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celebrating our 10th anniversary

April 4, 2012



·  Just a Few Spots Remain for Intermediate and Advanced Spinal Cord Stimulation Course in April

·  ASIPP 14th Annual Meeting : Meet Outstanding Experts, Learn Emerging Technology

·  Last Chance to Register for Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Course and Earn Up To 14.75 CMEs

·  Get Connected with ASIPP Today

·  Health System Reform: Abstract Debate Inside Supreme Court As Protest Signs Dominate Outside

·  House Passes IPAB Repeal, Medical Liability Reform Bill

·  Healthcare Companies Focus on Long-Term, Not Elections

·  Owner of Florida Pill Mills Pleads Guilty

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted

Just a Few Spots Remain for Intermediate and Advanced Spinal Cord Stimulation Course in April

Join us in April for a rare opportunity to learn advanced procedures and emerging technology in Spinal Cord Stimulation. This ASIPP Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop will take place on April 13-14 in Memphis, TN.

The in-depth review course and cadaver workshop will cover intermediate and advanced topics and procedures that are rarely taught in other courses. Participation is limited to assure optimum experience for every physician. Each station will provide the latest SCS technology:

  • New Leads
  • New Anchors
  • New Programming Platforms
  • New Lead Placement Devices
  • And more!

This is an excellent opportunity for physicians to compare products side-by-side while at the same time learning about the very latest science and engineering. You will be exposed to occipital stimulation techniques, cervical, thoracic, DRG, and sacral placement techniques, and more.

The seminar will be conducted at the Hilton Memphis and the world renowned Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) in Memphis, TN.

Click HERE to view brochure

April SCS Course in Memphis

ASIPP 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.

Register today!

Last Chance to Register for Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Course and Earn Up To 14.75 CMEs

Register today to attend the Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Course and Competency Examination April 13-15 in Memphis, TN.

This course provides educational information on fluoroscopy radiation risks and methods to reduce these risks to both patient and personnel, fluoroscopic interpretation, appropriate needle placement, medical and legal compliance, and billing and coding. Participants will benefit from the course by improving existing skills, learning new skills, or prepare for the interventional techniques certification examination, or prepare for the board examination.

This course is an essential component for interventional pain physicians and provides educational opportunities to assist you in providing high quality, competent, safe, accessible, and cost-efficient services to your patients. The accompanying examination (open to physicians only) and this course, as with all ASIPP courses, focuses on doing the right things, the right way, and for the right reasons.

Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety (Apr. 13-14) Click HERE to register

Competency Examination - (Apr 15) *open only to physician)

Click HERE to register

Register for Imaging, Fluoroscopy Course

Get 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 si
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Health System Reform: Abstract Debate Inside Supreme Court As Protest Signs Dominate Outside

Washington Away from the emotional atmosphere outside the U.S. Supreme Court, justices in their three days of oral arguments on the national health system reform law focused on the constitutional and legal issues. Philosophical discussions among the justices about markets, mandates and tax code were more common than talk of patients, preexisting conditions and access to medical care.

The heart of the justices' review was the law's individual mandate, the provision requiring nearly all Americans to obtain insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty. That was the primary line of attack by states and employers that want to see the statute overturned, and justices in their questioning appeared evenly split along ideological lines on whether the federal government can compel the purchase of a commercial product.

AMA news

House Passes IPAB Repeal, Medical Liability Reform Bill

Washington The House on March 22 passed medical liability reform, setting caps on damages and aiming to lower liability costs for physicians, as part of a legislative package that eliminates the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board.

Lawmakers added the liability reforms to pay for the provision that strikes the Medicare cost control board. Both items are major priorities for the American Medical Association and other physician organizations. But because of the pairing, House Democrats who had supported IPAB repeal dropped their support for the Republican-sponsored bill, which now faces an uphill battle in the Democratic controlled Senate and a veto threat from the White House.

AMA news

Healthcare Companies Focus on Long-Term, Not Elections

NEW YORK - Despite the distractions of an election year and the Supreme Court review of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare companies and providers are looking beyond immediate issues as they seek to offset the recent decline in healthcare spending, says Moody's in its latest Healthcare Quarterly.

"Both government and private industry are seeking ways to curb healthcare spending, which will pressure reimbursements to healthcare providers, as well as reducing spending on drugs and medical devices," said Peter Abdill, a Moody's Managing Director, in a press release.

Moody's new report examines how life sciences and pharmaceutical companies, insurers, for-profit and non-profit hospitals, medical device manufacturers and real estate investment trusts (REITs) are planning to deal with upcoming shifts in the industry.

Healthcare Finance News

Owner of Florida Pill Mills Pleads Guilty

APR 02 - (Miami, FL) - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division; Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and José A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID), Miami Field Office, announced that Vincent Colangelo, 43, of Davie, pleaded guilty earlier today to conspiracy to distribute and dispense large amounts of oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice. Colangelo also pleaded guilty to money laundering and filing a false 2009 federal income tax return.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville stated, "Due to investigations like this and new laws, South Florida has witnessed a dramatic decline in oxycodone and how oxycodone is dispensed. Mr. Colangelo's conviction sends a loud and clear message that DEA continues its effort to end this epidemic in Florida."

As set forth in court documents, Colangelo owned and operated six pain management clinics and a pharmacy in Broward and Miami-Dade counties between October 2008 and February 23, 2011. Colangelo and his co-conspirators were responsible for dispensing more than 660,000 dosage units of oxycodone in excess of 1.4 million milligrams and prescribing significantly more oxycodone filled by outside pharmacies to patients throughout Florida and other states.


State 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.

Physicians Wanted

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

Physicians Wanted




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