"The initial $2 million is an encouraging start that will allow individual states to put NASPER into motion; however, in order to realize NASPER's full potential, it is imperative to secure full funding," said Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti, ASIPP CEO and Chairman of the Board. "ASIPP will work tirelessly to see that funding not only continues in 2010, but that it is funded for the full authorized amount of $10 million for that fiscal year."
"This appropriation of funding will finally make it possible for states to implement NASPER," said ASIPP President Dr. David Schultz. "And for states like my state of Minnesota that have already succeeded in implementing the program, the funding will further the capabilities by bringing uniformity to existing and all future programs."
Manchikanti agreed, "We are hopeful that this preliminary funding will move NASPER into the next phase. As bordering states begin to have the ability to communicate via a universal system, the program will have the functionality that was intended." He added, "We would never have seen this day without the support and dedication of those who remained steadfast over the years."
About The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
ASIPP's mission statement is 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. Founded in 1998 by current CEO Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, ASIPP is a rapidly growing not-for-profit organization that supports the needs of physicians who practice Interventional
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