit for Interventional Pain Management: Overcoming the Obstacles"


Our breakout sessions have something for everyone. Breakout sessions will be devoted to

  • Steroid Issues
  • Drug Therapy
  • Practice Management
  • Neuromodulation
  • Resident and Fellow Section
  • Emerging Concepts and Controversies
  • Evidence-base Medicine
  • Advocacy


See Brochure for complete schedule. 


And doesn't your family deserve a break from such a harsh winter? Orlando is one of America's most family-friendly cities. Bring the family along and have a "working vacation." Don't forget your staff, either. Sign them up to attend too. The practice management sessions could be just what they need to help your practice survive in the next year and the years to come.


Survive and thrive with us in Orlando. We look forward to seeing you on April 9 in Orlando! Register today.



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

electionASIPP Announces Election Results


The results have been tabulated for the 2015-2016 ASIPP Board of Directors election.

The new ASIPP Board of Directors is as follows:



Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD - Chairman of the Board and CEO

Ramsin Benyamin, MD - Immediate Past President

Peter Staats, MD - President

Aaron Calodney, MD - President Elect

Francis Riegler, MD - First Executive Vice President

David Bryce, MD - Second Executive Vice President

Sudhir Diwan, MD - Vice President of Strategic Planning

Harold Cordner, MD - Secretary

Frank Falco, MD - Treasurer


Lifetime Directors

Cyrus Bakhit, MD

Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD

Vijay Singh, MD



Salahadin Abdi, MD, PhD

Sanjay Bakshi, MD

Mark Boswell, MD, PhD

Kaylea Boutwell, MD

Kenneth Candido, MD

Christopher Gharibo, MD

Joshua Hirsch, MD

Alan Kaye, MD, PhD

Dharam Mann, MD

Devi Nampiaparimpil, MD

Sandford Silverman, MD

Amol Soin, MD


Directors Emeritus

Hans Hansen, MD

Standiford Helm, II, MD


Resident/Fellow Board Members

Sunny Jha, MD

Mikiko Murakami, DO


AMA Delegate

Lee Snook, MD 



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


Last Chance to Take Epidural Steroid Survey


Survey If you haven't already completed the survey on technical performance of Epidural Steroid, this is your final chance.


The benefit of completing this survey will be a peer-reviewed publication of the group data that informs the clinical community of the current practices that relate to performance of epidural steroid injections. The survey takes about 5-10 minutes to complete.


Here is a link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/STATEOFESI


The study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of NYU School of Medicine. 

Permanent SGR 'Fix' Unlikely in Near Term - Get out the patch kit, it's SGR time again



WASHINGTON -- Another patch for the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for Medicare physician reimbursement is very likely on the way before the formula can be repealed for good.


"I believe ... in March we'll come up with a patch, likely for 4 to 6 months, and then come forward with full-scale repeal," most likely tied to the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which expires at the end of September, Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-Ga.), who chairs the House Budget Committee, told the audience at the American Medical Association's (AMA) national advocacy conference here.



MedPage Today


Blog: What Money? Many Docs Haven't Visited the Open Payments Database


After years of anticipation, the U.S. government last fall launched the Open Payments database, which tracks money and other items of value that drug and device makers give physicians for consulting, speaking and research, among other things. The effort reflected growing concern that financial ties between physicians and industry may have undue influence on medical practice and research.


But what do doctors think of the database?


Most physicians - 72%, to be specific - say they were aware the database exists, according to a new survey of 461 doctors. But only 53% say they are familiar or somewhat familiar with the law that created the database and the impact it can have on their activities. The survey was conducted by MedPanel, a market research firm, last November and December, several weeks after the database launched



Wall Street Journal


Obamacare and U.S. Supreme Court: Round 2 
A case challenging subsidies may derail employer mandate


WASHINGTON -- Remember when the Supreme Court upheld the mandate requirement of the Affordable Care Act? Well, it will be "deja vu all over again" for mandated insurance when the court considers the King v. Burwell case involving the legitimacy of Obamacare's insurance subsidies.


In the King v. Burwell case, the plaintiffs argue that the subsidies being issued in the exchanges run by the federal government to help people pay their insurance premiums are illegal because of the wording allowing for the subsidies for employed persons.


Under the ACA, employers with 50 or more employees must offer health insurance to their workers. If the employer doesn't offer insurance and at least one of its employees goes instead to an ACA health insurance exchange and obtains coverage with a subsidy (in the form of a tax credit or cost-sharing reduction), the employer is fined $2,000 per employee, excluding the first 30 employees.


MedPage Today
statesStates Mull New Path for Interstate Licensure
Multi-state licensing could save time and money for physicians -- and patients.


For physicians in rural states, the "windshield time" -- the hours spent driving from one rural community to another -- is often nonproductive and frequently unnecessary. Telemedicine is one alternative, but regulations preventing physicians from treating patients across state lines are a barrier.


Now, lawmakers in several states are advancing a proposal, called the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, to fast-track the licensure process enabling qualified doctors to practice in more than one state. The compact would expand opportunities for eligible providers to practice telemedicine across state lines.



MedPage Today
triggersLow Back Pain Triggers: Many Are Modifiable 
Triggers include both physical and psychosocial factors


Triggers for an episode of low back pain include both physical factors, such as manual tasks involving heavy loads and awkward posture, and psychosocial factors, such as fatigue, during performance of a task.


Odds ratios for these triggers ranged from 2.7 to 25.0, according to results from a case-crossover study, led by Daniel Steffens at the University of Sydney, Australia.


MedPage Today



ASIPP Extends Abstract Deadline, Expands Number of Presenters


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 selected by a panel to 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 10 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 has been extended to March 5, 2015.


The annual meeting is a great opportunity to share your abstract with hundreds of physicians who specialize in interventional pain management.


For a complete set of rules and to access the online submission application,
please go to: h



Join Our Mailing List!
stateState Society News


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.


Link here:

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


adsPhysicians Wanted


To view or post a job, please go to: http://jobs.asipp.org/home


to receive a member discount for posting a job, use member code: 20Member 

ASIPP Members are encouraged to visit and 'Like' or do 'Friend Request' or 'Connect' on ASIPP's new social media sites. ASIPP now has a Facebook account, a Twitter Account, a You Tube account and we are also on LinkedIn. Get more involved today and visit our new sites.
Facebook twitter twitter