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" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary
 

June 30, 2011

·  Pain Physician Recieves a Top Impact Factor Rating

·  2011 ASIPP Annual Meeting - A Great Success

·  Doctors Tell Congress How to Rein in Prescription Drug Abuse: ASIPP Annual Meeting News Coverage

·  Deadline for ABIPP Part I Examination Application Extended to July 10

·  IOM Report Calls for Cultural Transformation of Attitudes Toward Pain and Its Prevention and Management

·  House members rally against MedPAC recommendations

·  Appeals court upholds health-care law's individual mandate

·  Clinical drug trials enter electronic world

·  Early Registration Ends July 11: Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses

·  Physicians advised to adopt conservative prescribing habits

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted


Pain Physician Recieves a Top Impact Factor Rating


We are please to report that the Pain Physician journal earned an impact factor of 7.793 which places Pain Physician 5th of 185 in the category of Clinical Neurology according to a report released on Tuesday.

The impact factor of a journal is the average number of citations received per paper published in that journal during the two preceding years

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Journal Impact Factor is from Journal Citation Report (JCR), a product of Thomson ISI (Institute for Scientific Information). JCR provides quantitative tools for evaluating journals. The impact factor is one of these; it is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a given period of time.

It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field, with journals with higher impact factors deemed to be more important than those with lower ones. The impact factor was devised by Eugene Garfield, the founder of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), now part of Thomson Reuters. Impact factors are calculated yearly for those journals that are indexed in Thomson Reuter's Journal Citation Reports.

Pain Physician


2011 ASIPP Annual Meeting - A Great Success


ASIPPs 13th Annual Meeting, Legislative Session and Capitol Hill Visits concluded on Wednesday, June 29 with a great attendance, a record number of Capitol Hill visits and congressional speakers, and the most exciting line-up of speakers and topics in ASIPP history. Highlights of this year's meeting include:

On Saturday morning in the general session Dr. Richard Derby opened the meeting by providing the Manchikanti Distinguised Lecture, "An Evolution of Spinal Diagnostic Interventions." DEA Deputy Assistant Administrator, Joseph Rannazzisi followed with the thought-provoking lecture, "Controlled Substance Use and Abuse: A DEA."

On Sunday we were honored to have two noteworthy speakers from the United Kingdom. Sanjeeva Gupta, Consultant in Pain and Anesthesia and Stephen P. Ward, Clinical Director, Anesthetics of General Nuffield Hospital who gave us an enlightening view of health care in the UK and Europe and in turn a clearer idea of what the future of health care in the US might look like after health care reform.

During the ASIPP annual business meeting, dinner and dance, we honored four great contributors to IPM and ASIPP: Richar Derby, MD - Lifetime Achievement Award; James Rathmell, MD - Academic Achievement Award; Andrea Trescot, MD - Chairman's Elite Award; and David Kloth, MD - Collaboration Award.

This year's legislative session and Capitol Hill visits proved to be one of our best. Grassroots advocacy consultant, Joe Gagen, educated and motivated us for the speeches and visits on Tuesday. After an afternoon of planning and training, everyone was well-prepared for a morning of speeches from 9 senators and 3 representatives in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Building. This was followed by a record number of visits in the offices of our elected officials.

For the first time, the Resident and Fellow section offered live streaming of the session. The session feature lectures on IPM techniques and practice management. During the meeting the three ASIPP Legislative Advocacy Grant recipients were recognized. Drs. Karina Gritsenko, Ajay Suman, and Faisal Montlani. Each will be spending four weeks in the office of representative in Washington, DC to learn more about government, advocacy, and how to apply these in their careers in interventional pain management. Representatives, Whitfield, Guthrie, and Chandler agreed to open their offices to the three grant recipients for this unique and exciting opportunity.

Mark you calendars now for the 14th Annual Meeting on June 9 - 13, 2012. Our goal for next year is to exceed our numbers and bring you even more exciting topics, speakers and events!

2012 Annual Meeting


Doctors Tell Congress How to Rein in Prescription Drug Abuse: ASIPP Annual Meeting News Coverage


More than 125 physicians descended on Capitol Hill this week to demand some relief in their fight against prescription drug addiction.

"In most cases, doctors contribute innocently because they haven't been trained properly on how to prescribe in a responsible way, how to identify a drug addict and help them," said Dr. David Kloth, a pain management physician from Connecticut and spokesman for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

PBS Hour


Deadline for ABIPP Part I Examination Application Extended to July 10


Due to a large number of requests for an extention, ABIPP has extended the application deadline to July 10, 2011. In order for your application to to be considered, it must be postmarked on or before July 10.

The examination will be held on August 6, 2011 in St. Louis, MO at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

Applications for those taking ABIPP Part II must be postmarked on or before July 31, 2011. The Part II Practical examination will be held on September 9-10, 2011 in Memphis, TN at the Hilton Memphis and the Medical Education and Research Institute.

Applications and additional information can be found on the abipp.org Web site. Questions can be directed to Melinda Martin at 270-448-4985 or e-mail to:abipp@abipp.org

ABIPP Application


IOM Report Calls for Cultural Transformation of Attitudes Toward Pain and Its Prevention and Management


A new report finds at least 116 million U.S. adults experience long-lasting pain - the kind that lingers for weeks to months. Too often, they feel stigma rather than relief from a health care system poorly prepared to treat them.

The Institute of Medicine report shows chronic pain costs the nation even more than heart disease in medical bills, sick days and lost productivity.

Release from the National Acedemics

IOM

The Washington Post


House members rally against MedPAC recommendations


A bipartisan group of 61 Members of Congress, led by Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) of the House Small Business Committee, signed and circulated a letter to congressional colleagues expressing concern over imaging cuts recommended by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

In its June report, MedPAC recommended a multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) to the "professional component" of successive diagnostic imaging services administered to the same patient, on the same day, in the same setting. This step would slash the reimbursement for physician interpretation and diagnosis. Cuts have typically been applied to the "technical component," or overhead costs of providing exams.

The representatives warned colleagues that this "would set a dangerous precedent for Medicare reimbursement policy." They added, "These payment cuts are making it extremely difficult for radiologists to keep their practices and free-standing imaging centers open for business and available to patients. Without access to these facilities, patient access to valuable community-based diagnostic imaging services could be compromised and the vast majority of imaging services may be delivered in the hospital setting, potentially at a higher cost to Medicare."

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Health Imaging


Appeals court upholds health-care law's individual mandate


A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the most contentious provision of the health-care overhaul law, ruling that Congress can require Americans to carry insurance coverage.

In backing the individual mandate, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati became the first appellate court to rule on President Obama's signature domestic initiative. The decision also marked the first time a Republican-appointed judge has sided with the administration in evaluating the law's constitutionality.

The Washington Post


Clinical drug trials enter electronic world


Pfizer is conducting what it calls the first-ever all-electronic drug trial, in which patients at home will report outcomes to the company through the Internet.

The testing patients' individual physicians will not be hired as investigators. Instead, the patients will report and manage their trial activities to a central physician investigator who will oversee the entire process.

The drug being tested, Detrol LA (tolterodine), prescribed for overactive bladder, already has completed a Phase IV, post-market clinical trial and has been on the market for 10 years.

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Early Registration Ends July 11: Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses


Make your plans today to attend the ASIPP Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Courses scheduled during the week of August 1-5 in St. Louis, Mo.

August 1-5, 2011 ASIPP Board Review Course Register Brochure

August 6, 2011 ABIPP Part I Examination (ABIPP application must be submitted for approval prior to the exam)

August 1-3, 2011 Comprehensive Review Course in Controlled Substance Management (August 1 -August 2) and Competency Examination (August 3) Register

August 4-6, 2011 Comprehensive Review Course in Coding, Compliance and Practice Management (August 4-5) and Competency Examination (August 6) Register

Register today!


Physicians advised to adopt conservative prescribing habits


Physicians should think twice before jotting a prescription for nearly every patient they see, according to a study published online June 13 in Archives of Internal Medicine.

Too often, doctors prescribe medicines too liberally, increasing the risk of adverse drug reactions when nonpharmaceutical treatments may be safer and better for the patient's long-term health, said Gordon D. Schiff, MD, lead author and associate director of the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

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Physicians Wanted


Visit the ASIPP Web site to find available positions for IPM physicians.

Physicians Wanted

 


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