" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary

October 23, 2013


vegasRoom Block Discount Rate Ends Friday! 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 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


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 1100 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


jonJon Stewart rips into Obamacare, Obama's approval rating continues to slide, and oh yeah, Canada has death panels... but it's a good thing



In the wake of President Obama's Obamacare pep rally in the Rose Garden yesterday, it does not appear as though anyone is buying the 'don't worry, our product is great' message the President was trying to sell. Glenn opened the radio program this morning playing the nearly 10 minute scathing Obamacare critique that came courtesy of Jon Stewart last night on The Daily Show.


"You know what feels really good," Glenn asked. "Just a moment of Jon Stewart seeing sanity. Here he is last night basically saying, 'Really, Obamacare? Bring it on.'"


According to Stewart, after the Republicans disastrous handling of the debt ceiling deal, all Democrats needed to do in order to secure a political advantage was execute the implementation of Obamacare in a "mildly competent" fashion. But, as Stewart openly admits, that certainly did not happen.


Glenn Beck



sebeliusSebelius Faces a Firestorm Over Health Care Exchanges


WASHINGTON - The first, and perhaps most painful, call for Kathleen Sebelius to resign as President Obama's health secretary came this month from an old family friend: Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, who once boasted of a "special relationship" with Ms. Sebelius, forged when he worked for her father-in-law.


Now Ms. Sebelius, the former Kansas governor who is the public face of Mr. Obama's health care overhaul, is facing a barrage of criticism over the problem-plagued rollout of its online insurance exchange. For Republicans, still reeling from their failed "defund Obamacare" strategy and government shutdown, she has proved an easy target.


New York Times

judgeJudge Allows Suit Challenging Health-Law Subsidies


Opponents of the federal health-care law can move forward with a lawsuit challenging some subsidies for people who buy health insurance, but the financial assistance will remain in place while the case proceeds, a federal judge said Tuesday.


The mixed ruling means the Obama administration will have to mount a full defense of the law's subsidy provisions in a Washington, D.C., federal court. Challengers had sought a preliminary injunction to block subsidies immediately for those who buy health insurance through federally run online exchanges


Wall Street Journal


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cmsCMS: New Procedure for Spinal Stenosis Patients Won't Be Reimbursed


According to a new national coverage determination, CMS said Medicare will not reimburse percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis patients.


CMS officials said spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal narrows and thus causes lower back pain, is the most common reason for lumbar spine surgery in adults older than 65. It's often the result of normal aging. Complex surgical procedures to treat lumbar spinal stenosis have "increased substantially" over the past several years as well, according to CMS.


Most surgical options to treat lumbar spinal stenosis are laminectomy and spinal fusion. However, percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression, or PILD, is a newer technique for lumbar spinal stenosis patients. PILD is a minimally invasive procedure conducted via image guidance "without any direct visualization of the surgical area," according to the analysis. PILD is often performed commercially with mild, a technology owned by Vertos Medical.


Becker's Hospital Review


websiteHealth Website Security Questions Leave Some Flummoxed


Signing up for insurance on the new health-care marketplaces can be challenging enough without having to remember your high-school mascot. Or your favorite childhood superhero, the manager at your first job or the street you lived on in third grade.


Those are just some of the security questions being offered to shoppers on the state and federal exchange sites as a way to verify their identities-and they are leaving some would-be customers flummoxed.



Wall Street Journal


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love'Love Hormone' May Mediate Placebo Effect


Intranasal oxytocin, sometimes called the "love hormone," intensified the painkilling effect of placebo in a clinical study, suggesting a physical basis for the placebo effect, researchers said.


Among 75 healthy young men exposed to painful heat stimuli on their forearms in the randomized, double-blind study, ratings of a placebo cream's analgesic effect were greater after the participants received active intranasal oxytocin than when they snorted a saline solution, with a difference of 5.76 points out of 60 (95% CI 0.59-10.93, P=0.03), according to Ulrike Bingel, MD, of the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany, and colleagues.



MedPage Today

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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