October 9, 2013
Register Today for
Vegas Cadaver Workshop and Online Video Lectures
Make plans today to join us in Las Vegas November 16 and
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.
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
Online registration http://www.asipp.org/1113Cadaver-Registration.htm
Special room rates through
Oct. 25 at the Westin Las Vegas
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
The invited commentary
fulfilled the following objectives:
- Describe the appropriate initial assessment of patients with chronic
- List the most common errors made in prescribing opioids for non-cancer
- Outline appropriate monitoring for patients prescribed opioids for
- Appreciate the need to risk stratify patients on opioids for
Read the spotlight case
Why 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.
Access to this article may be
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.
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
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.
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
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."
Survey: 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
Game-Changer in the Making?
What if Obamacare actually
works? More precisely, what if the new health-insurance marketplaces called
They might just change the
way most Americans get health insurance.
Admittedly, this is a big
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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
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
increased physician confidence in using opiates to manage chronic
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.
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
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
|State Society News
Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians Schedule Symposium
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
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
Speakers will be Sanjay Bakshi,
MD, Sudhir Diwan, MD, and Peter Staats, MD.
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NYNJSIPP Pain Symposium.
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