Interventional Pain Physicians

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The Interventional Pain Physicians group has grown out of control in their political influence and their ability to use the system for their own gain in my opinion. Working to obtain higher reimbursements for their procedures and adding new codes for reimbursement of procedures.

But you don’t need to look very far to find them. Many are regular visitors to our nation’s Capitol where you will most likely be able to find these doctors at breakfasts, lunches, dinners and fundraisers meeting with our politicians in Washington DC, where they hold their annual meeting each year so that all of their members can meet with their legislators as well. Making more than 500 legislative visits, meeting with congressional members each year during Capitol Hill visits to discuss healthcare issues of concern to interventional pain physicians.

Obtaining almost 40 letters of congressional support on various issues. Multiple meetings with, and presentations to, CMS officials. Having sent over 18,000 letters to legislators and to the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) on a variety of issues. Several meetings between their group’s leadership and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson. They proudly proclaim it online on their website as part of their list of accomplishments along with their own PAC – Political Action Committee…

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As we say goodbye to 2013, 2014 brings in the global epidemic of opioid use, inappropriate use, and abuse with related fatalities, which along with the global epidemic of chronic pain with its related disability continue to be major issues for the public, officials, and physician community. After much controversy with pendulums swinging in different directions over the last 3 decades, it appears that we have reached the boiling point, with disagreements and colliding opinions finally resulting in definitive action with the publication of a policy position paper from the American College of Physicians (ACP) in December 2013 which in our opinion further validates as it is largely in keeping with the philosophy and policies that the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) initiated in 2000 (6,10). Starting in 2014, the Medicare participating provider program…

Under References (Page 8):

46. Von Korff M, Kolodny A, Deyo RA, Chou R. Long-term opioid therapy reconsidered. Ann Intern Med 2011; 155:325-328.

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