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December 4, 2013


  1. ASIPP 16th Annual Meeting Registration Now Open!
  2. ASIPP Coding Webinar Set for Dec. 18
  3. ASIPP Cadaver Workshop, Imaging, Fluroscopy and Radiation Safety Course Set in Phoenix Jan 31- Feb. 2
  4. ASIPP Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts
  5. Doctors keep it simple, ditch insurance
  6. Why Family Dinners Won't Stop Drug Abuse
  7. Use Registered Compounders, FDA Says
  8. Blog : Pay and Practice: ACA Policy Fix a Toss-Up Among States
  9. Insurers warn of problems with Obamacare enrollment surge
  10. Transparency: Big Data Sexy and Pricey
  11. Substance Abuse Grows Among Med Trainees
  12. State Society News
  13. Physician Wanted



annualASIPP 16th Annual Meeting Registration Now Open!






We are pleased to invite you, your staff, and family to join us for the ASIPP 16th Annual Meeting: IPM: Not a Luxury nor Experimental, but Effective and Necessary.


Because we are feeling the squeeze from the Affordable (Obama) Care, the current regulatory environment, and decreasing reimbursements, this annual meeting is designed to provide practical and evidence-based education to help preserve your practice into the future. We believe you will find that this conference is quite different from the majority of other conferences.




Friday, April 4

The Survival of IPM Physicians under Affordable Care (ObamaCare) featuring, Peter Staats, MD (Chairperson), the Honorable Ben Sass, PhD, Stephen Ward, MB, and Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD


Afternoon Session Topics:

Controversies of Epidural Injections

Emerging Concepts in IPM

Practice Development

Legal and Ethical Considerations

Exhibitor Reception



Saturday, April 5

Manchikanti Distinguished Lectures featuring Joshua Hirsch, MD (Chairperson), Devi E. Nampiaparampil, MD (Dr. Devi), Debra Beaulieu, James H. Diaz, MD, MPH, and Christopher J. Gilligan, MD


Afternoon Session Topics:

Emerging Evidence for Established Techniques

Emerging Aspects of IPM

Practice Management: Fraud and Abuse-Sleeping with the Enemy

Documentation Debacle

Non-Spinal Ultrasound Workshop

Business Meeting and Dinner


Sunday, April 6

Advocacy in IPM: All Politics are Local Co-Chaired by Sudhir Diwan, MD and Peter Staats, MD


In addition to this stellar itinerary, we offer exhibitor interactions, a presidential dinner with congressional speakers, and New Orleans style entertainment.


We encourage you to register today and begin making plans to attend. We hope you will come early or stay over to enjoy all the New Orleans has to offer.


Click HERE to register

webinarASIPP Coding Webinar Set for Dec. 18


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 is from 11 am to 12:30 pm CDT. Cost for the webinar is $175.


Marvel J. Hammer RN BS CPC CCS-P ASC-PM CHCO, is a registered nurse with over twenty-five years experience in a multitude of specialties. Her field of specialties includes Pain Management, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology, and Occupational Medicine. She is a coding and compliance consultant and principal of MJH Consulting based in Denver, Colorado.



Click HERE to register



phoenixRegister Now for ASIPP Cadaver Workshop, Imaging, Fluroscopy and Radiation Safety Course Set in Phoenix Jan 31- Feb. 2


  ASIPP Is pleased to announce a Cadaver Workshop (Basic, Intermediate, and ABIPP Preparation), February 1-2, 2014 and the Imaging, Fluoroscopy, and Radiation Safety course on January 31, 2014, both in Phoenix, AZ.


The 1-day review course includes didactics on the topic of fluoroscopy. Participants experience a comprehensive and intense learning opportunity, focusing on interventional pain management techniques.


The intensive review course in fluoroscopy is planned as a CME activity for interventional pain physicians-for review, skills improvement or to fullfil state board requirements for CME hours in fluoroscopic interpretation and radiation safety.


After this course, participants should be able to:

- Describe the delivery of multiple aspects of interventional pain management.

- Review multiple areas of interventional pain management including fluoroscopic interpretation and radiation safety

- Demonstrate skills through interactive review of images



Click HERE to register


Click HERE to view brochure


Click HERE for hotel information.


abstractASIPP Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts


Abstract submission is now open to  enter your abstract proposal into the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians abstract and poster presentation at the 16th Annual Meeting set for April 4-6, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.


The top 20 abstracts will be published in Pain Physician journal. The top 20 will be selected for Poster presentation during the annual meeting on April 5. The top 5 will be presenting their abstracts during the regular session of all members on Saturday. That evening at the Presidential Awards Banquet, the top three abstract presenters will receive cash prizes.


A final abstract submission deadline is at 5pm Monday, February 17, 2014. Those selected will be notified by March 4, 2014 and will receive free registration to the annual meeting.


Click HERE or a complete set of rules  


Click HERE to submit your abstract.

simpleDoctors keep it simple, ditch insurance


Millions of Americans are eligible for health insurance for the first time through the Affordable Care Act, but a small segment of doctors say they want out of the third-party payer system.


The practice models vary considerably, from low-overhead cash practices to direct primary care. But the reasons for parting ways with insurance companies are pretty much the same. Physicians say they are fed up with declining payments, stacks of preauthorization forms, and the hamster wheel of 8-minute patient visits.


So they're taking a leap of faith, tearing up their insurance contracts, and in some cases, opting out of Medicare.


Family Practice News

dinnerWhy Family Dinners Won't Stop Drug Abuse


Food-fueled family gatherings at Thanksgiving undoubtedly are a boon for turkey farmers, football broadcasters and airlines. Do they also keep teenagers from using drugs and alcohol?


The role of family dinners in preventing substance abuse has become a surprisingly fertile field of research. For a decade, an organization affiliated with Columbia University has reported on the result of asking teenagers about how often they eat dinner with their families, as well as their use of, and attitudes toward, drugs, tobacco and alcohol. The surveys' consistent finding, that the most frequent family diners are the least frequent drug abusers, has been trumpeted in many news articles touting the benefits of family meals.


Wall Street Journal


FDAUse Registered Compounders, FDA Says


 WASHINGTON -- The FDA will encourage physicians and other healthcare providers to use only those compounders who have registered with the agency under a new federal law, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, said Monday.


President Obama signed the Drug Quality and Security Act into law last Wednesday; the measure, which was passed by Congress the week before, allows pharmacies that compound drugs to register with the FDA as "outsourcing facilities." The law came about in response to the fungal meningitis outbreak -- traced to unsanitary conditions at the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts -- that killed 64 people and sickened another 750.


MedPage Today

blogBlog : Pay and Practice: ACA Policy Fix a Toss-Up Among States


Roughly half of the states are allowing health plans that do not conform to Affordable Care Act requirements to continue in 2014, following concerns that insurance companies were canceling policies for untold numbers of consumers.


At least 19 states intend to allow people with policies canceled as a result of ACA regulations to renew them, according to researchers at the Commonwealth Fund. However, 18 states and the District of Columbia have stated they will not implement the policy fix announced by President Obama last month.



MedPage Today

surgeInsurers warn of problems with Obamacare enrollment surge


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. insurers fear that a surge in enrollments on the revamped government-run healthcare website could create more problems for insurance companies already struggling with error-filled applications for coverage three weeks before a sign-up deadline.


In what could become the next major headache for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy, a group representing leading U.S. insurers said on Tuesday that technology fixes that will enable millions of people to sign on to HealthCare.gov have not fully addressed faulty data that the site has been sending these companies about their new enrollees.



sexyTransparency: Big Data Sexy and Pricey


WASHINGTON -- Public release of provider payments through such mechanisms as an all-payer claims database could drive up the cost of care, an executive at the trade group America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) warned Monday.


Lower-paid doctors would then realize what their higher-paid counterparts are compensated, and demand from payers that they be reimbursed just as richly, said Dan Durham, AHIP's executive vice president for policy and regulatory affairs.


"That drives up premiums and that makes coverage less affordable," Durham noted here at the National Summit on Health Care Price, Cost and Quality Transparency.



MedPage Today

substanceSubstance Abuse Grows Among Med Trainees


Rates of apparent substance use disorders among anesthesiology residents have recently been at their highest level since 1975, researchers said.


Disciplinary records and other data sources on more than 44,000 individuals starting anesthesiology residencies from 1975 to 2009 identified 384 with evidence of substance use disorders during training, for an overall rate of 2.16 per 1,000 resident-years, according to David O. Warner, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues.


The incidence has shown an unevenly increasing pattern, with sharp increases followed by declines, the researchers reported in the Dec. 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.



MedPage Today

finderRegister to Be Included in ASIPP Dr. Finder


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





stateState Society News


WISIPP Plans January Meeting


The Wisconsin chapter of the American Socieity of Interventional Pain Physicians will be Friday, January 24th, 2014, at Andrew's Bar & Restaurant in Delafield.  More details and registration information will be available shortly.


CASIPP Sets Date for Annual Meeting


The California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its 2014 annual meeting September 12-14 at the Terranea Resort (www.terranea.com) in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.


For more information, go to www.casipp.com



* Please send in your State Society meeting news to:
 Holly Long at hlong@asipp.org



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