ASIPP DRAFT GUIDANCE DOCUMENT ON COVID-19 VACCINE AND STEROIDS

The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians has received numerous requests on potential guidance regarding the use of steroid injections during COVID-19 and specifically guidance on the use of steroids in injections, before and after being vaccinated. We are currently working on finalizing this document and would like to share the draft version with you. We will update you soon with the final version.

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Good News About Telehealth and Payroll Protection Program

We received a letter from Tracy Richardson, Acting Director, Financial Services Group, Office of Financial Management, Centers for Medicare And Medicaid Services, addressed to ASIPP in reference to confirming their position on telehealth and duration of waivers.

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ASIPP Member Update May 29, 2020

Updated News on Stimulus, Telehealth, CAC Meeting, and Guidelines

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HHS Extends Deadline for Provider Relief Fund Payments, HHG OIG Opioid Toolkits, and Update on Opening up Practices

We would like to bring you some good news about the extension of the deadline for attestation and acceptance of terms and conditions for Provider Relief Fund payments to 45 days,  the release of 2 toolkits for calculating opioids levels and identifying patients at risk of misuse or overdose, and lastly, an update on opening up your practices.
 
  1. Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline for health care providers to attest to receipt of payments from the Provider Relief Fund and accept the terms and conditions. Providers will now have 45 days, increased from 30 days, from the date they received payment to attest and accept the terms and conditions or return the funds. As an example, the initial 30-day deadline for providers who received payment on April 10, 2020, is extended to May 24 from May 9, 2020. With the extension, not returning the payment within 45 days of receipt of payment will be viewed as acceptance of the Terms and Conditions.
    President Trump has been providing support to health care providers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic through the Bipartisan CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which provides $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other health care providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response.
    In distributing the funds, administration is addressing both the economic harm across the entire healthcare system due to the stoppage of elective procedures, and addressing the economic impact on providers particularly impacted by COVID-19. For further information on the distribution of funds, please visit http://hhs.gov/providerrelief.
  2. Second,.HHS OIG released two toolkits for calculating opioid levels and identifying patients at risk of misuse or overdose. Click here for more information and to access toolkits.
  3. Lastly, we would like to remind you about opening up our practices. On Monday, May 4, a detailed letter, created by Ricardo Buenaventura, to help provide you with valuable resources to help you open back up from COVID-19 was sent to you. This is a follow up reminder to that  letter.

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Pain Physician COVID-19 Special Issue Now Online

Pain Physician, the official journal of ASIPP, has launched a special issue covering COVID-19 issues. The publications range from understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms, epidemiology, implications on interventional pain practices, safety and effectiveness of various modalities of drug therapy, telemedicine, along with the effect on interventional pain management practices, and, finally, the technological impact of COVID-19 on the future of education and health care delivery and multiple guidelines.

Pain Physician published COVID-19 special issue with 18 original manuscripts and multiple letters. This issue includes an amazing editorial [ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32942783/ ]; 

Evidence-Based Risk Mitigation Strategies and Stratification during COVID-19 for Return to Interventional Pain Practices [ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32942784/ ], and Triaging Interventional Pain Procedures during COVID-19 or Related Elective Surgery Restrictions [ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32942785/ ]. 

Both manuscripts describe various means to continuation of the services at present, and also in future if there is a resurgence or in a worst-case scenario lock-down, and training and education during COVID epidemic. Other articles include Burnout among Pain Physicians, Implications on Interventional Pain Practice, and manuscripts on antibody testing, drug therapy, and stem cell therapy.

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A Second Wave of Coronavirus. Neil Cavuto and Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil discuss a possible second wave of coronavirus this winter.

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