Home | Apply Online |  Terms of Use |  About Us |  Policy and Ethics |  Contact

John Prunskis M.D., CEO/ Medical Director of the Illinois Pain Institute along with US Surgeon General Jerome Adams M.D. and Congressman Peter Roskam met with over 50 Chicagoland leaders in healthcare, law enforcement and first responders to answer questions and to discuss the current progress being made at both the state and national levels of government to solve the US opioid crisis.

Forward progress is being made regarding US opioid policy. Dr. Prunskis emphasized to healthcare professionals that prior to administering opioid pain medications; healthcare professionals must establish a precise diagnosis as for a patient's pain. If they are not able to establish such a diagnosis, they should seek consultation with a specialist who can do so.

Congressman Roskam has initiated and supported legislation to combat the opioid crisis, including securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act. Congressman Roskam also works to ensure that those patients who are in need of opioid pain management still have access to these medications.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams brought to the forefront his personal and professional involvement in working to end the opioid crisis, highlighting the need for Narcan (naloxone), a reversal agent for opioid overdose, to be widely available. Dr. Adams also discussed that changes within the system need to be made to assist those incarcerated for events that occurred as a result of their substance abuse.

Perhaps most concerning, as Dr. Prunskis and members of the audience pointed out, are the inconsistencies in reimbursement for pain management services, where in some cases there will be a reimbursement for writing opiate pain prescriptions but, not appropriate reimbursement for procedures that will actually address the underlying condition causing the patient's pain.

Members of the audience provided valuable input and shared personal stories that added substantially to the discussion.

Dr. John V. Prunskis was confirmed in May, 2018, by Alex Azar, US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to serve on the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Task Force in Washington D.C. to establish a national standard for the treatment of pain.  He is the only physician in Illinois to serve on this task force. Board certified in anesthesiology and pain management, Dr. Prunskis is a nine-time winner of the Castle Connolly Top Pain Doctor Award and has been honored as a US News and World Report Top Physician.

John Prunskis, MD is a member of the Academy Council of the American Academy of Spine Physicians. The Article represent a press release made available by the Illinois Pain Institute.
Inform a Colleague

Expand and Educate Your Spinecare Network

Welcome to the Inform a Colleague area of the Academy Website. The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) strives to implement new and more efficient methods for members to communicate with other healthcare professionals. One of the most effective tools is the online "Inform a Colleague" function. This function can be used to expand and educate your spinecare referral network. It also represents a resource to conveniently inform others about trends in spinecare and about offers of organizations such as the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP), the International Spine Association (ISA). The link library also contains an application for membership with the AASP.

The online "Inform a Colleague" feature provides an invaluable time-saving service for keeping spinecare professionalsup-to-date, expanding the spinecare network, stimulating interdisciplinary referrals and for inviting colleagues to join the AASP. The library of links is always being updated with useful information and resources. The linked messages can be used to

***Edit and/or add text where appropriate** (Inform one or more colleagues)

Email To:(Required)
Email From:(Required)

Attach Links

Learn More - 109
AASP Mission - 995
Academy Council - 996
AASP Goals - 998
Position Statements - 999
Benefits of Cooperative Spinecare - 1001
Contact Us - 1002
Buying Advantage Program FAQs - 12592
Physician FAQs - 12595
Public FAQs - 12597
Credentialing FAQs - 12599
Spinecare Facts - 12604
Scientific Consultants - 12619
Spinecare Data Science Committee - 13995

Free Resources - 110
Directory Listings - 1003
eNewsletter Signup - 1004
Brochures and Script Pads - 1005
Steps to Marketing Success - 1009

Healthcare Professionals - 111
Reasons to Join/Renew - 575
Membership Application - 13826
Inform A Colleague - 14012

AASP Members - 112
Member Login - 583
Reasons to Join/Renew - 584

Directory Access - 113
International Directory of Spinecare Professionals - 588
International Directory of Spinecare Facilities - 589
International Directory of Spinecare Products - 590

AASP News - 115
AASP News - 598
Members in the News - 602
Spinecare Data Science Committee - 13996

Corporate Opportunites - 116
Overview - 603
Directory of Spinecare Products - 607
Product Endorsement - 608
Corporate Opportunities - 609
Contact Us - 610
Good Choices Program - 12613

Physicians - 122
Continuing Education and Credentialing - 1183
International Spine Association - 1186

Student / Resident - 123
Information Script Forms - 1190
International Spine Association - 1192

Public - 126

Website Links - 276
American Academy of Spine Physicians - 1278
International Spine Association - 1279
International Directory of Spinecare Professionals - 1280
Attach Brochures

30 Tips for Better Spine Health
AASP Continuing Education and Credentialing
AASP Continuing Medical Education Affiliate Member
International Spinecare Directory
Online Public Information Center


Untitled Document enews

Join / Renew

This level of membership is for physicians (MD, DC, DO) whose practice/interest includes patients with spinal disorders. ($295)

Affiliate Member:
This level of membership is for allied healthcare professionals involved in spinecare and/or spine research. This includes physical therapists, massage therapists, exercise physiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician's assistants, diagnostic technicians, surgical technicians, exercise instructors, personal trainers and individuals who hold a PhD and work in the field of spinecare. ($150)

Candidate Member:
This level of membership is for residents, fellows and students who have an interest in spinecare. ($35)

Membership Renewal

Membership will automatically renew each calendar year starting from the date of membership renewal or membership acceptance unless the AASP is specifically notified in writing by the member at least 30 days prior to their renewal date. Please address all correspondence to the AASP Office of Member Services.

Review the accuracy of your contact information and practice profile information including your email address. To update your profile online go to www.spinephysicians.org and login using your unique member ID and PIN as noted below.

Please notify the AASP if you no longer meet membership criteria. This includes maintaining an active license to practice.


American Academy of Spine Physicians

Submit communication below:

First Name:
Last Name:
Phone Number:
Zip Code:
Interest: Request Call from Member Services
Speaking Request
Continuing Education
Reasons to Join
Billing Inquiry

AASP Membership Office

Address: 1795 Grandstand Place
City: Elgin
State: Illinois
Zip Code: 60123-4980
Telephone: (847) 697-4660
Fax: (847) 931-7975
Email: aasp@spinephysicians.org
FREE Directory Signups
  • AASP
  • AASP
  • AASP
  • AASP
  • >
Our Educational Partners AASP