" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary

June 8, 2011


·  The world is run by those who show up: Don't miss the 13th Annual Meeting

·  ASIPP Board of Directors Election Results

·  Medicare to offer more waivers from e-prescribing penalty

·  Time change for last webinar in the Lunch and Learn series

·  IOM report says flawed Medicare data lead to inaccurate payments

·  Register today to attend the August Board Review, Controlled Substance Management, and Coding, Compliance and Practice Management courses

·  Don't Miss the June 30 Deadline for ABIPP Part I Examination Applications

·  Drug firms go online to test and sell medicines

·  IPAs see ACOs as a second chance

·  Justice Dept. lawsuit against Mich. Blues moves forward

·  ASIPP Lecture on YouTube

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted

The world is run by those who show up: Don't miss the 13th Annual Meeting

ASIPP has always been the organization that "shows up" on your behalf in many different ways. Now is the time for you to say "I'm going to be the one who shows up" make your voice heard, and shape our specialty.

The ASIPP 13th Annual Meeting, Legislative Session, and Capitol Hill Visits The 13th Annual Meeting is an opportunity to attend scientific sessions on interventional pain management, and also to be a part of history. The meeting offers a topic that has never been presented in such an in-depth and thorough manner. Join us and be can be a part of the discussion on comparative effectiveness research, evidence-based medicine, interventional pain management from the top, the bottom, and also from abroad.

All of this is followed by a historic legislative event with 7 senators and 4 representatives addressing the issues we face today during the Legislative Session & Capitol Hill Visits . As an incentive for you to join us, ASIPP will reimburse your hotel for Monday and Tuesday nights if you attend this portion of the meeting.

If you have never gone to Capitol Hill before, don't worry, ASIPP will provide a legislative preparation session on Monday afternoon to fully prepare you for this event.

On Tuesday morning will we travel as a group to Capitol Hill where we will hear speeches from several senators and representatives in the historical Kennedy Caucus room. We currently have acceptances from Rep. Ed Whitfield, Rep. Frank Pallone, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Andy Harris, Sen. Ben Nelson, Rep. Ben Chandler, Sen. Boozeman, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Coates, and Sen. David Vitter. An we are still adding names to this already impressive list.

If you plan to join us on Capitol Hill please register ASAP so that we can schedule your meetings.

Click HERE to see the NEWLY REVISED meeting content. If you are not already registered, I encourage you to do so today and begin making plans to attend this extraordinary meeting.

Register Today!

ASIPP Board of Directors Election Results

The election for ASIPP's Board of Directors officially closed on June 2, 2011. We are pleased to announce the members of the 2011-2012 ASIPP Board of Directors:

  • President - Standiford Helm, II, MD
  • Immediate Past President - Allan T. Parr, MD
  • President-Elect - Frank M.E. Falco, MD
  • First Executive Vice President - Hans C. Hansen, MD
  • Second Executive Vice President - Ramsin M. Benyamin, MD
  • Vice President-Strategic Planning - David L. Caraway, MD
  • Secretary - Sukdeb Datta, MD
  • Treasurer - Aaron K. Colodney, MD
  • Director-at-Large - Mark V. Boswell, MD, PhD, David Bryce, MD, Scott E. Glaser, MD, Haroon Hameed, MD (Resident Member), Rodney Jones, MD, David Kloth, MD, Gabor B. Racz, MD, Francis Reigler, MD, Xiulu Ruan, MD, David M. Schultz, MD, Peter S. Staats, MD, and John Swicegood, MD
  • Director Emeritus - W. Stephen Minore, MD and Joshua A Hirsch, MD
  • Lifetime Directors - Cyrus E. Bakhit, MD, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Bentley A. Ogoke, MD, Vijay Singh, MD


We would like to thank all of those who participated in the elections. ASIPP's reputation of excellence is due to the interest and involvement of its members so we applaud those who are willing to serve in any capacity.

Please help us welcome the new board members. We especially encourage you to attend the Annual Meeting on June 25-29 and join us at the business meeting and dinner to formally introduce the new board.

Medicare to offer more waivers from e-prescribing penalty

As many as 209,000 doctors and other health professionals could be eligible to claim exemptions by Oct. 1 to avoid 1% Medicare pay reductions.

Physicians who see Medicare patients would have more opportunities to avoid being penalized for failing to prescribe medications electronically by a June 30 deadline under a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The proposed revisions would provide relief to eligible physicians who do not expect to report at least 10 paperless drug orders to CMS by June 30. Medicare will penalize doctors for failing to meet 2011 e-prescribing requirements by reducing payments by 1% in 2012. On May 26, the Medicare agency said it would give doctors a second chance to avoid the penalty after the deadline. It would allow physicians who did not meet the minimum reporting requirements to claim one of several hardship exemptions through a special website by Oct. 1.



Time change for last webinar in the Lunch and Learn series

Join us for ASIPP's Lunch and Learn webinar series on NCCI rules and regulations. Please note that the time has changed on the June 15 session on modifiers. The session will now begin at 10:30 to 12:00 CST.

June 15, the third session in the series, will review the appropriate modifiers that allow unbundling of edits Understanding when it is appropriate and necessary to append modifiers could keep the practice from an unwanted review. Appropriate modifier usage can also help the practice receive the correct reimbursements.

Debbie Farmer will walk us through examples based on the information learned throughout the three segments. However, if you did not attend the earlier sessions, you should still find this webinar to be educational, informative, adn useful to your practice.

Registration for the 90 minute series 3 session is only $125.

Don't Miss Out - Register Today!

IOM report says flawed Medicare data lead to inaccurate payments

Medicare payment adjustments and flawed data often lead to inaccurate reimbursements for hospitals and doctors in various regions of the U.S., according to an Institute of Medicine report released on Wednesday, MedPage Today reports (Walker, MedPage Today, 6/1).

CMS adjusts Medicare payments for providers based on regional variations in wages, rents and other costs (Pear, New York Times, 6/1). However, federal law mandates that if payments increase for providers in one area, they must be offset by lowered payments to providers in another area (MedPage Today, 6/1).


Register today to attend the August 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 1-6 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

Don't Miss the June 30 Deadline for ABIPP Part I Examination Applications

ABIPP will accept applications for ABIPP Part I examination until June 30, 2011. 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 received no later than 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

Drug firms go online to test and sell medicines

Prompted by the soaring cost of developing and marketing their medicines, drug companies are embracing the Internet in a bid to drive down costs. The hope is that digital tools will not only make them more efficient, but also smarter and nimbler.

Pfizer (PFE.N), the world's biggest drugmaker, is pushing the envelope on clinical trials by conducting the first ever "virtual" study of a medicine, in which patients will be able to participate by using home computers and smartphones.



IPAs see ACOs as a second chance

After going bust in the 1990s, independent practice associations have become more appealing to physicians.

Independent practice associations are poised for a comeback as physicians seek to unite with larger systems, particularly for the purpose of forming accountable care organizations.

Many IPAs went bust about a decade ago after capitation rates that were negotiated with plans were insufficient to cover physicians' overhead as costs rose. However, IPAs see an opportunity in ACOs, borne under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a way for physicians and the health system to share savings -- and risk -- by tying pay of a specific Medicare patient population to quality metrics.


Justice Dept. lawsuit against Mich. Blues moves forward

A federal judge in Michigan has issued an early defeat against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, denying a motion to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit filed by the Justice Department that accuses the insurer of using its leverage in the market to drive up costs for nonmembers.

The ruling, which was issued orally from the bench Tuesday afternoon, means that the case can move closer to trial.



ASIPP Lecture on YouTube

ASIPP's presence on YouTube continues to grow with the addition of ASIPP Chairman of the Board and CEO Laxmaiah Manchikanti MD's lecture titled "Introduction to ASIPP and Board Preparation Review."

Among the topics Dr. Manchikanti covers are the issues and challenges facing medical care in general and interventional pain management in particular; Medicare's future; the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and many others.

Because of file size and time limits required by YouTube, the lecture is broken up into 4 parts; each is approximately 12 minutes. Part 1 can be accessed at http://www.youtube.com/user/asipp1998#p/a/u/0/q-FjWaheJ7s

YouTube Video Link

State Society News

New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

NJSIPP will hold a meeting on June 9, 2011 from 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm at Pines Manor in Edison, NJ.

For more information call Lisa Hansen at 732-297-2600 or e-mail: njsipp_lisah@yahoo.com

GSIPP Annual Meeting 2011Set for Aug. 5

The GSIPP 7th Annual Pain Summit will be held Friday, August 5th thru Sunday August 7th at the Ritz Carlton Lodge on Reynolds Plantation.

For more information email info@gsipp.com

Arizona Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Newsletter Now Available

The Arizona Society of International Pain Physicians has released its quarterly newsletter. Click HERE to read.

Physicians Wanted

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

Physicians Wanted




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