" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary

April 11, 2012


  1. ASIPP 14th Annual Meeting: Meet Outstanding Expert, Learn Emerging Technology
  2. Abstract Submission Deadline April 30 
  3. DEA Hikes Registration Fees For Controlled Substance Prescriptions 
  4. NCCI Edits
  5. Get Connected with ASIPP today!
  6. Poll: More Americans Expect Supreme Court's Health-Care Decision to be Political
  7. CMS Rolls Out Changes for Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  8. Pain Physician Now on Facebook
  9. Physicians Groups Want Calif. SC to Review Anesthetists Case
  10. ICD-10 Deadline Delayed 1 Year Under HHS Proposal
  11. Doctors Say 45 Common Tests 'Overused'
  12. Patient Collections: 5 Mistakes Your Practice Can Avoid
  13. State Society News
  14. Physicians Wanted
annualASIPP 14th Annual Meeting: Meet Outstanding Experts, Learn Emerging Technology 




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 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).


>Register by April 27 to receive $100 off your registration.


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


Brochure | Register | Hotel Reservations | Exhibitor Application




abstractAbstract Submission Deadline April 30


Poster Presentation Proposals for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians 14th Annual Meeting, June 9-13, are due by April 30.

The top 25 posters will be on display both Saturday and Sunday at the Crystal City Marriott, Arlington, VA. The top five posters will have abstract presentations Sunday afternoon.  Cash awards will be presented to the top three at the dinner meeting Sunday evening.


To register go to:


deaDEA Hikes Registration Fees for Controlled Substance Prescriptions


Drug Enforcement Administration registration fees will increase nearly 33% on April 16. Medical organizations say the move means that physicians will bear an even more disproportionate share of expenses related to drug diversion control.

 Physicians seeking to renew their three-year registration with the agency to prescribe pain drugs, stimulant medications and other substances will have to pay $731. The fee last went up in November 2006, when it was $551.

Registration cannot be renewed before April 16 to avoid the price increase unless the registration is due for renewal anyway. The new rules were published March 15 in the Federal Register.  


AMA news



ncciNCCI Edits 


In NCCI version 18.1 for practitioners scheduled for April 1, 2012, all edits in the Mutually Exclusive edit file will be moved to the Column One/Column Two Correct Coding edit file with the same implementation and, if relevant, deletion date as the edits have in the mutually exclusive edit file. These edits are not being deleted from NCCI but are being moved to the Column One/Column Two Correct Coding edit file. Edits are effective from 4/1/2012 - 6/30/2012

Click HERE- CCI edits for IPM Codes.


connectedGet Connected with ASIPP today!


ASIPP Members are encouraged to visit and 'Like' or do 'Friend Request' or 'Connect' on ASIPP's new social media sites. ASIPP now has a Facebook account, a Twitter Account, a You Tube account and we are also on LinkedIn. Get more involved today and visit our new sites.


ASIPP: http://www.facebook.com/AsippMember
Pain Physician: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pain-Physician-Journal/372497286106616


ASIPP: http://www.twitter.com/asipp
Pain Physician: http://www.twitter.com/PainPhysician1


ASIPP: http://www.youtube.com/asipp1998





pollPoll: More Americans Expect Supreme Court's Health-Care Decision to be Political



More Americans think Supreme Court justices will be acting mainly on their partisan political views than on a neutral reading of the law when they decide the constitutionality of President Obama's health-care law, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Half of the public expects the justices to rule mainly based on their "partisan political views," while fewer, 40 percent, expect their decisions to be rooted primarily "on the basis of the law." The rest say both equally or do not have an opinion.



Washington Post




cmsCMS Rolls Out Changes for Ambulatory Surgical Centers


Major changes are under way in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) system of payments to ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and hospital outpatient departments.

The CMS 2012 final rule increased payment rates to ASCs by 1.6% this year, and rates under the Outpatient Prospective Payment System rose by 1.9%.

But, in a move that will prove more significant in the long term, CMS has adopted new quality measures for ASCs. The quality reporting system will be integrated over the next two years and will affect payments beginning in 2014. ASCs that fail to successfully report the quality measures will face a 2% reduction in facility fee reimbursement in 2014.



General Surgery News



ppjPain Physician Now on Facebook

The Pain Physician journal now has it's own Facebook page. Like many companies and organizations, the social media craze has come to Pain Physician and we need your help. First, we would like you to visit the page and post as often as you like. We also need you to 'LIKE' the page so we can complete our setup of the page. So visit the Pain Physician Facebook page and click on 'LIKE'. The current address is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pain-Physician-Journal/372497286106616. But once we have enough 'LIKE's, we will be able to simplify the address. We will notify you at that time of the address change.


califPhysicians Groups Want Calif. SC to Review Anesthetists Case


SAN MATEO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A California physicians organization, along with the California Medical Association, wants the state Supreme Court to review a decision by two lower courts that state law does not require physician supervision of nurse anesthetists.

The California Society of Anesthesiologists said Monday it plans to request a review by the state's high court in CSA and CMA v. Schwarzenegger.

Last month, a state appeals court affirmed the San Francisco City and County Superior Court's December 2010 decision in the case.

In order for hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and critical access hospitals to receive reimbursement under Medicare when a certified registered nurse anesthetist, or CRNA, administers anesthesia, federal regulations require that the CRNA must be supervised by a physician.


Legal News Line



icdICD-10 Deadline Delayed 1 Year Under HHS Proposal


April 9, 2012 - Physicians would have until October 1, 2014 - an extra year - to begin using a new and expanded set of diagnostic codes, called ICD-10, under proposed regulations announced today by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The news was expected. In February, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had promised that her department would extend the deadline in response to physician complaints about the administrative burden of converting to ICD-10 by October 1, 2013, as originally planned. The American Medical Association (AMA) said the switch to the more voluminous and complex set of diagnostic codes could both cost medical practices tens of thousands of dollars apiece and interfere with their adoption of electronic health records and electronic prescribing.





doctorsDoctors Say 45 Common Tests 'Overused'


Nine specialty groups have listed tests and treatments that are frequently overused, such as CT scans for low back pain and antibiotics for sinus attacks, as part of a project organized by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and promoted by Consumer Reports.

Called "Choose Wisely," the project is aimed at encouraging patients as well as physicians to follow evidence-based guidelines in managing health problems, avoiding medical procedures that are unlikely to be of real help.

Each of the nine societies compiled a list of "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question," focusing on tests, drug therapies, and procedures that they viewed as often ordered without consideration of risks and costs relative to the benefits.



Here are the full lists of overused tests and treatments compiled by the first nine specialty societies to participate in the Choose Wisely project:





MedPage Today


mistakesPatient Collections: 5 Mistakes Your Practice Can Avoid


Many practices experience common accounts receivable (A/R) mistakes that when left unattended result in the nightmare of watching A/R soar and, sometimes, become unmanageable. Managing practice collections begins before the first patient visit and ends with a zero balance; all the while monitoring the key processes involved.


Physicians Practice



statesState 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 teh 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.

Go to www.casipp.com for more information.

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