As ASIPP members, we think you should know about a grave consequence of draconian cuts of 16.3% for epidurals, 25% for facet joint injections, 25% for adhesiolysis, and 16% for sacroiliac joint injections at ambulatory surgery centers starting January 1, 2017.

Many of the ASIPP members are also the owners of surgery centers or are involved in surgery center practices. Please let us know if you own a surgery center, or are significantly involved, because this will  affect you financially.Please send your information or the information of any others you are aware of with ownership in surgery centers to Savannah Gold at sgold@asipp.org. Be sure to include the name of the contact person, name of the surgery center, and any other contact information.

We should consider this as a departing gift from the Obama Administration to interventional pain physicians. However, with a new Administration now taking office, we have a possibility of reversing these cuts retroactively and the probability of reinstating the previous reimbursement or improving the reimbursement for 2018.

ASIPP will be assisting in this endeavor; however, the main impetus will be from the Society of Interventional Pain Management Surgery Centers (SIPMS). ASIPP will provide some revenues, as well as personnel support, but not all the revenues. This has to be raised from surgery center society members.

Please let us know your interest in pursuing such an action. Because of the required extensive and prolonged advocacy efforts at the highest levels of Congress and the Administration, our efforts will involve raising significant amounts of revenue.

If you are interested in participating in any activity, please let us know. If you are a surgery center owner, or have significant interest, please visit our SIPMS site here to apply for membership. Also visit our ASIPP-PAC  as we do not have a separate PAC for SIPMS.

Please respond as soon as you can.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.