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June 26, 2013


  1. Pain Physician Names Dr. Alan Kaye Deputy Editor in Chief

deputyPain Physician 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 Physician.


 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 discipline.

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. "



Hansen  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 His academic 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 journal."

boardRegister 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 materials

* Extensive evaluation sessions with daily pre-test, post-test, and review questions



You can earn up to 44.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.


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pain ASIPP Offering July Course on Pain and Addiction Management Course Available


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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


Chase Park Plaza:

losingSome Unemployed Keep Losing Ground


The recession ended four years ago. But for many job seekers, it hasn't felt like much of a recovery.

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 three-decade low.


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.


Wall Street Journal

needsNeeds 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.


MedPage Today

FDAFDA Addressing 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 site.

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."


Family Practice News

profitProfiting From Pain


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 apnea.


New York Times


antitrustAntitrust Ruling 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" doctrine.


Health Leaders Media


sunshineSunshine Act: Tracking of Gifts, Payments Starts in August


CHICAGO - 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 fears.


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.


Family Practice News


AMAA.M.A. Recognizes 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.


"Recognizing obesity 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.


New York Times




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