November 6, 2013
Meeting Set in New Orleans in April
On behalf of the American Society
of Interventional Pain Physicians' (ASIPP) Board of Directors, I am pleased to
invite you to join us for the ASIPP 16th Annual Meeting on April 4-6, 2014 at
the Hilton Riverside in the fun and exciting city of New Orleans. In addition to
joining us for this exciting meeting, we also encourage you to come early and/or
stay over and enjoy the fun, food, and festivities that New Orleans has to
This year's meeting is
entitled "IPM: Neither Luxury nor Experimental, but Effective and Necessary -
Evidence-Based Advocacy." The ASIPP Board and Course Directors have been working
hard to put together what we believe will be one of the most interesting,
educational, and exciting meetings to date.
We are honored to have several exceptional speakers this year.
First we have invited Devi
E. Nampiaparampil, MD, to provide the Manchikanti Distinguished lecture, to
provide insight into interventional pain management and the media in the new
era. She is more famously known as "Doctor Devi." Devi is an American physician
whose research in developing strategies to prevent and treat chronic pain has
been most helpful to the specialty of IPM. In addition to her practice of IPM,
and she comments on medical issues for various platforms, and has appeared on
CNN, CBS, The Dr. Oz Show, and General Hospital. It appears she is soon to
become a major medical journalist.
We are also honored to have former U.S. Assistant Secretary of
Health and Human Services, Ben Sasse, PhD to provide a lecture on "Navigating
Uncertainty in Health Care and Surviving as Individual Pain Physicians in the
Stephen Ward, MD of the
United Kingdom has agreed to join us again this year to give us an update on
NICE. Since we first met Dr. Ward at the 2011 Annual Meeting, he has been
appointed to the position of specialist advisor to NICE for their Interventional
Procedures Program. We are eager to hear his talk on "Health Care Across the
Pond: Is NICE Still Not so Nice?"
Other General Session
speakers include, from Harvard, Dr. Christopher Gilligan, Medical Director,
Center for Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital; also from Boston,
practice management expert, Debra Beaulieu, editor, FiercePracticeManagement;
and New Orleans own, James H. Diaz, MD, MPH, an expert in the public health
New this year we are
offering a special ultrasound workshop session. This session will be held on
Saturday, April 5, afternoon and is limited to 60 physicians so early
registration is encouraged. Invited Session Chairman, Kenneth Candido, MD, will
be joined by other renowned faculty to provide a hands-on experience in
ultrasound guided non-spinal interventional techniques.
We are Saving YOU
a Spot! Not too late to Register for Vegas Cadaver Workshop and Online Video
Make plans today to join us in Las Vegas November 16 and 17th.
This 1½-day workshop is
designed for interventional pain physicians, for a review, skills improvement,
or to assist in preparation for Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management
Examination qualifications. ASIPP offers the most in-depth, comprehensive, and
individualized programs available in interventional pain management, featuring
maximum hands-on training with cadavers in a state-of-the-art facility and
maximum ability to interact with other participants.
experience a comprehensive and intense learning opportunity, focusing on
interventional pain management techniques.
* Each cadaver station is
limited to a maximum of 6 participants.
* Participants can choose
the level of participation: basic, intermediate, or Comprehensive Interventional
Pain Management Examination Preparation Course.
* C-arms and
state-of-the-art equipment are utilized in this course.
* Participants will be
provided with multiple video lectures relevant to the course material
Accomodations are at the Westin Las Vegas
Plan to Prevent Drug Shortages
The FDA flexed newly granted regulatory muscle on Thursday in efforts to resolve
drug shortages, releasing a strategic plan and a proposed
strategic plan, mandated by Congress last summer, aims to prevent
shortages in the long term by improving the agency's response to imminent
shortages and addressing the underlying causes of them.
The FDA also issued a
proposed rule expanding its early notification requirement to biologics and
implementing the expanded notification requirements called for under the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), which
became law in July 2012.
With Rise Of
Painkiller Abuse, A Closer Look At Heroin
Abuse of prescription
painkillers is a "growing, deadly epidemic,"
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On Oct. 24, the Food and
Drug Administration recommended putting new restrictions on
hydrocodone, sold as Vicodin and other brand names.
Dr. Andrew Kolodny believes
the restrictions are necessary and will prevent new people from developing
addiction. But, he says, there are millions who already have the disease and
need access to effective treatment
Johnson to Pay $2.2 Billion to Settle U.S. Probes
JohnsonJNJ -0.24% agreed to pay
a total of $2.2 billion and plead guilty to a misdemeanor in a deal that would
settle U.S. Department of Justice investigations into the marketing of
antipsychotic Risperdal and other drugs.
The deal resolves probes
that prosecutors had pursued for nearly a decade into allegations that J&J
had promoted drugs in the late 1990s and early 2000s for unapproved and
sometimes harmful uses. The settlement ends years of often-difficult
negotiations that at one point even pitted prosecutors in Washington, D.C.,
against federal prosecutors in Philadelphia.
Prosecutors accused J&J
of encouraging Risperdal's use in elderly nursing-home patients suffering from
dementia, even though such a use wasn't approved by health regulators and could
prove life-threatening. The company was also accused of marketing Risperdal to
certain boys, despite a risk it could stimulate development of
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Explaining the Widespread Health-Plan Cancellations
As many as 10 million
Americans are expected to have their health plans
terminated by their insurers effective Jan. 1 or after. Here's a look
at who's affected, why and options for staying covered:
Q. Whose policies are
those receiving policy-termination letters buy their health plans directly from
insurers. These include self-employed individuals and early retirees under the
age of 65.
People covered through
small-group plans-which apply to employers with fewer than 50 or 100 employees,
depending on the state-will also face cancellations.
Therapy Tied to Heart Risks
Testosterone therapy raised
the risk of death, heart attack and stroke by about 30% in a group of veterans
with a history of heart disease, according to a new study.
While it isn't known how
applicable the findings are to healthier men, some experts said doctors and
patients should be aware that testosterone therapy might carry risks as well as
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committee chairs agree on framework for SGR fix
The Democratic and
Republican leaders of two key congressional committees have agreed on a
framework to scrap the problematic Medicare payment formula for physicians and
replace it with one that would link physician reimbursement to the quality of care provided,
a step that could put an end to the annual "doc fix" debate.
The discussion draft
released Thursday by the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees
would do away with the Sustainable Growth Rate, or SGR. That formula, adopted as
part of the deficit reduction law in 1997, will reduce Medicare physician
payments by nearly 25 percent next Jan. 1 unless Congress intervenes. Stopping
scheduled payment cuts caused by the SGR has become a yearly ritual on Capitol
Hill, leading to doctors' frustration with the system and a growing budget
problem because each deferral increases the size and price tag of the next
Arrested for Alleged Role in $12 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
A Rockford, Ill., man was
arrested today in connection with an indictment charging three Chicago-area
residents for their roles in an alleged $12 million health care fraud scheme.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice
Department's Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon of the Northern
District of Illinois, Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Shields Jr. of
the FBI's Chicago Office, and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III of the
Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) Chicago Regional
Office made the announcement.
According to the 10-count indictment
returned on Oct. 23, 2013, and unsealed today, Rick E. Brown, 56, and two other
individuals allegedly participated in a Medicare fraud scheme operating out of a
home visiting physician practice, Medicall Physicians Group Ltd., in Schaumburg,
Ill., that billed for services that Medicall never provided. Medicare allegedly
paid the company approximately $4.7 million for fraudulently reported services
from January 2007 to December 2011.
Dept of Justice
Worsen Headache After Concussion
-- Too much pain medication may have been part of the problem for teens
reporting chronic headache months after suffering concussions, researchers
Nearly half of adolescents
with post-concussion headaches lasting 3-12 months showed either complete
resolution of symptoms or a reduction to pre-concussion levels after
discontinuing their analgesics, according to Geoffrey Heyer, MD, and Syed Idris,
MD, both of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
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of Interventional Pain Physicians Schedule Symposium
is now open for the Pain Medicine Symposium, 2013, which is set for Thursday,
November 7, 2013-Sunday, November 10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency, Jersey
the great success of the 2012 program, this program again will be a joint effort
between the New York and New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians.
The curriculum is presented by Course Directors: Sudhir Diwan, MD and Peter
Speakers will be Sanjay Bakshi,
MD, Sudhir Diwan, MD, and Peter Staats, MD.
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NYNJSIPP Pain Symposium.
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