" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

celebrating our 10th anniversary

October 9, 2013


  1. Register Today for Vegas Cadaver Workshop and Online Video Lectures
  2. Spotlight Case: The Pains of Chronic Opioid Usage
  3. Why Does Chronic Pain Hurt Some People More?
  4. Beyond Obamacare glitches, some consumers face dramatically higher rates
  5. Pharmaceutical firms paid to attend meetings of panel that advises FDA
  6. Survey: EHR use cuts into resident education, productivity
  7. Obamacare-A Game-Changer in the Making?
  8. CMS Physician Quality Reporting Requirements: How to Avoid Penalties
  9. Checklist increased physician confidence in using opiates to manage chronic pain
  10. Centipede venom molecule may combat pain
  11. State Society News
  12. Physician Wanted

vegasRegister 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



 Brochure: http://www.asipp.org/documents/1113-cadaver_000.pdf


Online registration http://www.asipp.org/1113Cadaver-Registration.htm


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


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 .




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whyWhy Does Chronic Pain Hurt Some People More?


Why does pain from the same type of injury linger in some people but not others?


Genetics and brain-based biological factors are the latest frontier of research on chronic pain, along with personality traits, coping strategies and life experiences. The question is a riddle researchers have been trying to solve for decades.


Better identifying which injuries may lead to chronic pain, defined as lasting beyond normal healing for at least three months, is hugely important for the 100 million Americans who suffer from it. Lower-back pain is the most common type, with nearly one-third of U.S. adults reporting in 2010 having experienced it within the previous three months, according an Institute of Medicine report on pain.


Wall Street Journal


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beyondBeyond Obamacare glitches, some consumers face dramatically higher rates


Problems with the main Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, have dominated headlines since the site opened for business on Oct. 1.


But another problem is surfacing: Some consumers who have been buying their own insurance are getting cancellation notices - and offers for insurance at dramatically higher rates.


There are multiple reasons this is happening. First, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sets minimum standards for benefits, including mental-health and substance-abuse treatment, maternity care, prescription drugs, and rehabilitative care, which were not included in many of the old plans. Also, insurance companies are now required to take all comers, regardless of their health status, and so rates are rising to cover their costs as well.



Yahoo News

panelPharmaceutical firms paid to attend meetings of panel that advises FDA


A scientific panel that shaped the federal government's policy for testing the safety and effectiveness of painkillers was funded by major pharmaceutical companies that paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for the chance to affect the thinking of the Food and Drug Administration, according to hundreds of e-mails obtained by a public records request.


The e-mails show that the companies paid as much as $25,000 to attend any given meeting of the panel, which had been set up by two academics to provide advice to the FDA on how to weigh the evidence from clinical trials. A leading FDA official later called the group "an essential collaborative effort."



The Washington Post

surveySurvey: EHR use cuts into resident education, productivity


SAN DIEGO - Family medicine residents reported that documentation time increased by about 16 minutes per patient encounter following implementation of an electronic health record system at two academic medical institutions in Southern California.


"We have learned about how electronic health records are going to improve our patient care and our efficiency in the clinic but not a lot of studies have explored how the implementation of an electronic health record at academic centers is going to impact resident education," Dr. Maisara Rahman said in an interview during a poster session at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Family Physicians.


Family Practice News


gameObamacare-A Game-Changer in the Making?


What if Obamacare actually works? More precisely, what if the new health-insurance marketplaces called exchanges work?


They might just change the way most Americans get health insurance.


Admittedly, this is a big if.


Wall Street Journal


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cmsCMS Physician Quality Reporting Requirements: How to Avoid Penalties


According to a report from Medscape, physicians will receive a 1.5 percent payment reduction penalty from Medicare in 2015 if they do not participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System this year.


Physicians have until Oct. 15 to take advantage of the program. The program was previously voluntary and physicians who participated were given a small bonus, but it because mandatory this year. Individual physicians report performance data on quality measures through Medicare claims, electronic health records, patient registry or another outside data capturing system, according to the report.


In 2016, the penalty will increase to a 2 percent reduction in reimbursement for non-participating physicians.


Becker's Spine Review

checklistChecklist increased physician confidence in using opiates to manage chronic pain


SAN DIEGO - Use of a standardized checklist with information describing opiate therapy and the source of the patient's chronic pain improved resident and faculty satisfaction with management of chronic pain patients, results from a single-center study found.


"The management of chronic pain is so different for each individual patient, but the unique thing about this checklist is that it's standardized to an entire panel," Dr. Filza Akhtar said in an interview during a poster session at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Family Physicians. "It allows us to manage this panel of patients in a way that we feel gives us some control."


In an effort to increase compliance with the clinic opiate policy for family medicine resident patients with chronic pain, Dr. Akhtar and her associates in the department of family medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland, added a standardized checklist to the department's existing electronic health records system (EHR) that contained elements of the clinic-wide chronic pain policy.


Clinical Psychiatry News

venomCentipede venom molecule may combat pain


A team of scientists from Australia and China has found a molecule in centipede venom that could form the basis of a new drug to kill pain as effectively as morphine. The discovery brings new hope to millions of people whose lives are blighted because of chronic pain.


Their findings are published in this week's online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS.


One in five people is thought to suffer from chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts for more than 6 months.



Medical News 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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 Holly Long at hlong@asipp.org

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