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American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians News  | March 4, 2015



    1. ASIPP 17th Annual Meeting - Survival Strategies for Interventional Pain Management
    2. Registration Now Open for July Board Review Course in Chicago 
    3.  ASIPP Abstract Deadline Thursday, Expands Number of Presenters 
    4. Insurers Biggest Fear: A Health-Law Death Spiral  
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.


The Cabana Bay Beach Resort is ASIPP's overflow hotel. It is just a short walk for the Loews and joined by a walkway.


Universal Cabana Bay Beach Resort

6550 Adventure Way

Orlando, FL 32819





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:  


Click HERE for Board Review brochure
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. 

ASIPP Abstract Deadline Thursday, 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



Insurers' Biggest Fear: A Health-Law Death Spiral


As the Supreme Court hears arguments on Wednesday in the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, health insurers are struggling to prepare for a decision that could unravel the marketplaces created by the law.


The ruling could come in June-but insurers must make regulatory filings before then about their 2016 plans. Utah's Arches Health Plan, for one, says it may propose an array of insurance product designs this spring. Then, depending on what the court decides, the insurer would be poised to drop some of them before they're finalized with regulators and offered to consumers. The insurer may also come up with two different sets of rates for next year, one for each potential court outcome.


Wall Street Journal



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Doctors say data fees are blocking health reform


As they move to exchange patient information with hospitals and other health care partners, doctors are suffering sticker shock: The vendors of the health care software want thousands of dollars to unlock the data so they can be shared.


It may take an act of Congress to provide relief.


The fees are thwarting the goals of the $30 billion federal push to get doctors and hospitals to digitize health records. The exorbitant prices to transmit and receive data, providers and IT specialists say, can amount to billions a year. And the electronic health record industry is increasingly reliant on this revenue.






CMS Touts Success of ICD-10 End-to-End Testing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that providers, clearinghouses, and billing agencies for the most part successfully participated in the first ICD-10 end-to-end testing week.


The testing, conducted January 26 to February 3, included 661 providers as well as all Medicare Administrative Contractors and the Durable Medical Equipment MAC Common Electronic Data Interchange contractor, with billing companies submitting nearly 15,000 test claims.


Overall, participants in the week-long testing were able to successfully submit 81 percent of ICD-10 claims-14,929 test claims were received and 12,149 were accepted. Among the reasons for rejected claims: invalid submission of ICD-9 diagnosis or procedure code (3 percent), invalid submission of ICD-10 diagnosis or procedure code (3 percent), and non-ICD-10 related errors including issues setting up the test claims (13 percent). 


Health Data Management



What the Supreme Court Challenge Means for the Health-Care Law

WAKE FOREST, N.C.-Kim Jones, a substitute teacher, worries she will lose her health insurance if the Supreme Court strikes down a core provision of the Affordable Care Act in her state.


Lou Moshakos, the head of a restaurant company in nearby Raleigh, is also waiting for the court, but with a sense of optimism. A weakened law might remove the threat of fines if he doesn't provide insurance for his waiters.


On Wednesday, the court will hear oral arguments on a challenge to subsidies received by millions of Americans, in as many as 37 states, who purchased health insurance through a federally run exchange. The suit represents one of the biggest threats to the Obama administration's signature domestic achievement since it passed, rivaling a 2012 legal challenge the law survived.



Wall Street Journal


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Republicans: "We Have a Plan For Fixing Health Care" If the Supreme Court Eliminates Subsidies in as Many as 37 States--It Won't Be So Simple

Key Senate Republican committee chairman Orrin Hatch (UT), John Barrasso (WY), and Lamar Alexander (TN) have an op-ed in the Washington Post today saying they have a plan if millions of Americans lose their Obamacare subsidies this summer.

First, I have no idea how the Court will rule, likely in late June. While it is hard for me to see Chief Justice John Roberts voting to strike a major blow to the new health law now when he had that same chance three years ago and didn't, no one can predict what is going to happen this time.

But if the Court does throw the subsidies out in late June, it will mean that the Obamacare insurance subsidies would no longer be available to millions in as many as 37 federally-run states come August 1.


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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.  





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 Holly Long at hlong@asipp.org


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