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ASIPP MEETINGS

 


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ASIPP NEWS

 

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.

 

 

ASIPP ADVOCACY

 

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

 

ASIPP ONLINE EDUCATION

 

bullet Recorded Webinars

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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.

ASIPP FEATURES

 

Find an ASIPP Physician Member

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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 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
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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.

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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.

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bullet Reversal of Epidural Cuts: Two Steps Forward - One Step Backwards

CMS released the 2015 physician proposed payment rule July 3, 2013

 

On the eve of Independence Day, we sent you good news about the reversal of payment cuts for epidural injections for 2015; however, this is not all good news. As we have shown, this issue is taking 2 steps forward and one step backward.

Overall in the present health care atmosphere, this would be considered a hard-fought and historic achievement, since CMS admitted using inappropriate calculations.

Thus, we have gained substantially in principle in the change for office payments with an opportunity for further negotiations with CMS. When fluoroscopy was removed as a separate reimbursement from facet joint injections and sacroiliac joint interventions, the corrective action resulted in an increase in reimbursement by adding part of the fluoroscopy reimbursement to procedure codes.

We hope that CMS will apply a similar methodology and philosophy to the epidural decision and correct the epidural reimbursement in the same manner. They used the same philosophy at that time, with the Correct Coding Initiative claiming that they were component codes of the procedure and would not be reimbursable separately. We were able to reverse that decision several years ago. Click here to see impact.

Our next step is to advocate for addition of fluoroscopic component to the epidural codes and for reversal of the cuts this year, with retrospective reimbursement from January 2014.

Now again, this is the time to take your gloves off and provide as many opinions and comments as possible. We are hoping that each physician will send at least 100 letters from patients, colleagues, and staff. Based on our response to epidural injections, which facilitated in collecting over 1,000 signatures, we should be able to send at least 100,000 letters to CMS, at least 100 letters to each member of the House of Representatives from each physician and several hundreds of thousands per Senator.

Link for physician letter – Please place on your letterhead

Capwiz link for physician letter

Link for Word version of patient letter – Please have your patients sign the letter then submit it using the Capwiz link provided.

Click here for Capwiz link for patient letter

Remember that we still continue to work at very high levels with Congress and the administration to reverse these unfortunate cuts but we need full support and action from our members. We are also hoping that all organizations will unite to fight these disastrous cuts.

2015 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule - IPM Codes

bullet Facts and Comments on the FDA Warning on Epidural Corticosteroid Injections for Pain

 

As you have seen by now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week issued a warning on injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space, further it also states that they are not effective. This issue has been going on for some time. There was an FDA committee convened under the leadership of some prominent physicians. We were also members of this committee and were vehemently opposed to this. In fact, this is exactly what we said should not be done.

 

Unfortunately, this is just the beginning; it will get even worse. The next release they will make in the near future is a lot worse. It actually mandates technical aspects. 

 

We are quite certain we will be on the future external committee, but just remember we are only one vote. I do not believe that we will have any more influence than what we had last time. The same organizations will be dominate forces on this committee.

  

At this time, the important aspect is to discuss the advantages and disadvantages with our patients. Explain to them this is a common off-label use, which we have been doing for some time in our practices.

 

Additionally, we also need to look at the role of steroids. Are they really that beneficial or not? Of course we all have individual opinions, but the literature does stand. Based on the literature, there is an advantage only in certain types of patients so we can still use them in these patients with appropriate information.

 

Following is a fact sheet for you to reference. FACT SHEET

 

ASIPP PUBLISHING

 

 

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.

 

SELECT FROM BOOKS, EBOOKS, DVD VIDEOS, OR ONLINE VIDEOS


 

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.

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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 >>>

 

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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.

bullet ASIPP GUIDELINES 

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

 

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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 >>>

 

 

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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

 

ORDER TODAY!

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

Contains:
- 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

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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 >>>

 


   

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