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August 17, 2016

ISASS16 Co-Presidential Addresses and Presidential Guest Speaker Videos

The audio/video presentations for ISASS16 Co-Presidential Addresses and Presidential Guest Speakers are now available: ISASS16 Co-Presidential Addresses and Presidential Guest Speaker Videos Main Page Co-Presidential Address by Gunnar B.J. Andersson Presidential Guest Speaker Lt. Col. Allen B. West Co-Presidential Address by Hee Kit Wong, MD Presidential Guest Speaker Robin Young
July 26, 2016

2017 Proposed Hospital Outpatient and ASC Rule

On July 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System policy changes, quality provisions, and payment rates proposed rule. CMS is accepting comments on the proposed rule through September 6, 2016. The final rule is expected to be released in early November 2016. (Please note that physician payment is made under the Physician Fee Schedule; hospitals are paid for outpatient services under the OPPS and ASCs are paid under the ASC payment system, both detailed in this rulemaking.) A full summary of the rule is available here, including a list of spine codes CMS proposes to remove from the inpatient-only list and […]
July 26, 2016

2017 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule

On July 7, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that updates payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2017. The PFS pays for services furnished by physicians and other practitioners in all sites of service. These services include but are not limited to visits, surgical procedures, diagnostic tests, therapy services, and specified preventive services. CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule until September 6, 2016, and will issue the final rule by November 1, 2016. To set payment rates, CMS evaluates three components of medical services/procedures: physician work, practice expense, and malpractice expense. Each component is assigned a […]
  • Great course [ISASS January 2014 Course and Cadaver Lab]. Picked up some very practical pearls that I’ll be able to implement in my practice right away.
    Brian Grossman, MD
    Southern California Orthopedic Institute
  • Attending ISASS as part of the cadaver lab was a great experience, not to mention our brief time with you and some of the participants. We would like to continue to be part of the effort.
    Leonard Schultz, MD, Founder, Chairman and CEO
    Nascent Surgical
  • My impressions were strongly positive. Very high scientific level and lots of opportunities to learn. I appreciated also the international outreach of the society compared with other spine societies. It looks there is a chance for non US surgeons to come forward and share their spine work.
    Óscar L. Alves, MD, Head of Neurosurgery, Senior Neurosurgeon
    Hospital Lusiadas Porto, Centro hospitalar de Gaia
  • Fan of ISASS - progressive thinking group, great opportunity for the Sentio MMG technology. Look forward to being in attendance!
    Sean Parker, VP Market Development
    Sentio, LLC
  • The surgeon’s choice!
    Hansen A. Yuan, MD, Spine Surgeon, Professor of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery
    State University of New York
  • This meeting is surgeon-focused, well organized and very informative.
    Tony Castellvi, MD, Spine Surgeon
    Florida Orthopedic Institute
  • For spine surgeons ISASS is the GO TO meeting to discover what works, what doesn’t, and what is emerging. A must for spine surgeons.
    Matthew Scott Young, MD, Spine Surgeon
    Gold Coast Spine, Australia
  • ISASS has evolved into one of the premiere spine surgery meetings. The quality of research, presentations and symposia is outstanding. Great to attend a spine surgery focused meeting with an international presence.
    Frank M. Phillips, MD, Professo
    Rush Presbyterian Medical Center
  • The agenda of clinical research presentations at this year’s ISASS annual meeting was as strong as we’ve ever seen.
    Matt Miksic, Sr Reseach Analyst
    Piper Jaffray
  • The scientific sessions were robust and comprehensive. If you want to stay informed on emerging technologies in spine surgery, this meeting is a must.
    Scott Blumenthal, MD, Spine Surgeon
    Texas Back Institute
  • I believe ISASS efforts are being recognized and these efforts will ultimately help promote better spine care for patients.
    Raymond Cloutier, VP of Engineering & Development Spine
    Exactech, Inc.
  • The ISASS meeting serves as a platform for assessing and defining the latest technologies around the world. Critically reviewed by a panel of peers, it truly is the society for the advancement of spinal surgery.
    Neel Anand, MD, Spine Surgeon
    Cedars Sinai Medical Center
  • I would say the society is well on its way to being the principal voice of the surgical community.
    Robert Assell, VP of Research and Development
    Zyga Technology, Inc.
  • ISASS13: A wow moment for spine surgeons.
    Michael Gordon, MD, Spine Surgeon
    HOI Orthopedics
  • The ISASS Annual Meeting was a fantastic educational and networking experience. The focus on spine surgery and outcomes in an intimate collaborative setting is a great value.
    Charlie Branch, Professor and Chair, Neurosurgery
    Wake Forest Baptist Health System
  • Most patients go to their ‘spine doc’ for pain alleviation... not neuro deficit, not deformity, not instability. If we fail to steward and oversee the entire field of spine then we will become dinosaurs like some other specialties have become. The issue of untrained practitioners treating without training will grow... this underlines the importance of ISASS for spine surgeons by surgeons.
    Morgan Lorio, MD, Spine Surgeon, Neuro Spine Solutions
    Neuro Spine Solutions
  • I was really pleased with the ISASS annual meeting. It was focussed, with good topics and wide geographic representation; very interesting. The society has great momentum.
    Av Edidin, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer / Associate Professor
    Relievant Inc. / Drexel University
  • ISASS is definitely the exception... Your efforts are definitely appreciated. When other docs ask who is a positive voice for surgeons and their patients I always point out ISASS as the best.
    Michal Hisey, MD, Spine Surgeon
    Texas Back Institute