ASIPP had a successful legislative trip in Washington D.C. Sept. 12-13, 2017
At no other time in the history of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians has it been more important to get involved in advocacy efforts. We are finally seeing the potential for change. After struggling with a deep regulatory tsunami for several years, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for IPM.
To reach our goals ASIPP has made it's presence known in Washington this week with approximately 70 ASIPP delegates representing 25 states.
The following are the 4 major issues discussed in the congressional visits:
- Drastic cuts to ASC reimbursement
- Medicare Advantage or Disadvantage Non-coverage Policies
- Continued physician payment cuts for various interventional pain management procedures
- Making MIPS more friendly with the elimination of meaningless use and any penalties
ASIPP had speeches and meetings with members of Congress. Scheduled speakers were Representative John Shimkus (R-IL), Vanila Singh, MD and Chief Medical Officer, HHS, Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA), Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), and Representative Larry Buschon, MD (R-IN). ASIPP members very surprised and excited to welcome Surgeon General Jerome Adams! There was also a successful fundraiser for Chairman Kevin Brady, Ways and Means Committee (taxes, health care, Social Security, Medicare, international trade and welfare). He is a Republican U.S. Representative for the Texas 8th district. He has been a champion in helping put forth multiple issues related to interventional pain management.