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year's program will be one of the most exciting, enriching,
and memorable of any meeting we have ever held. This year's
educational events will include evidence-based medicine ,
practice management, drug therapy, refinement in evidence synthesis,
advocacy in IPM, abstract presentations, Resident/Fellow session for
emergence into practice, and much more.
John J. Nance
New York Times
Best-Seller Author, ABC Analyst, Professional
Speaker, & Consultant
ABC News contributor John Nance reports on the French Alps Plane Crash
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and Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine
Dr. Devi reports "Turning the Pain Switch Off" on Fox news Channel's Fox and Friends
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P. Christopher Music
International Speaker, and Financial Prosperity Coach
Music is interviewed on "The Brian Tracy Show"
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Chairman of the Board
And Chief Executive Officer,
ASIPP and SIPMS
Dr. Manchikanti discusses the goals of IPM
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No Electronic Medical Record (EMR) at your office yet?
Let the penalties begin...
This webinar will include
information on: Choosing a 'right sized' EMR for your practice,
Implementation process and the technology choices available, CMS
Incentive Program, Hardship application and exclusions by
specialty, Privacy & Security and more. With a new year approaching
CMS will be mandating a schedule that will penalize providers who are
not using an EMR.
WEBINAR FEE: $125
WEBINAR DATE: April 2, 2015
TIME: 11:00am-12:00pm CST
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
SPEAKER: Anthony Patane, PMP
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Order Archived ASIPP Webinars!
You can register to view past ASIPP Webinars or order CDs by clicking here.
Your purchase of the archived recorded webinar or CD allows you to view the webinar at anytime, from anywhere, at your convenience. You will still receive presentation handouts and credit hours.
ASIPP Launches ASIPP®/PainPhysician Job Board
The ASIPP/Pain Physician Job Board is where talented and qualified interventional pain management physicians connect with great organizations and some of the best jobs available.
Candidates can browse current vacancies, post an anonymous resume and create new job alerts. Employers can post a job or browse the resume bank to find the right candidate.
Click here to access the Job Board...
Who is your IPM CAC Representative?
In March 2005, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid mandated that Interventional Pain Management become the 34th medical specialty represented on state Carrier Advisory Committees (CAC), which make local decisions about Medicare coverage. It spite of the great efforts it took to secure this position, many states are still without representation.
It is critical that IPM have representation in every state. Do you know who your representative is? More Information on CACs.
Change Your Specialty Designation
Use the CMS Form to Change your Specialty Designation to 09 - Interventional Pain Management
We are faced with the need to increase our 09 Interventional Pain Management specialty designation. Currently CMS claims there are too few IPM physicians, which negatively affects our reimbursement. Interventional Pain Physicians can now change their specialty code designation to 09 utilizing the CMS form CMS855I - see page 8, section D.
Find Your Elected Officials
Stay on top of the issues affecting interventional pain management, know your elected and appointed officials and contact the media in your area. You can make a difference by getting involved! Find out who represents you on Capitol Hill, go to Capwiz: http://www.asipp.org/Alert.htm
Find an ASIPP Physician Member
Search by name or location.
If you are an ASIPP Member Physician in good standing and would like to make your customized information available on the ASIPP Dr.Finder, click here. If you have multiple practice locations, each location must be submitted separately.
By providing this listing,
ASIPP is not recommending or endorsing these physicians
Group Purchasing Organization – Join
ASIPP is pleased to
announce that we have formed a partnership with Henry Schein and PedsPal, a
national GPO that has a successful history of negotiating better prices on
medical supplies and creating value added services for the independent
physician. Working with MedAssets, PedsPal provides excellent pricing on
products like contrast media that alleviate some of the financial pressures you
experience today. While the cost of contrast media has skyrocketed due to the
single dose vial issue, because we have partnered with Henry Schein, this could
enable you to purchase Omnipaque 240mg/50 ml for slightly above
It will be easy for ASIPP members in good standing to enroll today and begin to realize the
savings this partnership can bring. Members can join or see sample prices by
going to http://pedspal.org/asipp/default.html
Click on “view our discounted supplier prices” ( Username:ASIPPmember and Password: Save
) or click on the words "join for free now" and begin saving today!
Now Available- ASIPP 16th Annual Meeting Photos from New Orleans.
ASIPP Photo Gallery of Past Meetings Available Here.
New Book. Sales Proceeds Go To ASIPP.
Understanding Pain: What You Need to Know to Take Control presents insights that will be useful to anyone who wants to be more knowledgeable about recognizing pain conditions through symptoms and telltale signs, and needs to be fully informed about the various treatment options available. Providing information that is at once cutting-edge, comprehensive, and easy-to-understand, the chapters also provide the resources needed to obtain further information about the topic.
Click here to buy the book.
Pain-Wise is a patient and Medical Professional's guide to simplifying the confusing and often
overwhelming process of finding the appropriate treatment for chronic
pain. Written by three ASIPP Member doctors with years of experience in
pain management, Pain-Wise teaches the basics of how pain works,
explains different interventional pain therapies in layman's terms, and
helps a patient communicate with their doctor. Doctors have found Pain-Wise to be a strong tool in creating a meaningful dialogue with their patients.
Click here to buy cases.
Click here to buy single copies.
Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain
With detailed descriptions of practical techniques in interventional pain management this is a must have publication for all interventional pain physicians.
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All book proceeds go to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Interventional Techniques in Chronic Non-Spinal Pain is the premier manual ideal for guiding the interventionalist with detailed descriptions of practical techniques in interventional pain management. A CD version is included. Over 400 pages, 300 illustrations, and 30 contributing authors.
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Essentials of Practice Management: Billing Coding, and Compliance In Interventional Pain Management
Practice Management: Billing, Coding, and Compliance in Interventional
Pain Management is the premier manual published to guide the
interventionalist through all the new coding and billing changes that
have been made over the past few years.
The book contains up-to-date CPT codes, the latest HIPPA
regulations, tips on Practice Management and so much more. Proceeds go
to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, a
not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and informing those
in the pain management profession.
This book, edited by Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti and Dr. Frank JE Falco,
features everything you need to know to make your office compliant.
The book contains:
- The latest CPT codes
- Bundling tips
- Office policies and procedures
- Hiring and termination policies
- Documentation for interventional techniques
- Documentation for evaluation and management services
- HIPAA regulations
- And more
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2013 ASIPP Spinal Interventional Techniques Guidelines
Exclusive opportunity to own your own print copy of the Spinal Interventional Techniques Guidelines Issue.
- An Update of Comprehensive Evidence-Based Guidelines for Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain. Part I: Introduction and General Considerations
- An Update of Comprehensive Evidence-Based Guidelines for Interventional Techniques in Chronic Spinal Pain: Part II: Guidance and Recommendations
- And Abstracts of 10 Systematic Reviews.
l Over 90,000 words l Over 2400 references l 50 Tables l 20 Figures l 300 Formatted Pages
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ASIPP Opioid Guidelines Now Available
Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for responsible opioid prescribing in non-cancer pain are statements developed to improve the quality of care, patient access, treatment outcomes, appropriateness of care, deficiency and effectiveness, and achieve cost containment by improving the costbenefit ratio. The objectives of these guidelines are to provide clear and concise guidelines to physicians to improve patient access and to avoid diversion and abuse. Part 1 of these guidelines describes evidence assessment (1), whereas Part 2 of these guidelines describes guidance for responsible opioid prescribing.
The objectives of opioid guidelines as issued by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) are to provide guidance for the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain, to produce consistency in the application of an opioid philosophy among the many diverse groups involved, to improve the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain, and to reduce the incidence of abuse and drug diversion. The focus of these guidelines is to curtail the abuse of opioids without jeopardizing non-cancer pain management with opioids.
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Updates on the FDA Epidural Steroid Issue
The FDA Posts Meeting Slides and Recorded Webcast
The FDA has posted their informational slides from the November 24-25 Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee (AADPAC) meeting, along with links to access the webcast recording.
For additional information about the AADPAC meeting and outcomes Click Here
FDA Announces Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee Members
The FDA recently announced the membership of the Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of 14 members, 12 voting and two non-voting members. The committee will provide advice on scientific, technical, and medical issues concerning drug compounding.
See the FDA’s press release.
Panel Rejects Sternest FDA Warning for Steroid Shots: Drs. Manchikanti, Candido, and Others Testify
in FDA Hearings
An expert advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided on Tuesday not to recommend
the agency issue a strong warning against the general use of steroid injections for back pain.
you know on April 23, 2014, the FDA issued a warning on epidural
steroid injections warning that injection
of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in
rare but serious adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke,
paralysis, and death and also a lack of efficacy statement. On Nov.
24-25, the Anesthesia and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory
Committee met to discuss the following regulatory perspectives for
epidural steroid injections:
- Addition of a contraindication
- Addition of a boxed warning
- Modification of the warning statement
- Maintain the prescribing information as it currently reads
On Monday, Nov. 24, the open public comment portion of the meeting began with Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti providing
testimony on behalf of Drs. David Bryce and ASIPP. Click on the following links to view Dr. Manchikanti's presentations: Manchikanti Presentation 1 & Manchikanti Presentation 2. Click HERE to hear and view original testimony.
Directly following Dr. Manchikanti's presentation Dr. Kenneth Candido presented on behalf of Mahendra Sanapati. Click on the following link for Dr. Candido's presentation. Several ASIPP members spoke at the meeting, including, Drs. Scott Glaser, Harold Dalton, Kenneth Zahl, Roland Chalifoux.
testifying against the FDA regulation included: Dr. John Dombrowski on
behalf of American Society of
Anesthesiologists, Dr. Ray Baker on behalf of ISIS and David J. Kennedy
on behalf of NASS testified against the warning, but in favor of 17
regulations proposed by Multi-Society Pain Workgroup in contrast to
ASIPP speakers who testified against existing the
warning as well as existing warning with its removal and against 17
recommendations by Multi-Society Pain Workgroup.
The meeting continued on Tuesday, Nov. 25 in a private session with committee members discussing their understanding
of the evidence of the benefits and risks and ultimately voting on the recommendations. See Questions
In considering if the FDA should require labels for epidural injections
to carry a called contraindication, the toughest federal warning, the
panel agreed that the wording was too broad. With a contraindication
being a situation in which the risk outweighs
any possible therapeutic benefit. They then asked if there were any
clinical situations in which the risks of steroid injections were
greater than the benefits. The majority of the panel voted yes (15 to
7). Nearly everyone who did so explained that the choice
was made based on evidence showing the risks of cervical transforaminal
ESIs, a far narrower category of treatment. Additionally they voted in
favor of contraindication for particulate steroids for epidural
injections because they appear to carry greater risk
of adverse neurological effects than nonparticulate agents.
These early reports are encouraging but we will keep our members posted as more information unfolds.
York Times Article
FDA Advisory Committee Meeting Material
CMS releases Physician Fee Schedule for all Services
On Friday, October 31, 2014, CMS released the physician fee schedule for all services.
ASIPP made multiple direct presentations to CMS, garnered substantial congressional support including personal phone calls by many members, and sent numerous patient letters.
Following all our efforts, CMS has reversed the proposed rule's payment cuts for epidural injections, but at the same time, they bundled fluoroscopy into epidural injections and considered them as misvalued codes. The AMA is looking at valuing the misvalued codes in what appears to be 2017, even though the AMA President-Elect, in a recent article, stated that pain physicians are losing their practices and suffering burnout. In addition, burnout among interventional pain management physicians has been highlighted. In writing about doctors' views on EHRs and regulatory burdens, he illustrated an example of an anesthesiologist specializing in pain management who has seen a 40% drop in payments. This physician is essentially being driven out of business and hundreds of patients are being sent elsewhere to seek care. It was simply no longer possible to sustain his practice. Sadly this is not isolated instances. There is also a recent manuscript showing a study showing the high rate of burnout among pain physicians.
CMS has reversed the proposed rule's payment cuts for epidural injections, but at the same time, they bundled fluoroscopy into epidural injections and considered them as misvalued codes.
The final rule is the same as the proposed rule. In the final rule they stated as follows, "After considering comments received, we are finalizing CPT codes 62310, 62311, 62318, and 62319 as potentially misvalued, finalizing the proposed RVUs for these services, and prohibiting separate billing of image guidance in conjunction with these services."
Click here to see the epidural payment rates for 2015 compared to 2014 payment rates.
Overall, we have achieved some progress, yet we continue to face significant problems with 2 steps forward, and one step back.
Below are the fee schedules for IPM codes for physicians, ASCs, and hospital outpatient departments.
Order these IPM Board Review materials which are designed to prepare
physicians seeking board certificatin, re-certification, or an in-depth
review of the specialty of interventional pain medicine.
SELECT FROM BOOKS, EBOOKS, DVD VIDEOS, OR ONLINE VIDEOS
Comprehensive and Timely Books
This three-volume set from ASIPP Publishing was created to give clinicians a complete study course to prepare for pain medicine board certification exams, based upon the curriculum of the American Board of Medical Specialties pain medicine examinations. These books take clinicians on a journey through the specialty of pain medicine and interventional pain management, from their origins and history, to the science and research behind methods and techniques, to pharmacology, types of pain, complementary therapies, and interventional and surgical techniques, and much, much more. Culminating with a comprehensive resource of 1,500 sample board exam questions, complete with thorough explanations of the answers, these books will not only help prepare clinicians for their board examination, they will become valuable resources that will be consulted for years to come.
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Comprehensive and Convenient eBooks
The three-volume set from ASIPP Publishing created to give clinicians a complete study course to prepare for pain medicine board certification exams, based upon the curriculum of the American Board of Medical Specialties pain medicine examinations is now available in ebooks. Now you will be able to download the ebook version of these books to hand held devices for easy accessiblity for the mobile world we work in. These books take clinicians on a journey through the specialty of pain medicine and interventional pain management, from their origins and history, to the science and research behind methods and techniques, to pharmacology, types of pain, complementary therapies, and interventional and surgical techniques, and much, much more. Culminating with a comprehensive resource of 1,500 sample board exam questions, complete with thorough explanations of the answers, these books will not only help prepare clinicians for their board examination, they will become valuable resources that will be consulted for years to come.
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Videos on DVD
the Videos and receive 5 days of course video on a set of five DVDs.
You can watch them on your computer, save them to your computer, or
transport them with you to view somewhere else. And you will be able to
load this on your iPad for viewing or just to listen to when you're
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the online videos and receive 5 days of course video via the Internet.
You can watch them on your computer or any computer with Internet
access. You will be given a password to access the high quality
streaming video of each day.
Click here for sample of video >>> http://vimeo.com/28213117
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IPM Practice Guidelines
"The guidelines are expected to increase patient compliance, dispel miscommunications among providers and patients, manage patient expectations reasonably, and form the basis of a therapeutic partnership between the patient, the provider and payers, " said Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, ASIPP, CEO and Chairman of the Board.
Click on the headline for our articles on evidence-based practice guidelines for interventional techniques in the management of chronic pain. Or go to National Guidelines Clearinghouse for ASIPP's 2009 Interventional Techniques: Evidence-based Practice Guidelines in the Management of Chronic Spinal Pain.
Guidelines By Year: 2009 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2003 | 2001 | 2000
Order Interventional Techniques Brochures for your Practice.
ASIPP Marketing Services has produced a series of informative and illustrative brochures and are making them
available to you.
View the brochures before ordering.
brochures include descriptions of pain conditions
and procedures, along with accompanying illustrations. The
brochures are designed specifically for the
interventional pain physician. They can be used to communicate with
patients and referral sources in personal settings or via direct mail.
The brochures are supplied in a pdf format. All you
have to do is have your printer place your logo and practice information
in the designated area. It is a quick and easy way to have the
brochures you need in develop patient and referral relations.
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