June 26, 2013
Names Dr. Alan Kaye Deputy Editor in Chief
The American Society of
Interventional Pain Physicians takes pleasure in announcing that Alan D. Kaye,
MD, PhD has accepted the position of Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Pain
Dr. Kaye, the unanimous choice of the Executive Committee,
is an outstanding person for this role.
He is the
Chairman, Department of Anesthesia at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.
He has authored or co-authored over 300 articles and over 100 book chapters, in
the fields of pharmacology and anesthesiology. He has published over 25 books.
He has had a lifelong interest in education and teaching medical students and
residents. He serves on a number of national committees and was an Associate
National Board Examiner in Anesthesiology.
When accepting this
appointment, Dr. Kaye said, "For many years, anecdotal case reports
were the basis for much of our interventional pain understanding. Our journal
offers the greatest opportunity for real science and critical review in our
I am excited to play a
greater leadership role in Pain Physician and hope to ensure that the journal
continues to be the very best in our field. "
ASIPP President Hans Hansens added "On behalf of the Pain
Physician Journal, its editors, and staff, we would like to welcome the
appointment Dr. Alan Kaye
accomplishments and breadth of experiences reaches well into the field of pain
medicine. His published work is extensive, and this type of experience will
continue to foster growth to the journal and our evolving specialty."
Past President Dr. Frank JE Falco said: "Alan Kaye, MD
is one of the most accomplished pain physicians in the country. He became the
youngest chairman ever when he was appointed as the chairman of anesthesia at
LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans Louisiana. He has published multiple
original research papers, text books, and has severed on editorial boards for
several journals. He will be as an outstanding Deputy
Editor-in-Chief for the Pain Physician
Register Today for
Board Review Course: Next Course 2015
Make plans today to attend the2013 Board Review Course set
for July 29-Aug. 2 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, MO. The next board
review course will not be held until 2015.
This intensive and
comprehensive high-quality review will prepare physicians appearing for the
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)-Subspecialty Pain Medicine
examination and for the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians
(ABIPP)-Part 1 examination.
* A five-day review
covering anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, ethics,
interventional techniques, non-interventional techniques,
controlled substances and practice management
* 39 unique lectures by
experts in the field
* Participants can earn up
to 44.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
* Extensive educational
* Extensive evaluation
sessions with daily pre-test, post-test, and review
You can earn up to 44.25 AMA PRA
Category 1 credits.
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Special ASIPP room rate through July 7, 2013.
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July Course on Pain and Addiction Management Course Available
The brochure for the Pain and
Addiction Management Comprehensive Review Course is now available.
Register today to attend the Pain
and Addiction Management review course set for July 29-30 in St. Louis, MO.
This innovative course embraces
the issues of pain and addiction. It is a "must attend" training event for not
only interventional pain physicians, but also all other medical specialites. The
course will cover controlled substance abuse as well as addiction.
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ASIPP Special Room Rates
through July 7
Keep Losing Ground
The recession ended four
years ago. But for many job seekers, it hasn't felt like much of a
Nearly 12 million Americans
were unemployed in May, down from a peak of more than 15 million, but still more
than four million higher than when the recession began in December 2007.
Millions more have given up looking for work and no longer count as unemployed.
The share of the population that is working or looking for work stands near a
Yet the job market is
recovering. The unemployment rate has fallen to 7.6% from a peak of 10%.
Employers have created 5.1 million jobs since the end of the recession and 6.3
million jobs since the labor market bottomed out in early 2010. And for all the
attention on monthly ups and downs, job growth has held to a fairly steady pace
of about 175,000 jobs a month over the past two years.
Likely to Be Great When Uninsured Get Medicaid
Many currently uninsured
adults will soon be eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and
while these individuals tend to be healthier overall than patients already
enrolled in Medicaid, they will likely need care promptly to deal with
undiagnosed and uncontrolled conditions, a national study suggested.
Fewer uninsured adults had
high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes compared with those receiving
Medicaid (30.1% versus 38.6%, P=0.02) according to
Sandra L. Decker, PhD, of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics in
Hyattsville, Md., and colleagues.
Risk of Cyberattacks on Medical Devices
The Food and Drug
Administration is encouraging health care professionals -and patients - to
report adverse events associated with medical devices, as part of an effort to
address the potential for cyberattacks on medical equipment and medical devices,
including implanted medical devices.
The agency has become
aware of "cybersecurity vulnerabilities and incidents that could directly affect
medical devices or hospital network operations," according to a statement on the FDA's MedWatch
The statement adds,
however, that the FDA "is not aware of any patient injuries or deaths associated
with these incidents nor do we have any indication that any specific devices or
systems in clinical use have been purposely targeted at this time."
The use of narcotic
painkillers, or opioids, has boomed over the past decade as drug makers and
doctors have promoted them for a new use: treating long-term pain from back
injuries, headaches, arthritis and
conditions like fibromyalgia. Insurers have also grown to see pills as a cheaper
way to treat chronic pain than other methods.
Some patients are greatly
helped by opioids, a large family of medications. Among the more widely used
opioids are oxycodone, which is found in Percocet and OxyContin, and
hydrocodone, which is used in Vicodin. Other potent opioids include fentanyl and
methadone. Narcotic painkillers are now the most widely prescribed class of
medications in the United States, and prescriptions for the strongest opioids,
including OxyContin, have increased nearly fourfold over the past decade.
There is increasing
evidence, however, that such drugs, along with being widely abused, are often
ineffective in treating long-term pain and can have serious consequences,
particularly when used in high doses. Along with the risk of addiction, side
effects can include psychological dependence, reduced drive, extreme lethargy and sleep
New York Times
Could Impact State Regulatory Boards
A federal court found the
action of a NC dental board to restrict discount teeth-whitening procedures was
intended to limit competition, and a legal expert says the ruling could affect
other oversight boards.
A federal appeals court
ruling this month that affirmed antitrust complaints against a state dentistry
board in North Carolina could have broader implications for other state
regulatory boards monitoring professional activities, including those of
physicians and hospitals.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit this
month rejected the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners' claims that
it was exempted from federal antitrust laws under the "state action"
Tracking of Gifts, Payments Starts in August
- Worried that erroneous data about your relationships with industry will be
publicly reported under the federal Sunshine Act? Officials from the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services spoke at the annual meeting of the American
Medical Association House of Delegates June 17 in an effort to allay those
The Sunshine Act,
which requires manufacturers to report to the CMS almost all payments and gifts
made to physicians and teaching hospitals, became law as part of the Affordable
Care Act. Final rules for the ACA's
Sunshine Act provisions, which the government is now calling the Open Payments
Program, were issued in February.
Once data have been
collected and processed, physicians will have 45 days to dispute and correct
manufacturers' reports, the CMS officials said.
Obesity as a Disease
The American Medical Association has officially
recognized obesity as a disease, a
move that could induce physicians to pay more attention to the condition and
spur more insurers to pay for treatments.
In making the decision,
delegates at the association's annual meeting in Chicago overrode a
recommendation against doing so by a committee that had studied the matter.
as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex
issue that affects approximately one in three Americans," Dr. Patrice Harris, a
member of the association's board, said in a statement. She suggested the new
definition would help in the fight against Type 2
diabetes and heart disease, which are linked to obesity.
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