ASIPP was founded in November 1998 as the Association of Pain Management Anesthesiologists (AOPMA) to represent interventional pain physicians dedicated to improving the delivery of interventional pain management services to patients across the country in the various settings of ambulatory surgical centers, offices, and hospital outpatient departments. The name seemed to exclude some physicians and other professionals, so it was changed unanimously to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. In addition, ASIPP also started the Interventional Pain Physician-PAC of AOPMA in December 1999 to represent the advocacy interests of interventional pain physicians. Its name was changed to American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians-PAC.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, you’re invited to join our rapidly growing society which supports the needs of physicians who practice Interventional Pain Management. ASIPP accomplishes this through our pursuit of excellence in educational programs, publications, certification and political advocacy. ASIPP was formed in 1998 with the goal of promoting the development and practice of safe, high quality yet cost effective interventional pain management techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of pain and related disorders, and to ensure patient access to these interventions.

Interventional pain management is defined as the discipline of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pain related disorders principally with the application of interventional techniques in managing subacute, chronic, persistent, and intractable pain, independently or in conjunction with other modalities of treatment. (The National Uniform Claims Committee. Specialty Designation for Interventional Pain Management- 09, www.cms.hhs.gov/transmittals/Downloads/r1779b3.pdf).

Interventional pain management techniques are minimally invasive procedures including, percutaneous precision needle placement, with placement of drugs in targeted areas or ablation of targeted nerves; and some surgical techniques such as laser or endoscopic diskectomy, intrathecal infusion pumps and spinal cord stimulators, for the diagnosis and management of chronic, persistent, or intractable pain (Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Report to the Congress: Paying for interventional pain services in ambulatory settings. Washington, DC: MedPAC. December. 2001. http://www.medpac.gov/documents/reports/december-2001-report-to-the-congress-paying-for-interventional-pain-services-in-ambulatory-settings.pdf?sfvrsn=0

 

OUR MISSION

To promote the development and practice of safe, high quality, cost-effective interventional pain management techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of pain and related disorders, and to ensure patient access to these interventions. 
 

 

 

OUR GOALS

  • To preserve coverage for interventional pain management
  • To advance patient safety, cost effectiveness, and accountability
  • To communicate with legislators, patients, public, CMS, & third party payors.
  • To uphold high principles, policies, and practices.
  • To pursue excellence in education in interventional pain management.
  • To improve practice management.
  • To improve compliance.
  • To provide the most state-of-the-art and best possible interventional pain management service.

CARRIER ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Following the CMS action in March 2009 to include interventional pain medicine as the 34th specialty, which ASIPP advocated for, IPM now is allowed representation on every state CAC. This allows IPM to have representation in the decision-making process for the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (HHS-CMS) Click here for list of IPM CAC Representatives.

BOARD CERTIFICATION

The American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) is a Specialty Board providing Board Certification.

  • Interventional Pain Management

Competency Certifications

  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Controlled Substance Management
  • Coding Compliance and Practice Management
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Lumbar Endoscopic Decompression
  • Fluoroscopy Interpretation and Radiological Safety
 

ADVOCACY

ASIPP – PAC – ASIPP is recognized by members of Congress and the Administration as one of the most involved and influential medical political action committees. ASIPP provides the opportunity for its members to take their issues directly to their officials at annual or bi-annual D.C. Meetings. These Capitol Hill visits are preceded by a Legislative Session featuring preparatory sessions and an array of distinguished Congressional speakers.

COURSES OFFERED

ASIPP offers extensive opportunities in advanced training relevant and necessary for the discipline of interventional pain management. 

Here is a list of some courses we offer: 

  • Interventional Techniques Review Courses
  • Comprehensive Cadaver Workshops
  • Pain Medicine Board Review
  • Comprehensive Course in Controlled Substance
  • Documenting, Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management
  •  Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety                                                                       

PUBLICATIONS

Pain Physician Journal – a scholarly body of work specifically geared to interventional pain management. The Pain Physician journal is a bimonthly publication that provides a forum for development and dissemination of knowledge through its many original contributions and systematic review. The journal has been indexed with EMBASE, SCOPUS, PubMed, and Medline.

Pain Medicine Case Reports –  an open access electronic publication of The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and a Clinical Companion Journal to Pain Physician. PMCR is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary, open access journal written and directed to an audience of pain physicians and other providers, policy makers, and clinicians with an interest in interventional pain management and pain medicine. PMCR presents the latest studies, research, and information vital to those in the emerging speciality of interventional pain management – and critical to the people they serve.