November 20, 2014
Agenda for 16th Annual Meeting: IPM: Not a Luxury nor Experimental, but
Effective and Necessary
We are pleased to announce
the agenda for ASIPP's 16th Annual Meeting: IPM: Not a Luxury nor Experimental,
but Effective and Necessary (download the brochure athttp://www.asipp.org/documents/0414-NewOrleans-brochure.pdf).
Visit New Orleans with your family, attend the meeting, and spend a few days.
Don't plan on leaving until later in the afternoon on Sunday April 6, 2014.
We are all suffering
distress from Affordable (Obama) Care, the current regulatory environment, and
decreasing reimbursements, making it difficult to practice and sometimes to even
stay in practice. This annual meeting will have practical, 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, offering you much, much more than the typical lectures on emerging
technologies, which constitutes less than 2% of your practice. We have worked
hard to design a meeting for you and your staff that covers the many aspects of
This annual meeting will
have many exciting features: not only practical, evidence-based education, but
also our speakers, who we are proud to say are the highest quality we've ever
Dr. Devi is the first
interventional pain physician to be a medical journalist. She will deliver the
keynote speech on "Interventional Pain Management and Media Interactions in the
Modern Era." She will provide tips for all of us to present ourselves, provide
proper evidence, and present ourselves with smiles rather than
Former U.S. Assistant
Secretary of Health and Human Services, Ben Sass, PhD, willpresent a lecture
titled "Navigating Uncertainty in Health Care and Surviving as Individual Pain
Physicians in the New Era."
Christopher J. Gilligan,
MD, "Preparing for Accountable (Obama) Care: Understanding Value-Based
Approaches and Cost Utility in Managing Patients with Spinal Pain"
Debra Beaulieu, editor of
Fierce Practice Management, "Independent Practice of IPM: Is it
James H. Diaz, MD, MPH,
"The Public Health Perspective of Chronic Pain: The Role of Interventionalists."
Other speakers include
eminent physicians Mark Huntoon, Steve Cohen, Joshua Hirsch, Gabor Racz,
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, and many others-each with a lifetime of experience in
interventional pain management.
For the first time we'll
have an ultrasound workshop for non-spinal interventions, as well as sessions on
practical billing, coding, and practice management and our always popular
Last, but not the least is
the entertainment portion with exhibitor interactions, our presidential dinner
with congressional speakers, and New Orleans style entertainment.
We strongly recommend that
you register immediately for the meeting and plan to stay through Sunday
afternoon or longer. Arrive with the family, and enjoy yourselves before, during
and after the annual meeting.
Staying on Sunday will be
extremely important to you because of the discussion we'll have concerning
practical issues, focusing on measures you can apply locally. As you know, all
politics are local.
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Workshop, Imaging, Fluroscopy and Radiation Safety Course Set in Phoenix Jan 31-
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
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
- Demonstrate skills
through interactive review of images
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ASIPP opioid and IPM guidelines invited
Believe it or not it's that time again - time to update the ASIPP
guidelines. And this time around we are going to update the Opioid Guidelines at
the same time. That does not mean you have to participate in both! You can
choose either one or be a part of both.
This year we will not only
be updating the previous guidelines, but we will be making some changes and
consolidating multiple systematic reviews.
All these will be discussed
in detail and preparation of guidelines will be provided in a one day
meetingheld on January 31 in Phoenix, AZ in conjunction with a cadaver workshop.
It is mandatory, if you are a United State resident, that you attend this
meeting, and after that you have to attend at least at a minimum, 50% of all
online/telephone conference meetings..
If you are selected, we
will provide reimbursement for the room for onsite meetings.
Please submit your
interest in participation, along with your subjects of interest, to Holly Long
at firstname.lastname@example.org, by December 2,
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
Click HERE or a complete set of
Click HERE to submit your
address Debt to Income ration for Medical Community
The New England Journal of
Medicine published a perspective looking into the debt to income ration for
those going in to the medical field. The title of the article, published in the
Nov. 21, 2013 issue is titled :Perspective: Are We in a Medical
Education Bubble Market?"
The link to the article is
Medicare Rates, Docs Tell Congress
applauds the new bipartisan plan to
repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician
compensation and phase out fee-for-service (FFS) in favor of
But while FFS is still
around, the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical societies want
lawmakers to give physicians a rate increase, which they say is long
The plan crafted by the
Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee would avert a
24.4% reduction in Medicare FFS rates on January 1 that is mandated by the SGR
formula. Instead, Medicare rates would be frozen at their current levels for 10
|Ponnuru and Levin:
A Conservative Alternative to ObamaCare
As ObamaCare's failures and
victims mount by the day, Republicans have so far mostly been watching in
amazement. They expected the law to fail, but even among its most ardent
opponents few imagined the scale and speed of the fiasco.
Seeing the pileup,
Republicans might be tempted to step aside and let ObamaCare continue to disappoint and infuriate
Americans. After all, the GOP doesn't have the power to repeal the law, or even
to make meaningful changes to undo its worst effects. So why not just watch the
Democrats pay the price for their folly?
But such passivity would
actually protect the Democrats from paying that price. What Republicans can and
should do is offer the public something better. Now is the time to advance a
conservative reform that can solve the serious, discrete problems of the
health-care system in place before ObamaCare, but without needlessly upending
people's arrangements or threatening what works in American medicine. That the
Democrats are now making things worse doesn't mean the public wants to keep that
prior system, or that Republicans should.
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Clinton Says Health Law May Need to Be Changed
Carlos Watson, co-founder
of Ozy.com, and former President
Bill Clinton after their interview in Rutherford, Calif. Leslie dela Vega/Ozy
Former President Bill
Clinton said he thinks the AffordableCare
Act may need to be changed to help consumers whose health
insurance policies are being canceled.
"I personally believe, even
if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment that
the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got,"
Mr. Clinton said in an interview with online magazine OZY released
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Doctors From Medicare Advantage Plans
UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's
largest provider of privately managed Medicare Advantage plans, has dropped
thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks-spurring protest from
lawmakers and physician groups and leaving many elderly patients unsure about
whether they need to switch plans to keep seeing their doctors.
Doctors in at least 10
states have received termination letters, some citing "significant changes and
pressures in the health-care environment." The notices also tell doctors they
can appeal within 30 days. That means many physicians and patients won't know
for sure who is in or out of UnitedHealth's Medicare Advantage networks before
the open-enrollment period to switch Medicare plans ends on Dec. 7.
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Obama allows sale of canceled health plans
WASHINGTON - Bowing to
pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health
care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans
that would otherwise be canceled.
The administrative changes
are good for just one year, though senior administration officials said they
could be extended if problems with the law persist. Obama announced the changes
at the White House.
"This fix won't solve every
problem for every person, but it's going to help a lot of people," the president
New York Post
Mistake Doctors Make
A patient with abdominal
pain dies from a ruptured appendix after a doctor fails to do a complete
physical exam. A biopsy comes back positive for prostate cancer, but no one
follows up when the lab result gets misplaced. A child's fever and rash are
diagnosed as a viral illness, but they turn out to be a much more serious case
of bacterial meningitis.
Such devastating errors
lead to permanent damage or death for as many as 160,000 patients each year,
according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Not only are diagnostic
problems more common than other medical mistakes-and more likely to harm
patients-but they're also the leading cause of malpractice claims, accounting
for 35% of nearly $39 billion in payouts in the U.S. from 1986 to 2010, measured
in 2011 dollars, according to Johns Hopkins.
The good news is that
diagnostic errors are more likely to be preventable than other medical mistakes.
And now health-care providers are turning to a number of innovative strategies
to fix the complex web of errors, biases and oversights that stymie the quest
for the right diagnosis.
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fix, consumers remain uncertain
Cathy Pedersen is in what
amounts to health insurance limbo.
When President Obama
announced a rule change last week to his Affordable Care Act that potentially
would allow hundreds of thousands of Americans to keep their old insurance
plans, Pedersen saw a glimmer of hope that the inexpensive, high-deductible plan
she's been purchasing for nearly 20 years wouldn't be canceled after
Soon after Obama announced
the rule change, Pederson of Gilbert, Ariz., made a quick call to Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Arizona to see if she could get back her old plan, which did not
meet ACA minimum requirements.
Drug Use On
Decline At Work, Except Rx
More workers are just
saying no, at least by one measure.
The share of U.S. workers
testing positive for drugs has dropped sharply since 1988, according to an
analysis of millions of drug tests being released Monday by medical-testing
company Quest Diagnostics Inc.
Positive workplace tests
for cocaine and marijuana have gone down sharply over the past two decades.
Workers may have gotten more sophisticated when it comes to passing drug tests,
however, especially for marijuana, as government studies show that its use is
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Treatment With a Dark Side
For Shawn Schneider, a
carpenter and rock musician, the descent into addiction began one Wisconsin
winter with a fall from a rooftop construction site onto the frozen ground
below. As the potent pain pills prescribed for his injuries became his obsessive
focus, he lost everything: his band, his job, his wife, his will to live.
Mr. Schneider was staying
in his parents' basement when he washed down 40 sleeping pills with NyQuil and
beer. His father heard him gasping and intervened, a reprieve that led Mr.
Schneider into rehab, not his first program, but the one where he discovered
buprenorphine, a substitute opioid used to treat opioid addiction.
In the two years since, by
taking his "bupe" twice daily and meeting periodically with the prescribing
psychiatrist, Mr. Schneider, 38, has rebounded. He is sober, remarried, employed
building houses, half of a new acoustic duo and one of the many addicts who
credit buprenorphine, sold mostly in a compound called Suboxone, with saving
New York Times
Expert to Testify
Obamacare Site Has Major Security Flaws
A respected security expert
will warn Congress on Tuesday that the Obama administration's healthcare website
has security flaws that put user data at a "critical risk," despite recent
government assurances the data is safe.
"There are actual live
vulnerabilities on the site now," David Kennedy, head of computer security
consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters ahead of his testimony at a
Congressional hearing on the topic "Is My Data on HealthCare.gov
Kennedy, a former U.S.
Marine Corps cyber-intelligence analyst, said his firm has prepared a 17-page
report describing some of the problems. It does not go into specifics in some
areas, he said, because that could provide criminals with a blueprint for
Administration Maps Out Detour Around HealthCare.gov
-- People interested in buying health insurance under Obamacare could soon skip
the HealthCare.gov website and apply for coverage and financial assistance
directly with private insurance companies and online brokers, the Obama
administration said Tuesday, in its latest effort to work around the faulty
Health insurers and
online brokers like eHealth have always sought the
ability to let consumers to apply for subsidies to cut their
health insurance costs without using HealthCare.gov, the online portal to health
coverage in more than 30 states. But technological snafus with the system
linking insurers to the federal government ruled out that option, even as
HealthCare.gov itself has remained problematic.
Now these insurance issuers
and brokers are about to get what they want. The Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services is close to providing insurers with the technological
capability to also take subsidy applications, as well as sell plans to
customers, spokeswoman Julie Bataille said during a conference call with
|State Society News
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
Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians Schedule
the great success of the 2012 program, this program again will be a joint effort
between the New York and New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians.
The curriculum is presented by Course Directors: Sudhir Diwan, MD and Peter
Speakers will be Sanjay Bakshi,
MD, Sudhir Diwan, MD, and Peter Staats, MD.
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NYNJSIPP Pain Symposium.
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November 7, 2013-Sunday, November 10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency, Jersey
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