" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary

March 28, 2012



·  ASIPP Works on Pill Mill Bill in KY: Kentucky Joins Program to Share Prescription Drug Data and Adds Pain Management Doctor to Medical Board

·  Time is Running out to Register for Intermediate and Advanced Spinal Cord Stimulation Course in April

·  ASIPP 14th Annual Meeting Helps Prepare for the Future of IPM

·  Deadline Saturday to Apply to Take the ABIPP Part II Exam

·  Earn Up To 14.75 CMEs in Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety this April

·  Get Connected with ASIPP Today

·  Pharma Scales Back Drug Samples to Physician Offices

·  Health Reform Heads for Legal Showdown

·  Jury Finds LA Businessman Guilty In Pill Trial

·  House Votes to Repeal IPAB

·  BARRASSO: Doctor's Orders - Americans Need Patient-Centered Care, Not Obamacare

·  Congress Targets 'Gray Market' Pharmacies Selling Overpriced Painkillers

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted

ASIPP Works on Pill Mill Bill in KY: Kentucky Joins Program to Share Prescription Drug Data and Adds Pain Management Doctor to Medical Board

FRANKFORT, KY (March 27, 2012) - Kentucky will sign an agreement to share and receive prescription drug dispensing data with at least 20 other states, which will help the state monitor prescription drug abuse, Governor Steve Beshear announced today.

The Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) program has joined the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy's Prescription Monitoring Program InterConnect (PMP InterConnect), which facilitates the transfer of information to authorized users in other states. Specifically, the PMP InterConnect links participating programs to provide a more effective means of combating drug diversion and drug abuse nationwide.

ASIPP spearheaded multiple changes in this bill. The bill will give an IPM physician a seat on the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

According to Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Chairman of the Board and CEO for ASIPP, the bill contains about 50 percent of the changes recommended by ASIPP.

This is a great victory for Kentucky Interventional Pain Management Physicians even though there are still some problems with the bill, said Dr. Manchikanti.


Time is Running out to Register 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 Helps Prepare for the Future of IPM

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!

Deadline Saturday to Apply to Take the ABIPP Part II Exam

The deadline to apply for the April test dates for the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians is Saturday, March 31.

The test will be held April 14 and 15 in Memphis, TN.

The American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) is a Specialty Board providing Board Certification in Interventional Pain Management and Competency Certification in Controlled Substance Management, Competency Certification in Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management and Competency Certification in Fluoroscopic Interpretation and Radiological Safety.

The eligibility requirements and examination materials for ABIPP certification programs have been developed based on substantial review and analysis of the current state of medical and scientific knowledge of the treatment of pain, as reflected in the medical literature.

Apply today!

Earn Up To 14.75 CMEs in Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety this April

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 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

ASIPP: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/asipp-society/4a/70a/13a


Pharma Scales Back Drug Samples to Physician Offices

Pharmaceutical companies have slashed their sales rep force by about 30% from a high of 105,000 five years ago, according to industry figures. And as the number of detailers has fallen, so, too, has another hallmark of pharmaceutical marketing: drug samples.

Drugmaker spending on the samples that drug reps leave behind in physician offices has gone down by 25% since 2007, said Cegedim Strategic Data, a global pharmaceutical market-research firm that surveys a rotating panel of 2,300 U.S. physicians to generate its industrywide estimates. In 2007, drugmakers spent nearly $8.4 billion on samples. That figure fell to about $6.3 billion in 2011, the most recent data available.

AMA news

Health Reform Heads for Legal Showdown

Washington -- The Supreme Court, starting March 26, will hold three days of oral arguments on legal challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a defining moment for the 2-year-old statute and a major factor in determining whether it will survive.

In November 2011, the high court agreed to take up health reform lawsuits brought by a coalition of states and a prominent small-business association, a widely expected move that likely sets up a June decision by the court in the middle of the presidential election campaign. Justices could decide that the law is constitutional, invalidate part or all of it on constitutional grounds, or effectively postpone a final determination by stating that the plaintiffs cannot challenge the law until it takes full effect in 2014.

AMA news

Jury Finds LA Businessman Guilty In Pill Trial

A federal jury on Tuesday found a Louisiana businessman and the pain clinics he ran in Ohio and Pennsylvania guilty of conspiring to distribute oxycodone and methadone in eastern Kentucky and to launder the sales profits.

After nearly four weeks of trial, jurors in Lexington returned the verdict in the case of 46-year-old Michael D. Leman and Urgent Care Services clinics in Cincinnati and Philadelphia.


House Votes to Repeal IPAB

Washington (CNN) -- Led by its Republican majority, the U.S. House voted Thursday to eliminate from the 2010 health care reform law a proposed advisory board that would recommend how to achieve needed, but as-yet-unreachable Medicare savings. The repeal measure passed 223-181 on a mostly party-line vote, reflecting the deep partisan divide over health care reform that persists two years after Democrats pushed the measure through Congress. Seven Democrats joined 216 Republicans in support of the repeal, while 10 Republicans voted "no."


BARRASSO: Doctor's Orders - Americans Need Patient-Centered Care, Not Obamacare

Americans have been waiting for this moment for two years. The Supreme Court finally is hearing arguments this week about the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. The American people have made up their minds; an overwhelming majority of people across the country say that Washington has no right to force them to buy a government-approved product.

As a physician and a U.S. senator, I have warned since the very beginning about many troubling aspects of Mr. Obama's unprecedented health-insurance mandate. Not only does he believe he can order you to buy insurance, the president also incorrectly equates health insurance coverage with medical care. After caring for patients for 25 years, I know that's another empty Washington promise.

The Washington Times

Congress Targets 'Gray Market' Pharmacies Selling Overpriced Painkillers

Members of Congress are currently investigating fake pharmacies inflating the prices of painkillers and other drugs in short supply, according to an Associated Press report.

A nationwide drug shortage has caused patients to endure unnecessary discomfort, preventable complications and longer hospital stays, leading to millions of dollars in extra hospital costs, the report said. Most of the hard-to-find drugs in question are generic surgery sedatives, antibiotics and painkillers.

A new crop of wholesalers known as "gray market" pharmacies purchase prescription drugs in short supply from credible wholesalers and resell them to physicians and hospitals at greatly marked-up prices, intending to capitalize on the current drug shortage. There are currently no laws curbing these practices.

Becker's Orthopedic and Spine Review

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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