43 states have IPM Representatives on State CACs
Thirty states, have taken this opportunity and nominated interventional pain physicians on their state CACs. They are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. States without representation still can nominate an interventional pain physician and an alternate to their state Carrier Advisory Committees, following the mandate in March by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
“This was an important victory that we had worked four years to achieve,” said Laxmaiah Manchikanti, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, “so now every state needs to take advantage of it. Serving on these committees will improve our ability to participate in the decision-making and policy-making of Medicare and Medicaid, which will improve patient care and access.”
CACs are the vehicles by which Medicare Part B Carriers provide an opportunity for health care professionals in their state to offer input into the decision-making process, resulting in the creation of Local Carrier Determinations (LCDs), formerly known as Local Medical Review Policies (LMRPs). Interventional Pain Management is the 34th specialty with required representation. Prior to the March ruling, some interventionalists had served on CACs as representatives of anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and neurology specialties. Those representatives may be re-nominated to represent IPM, or an additional interventional pain physician may be nominated.
Manchikanti asks each ASIPP state society to notify the ASIPP office, if it is not represented on its state CAC, so ASIPP may assist in writing letters of support. If a state society is already represented on its CAC, he asks that it submit the representative’s name to ASIPP.
A sample nomination letter is available here.