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



    1. ASIPP 17th Annual Meeting - Problems and Solutions
    2. Registration Now Open for July Board Review Course in Chicago 
    3. New UK survey reveals low awareness of pain treatment options 
    4. Newly identified compounds in spider venom could help treat chronic pain 
    5. Senate Bill Would Increase Access to Medicare Claims Data 
    6. Blog: Will the "F Word" Save the ACA? 
    7. 74% of physicians expect Congress to overturn PPACA 
    8. The Purpose (and Probability) of Mandating E-Prescribing 
    9. Who are the physician members of Congress? 
    10. Primary Health Care and Public Health: Foundations of Universal Health Systems 

ASIPP 17th Annual Meeting: Problems and Solutions


It is very clear interventional pain management is suffering with a strategy deficiency, overwhelming and non-evidence-based regulatory burden, a repeat of SGR and ICD-10 saga that is like Groundhog Day, and takeover by information technology.



Even though these problems may vary in intensity for practicing physicians and trainees, the problems affect both. We will tackle solutions to these and other problems that face us at ASIPP's Annual Meeting in Orlando, April 9-11, 2015.


ASIPP has gone to extreme lengths to provide the best speakers possible in the nation.


With the Supreme Court considering the Affordable Care Act once again, with Republicans trying to repeal it over 100 times, and the Republicans offering alternate plans, we continue to see more people insured but very few people being covered, specifically for interventional pain management services.


You need to come and listen to John J. Nance, the New York Times best selling author, aviator, and reporter about surviving the Affordable Care Act earthquake. He will also present a lecture on medical errors.


We also have numerous practice issues and we need to learn how to survive as an independent practitioner and retire comfortably into the future. P. Christopher Music will discuss strategies for taking care of our financial present and financial future. He is a best-selling author, international speaker, and financial prosperity coach.


Bring your staff. They too will benefit from what we will be offering. We have practice management sessions concerning HIPAA updates and coding and compliance.


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


Alternate Hotels


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Universal Studios Orlando
5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Universal Studios Orlando
5905 South Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32819


Hyatt Place Hotel Universal Orlando
5895 Caravan Court, 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

ukNew UK survey reveals low awareness of pain treatment options


UK survey, jointly conducted by Pain UK and St. Jude Medical, has shown that although 66% of people see their GP for chronic pain, the majority do not see a specialist or visit a pain clinic.


Almost ten million people in the UK suffer from chronic pain, which has a major impact on quality of life and day to day activities, such as work1; however many of those people do not have their pain under control or know how to go about seeking the right treatment. A survey, which was conducted by St. Jude Medical in collaboration with Pain UK, recently interviewed 1,614 people (1,090 general respondents and 524 chronic pain sufferers), and found that although chronic pain is quite prevalent, there is a general lack of awareness about what chronic pain is and how it should be treated.



Medical News Today


Newly identified compounds in spider venom could help treat chronic pain


The thought of spiders may make your skin crawl, but a new study suggests that maybe we should put our hatred of the eight-legged beasts to one side; their venom could lead to a more effective treatment for the 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain.


Chronic pain - defined as pain that lasts longer than 3-6 months - is the most common cause of long-term disability in the US. It occurs when nerves in a part of the body send continuous signals to the brain via pain pathways.

Past studies have found that, in humans, one of the most common pathways involved in chronic pain is Nav1.7. The researchers of this latest study - led by Prof. Glenn King of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland in Australia - believe targeting this pathway could help treat a wide range of pain conditions.



Medical News Today

Senate Bill Would Increase Access to Medicare Claims Data


U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) have introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at increasing the transparency of healthcare costs by providing greater access to Medicare claims data.


The Quality Data, Quality Healthcare Act would modernize and reform the Qualified Entity (QE) program created by Congress that allows organizations to access and analyze comprehensive Medicare data for select purposes. However, according to the senators, current law is "far too restrictive on which organizations can participate in the QE program, what QEs can do with the Medicare data once they have received it and the degree to which QEs can support their own data maintenance infrastructures."



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Blog: Will the "F Word" Save the ACA?


Pundits, columnists, editorialists and media outlets have now had their say on the oral arguments presented the Supreme Court this past Wednesday in King v. Burwell. Many have taken out their crystal ball to discern the outcome -- which justices will vote which way and for what likely reasons. Last Friday, the justices met in private for their weekly conference to cast their votes on cases heard that week, though the King v. Burwell outcome will not be known until the court rules on or before June 30th.


As we know, the issue in this case is whether or not subsidies (most often via tax credits) for qualifying Americans who receive health insurance policies through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges are lawful if such exchanges are run by the federal government, and not by an individual state. I covered this extensively in my previous posts the Monday and Tuesday before the oral arguments.



MedPage Today


74% of physicians expect Congress to overturn PPACA

Nearly three-quarters, 74 percent, of physicians would expect Congress to overturn the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to January 2015 LocumTenens.com survey.

Here are three other findings from the survey.


*    44 percent of physicians were opposed to the PPACA prior to implementation
*    58 percent of physicians are opposed to the PPACA now that it is in action
*    66 percent of physicians believe the law should be repealed


"After a year in the trenches trying to help patients understand this legislation, physicians by and large feel the law hasn't done a lot to help improve healthcare," said R. Shane Jackson, president of LocumTenens.com and Jackson Healthcare. "Physicians feel the ACA has made serving patients and running their businesses much harder. A year after implementation, and years after the political debate started, doctors are still passionate about how this law should have been designed, and would still like to see changes made that will make it simpler for their staffs and patients to understand.


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The Purpose (and Probability) of Mandating E-Prescribing
New York law gets ahead of healthcare system's ability to implement it.


At the start of the e-prescribing revolution there was no law to support it in the context of controlled substances. On March 31, 2010, DEA's interim final rule titled "Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances" (EPCS) was published in the Federal Register and the rule became effective June 1, 2010.


It has taken 5 years for the industry to catch up to the rule, because the rule requires two-factor authorization and rigorous identity proofing. Pharmacies and EHR vendors needed to make fundamental changes in e-prescribing workflow to make EPCS a reality. In addition, Surescripts, the major e-prescribing hub, needed to support the DEA rule and develop a method of certifying EHRs and pharmacies to the DEA rule standards.



MedPage Today


Who are the physician members of Congress?

The 17 physicians who've successfully made the transition from medicine to national-level politics as members of the 114th Congress share several apparent commonalities.


Most notably, they're all male, heavily entrenched in the House, dominantly Republican and mostly opposed to the Affordable Care Act.


John Barrasso, MD, Bill Cassidy, MD, and Rand Paul, MD, are the lone Senators in the group.


Medical Practice Insider


Primary Health Care and Public Health: Foundations of Universal Health Systems


The aim of this review is to advocate for more integrated and universally accessible health systems, built on a foundation of primary health care and public health. The perspective outlined identified health systems as the frame of reference, clarified terminology and examined complementary perspectives on health. It explored the prospects for universal and integrated health systems from a global perspective, the role of healthy public policy in achieving population health and the value of the social-ecological model in guiding how best to align the components of an integrated health service. The importance of an ethical private sector in partnership with the public sector is recognized. Most health systems around the world, still heavily focused on illness, are doing relatively little to optimize health and minimize illness burdens, especially for vulnerable groups. This failure to improve the underlying conditions for health is compounded by insufficient allocation of resources to address priority needs with equity (universality, accessibility and affordability). Finally, public health and primary health care are the cornerstones of sustainable health systems, and this should be reflected in the health policies and professional education systems of all nations wishing to achieve a health system that is effective, equitable, efficient and affordable.


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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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