" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary

May 2, 2012


Physicians Wanted


abstract1Deadline Extended to May 7 for Abstract Submission


Millenium Pain Center Research Award

1st Place: $1,500

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place: $500


All three winners each will receive one set of Manchikanti et al Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain and Interventional Techniques in Chronic Non-Spinal Pain plus a commemorative plaque


DEADLINE: 5 pm Monday, May 7.


PRESENTATIONS: Sunday, June 10


AWARDS: Sunday, June 10 at ASIPP Banquet and Dinner Meeting

All 25 selected for poster presentations will receive complimentary meeting fees.


Abstract session moderator:

Salahadin Abdi, MD, PhD


Judging Panel:

Salim Hayek, MD, PhD

Joshua A. Hirsch, MD

Marc A. Huntoon, MD

Nagy Mekhail, MD, PhD


Abstract awards sponsored by the Millennium Pain Center, Bloomington, IL


To register go to:



Is Your State Represented? ASIPP/NANS-Sponsored Legislative Session June 11-13

Register Today for ASIPP 14th Annual Meeting



Join us at ASIPP 14th Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA, June 9 - 13th as we will look into the future by delving into strategies and the emerging technology in interventional pain management. These cutting-edge topics will be presented by a faculty comprised of the top minds of and authorities in IPM.


ASIPP has a reputation for thought-provoking, cutting-edge general sessions and this year is no exception. Our guest speaker for this year's Manchikanti Distinguished lecture titled "The Health Reform Law: What's Happened, What's Next, What you need to know" is David Merritt. Merritt is a nationally recognized expert in health policy and health transformation and a sought-after speaker, author, and policy adviser. He was Senior Health Policy Adviser to Presidential Campaigns and most recently, the CEO, Center for Health Transformation.


On Sunday, June 10 we will cover "Guideline Warfare in Interventional Pain Management: Fact, Fiction, and Reality." In the session we will consider, analyze, and discuss the various guidelines.


Breakout session topics include: Emerging technology in IPM including MILD, SCS, and intrathecal therapies; practice management, documentation, billing and coding; Imaging of the spine; ultrasound for non-spinal injections; controlled substance use and abuse; guidelines warfare, residents and fellows section; and abstract/poster presentations.


Our annual legislative session will kick-off on Monday, June 11. We are pleased to announce that the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) is once again cosponsoring this event. You won't want to miss this historical meeting. With NANS and ASIPP as cosponsors, this year promises to be the best and most productive legislative session to date. Because ASIPP recognizes the significance of this legislative tradition, we encourage you to stay through Tuesday and Wednesday, when we take the meeting to Capitol Hill, to hear several representatives and senators address us on the issues that affect you and your practice.


The following states need representation for Tuesday and Wednesday's Capitol Hill visits: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Maine,, Michigan, MIssissippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico,  North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont., Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.


 The special speaker for the legislative session is former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2007-2009), Tevi Troy, PhD.


CAPITAL HILL SPECIAL: ASIPP will reimburse the hotel expense for registrants who attend the Congressional Speakers' session on Tuesday and the Capitol Hill visits on Tuesday and Wednesday (room and tax only for Monday and Tuesday nights only).



Don't miss this year's exciting meeting! Watch for updates and announcements over the coming weeks.



Brochure | Register | Hotel Reservations | Exhibitor Application



fightPhysicians Fight "Unworkable" Medicare Overpayment Rule 


Washington- Organized medicine is pushing back against a Medicare proposal to recoup overpayments quickly from physicians, who would be required to go back through up to 10 years of medical records when determining if they received excess pay.


The American Medical Association and state and specialty medical organizations have called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to clarify - or in some cases abandon - new requirements that practices must return overpayments within 60 days. About 110 groups, led by the AMA, sent an April 16 letter to CMS acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner calling on the agency to make necessary changes before the proposal is finalized.


 AMA news


boardASIPP Offers Review Courses, Competency Exams in San Francisco


Make plans to attend the ASIPP Board Review Course July 30 - Aug.3 and take the ABIPP Part I exam on Aug. 5


Register HERE


ABIPP Application




Attend the Comprehensive Review Course in Controlled Substance Management July 30-31 and take that Competency Exam on Aug. 1


Register HERE





Attend the Comprehensive Review Course in Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Aug. 2-3 and take that competency exam Aug.5.


Register HERE




All three courses will be at the Westin San Francisco Market Street.


Click HEREfor reservations



webinarDr. Kloth to Present Platelet Rich Plasma Webinar May 14 


 Dr. David Kloth, Medical Director of Connecticut Pain Care and Immediate Past President of ASIPP will be presenting a webinar at 6 pm and 9 pm EST Monday, May 14 on the Clinical Applications of Platelet Rich Plasma. 


 The 45-minute session will feature

  • Overview of basic science and literature
  • Common diagnoses and clinical indications
  • Optimal platelet concentration & technique tips
  • Patient case studes
  • Q & A time 

Register for the 6 pm est webinar at:



Register for the 9 pm EST webinar at 



The meeting is sponsored by RS Medical.



direDire Medicare Outlook Assumes Deep Physician Pay Cuts



Washington Medicare's fiscal caretakers warn that the already dismal view they have of the entitlement program's long-term financing is probably overly optimistic given that it relies in large part on reduced payments and increased efficiency-of-care assumptions for health professionals that might never become a reality.


In their annual report on the state of the program's finances, Medicare's trustees project that outpatient care spending under Part B will increase by an average of 4.9% annually during the next five years, a full percentage point lower than the 5.9% average seen during the past five years. But the estimate assumes that Medicare pay to physicians will be cut by 30.9% in January 2013 under the sustainable growth rate formula. If Congress overrides the SGR cut, the trustees say average annual Part B spending growth going forward will jump to 7.6%.


 AMA news


e-pres ASIPP Hosts E-Prescribing Webinar on May 9


Join ASIPP For This Informative Webinar On Electronic Prescribing

Not Participating With Medicare May Not Avoid Future e-Rx Penalty Adjustments

If you have not yet participated in the e-Rx Incentive Program, this webinar will help you with using any of the following options

  • Claims-based reporting
  • CMS-qualified Registry-based reporting
  • CMS-qualified EHR direct submission
  • CMS-qualified EHR data submission vendor




May 9, 2012


10am-11:30pm CST


90 Minutes


Marvel Hammer, RN, CPC 


Click HERE to register 



DEADEA Diversion Investigation Leads to $500,000 Settlement in Internet Pharmacy Case 


United States Attorney Barbara McQuade and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent-in-Charge Robert L. Corso today announced a settlement between the government and The Prescription Shop, The Prescription Shop II, and Thomas Kundrat, that resolves allegations that they violated the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).


It is alleged that violations occurred by dispensing controlled substances on prescriptions issued outside the ordinary course of medical practice through several internet sites. The settlement calls for the payment of $400,000 to the government over the next three months, and the government has agreed to suspend payment of the final $100,000 for meeting future compliance requirements by Wenk's Pharmacy, an Ann Arbor pharmacy owned by Eileen Kundrat.






newsSend in your News 


 We would like to print the awards, appointments, and accomplishments of the members of ASIPP.

 If you have any news about any member or society, email the information with photos if you like to hlong@asipp.org 

Please send in any upcoming meetings, special interest stories on members, pictures or anything else that you would like to see in the newsletter.

 The quarterly newsletter is emailed to all members of ASIPP. Send items to Holly Long: hlong@asipp.org


opinionOpinion: A Gathering Storm of Federal Regulations


A storm is brewing, and many physicians are worried that they won't be able to batten down the hatches in time.

Physicians are right in the center of the paths of multiple, colliding fronts in the form of more federal requirements, in particular under the Medicare program. The sheer size and timing of the increased regulatory burdens are raising serious concerns that some practices will founder when those rules hit them.


Preparing for just one of these new requirements is a significant undertaking for a physician practice, especially a small one. Upcoming requirements that doctors adopt and use electronic health records systems, prescribe medications electronically, report quality information to the government, and upgrade their claims reporting systems each demand significant time and resources that are hard to come by for many practices.


  AMA news


fedsFeds Analyze, Target Rx Painkiller Abuse


Most people who misuse prescription painkillers get their stash from friends and family, government researchers said.


In an updated analysis of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 68% of new users and 66% of occasional users got their pills from a friend or relative, Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), said during a teleconference.


On the other hand, most chronic users of painkillers were prescribed the drugs by doctors or bought them from a dealer, the Internet, or a friend or relative.



MedPage Today


houseHouse Republicans Take Aim at Health CO-Ops 


WASHINGTON - Not satisfied with having cut nearly half of the $6 billion allotted under the Affordable Care Act to help create health CO-OPs, the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week voted to defund the remaining $3.4 billion in the program.


In a letter sent last week to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Acting Commissioner Marilyn Tavenner, House Republicans cited their concerns over the ability of the newly formed Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs) to pay back start up and solvency loans made under the program.


Specifically, House lawmakers are seeking to learn whether the loans - some of which are intended to satisfy state insurance regulators' cash reserves requirements - will actually be treated as reserves and not liabilities. In addition, HHS has indicated that in recognition of this potential problem, the loans may need to be classified "surplus notes" since they are the only type of loan many states will recognize as assets.


 Healthcare Finance News


cmsCMS Releases Proposed Quality Reporting Guidelines for ASCs



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently proposed guidelines for Medicare's new quality reporting program.

Proposed requirements for the ASC Quality Reporting Program relate to the measures that were finalized for the CYs 2014, 2015 and 2016 payment determinations in the CY 2012 Outpatient Prospective Payment System/ASC Payment System final rule.

Specifically, CMS is proposing new administrative, data completeness and extraordinary circumstance waivers or extension request requirements, as well as a reconsideration process. ASCs that fail to report quality data or to comply with these requirements will face a 2.0 percentage point reduction in their annual payment update for that payment determination year, beginning in CY 2014. Data collection for the CY 2014 payment determination will begin with services furnished on Oct. 1.


Becker's ASC Review


trigLacosamide Good in Trigeminal Neuralgia


NEW ORLEANS - The anti-epileptic agent lacosamide (Vimpat) appears to give relief to patients with refractory trigeminal neuralgia, researchers reported here.



In a pilot study that involved 11 patients - some of whom had failed to get relief even after surgical procedures -- several patients achieved relief for more than a year with lacosamide, according to Shivang Joshi, MD, a neurology resident at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.



MedPage Today



TennTN Passes Bill to Restrict Spinal Injections to Those with Proper Training



HB #1896/SB #1935 has passed both the House and the Senate and is on it's way to the Governor for his signature. This bill (effective July 1, 2013) restricts spinal injections to those with proper training, and requires supervision of mid-level providers when performed in an unlicensed setting.


To read bill:





stateState Society News


GSIPP 8th Annual Pain Summit, May 4-6, 2012

The Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will host its 8th annual Pain Summit on May 4-6, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge on Reynolds Plantation.

On Friday, May 4, there will be an all-day session on Chronic Opioid Therapy in Chronic Pain Management

To register go to: www.gsipp.com

FSIPP Annual Meeting Dates May 18-20, 2012

The Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians has set the date for their next annual meeting for May 18-20, 2012 at the Gaylord Palms, Orlando, FL.

Read more about the meeting and other activities going on in the state of Florida in their newsletter. Click HERE to read latest issue.

For a complete look at the May meeting schedule and CME information, click HERE

CASIPP Annual Meeting Dates Nov. 9-11, 2012

The California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Annual Meeting of the will be Nov. 9 -11, 2012 at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, CA.


Physicians Wanted



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Go to www.casipp.com for more information.



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