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celebrating our 10th anniversary

October 16, 2013


vegasTake advantage of Room Block Rate: Register Today 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 7 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 7 video lectures relevant to the course material





Online registration


Special room rates through Oct. 25 at the Westin Las Vegas


webinarASIPP Hosting Webinar to Help You Understand E/M Modifiers


 The 60-minute webinar will be from 110 am to noon CST Tuesday, November 5. Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, of MJH Consulting in Denver will present information on Best Practices: E/M Modifiers for IPM. Cost for the webinar is $125.


Some of the questions answered will be:


  • Modifier 25: Are you using it correctly or just trying to unbundle the E/Mservices?
  • Can I use modifier 25 when a patient has been scheduled for a procedure?
  • What does "separately identifiable and significant" really mean?
  • What are the time frames associated with modifier 25 and modifier 57?


Click HERE to register


mountainLate Mountain Home Doctor May Have Crafted Largest Medicare Fraud in State's History: $14.7M


If Dr. Stacey M. Johnson of Mountain Home had not died earlier this year at 63, he likely would have been charged with overbilling Medicare by $14.7 million, according to a criminal investigator's affidavit that was recently made public.


Johnson's medical career ended in 2009 when the Arkansas State Medical Board pulled his license for recklessly running too many tests on patients. Now the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Arkansas is in the process of recovering money from what may be the largest Medicare fraud in the state's history.


On Sept. 20, the U.S. Attorney's Office filed a civil forfeiture lawsuit in an attempt to seize Johnson's ex-wife's Mountain Home mansion, which prosecutors said was paid for with proceeds from the Medicare fraud. Johnson's ex-wife, Cynthia Johnson, paid $600,000 to settle the lawsuit and keep the property. The case was closed Oct. 4.


Arkansas Business



opinionOpinion: The business of substance abuse


The suggestion by Chief Justice Ivor Archie that the use of marijuana in small quantities should be decriminalised is a welcome invitation for this country to at last enter into the international debate concerning cannabis. It is a debate which has been ongoing for some time and one must be grateful to the Chief Justice for finally putting the issue on the table.


It is important that parties to this important discussion understand that decriminalisation of marijuana, or for that matter any now-restricted substance, does not signify its approval in any way. One can disapprove of the consumption of alcohol without supporting prohibition and one can disapprove of the use of tobacco without supporting its criminalisation.


The debate should focus on the efficiency of prevention methods as against the negative effects to society of having to treat as criminals a great many people who would otherwise be considered solid citizens and who are guilty of harming no one but themselves.




sunshineHow the Physician Payment Sunshine Act Could Affect Practice Revenue


The Physician Payment Sunshine Act, also known as the National Physician Payment Transparency Program and the Open Payments Program, is another part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that has physicians wondering just how it will affect their revenue and managed care reimbursement.


The good news is that it does not have to produce an adverse financial impact on your practice, though you may have to change some of your outside activities to keep the program from complicating how you provide care.


Enacted in February 2013, section 6002 of the ACA sets forth the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. Like most of the ACA, at its core the Sunshine Act is about transparency and public disclosure, explains Craig B. ­Garner, JD, an attorney in Santa Monica, Calif. The final regulations attempt to close practically every viable loophole that may have existed in prior versions of the Sunshine Act by requiring certain disclosures by manufacturers of drugs, devices, and biological or medical supplies who participate in any federally funded healthcare program.



Health leaders Media


trackHealthcare.gov Is on Track to Miss Its Enrollment Deadlines


Experts predict that the federal government has about a month to get Healthcare.gov in fighting shape if it wants to get 7 million people enrolled in its first year, Reuters reported on Monday. Users are still experiencing issues with the federal exchange, which puts enrollment numbers at risk and gives Republicans more reason to say the law should have been delayed.


While state-run exchanges have been running relative smoothly and enrolling thousands, the federal government, which runs exchanges for 36 states, has declined to say how many individuals have enrolled in insurance plans. Anonymous sources in the Department of Health and Human Services told the Daily Mail that there were just 51,000 completed applications during the program's first week. That's not a lot (at that rate it would take over two years to enroll 7 million) but that also means at least 51,000 people eagerly signed up for insurance plans that won't take effect until next year.


Though the federal site is starting to identify and solve its problems, including introducing a very basic plan estimator, people on both sides of the aisle are fed up. "I hope they're working day and night to get this done," Robert Gibbs, President Obama's former press secretary, told MSNBC yesterday. "And when they get it fixed, I hope they fire some people that were in charge of making sure that this thing was supposed to work."



The Atlantic Wire


crisisCrisis: Patients not taking their medications


Altonya Sheppard, 37, just got out of the hospital - again.


She's on 11 medications, including three different inhalers for her asthma, but can't afford to buy them all. So she has to decide between heart medication, pain medicine for her arthritis and her inhalers. One inhaler alone costs her $180 a month even when she pays on a sliding scale through her part time job at a Philadelphia health clinic. About twice a year it lands her in the hospital.


"Some of them can get for $4 from my job, some of them are $20 a piece," says Sheppard, who works as a certified peer specialist outreach worker. "It depends on which one I'm getting, which one I decide to take for the month."



USA Today


spotlightSpotlight Case: The Pains of Chronic Opioid Usage


Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti and R. Joshua A. Hirsch were fetured on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website hosted by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The invited commentary fulfilled the following objectives:

  • Describe the appropriate initial assessment of patients with chronic non-cancer pain.
  • List the most common errors made in prescribing opioids for non-cancer pain.
  • Outline appropriate monitoring for patients prescribed opioids for non-cancer pain.
  • Appreciate the need to risk stratify patients on opioids for non-cancer pain.

Read the spotlight case .




Slide Show:


shockingThe shocking, stabbing pain disorder you've never heard of


(CNN) -- Imagine shocks radiating across your cheek, a knife cutting into your skin or the feeling of hot coal burning your face, but not being able to find relief from the pain for months, or even years.


That's what some trigeminal neuralgia patients say they endure on a regular basis.


Trigeminal neuralgia is a facial pain disorder associated with the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your brain to your face. Slight touches to the face, whether it's a breeze, hair falling onto your temple or simply brushing your teeth, may trigger flashes of pain. The pain is most commonly caused by a blood vessel pushing on the trigeminal nerve. There is no cure.


It affects approximately 12 out of every 100,000 people per year, according to the National Institute of Health, and is more common in women and people over 50.


 CNN Health

State Society News



Maryland State Society meeting Nov. 4


The Maryland chapter of the Amercan Scoeity of Interventional Pain Physicians has scheduled a meeting Monday, Nov. 4 at Ruth Cris Steakhouse, Pikesville, MD


The speaker will be Michael Bair, Director of the  Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration


Date: November 4th , 2013 at 6:30PM


Location: Ruth Chris Steakhouse

1777 Reisterstown Rd Pikesville, MD 21208



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.




* Please send in your State Society meeting news to:
 Holly Long at hlong@asipp.org

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