" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary

April 25, 2012





Pill Mill Bill OK'd by KY Gov. Beshear: Finally Pain Physicians Get Voice and Responsibilities



 This Pill Mill legislation defines a pain management facility and a pain management physician with ABMS or AOA board certification in pain medicine, or American Board of Pain Medicine certification, or American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians certification, or Pain Fellowship.


A pain facility is with with at least 50% of the patients treated or prescriptions issued are related to controlled substances. This provides authority to the Board of Medical Licensure to emulate guidelines. This Act also provides discretion for governor to appoint doctors of various specialties including pain medicine. Bill provides guidance in reference to the documentation, examination, etc.



The Bill makes Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) a mandatory requirements initially and every 3 months. 


This Bill goes into effect July 12, 2012 after which time KASPER will be considered a medical records component and as such, will hold the same penalties for disclosing confidential information. As of July 12, KASPER data should be handled in the same manner as all medical records. 



Of course penalties will be heavier now along with watchful eyes of many agencies.


KASPER continues to stay with the Cabinet for Human Resources.


Read Entire Bill HERE.


Saying it couldn't get to his desk quickly enough, Gov. Steve Beshear signed thebill aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse in celebration, warning so-called pill mills to "Get out of this state, because we're coming after you."    Read more of Governor Beshear's comments published in the Louisville Courier-Journal.


Louisville Courier-Journal






abstract1JUST ONE WEEK LEFT TO SUBMIT...Enter Your Abstract Poster. You Could Be A Winner! 


1st Place:

Millenium Pain Center Award: $1,500 cash


2nd Place: $1,000 cash


3rd Place: $500 cash


All three winners each will receive one set of Manchikanti et al Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain and Interventional Techniques in Chronic Non-Spinal Pain plus a commemorative plaque


DEADLINE: 5 pm Monday, April 30.


PRESENTATIONS: Sunday, June 10


AWARDS: Sunday, June 10 at ASIPP Banquet and Dinner Meeting

All 25 selected for poster presentations will receive complimentary meeting fees.


Abstract session moderator:

Salahadin Abdi, MD, PhD


Judging Panel:

Salim Hayek, MD, PhD

Joshua A. Hirsch, MD

Marc A. Huntoon, MD

Nagy Mekhail, MD, PhD


Abstract awards sponsored by the Millennium Pain Center, Bloomington, IL


To register go to:



bleakMedicare Trustees Forecast Bleak Future for Program: Conflicting Information from Obama Administration that ACA will save Medicare $200 billion


April 24, 2012 - The trustees of the Medicare program yesterday released their annual report in which they gave readers the choice of 3 different sets of numbers - bleak, bleaker, and bleakest - about the financial future of the budget-breaking program.


And do not count on the bleak numbers materializing, the trustees say. The outlook could go from bad to worse, they explain, if the federal government backs off from its current game plan to squeeze reimbursement rates for physicians and hospitals. Once again, the notorious sustainable growth rate formula (SGR) insinuates itself in Medicare math.


The scariest part of the annual report is its prediction - repeated from last year - that the Medicare Part A trust fund covering hospital care will run out of money in 2024. The so-called Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) trust fund for Medicare Part B, which covers physician services, and Medicare Part D, for prescription drugs, does not face this cliff because of how it is structured. However, Part B and Part D costs will continue to grow faster than the economy, straining the government's ability to pay them. The future prospects of Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage, are somewhere in between, because it draws money from both the endangered hospital trust fund and the SMI trust fund.


Conflicing Information...

A new report from the Obama Administration indicates that the Affordable Care Act will save Medicare more than $200 billion through 2016, announced the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday.

According to the report from CMS' Office of the Actuary, the ACA achieves short-term Medicare savings by:


* reducing excessive Medicare payments to private insurers who operate in Medicare Advantage ($68 billion);

* reforming provider payments ($85 billion);

* improving patient safety ($10 billion through 2013 if the goals of reducing readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions are met);

* cracking down on fraud and abuse and getting best value for durable medical equipment ($7.8 billion); and

* other efforts, including readmissions reductions and lowered payments for hospital-acquired conditions ($41 billion).

Healthcare Finance News


Medscape Today

Healthcare Finance News



annualASIPP 14th Annual Meeting: Save $100 on Registration Until Friday


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 Friday, 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.



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acosMore Physicians Calling the Shots in Latest Round of ACOs


Washington Thousands of physicians will be among those coordinating patient care in the 27 accountable care organizations that were chosen in April to participate in the new Medicare shared savings payment model.


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services selected physician groups, hospitals and health system organizations to be among the first networks that will share the potential rewards - and in some cases the risks - associated with coordinating quality and costs of care for beneficiaries, including at-risk populations. The newest organizations to be chosen, which involve more than 10,000 physicians, have agreed to coordinate care for nearly 375,000 Medicare beneficiaries, the agency said during an April 10 briefing with reporters.



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cmsCMS May Bump Cervical Spine Arthroplasty From "Inpatient Only" List


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services division of outpatient care is considering the removal of cervical disc arthroplasty from the Medicare "inpatient only" list, a move which the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery supports.

ISASS President Steven Garfin, MD, sent a letter to CMS in support of the move, which would allow cervical arthroplasty to be performed in an outpatient setting for Medicare patients. The letter cites convenience, lower cost and more efficient scheduling as reasons to allow cervical fusions into the outpatient setting.

The letter also recognizes the benefits of in-hospital care, but states: "We feel that age, alone, should not be a reason to disqualify an older patient from having cervical disc arthroplasty in an outpatient setting. Improved technology and advances in anesthesia and pain control have improved patient satisfaction in the perioperative period and studies show many patients have a preference for, and satisfaction with, postoperative recovering in the home setting."


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medHealth System Changes Inspire More Med Students to Pursue Dual Degrees


As they contemplate careers in a rapidly changing health care landscape, a growing number of medical students are deciding that a medical degree is not enough.


Most U.S. medical schools offer students the chance simultaneously to get advanced degrees in a variety of other areas, such as public health, law, business administration, mass communications and the sciences. Some schools have offered the programs for more than two decades. However, more recently, dual degrees are growing in popularity as prospective physicians feel they must develop expertise beyond medicine to compete in a dynamic health care market.



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boardASIPP Offers Review Courses, Testing in San Francisco


Make plans to attend the ASIPP Board Review Course July 30 - Aug.3 and take the ABIPP Part I exam on Aug. 5


Register HERE


ABIPP Application




Attend the Comprehensive Review Course in Controlled Substance Management July 30-31 and take that Competency Exam on Aug. 1


Register HERE





Attend the Comprehensive Review Course in Coding, Compliance and Practice Management Aug. 2-3 and take that competency exam Aug.5.


Register HERE




All three courses will be at the Westin San Francisco Market Street.


Click HEREfor reservations



stateState 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 the 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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