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  1. ASIPP Annual Meeting Set in New Orleans in April
  2. We are Saving YOU a Spot! Not too late to Register for Vegas Cadaver Workshop and Online Video Lectures
  3. FDA Issues Plan to Prevent Drug Shortages
  4. With Rise Of Painkiller Abuse, A Closer Look At Heroin
  5. Johnson & Johnson to Pay $2.2 Billion to Settle U.S. Probes
  6. Q&A: Explaining the Widespread Health-Plan Cancellations
  7. Testosterone Therapy Tied to Heart Risks
  8. Congressional committee chairs agree on framework for SGR fix
  9. Illinois Man Arrested for Alleged Role in $12 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
  10. Painkillers May Worsen Headache After Concussion
  11. State Society News
  12. Physician Wanted

annualASIPP Annual 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 offer. 

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 New Era."


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 perspective.


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.







vegasWe are Saving YOU a Spot! Not too late to Register for Vegas Cadaver Workshop and Online Video Lectures


  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.


Participants will 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





Online registration


Accomodations are at the Westin Las Vegas


fdaFDA Issues Plan to Prevent Drug Shortages


WASHINGTON -- The FDA flexed newly granted regulatory muscle on Thursday in efforts to resolve drug shortages, releasing a strategic plan and a proposed rule.


The 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.



MedPage Today


heroinWith 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



johnsonJohnson & Johnson to Pay $2.2 Billion to Settle U.S. Probes


Johnson & 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 breasts.


 Wall Street Journal


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qaQ&A: 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 getting canceled?


A.Many of 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.



Washington Wire

testosteroneTestosterone 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 benefits.



Wall Street Journal


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sgrCongressional 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 fix.



Healthcare Finance News

illinoisIllinois Man 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


painkillerPainkillers May Worsen Headache After Concussion


AUSTIN, Texas -- Too much pain medication may have been part of the problem for teens reporting chronic headache months after suffering concussions, researchers reported here.


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.



MedPage Today

State Society News



NY/NJ Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians Schedule Symposium



Registration 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 City.


Following 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 Staats, MD.


Speakers will be Sanjay Bakshi, MD, Sudhir Diwan, MD, and Peter Staats, MD.


Click here to register for the NYNJSIPP Pain Symposium.


Click HERE for more information.




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