November 27, 2014
Agenda for 16th Annual Meeting: IPM: Not a Luxury nor Experimental, but
Effective and Necessary
We are pleased to announce
the agenda for ASIPP's 16th Annual Meeting: IPM: Not a Luxury nor Experimental,
but Effective and Necessary (Click HERE to downloadthe
brochure). Visit New Orleans with your family, attend the meeting, and
spend a few days. Don't plan on leaving until later in the afternoon on Sunday
April 6, 2014.
We are all suffering
distress from Affordable (Obama) Care, the current regulatory environment, and
decreasing reimbursements, making it difficult to practice and sometimes to even
stay in practice. This annual meeting will have practical, evidence-based,
education to help preserve your practice into the future. We believe you will
find that this conference is quite different from the majority of other
conferences, offering you much, much more than the typical lectures on emerging
technologies, which constitutes less than 2% of your practice. We have worked
hard to design a meeting for you and your staff that covers the many aspects of
This annual meeting will
have many exciting features: not only practical, evidence-based education, but
also our speakers, who we are proud to say are the highest quality we've ever
Dr. Devi is the first
interventional pain physician to be a medical journalist. She will deliver the
keynote speech on "Interventional Pain Management and Media Interactions in the
Modern Era." She will provide tips for all of us to present ourselves, provide
proper evidence, and present ourselves with smiles rather than
Former U.S. Assistant
Secretary of Health and Human Services, Ben Sass, PhD, willpresent a lecture
titled "Navigating Uncertainty in Health Care and Surviving as Individual Pain
Physicians in the New Era."
Christopher J. Gilligan,
MD, "Preparing for Accountable (Obama) Care: Understanding Value-Based
Approaches and Cost Utility in Managing Patients with Spinal Pain"
Debra Beaulieu, editor of
Fierce Practice Management, "Independent Practice of IPM: Is it
James H. Diaz, MD, MPH,
"The Public Health Perspective of Chronic Pain: The Role of Interventionalists."
Other speakers include
eminent physicians Mark Huntoon, Steve Cohen, Joshua Hirsch, Gabor Racz,
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, and many others-each with a lifetime of experience in
interventional pain management.
For the first time we'll
have an ultrasound workshop for non-spinal interventions, as well as sessions on
practical billing, coding, and practice management and our always popular
Last, but not the least is
the entertainment portion with exhibitor interactions, our presidential dinner
with congressional speakers, and New Orleans style entertainment.
We strongly recommend that
you register immediately for the meeting and plan to stay through Sunday
afternoon or longer. Arrive with the family, and enjoy yourselves before, during
and after the annual meeting.
Staying on Sunday will be
extremely important to you because of the discussion we'll have concerning
practical issues, focusing on measures you can apply locally. As you know, all
politics are local.
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Workshop, Imaging, Fluroscopy and Radiation Safety Course Set in Phoenix Jan 31-
ASIPP Is pleased to announce a Cadaver Workshop (Basic,
Intermediate, and ABIPP Preparation), February 1-2, 2014 and the Imaging,
Fluoroscopy, and Radiation Safety course on January 31, 2014, both in Phoenix,
The 1-day review course
includes didactics on the topic of fluoroscopy. Participants experience a
comprehensive and intense learning opportunity, focusing on interventional pain
The intensive review course
in fluoroscopy is planned as a CME activity for interventional pain
physicians-for review, skills improvement or to fullfil state board requirements
for CME hours in fluoroscopic interpretation and radiation safety.
After this course,
participants should be able to:
- Describe the delivery of
multiple aspects of interventional pain management.
- Review multiple areas of
interventional pain management including fluoroscopic interpretation and
- Demonstrate skills
through interactive review of images
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ASIPP Opioid and IPM Guidelines Updates Needed
Believe it or not it's that time again - time to update the ASIPP
guidelines. And this time around we are going to update the Opioid Guidelines at
the same time. That does not mean you have to participate in both! You can
choose either one or be a part of both.
This year we will not only
be updating the previous guidelines, but we will be making some changes and
consolidating multiple systematic reviews.
All these will be discussed
in detail and preparation of guidelines will be provided in a one day
meetingheld on January 31 in Phoenix, AZ in conjunction with a cadaver workshop.
It is mandatory, if you are a United State resident, that you attend this
meeting, and after that you have to attend at least at a minimum, 50% of all
online/telephone conference meetings..
If you are selected, we
will provide reimbursement for the room for onsite meetings.
Please submit your
interest in participation, along with your subjects of interest, to Holly Long
at email@example.com, by December 2,
Meeting Call for Abstracts
Abstract submission is now
open to enter your abstract proposal into the American Society of
Interventional Pain Physicians abstract and poster presentation at the 16th
Annual Meeting set for April 4-6, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The top 20 abstracts will
be published in Pain Physician journal. The top 20 will be selected for Poster
presentation during the annual meeting on April 5. The top 5 will be presenting
their abstracts during the regular session of all members on Saturday. That
evening at the Presidential Awards Banquet, the top three abstract presenters
will receive cash prizes.
A final abstract submission
deadline is at 5pm Monday, February 17, 2014. Those selected will be notified by
March 4, 2014 and will receive free registration to the annual
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|"If You Like Your
Doctor You Will Be Able to Keep Your Doctor. Period"
I think you can guess who
Actually, here is what the President said at the American Medical Association
Meeting in July, 2009--and likely lots more times:
"No matter how we reform
health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will keep
your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, your will keep your
health plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. My view is that
health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: fix what's broken and
build on what works."
We have all heard this
repeated many times before in recent weeks. But with the front-page story in the Washington Post this
morning, "Health Insurers Limit Choices to Keep Costs Down," it's as if somebody
rang a new bell this time focused on the "you will keep your doctor"
Healthy Policy and Market
Insurers cut doctors' fees in new health plans
Insurers are reducing
payments to medical practices in many of the plans they sell through the new
health-law marketplaces, raising concerns that enrollees will have fewer doctors
to choose from if low fees spark an exodus. Meanwhile, The Los Angeles Times
reports that the success of the law depends in part on the actions of insurance
companies, doctor groups and hospitals, all of whom are financially vested in
Wall Street Journal: Insurers Cut Doctors' Fees in New
are slashing payments to medical practices in many of the plans they sell
through the new health-law marketplaces-;sparking worries that Americans signing
up for coverage will have fewer doctors to choose from if low fees spark an
exodus from the plans. UnitedHealth Group Inc. sent some New York City
physicians contract amendments as recently as this month setting rates well
below what doctors normally see from private insurance, including less than $40
for a typical office visit and about $20 for reading a mammogram, according to confidential documents
reviewed by The Wall Street Journal (Weaver and Beck, 11/21).
Unhappy With ACA Exchange Plans
HARBOR, Md. -- Abysmal payments. Lack of information.
Even questionable business practices.
Those are all complaints
physicians have had in the early stages of working with health insurance
companies selling plans through the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) health insurance
marketplaces, also known as exchanges.
asked several attendees at this week's American Medical
Association's interim meeting about their experiences with the new
plan offerings. Responses from those with experience dealing with them on the
whole weren't positive.
Over Health-Law Change
rebuffed President Barack
Obama Thursday and voted against letting insurers in the state
reinstate canceled health policies, in a move that highlighted internal tensions
among Democrats about the health law's direction.
Mr. Obama proposed last
week that insurers be allowed to restore the canceled policies, hoping to quiet
a furor that broke out when it became clear that millions of Americans who
bought individual coverage were losing it.
But some supporters of the
president's Affordable Care Act said allowing the old policies to stay would
harm the law's prospects for success. Meeting Thursday, the board of
California's health-insurance exchange unanimously decided to stick to its
stance blocking older policies that don't meet the law's coverage requirements.
It won swift praise from some state lawmakers.
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Baucus Ready to
Push for 'Doc Fix'
Senate Finance Committee
Chairman Max Baucus says his panel will consider so-called "doc fix" legislation
to repeal the rate formula used for physician reimbursement under Medicare when
lawmakers return to Washington in December.
The Montana Democrat sent
out a notice Thursday to fellow committee members announcing they will meet in
"open executive session" on Dec. 12 "to consider an original bill to repeal what
is officially known as the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)
The legislation that Baucus
will offer will be distributed 48 hours before the start of that
Lagging on Health Care Website
WASHINGTON - Just days
before the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline to fix the troubled
federal health insurance website, officials said
Monday that they were aware of another problem that has prevented thousands of
people who were unable to verify their identity from shopping for health
Many users of the website
have had their applications cast into limbo after they uploaded copies of
documents like driver's licenses, Social Security cards and voter registration cards, or sent them to the office of the federal
insurance marketplace in London, Ky.
Half of new
Medicaid eligibles are 'young invincibles'
The new face of Medicaid
may be underemployed millennials, but that may bode well for Medicaid's
Young adults ages 19 to 34
account for more than half of those newly eligible for Medicaid, according to a
new Urban Institute study.
Of the almost 10 million
young adults elible for Medicaid under the ACA, about 20 percent of are be
students, 42 percent are working and 18 percent are unemployed, and some of them
are already using social services.
Giving docs price
data curbs costs
organizations have been making an effort to reduce diagnostic testing where
clinically feasible since it is known to contribute to increasing healthcare
costs. But achieving lab testing reductions is not as simple as it sounds.
However, a new study suggests educating doctors via real-time price comparison
might do the trick.
According to a new
Atrius Health study published in the Journal of General Internal
Medicine, doctors who regularly viewed lab test cost data in the
electronic health record both decreased their ordering rates for certain tests
and saved up to $107 per 1,000 visits per month.
|State Society News
Plans January Meeting
The Wisconsin chapter of
the American Socieity of Interventional Pain Physicians will be Friday, January
24th, 2014, at Andrew's Bar & Restaurant in Delafield. More details and registration information will be
Sets Date for Annual Meeting
The California Society of
Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its 2014 annual meeting September 12-14
at the Terranea Resort (www.terranea.com) in Rancho Palos Verdes,
For more information, go to www.casipp.com
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