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celebrating our 10th anniversary

May 1, 2013


  1. Mild Procedure Comment Letter Deadline May 5
  2. What a Difference A Day Can Make: Make Plans to Attend ASIPP Legislative Session and Capitol Hill Visits
  3. Abstract! Deadline Extended One Week to May 8
  4. Print Issue of 2013 ASIPP Spinal Interventional Techniques Guidelines Available
  5. Obama Sees 'Bumps' for Health Law
  6. FDA Lowers Age for Buyers of Plan B Pill to 15
  7. Medicare Should Develop ACOs, Report Says
  8. Versailles, KY Doctor Surrenders Medical License, Won't Fight Allegations
  9. Eastern Kentucky Pain Clinic Owners Plead Guilty to Pill Conspiracy
  10. State Society News
  11. Physician Wanted

mildMild Procedure Comment Letter Deadline May 5


On April 5, CMS initiated a National Coverage Analysis which will lead to a National Coverage Decision. The process allows for a 30-day public comment period which ends May 5. At the end of the comment period, CMS will conduct an analysis which will result in a draft National Coverage Determination on October 5, which will be followed by another 30-day comment period, with the publishing of the Determination on January 1. This will determine the national coverage policy on mild for all Medicare Contractors.


Here is the link for comment:



Here is the link to ASIPP's comment letter.


annualWhat a Difference A Day Can Make: Make Plans to Attend ASIPP Legislative Session and Capitol Hill Visits


  Plan now to stay for the Legislative Session and Capitol Hill Visits June 10-11.


We are quite certain that the sequester, The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and the survival of IPM into the future is heavy on your minds. These are what keep us awake each night because these are what threaten the survival of our practices. These are what are threatening our FUTURE .


Due to all the quarries we are facing, including extinction of IPM through NC Ds, LCDs, the ASI PP 15th Annual Meeting entitled "IPM: Strategies to Prevent Falling Over the Cliff," will likely be the last Annual Meeting held in Washington. Beginning next year, the Annual Meeting will be moved to

different locations. Our Legislative Sessions, if they exist in the future, will be held separately. This year will be our last Legislative Session in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and we have also modified it for your convenience.


 This year's visits are all in one Day: Tuesday. On Monday, ASiPP will hold Legislative Prep Sessions for those who sign up to visit Capitol Hill. During this session, we will go over the top issues threatening the future of IPM. Following the session will be a lunch where the issues will be further discussed. The rest of the afternoon features visits from prominent members of Congress who are friends of ASIPP coming to discuss the issues with you.


Click HERE to register

Click HERE to view Brochure



 abstractAbstract! Deadline Extended One Week to May 8


It's time to Submit your proposal to the Poster and Abstract Session scheduled during ASIPP's Annual Meeting: June 9, 2013


The top 25 submissions will be selected for publication in Pain Physician.


From these  25, 10 will be selected for poster display at the Annual Meeting set for June 8-11 in Arlington, VA.


The top five (5) will be  presented during an abstract session on Sunday, June 9 during the afternoon session. The top three will receive awards which will be presented at the Sunday evening Presidential Dinner Meeting.


Contact Holly Long at hlong@asipp.org or 270-554-9412, ext. 230 with questions.


Proposals will accepted until May 8, 2013


To submit a proposal and view the rules and regulations, click here.

 Guidelines Print Issue of 2013 ASIPP Spinal Interventional Techniques Guidelines Available



 This is your exclusive opportunity to own your own print copy of the Spinal Interventional Techniques Guidelines Issue.

The Guidelines contain the following:

  •  An Update of Comprehensive Evidence-Based Guidelines for Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain. Part I: Introduction and General Considerations
  • An Update of Comprehensive Evidence-Based Guidelines for Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain: Part II: Guidance and Recommendations
  • And Abstracts of 10 Systematic Reviews
  • Over 90,000 words, 2400 references, 50 Tables,  20 Figures, and 300 Formatted Pages


Click here to Order Your Copy!


An additional $20 for US and a minimum of $50 plus costs based on country will be added to the cost on any orders placed after Monday, April 29 at 8 a.m.


bumpObama Sees 'Bumps' for Health Law


Amid signs of early snags in the federal health law, President Barack Obama on Tuesday acknowledged it could face a rocky rollout this fall but said officials are racing to get the new insurance system ready in time.


The main goal of the 2010 law is to bring health-insurance coverage to Americans who lack it, yet two of the measure's key ways of doing this have hit obstacles.


More than half of the states are on track to sit out the law's Medicaid-expansion goal initially-which means millions of low-income Americans won't have access to health insurance through Medicaid as the law anticipated.


Wall Street Journal

fdaFDA Lowers Age for Buyers of Plan B Pill to 15

(WASHINGTON) - In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand - Plan B One-Step - and will let it be sold over the counter.

Today, Plan B and its generic competition are sold behind pharmacy counters, and people must prove they're 17 or older to buy the emergency contraception without a prescription. A federal judge had ordered an end to those sales restrictions by next Monday.


But Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a different approach: Plan B could sit on drugstore shelves next to condoms, spermicides or other women's health products - but to make the purchase, buyers must prove they're 15 or older at the cash register.




ACOMedicare Should Develop ACOs, Report Says


WASHINGTON -- Medicare should move to accountable care-like organizations where providers receive a globally capitated payment for their patients and must meet quality measures for full payment, health policy experts said.

A group of experts released a plan late Monday that called for creating "Medicare Comprehensive Care," organizations that collaborate to oversee the treatment of a patient.


The initial benchmark for capitated payments under the plan would be based on current beneficiary spending and quality measures, the plan from the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, said. Payments would increase only at the rate of growth in gross domestic product, and providers would be expected to sustain or improve quality over time.


MedPage Today


versaillesVersailles, KY Doctor Surrenders Medical License, Won't Fight Allegations


A Versailles physician has surrendered his medical license rather than contest allegations that he was negligent in prescribing controlled substances, according to state medical board documents.


An agreed order of surrender between the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure and Joseph P. DiBeneditto was filed Thursday.


DiBeneditto was placed on probation with the medical board in 1999 as a result of allegations that he inappropriately prescribed drugs that were considered controlled substances. The order of probation expired in 2006, according to board documents.


Lexington Herald-Leader


easternEastern Kentucky Pain Clinic Owners Plead Guilty to Pill Conspiracy


Two Eastern Kentucky pain clinic owners will be sentenced in September after admitting in federal court they conspired with doctors to illegally dispense more than 50,000 prescription pills, officials said Friday in a press release.


Tammy Cantrell, 40, of Oil Springs, and Shelby Lackey, 50, of Williamsport, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins to conspiracy to distribute and unlawfully dispense Oxycodone and maintaining a drug-involved premises.


The defendants are the first pain clinic owners in the Eastern District of Kentucky, which includes 67 counties, to have federal convictions for operating a pill mill and conspiring to illegally distribute Oxycodone, according to the release from U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey's office.


Lexington Herald-Leader





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