" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary




Electronic poster presentation

Posters will be electronically displayed this year. A processing fee of $50 will be assessed to offset costs of electronic display devices.

Please contact Holly Long with any questions at hlong@asipp.org or 270.554.9412 ext. 230


Enter Your Abstract Poster.  

You Could Be A Winner!     



5pm February 6, 2015.


Thursday, April 9, 2015


Friday, April 10, 2015 


Top 20 selected for electronic

poster presentation.

Top 5 will be selected for abstract

presentation at meeting.

Top 3 will receive cash prizes.


All abstracts must be submitted via the online form. Any incomplete forms will result in the abstract not being considered.


bullet Click here for more ASIPP Meetings and Courses.




bullet Upcoming Webinar: ICD-10 PREPARATION

A year away from ICD-10, what to do now to prepare. If everyone waits until September of next year to move forward with readiness it will be a big mess. It's get-moving time. Are you ready for ICD-10?


Marvel Hammer advises providers break down their preparation efforts into three pieces:


  • Readiness
  • Training
  • Testing

The ICD-10 will replace existing coding for medical diagnoses. It will apply not only to Medicare and Medicaid but also to all health plans and providers governed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, so the scope of compliance with the federal rule will be enormous.


  • Background on ICD-10
  • Technology readiness to make sure the products are ready
  • The new 'Road to 10' tool to create a customized action plan for ICD-10
  • Key steps to ensure a successful transition
  • Resources to help with a smooth implementation
  • Discover the top ICD-10 areas likely requiring documentation updates for pain management providers
  • Technology readiness to make sure the products are ready
  • What are the testing procedures needed with payers
  • Practice determining the correct ICD-10 diagnosis codes in common pain management conditions
A portion of the webinar will be dedicated to Q&A.
Once registration is complete, you will receive an email with instructions on how to log-in to the webinar.

*This program has the approval of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) for 1.5 continuing education hours.Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.


bullet Order Archived ASIPP Webinars!

You can register to view past ASIPP Webinars or order CDs by clicking here.

Your purchase of the archived recorded webinar or CD allows you to view the webinar at anytime, from anywhere, at your convenience. You will still receive presentation handouts and credit hours.




bullet ASIPP Launches ASIPP®/PainPhysician Job Board

The ASIPP/Pain Physician Job Board is where talented and qualified interventional pain management physicians connect with great organizations and some of the best jobs available.

Candidates can browse current vacancies, post an anonymous resume and create new job alerts. Employers can post a job or browse the resume bank to find the right candidate.

Click here to access the Job Board...


bullet ASIPP Forms Young Physicians Section (YPS)

ASIPP is pleased to announce a newly formed committee called Young Physicians Section (YPS). This committee, chaired by Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil (Dr. Devi), will focus on issues of concern to the younger generation in our specialty.  Others named officers to the YPS are Vice Chair, Niteesh Bharara, MD; Secretary, Karina Gritsenko, MD; Treasurer, Paul Ky, MD; Delegate-at-Large, Ajay Suma, MD; and AMA Delegate, Kaylea Boutwell, MD and AMA Alternate Delegate, Karina Gritsenko, MD.





bullet Who is your IPM CAC Representative?

In March 2005, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid mandated that Interventional Pain Management become the 34th medical specialty represented on state Carrier Advisory Committees (CAC), which make local decisions about Medicare coverage. It spite of the great efforts it took to secure this position, many states are still without representation.

It is critical that IPM have representation in every state. Do you know who your representative is? More Information on CACs.

bullet Change Your Specialty Designation
Use the CMS Form to Change your Specialty Designation to 09 - Interventional Pain Management

We are faced with the need to increase our 09 Interventional Pain Management specialty designation. Currently CMS claims there are too few IPM physicians, which negatively affects our reimbursement. Interventional Pain Physicians can now change their specialty code designation to 09 utilizing the CMS form CMS855I - see page 8, section D.

bullet Find Your Elected Officials
Stay on top of the issues affecting interventional pain management, know your elected and appointed officials and contact the media in your area. You can make a difference by getting involved! Find out who represents you on Capitol Hill, go to Capwiz: http://www.asipp.org/Alert.htm



Find an ASIPP Physician Member

Search by name or location.


If you are an ASIPP Member Physician in good standing and would like to make your customized information available on the ASIPP Dr.Finder, click here.  If you have multiple practice locations, each location must be submitted separately.

By providing this listing, ASIPP is not recommending or endorsing these physicians




Group Purchasing Organization – Join Today

ASIPP is pleased to announce that we have formed a partnership with Henry Schein and PedsPal, a national GPO that has a successful history of negotiating better prices on medical supplies and creating value added services for the independent physician. Working with MedAssets, PedsPal provides excellent pricing on products like contrast media that alleviate some of the financial pressures you experience today. While the cost of contrast media has skyrocketed due to the single dose vial issue, because we have partnered with Henry Schein, this could enable you to purchase Omnipaque 240mg/50 ml for slightly above $4.50.


It will be easy for ASIPP members in good standing to enroll today and begin to realize the savings this partnership can bring. Members can join or see sample prices by going to http://pedspal.org/asipp/default.html  

Click on “view our discounted supplier prices” ( Username:ASIPPmember and Password: Save ) or click on the words "join for free now" and begin saving today!


bullet Now Available- ASIPP 16th Annual Meeting Photos from New Orleans.

bullet ASIPP Photo Gallery of Past Meetings Available Here.









bullet FDA Meeting on Epidural Corticosteroid Injections - How to Get Involved


On November 24-25, 2014 the FDA Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee Meeting will hold a meeting to discuss the risk of serious neurologic adverse reactions associated with epidural steroid injections (ESI) administered to reduce inflammation for pain management. The committee will also consider the efficacy of ESI and the overall risk benefit balance of injecting steroids in the epidural space to treat pain. The outcome of this meeting will determine future regulatory options, including but not limited to changes to the product labeling. This FDA hearing could be the greatest threat to IPM than anything we have faced in the past.


You can get involved in two ways:

  • The most critical is support from patients with letters by Nov. 7, 2014.
  • Attend the FDA meeting on November 24

ASIPP is attempting to secure time to present our views; however, we will not know the time allocated to us until October 31st. If you would like to submit your own request to speak, you may do so by October 30th. Request may be submitted via e-mail to:


Stephanie L. Begansky, PharmD

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Food and Drug Administration

10903 New Hampshire Avenue


Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002

E-mail: AADPAC@fda.hhs.gov


It is our understanding that several pain organizations and other societies such as ASA, PMR, etc., will also be presenting both pro and con views. In addition and most importantly, there are many patient groups such as the Arachnoiditis Association, which may be presenting in opposition to epidural injections.


Because of this, it is crucial to obtain as many patient letters and send them to the FDA via our Capwiz link


Time is of the essence. The comments must be sent by November 7th so you should start today and continue sending through November 7.


How to Get Patients Letters Signed and Submitted 

1. Print off the sample Patient Letter.
2. Ask the patients to sign the letter as they check in. You can also include the patients' driver.
3. Assign staff to enter the patients' letters using the Capwiz letter link:
4. If the patient does not provide an email address, you can use your practice's email.
5. All letters should be entered daily and any letters signed on Nov. 7 must be entered by COB that day.

Let us know if you have any questions and we will assist you.


Time is of the essence. The comments must be sent by November 7th so you should start today and continue sending through November 7.


The following information has been published thus far on epidural injections, FDA warning of epidural injections and other developments:


ASIPP's FDA Citizen Petition requesting the Commissioner to withdraw the present Safety Warning.


Fact Sheet on FDA Epidural Steroid Warning, Safe Use Initiative, and the MPW Approval of 17 Regulations to be Instituted by the FDA

Health Policy Opinion: Epidural Steroid Injections Safety Recommendations by the Multi-Society Pain Workgroup (MPW): More Regulations Without Evidence or Clarification Click HERE TO READ


Health Policy Review: Epidural Steroid Warning Controversy Still Dogging FDA Click HERE TO READ

Letter to the Editor: The Food and Drug Administration’s Recent Action on April 23, 2014 Failed to Appropriately Address Safety Concerns about Epidural Steroid Use Click HERE TO READ


Work group passes epidural steroid injection consensus in response to FDA warning. Healio Spine Surgery, August 1, 2014


Recommendations for safe use of epidural steroid injections presented at the ASA 2013 annual meeting as part of FDA's Safe Use Initiative


American Society of Anesthesiologists. ASA Formally responding to FDA warning on injection of corticosteroids into epidural space, July 14, 2014.


International Spine Intervention Society. Update on ISIS Response to FDA Statement on ESIs.


The open public portion of the meeting will take place on Monday, November 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you would like to attend you would need to arrive on Sunday and could leave Monday afternoon and there are numerous hotels available in the area. The meeting location is:


FDA White Oak Campus

Building 31

The Great Room (Rm. 1503)

White Oak Conference Center

10903 New Hampshire Avenue

Silver Spring, Maryland


It is crucial that we have good representation at the meeting. If you are planning to attend please let us know.


Physicians may submit comments to the FDA on the Regulations.gov web site: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2013-S-0610-0001



bullet Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: ASIPP Meets with CMS on Reversal of Epidural Cuts in 2015 Physician Payment Schedule

On Wednesday, September 24, ASIPP Chairman of the Board, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, and ASIPP President, Ramsin Benyamin, MD, met with high-level CMS officials to discuss the reversal of the epidural cuts in the 2015 fee schedule. This meeting was attended by multiple physicians and policy experts from CMS.

The meeting and presentation lasted was quite productive (click here for presentation). CMS stressed that this is still a proposed rule and they appeared to be amenable to changes more than ever before. They also indicated that in the future, there will be development of new codes, along with a new RUC evaluation showing the actual values of these procedures.


The meeting was preceded by a bipartisan Senate letter to CMS from the Appropriations Committee signed by Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), Senator John Boozman (R-AR), and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). In addition CMS also recieved, a strong bipartisan letter requesting the reversal of cuts signed by 13 members of the House Energy Commerce Committee. The letter was led by Vice Chair of the Health Subcommittee, Congressman Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX), and signed by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Rep. Andy Harris, MD (R-MD), Rep. Renee Elmers (R-NC), Rep Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI), Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), Rep. Tom Price (D-NC), Rep. Pete Olsen (R-TX), Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), and Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH).


We have received two additional Congressional letters of support, one from Minority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Oct. 2 (Read letter) and another from Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) on Oct. 3 (Read Green's Letter).

We expect many additional letters/signatures from both the Senate and House in the upcoming week.  As you remember ASIPP also submitted a comment letter to CMS. See ASIPP Comment Letter


The ASA and NANS also submitted comment letters addressing this issue.


To learn more about the issue, read the Pain Physician Journal article, Reversal of Epidural Cuts in 2015 Physician Payment Schedule: Two Steps Forward One Step Back: http://www.painphysicianjournal.com/2014/september/2014;17;E565-E573.pdf


In the meantime, we will keep you posted with the progress by sending additional information and updates as it unfolds.






Order these IPM Board Review materials which are designed to prepare physicians seeking board certificatin, re-certification, or an in-depth review of the specialty of interventional pain medicine.




Comprehensive and Timely Books

This three-volume set from ASIPP Publishing was created to give clinicians a complete study course to prepare for pain medicine board certification exams, based upon the curriculum of the American Board of Medical Specialties pain medicine examinations. These books take clinicians on a journey through the specialty of pain medicine and interventional pain management, from their origins and history, to the science and research behind methods and techniques, to pharmacology, types of pain, complementary therapies, and interventional and surgical techniques, and much, much more. Culminating with a comprehensive resource of 1,500 sample board exam questions, complete with thorough explanations of the answers, these books will not only help prepare clinicians for their board examination, they will become valuable resources that will be consulted for years to come.

Click here to order books >>>


Comprehensive and Convenient eBooks

The three-volume set from ASIPP Publishing created to give clinicians a complete study course to prepare for pain medicine board certification exams, based upon the curriculum of the American Board of Medical Specialties pain medicine examinations is now available in ebooks. Now you will be able to download the ebook version of these books to hand held devices for easy accessiblity for the mobile world we work in. These books take clinicians on a journey through the specialty of pain medicine and interventional pain management, from their origins and history, to the science and research behind methods and techniques, to pharmacology, types of pain, complementary therapies, and interventional and surgical techniques, and much, much more. Culminating with a comprehensive resource of 1,500 sample board exam questions, complete with thorough explanations of the answers, these books will not only help prepare clinicians for their board examination, they will become valuable resources that will be consulted for years to come.

Click here to order ebooks >>>

Videos on DVD 

Order the Videos and receive 5 days of course video on a set of five DVDs. You can watch them on your computer, save them to your computer, or transport them with you to view somewhere else. And you will be able to load this on your iPad for viewing or just to listen to when you're driving.

Click here to order DVD videos >>>


Videos Online 

Order the online videos and receive 5 days of course video via the Internet. You can watch them on your computer or any computer with Internet access. You will be given a password to access the high quality streaming video of each day.
Click here for sample of video >>> http://vimeo.com/28213117 

Click here to order online videos >>>



bullet IPM Practice Guidelines

"The guidelines are expected to increase patient compliance, dispel miscommunications among providers and patients, manage patient expectations reasonably, and form the basis of a therapeutic partnership between the patient, the provider and payers, " said Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, ASIPP, CEO and Chairman of the Board.


Click on the headline for our articles on evidence-based practice guidelines for interventional techniques in the management of chronic pain. Or go to National Guidelines Clearinghouse for ASIPP's 2009 Interventional Techniques: Evidence-based Practice Guidelines in the Management of Chronic Spinal Pain.

Guidelines By Year: 2009 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2003 | 2001 | 2000




bullet Order Interventional Techniques Brochures for your Practice.

ASIPP Marketing Services has produced a series of informative and illustrative brochures and are making them available to you.

View the brochures before ordering.

These customizable brochures include descriptions of pain conditions and procedures, along with accompanying illustrations. The brochures are designed specifically for the interventional pain physician. They can be used to communicate with patients and referral sources in personal settings or via direct mail.

The brochures are supplied in a pdf format. All you have to do is have your printer place your logo and practice information in the designated area. It is a quick and easy way to have the brochures you need in develop patient and referral relations.

Click here for more information and ordering >>>





bullet Essentials of Practice Management: Billing Coding, and Compliance In Interventional Pain Management


Essentials of Practice Management: Billing, Coding, and Compliance in Interventional Pain Management is the premier manual published to guide the interventionalist through all the new coding and billing changes that have been made over the past few years.

The book contains up-to-date  CPT codes, the latest HIPPA regulations, tips on Practice Management and so much more. Proceeds go to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and informing those in the pain management profession.

This book, edited by Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti and Dr. Frank JE Falco, features everything you need to know to make your office compliant.

The book contains:

  • The latest CPT codes
  • Bundling tips
  • Office policies and procedures
  • Hiring and termination policies
  • Documentation for interventional techniques
  • Documentation for evaluation and management services
  • HIPAA regulations
  • And more


Click here to order >>>


bullet 2013 ASIPP Spinal Interventional Techniques Guidelines



Exclusive opportunity to own your own print copy of  the Spinal Interventional Techniques Guidelines Issue.

- An Update of Comprehensive Evidence-Based Guidelines for Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain. Part I: Introduction and General Considerations
- An Update of Comprehensive Evidence-Based Guidelines for Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain: Part II: Guidance and Recommendations
- And Abstracts of 10 Systematic Reviews.

l Over 90,000 words l Over 2400 references l 50 Tables l 20 Figures l 300 Formatted Pages

Click here to order >>>


bullet ASIPP Opioid Guidelines Now Available

Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for responsible opioid prescribing in non-cancer pain are statements developed to improve the quality of care, patient access, treatment outcomes, appropriateness of care, deficiency and effectiveness, and achieve cost containment by improving the costbenefit ratio. The objectives of these guidelines are to provide clear and concise guidelines to physicians to improve patient access and to avoid diversion and abuse. Part 1 of these guidelines describes evidence assessment (1), whereas Part 2 of these guidelines describes guidance for responsible opioid prescribing.

The objectives of opioid guidelines as issued by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) are to provide guidance for the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain, to produce consistency in the application of an opioid philosophy among the many diverse groups involved, to improve the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain, and to reduce the incidence of abuse and drug diversion. The focus of these guidelines is to curtail the abuse of opioids without jeopardizing non-cancer pain management with opioids.

Click here to access the online version of the ASIPP Opioid Guidelines >>>


bullet Publications


bullet New Book. Sales Proceeds Go To ASIPP. 

Understanding Pain: What You Need to Know to Take Control presents insights that will be useful to anyone who wants to be more knowledgeable about recognizing pain conditions through symptoms and telltale signs, and needs to be fully informed about the various treatment options available. Providing information that is at once cutting-edge, comprehensive, and easy-to-understand, the chapters also provide the resources needed to obtain further information about the topic.

Click here to buy the book.

bullet Pain-Wise is a patient and Medical Professional's guide to simplifying the confusing and often overwhelming process of finding the appropriate treatment for chronic pain. Written by three ASIPP Member doctors with years of experience in pain management, Pain-Wise teaches the basics of how pain works, explains different interventional pain therapies in layman's terms, and helps a patient communicate with their doctor. Doctors have found Pain-Wise to be a strong tool in creating a meaningful dialogue with their patients.

Click here to buy cases.

Click here to buy single copies

bullet Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain

With detailed descriptions of practical techniques in interventional pain management this is a must have publication for all interventional pain physicians.

Click here to order

All book proceeds go to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

bullet Interventional Techniques in Chronic Non-Spinal Pain is the premier manual ideal for guiding the interventionalist with detailed descriptions of practical techniques in interventional pain management. A CD version is included. Over 400 pages, 300 illustrations, and 30 contributing authors.

Click here to order



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