" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "










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bullet Upcoming Webinar



Gary M. Janko(Complete information to be announced soon)

May 13, 2014 | 11:00am CST

Mark your calendar

This 90 minute webinar will be presented by Gary M. Janko, Executive Vice President & COO

Pain Solutions Management Group, LLC

His experience includes leadership positions in both the provider and payer sectors of the health care system. He is a regular contributor to practice management journals, and lectures on critical business issues affecting medical practices. He is a regular faculty member for ASIPP meetings.



bullet Recorded Webinars



Interventional Pain Management is in a perfect storm. This webinar will help weather the storm. Don't miss this webinar presented by Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD. Recently documentation in IPM has been under attack from all carriers as well as recovery contractors, OIG, and others. OIG may seek civil monetary penalties and sometimes exclusion for a wide variety of conduct and is authorized to seek different amounts of penalties and assessments based on the type of violation at issue. Penalties range from $10,000 to $50,000 per violation.

A well-designed documentation program can:

* Speed and optimize proper payment of claims.

* Minimize billing mistakes.

* Reduce the chances that an audit will be conducted by HCFA or the OIG.

* Avoid conflicts with the self-referral and anti-kickback statutes.

* Avoid submitting claims for payment to Medicare or Medicaid that you know or should know are false or fraudulent.

In this innovative and interactive webinar, we will evaluate the rules and regulations of documentation, billing, and coding, along with practical examples and case presentations.This webinar is intended for interventional pain management specialist, nurses, staff, and other healthcare providers.

1.5 CEU and CME credit hours.Register today by clicking here.


Start reporting measures now for CMS' Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program to avoid a 2% pay cut in 2016.


Let coding expert Marvel Hammer teach you how to quickly and successfully introduce PQRS into your practice. In this 90-minute training, you will:

  • Learn how to quickly implement a PQRS program so that your practice qualifies in enough time to avoid the 2016 pay cut.
  • Identify the changes to the PQRS program for 2014 - "Nine/three" is one of the new requirements for the 2014 incentive.  
  • Review the PQRS individual measures that may be suitable for your pain practice.
  • Discover how to successfully report the Back Pain Measures Group - reporting by claims is no longer an option in 2014.
  • Protect all doctors and NPPs from the 2% pay cut.
  • Avoid hidden traps in the PQRS rule and make sure you beat the pay cut.
  • Do you have 10 or more eligible professionals in your pain practice? It is essential that you know the changes to the 2014 Value-based Payment Modifier policies.

1.5 CEU credit hours.Register today by clicking here.


Don't risk denied payments by being out of the loop on upcoming changes in 2014!  Get the updates you need to compliantly report your services in the New Year!  By attending this session, you will be brought up-to-date on issues that affect coding and billing for Interventional Pain Management services


The webinar runs 90 minutes. You will receive a printable version of the presentation and CEUs. Watch the webinar at your convenience, as often as you desire


1.5 CEU credit hours.Register today by clicking here..

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.



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.




The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians is Committed to Promoting Awareness and Understanding of Interventional Pain Management Through a Multitude of Media Events and Public Relations Efforts

Click here for more information on public relations activity, how you can contribute, and how you can get involved.

bullet ASIPP Fact Sheet
Click here for facts about Opioids, Prescription Drug Abuse, Chronic Pain, and ASIPP's involvement.





bullet Epidural Cuts: Good News and Bad News - Phase 3

    A reversal for 2015 but no reversal yet for 2014


We are now entering Phase 3 of the epidural cuts. As promised, ASIPP has been working aggressively on this issue. We are making progress and have some major updates for you.


The Good News:


Following the process initiated by Representative Ed Whitfield, in a bicameral, bipartisan discussion with Arkansas delegation which included Senators Boozman and Pryor, and 4 house members, we heard the good news that epidural cuts will be fixed for 2015 in the proposed schedule which will be released in June 2014. According to Administrator Tavenner the problem is two-fold.


1.   There was a process issue, her folks moved on the cuts before they had the AMA recommendations. She is working to change the process so that they don't act until they have information from AMA in the future.


2.   She is addressing the payment issue in the next physician payment proposed rule, which is likely to come out in June 2014. Unfortunately it will NOT help the payments for 2014, but will put a fix in place for 2015. Ms. Tavenner has repeatedly stated that she has taken notice of all the folks talking to her about the issue, as they are not necessarily those she has been in contact with previously. She commented more than once that she is taking a personal role in addressing the issue.


How or what the fix will look like remains to be seen, but her staff will alert us when the proposed rule is ready to go. Most likely they will accept AMA RUC recommendation.


The Bad News and the Future Actions:


The bad news is we do not have a fix for this year. Consequently, we will still be attempting to get the reversal of the cuts through the house, for this year with payments from January 1, 2014. The Energy and Commerce Committee staff have held numerous meetings with them.  Also, we now have House Majority Leader Eric Cantor involved in resovling this issue. Consequently, we believe that the house actions will get us the reversal of the cuts.


We would like to thank all the Members of Congress involved in this and many of our members, specifically, John Swicegood. Without John, the Arkansas delegation, who spoke directly to Ms. Tavenner on a phone conference, this would not have happened. Without John and Cindy Swicegood's involvement and Congressman Ed Whitfield's initiation of the discussion with the Administrator this could have never happened. We also recognize our membership for sending over 11,000 letters to CMS and over 65,000 letters to Members of Congress, and the 40 letters sent to CMS from Members of Congress.


Attached is the presentation we provided to CMS and Members of the Congress during our meeting with them last month. This presentation has also been provided to the entire Arkansas delegation, multiple house members including Chairman Upton and Majority Leader Cantor. (See CMS Presentation)


We will keep you posted with the future happenings but in the meantime, we continue to need the support of our members. The expenses of fighting the epidural cuts continue to mount so if you have not paid your assessment or regular dues, please pay these as soon as possible. (Dues and Assessement Form)  



bullet Help Save the ASIPP Seats on the AMA HOD, CPT, and RUC: Join or Renew Your AMA Membership Today!


In order for ASIPP to maintain its seat on the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) submitted our member spreadsheet to the American Medical Association (AMA), we must submit our membership data to the AMA for a 5-year review to determine that we still meet the 35% membership AMA/ASIPP match requirement needed to maintain our HOD seat. We would urge you to check your membership status by April 11, 2014. If you are not current on your dues renew them this week. If you are not already a member, we urge you to join the AMA.  You can check your membership status by clicking on the following link:  https://commerce.ama-assn.org/membership/ 

Joining the AMA will further strengthen our specialty’s representation at the national level through the AMA HOD, the AMA’s policymaking body, and strengthen our ability to meet the challenges in interventional pain management today with thoughtful, well-organized responses, specifically in the areas of coding (CPT) and reimbursement (RUC).

As a member of the AMA, you will get access to a broad range of practice management resources and publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, AMNews, AMA Morning Rounds and the Archives journals. So this is a win-win request.

Please take this opportunity to support the critical activities of ASIPP by joining the AMA today. To join the AMA, visit https://commerce.ama-assn.org/membership/ or call (800) 262-3211.


Thank you in advance for doing your part in maintaining AMA representation for ASIPP and IPM.






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




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 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 The 3-Book Volume

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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bullet Publications


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.

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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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