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November 28, 2016

CMS Releases Final MACRA/Quality Payment Program Rule

On October 14, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA was bipartisan legislation signed into law in April 2015 to permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), streamline physician quality reporting programs, and provide incentive payments for physician participation in alternative payment models. MACRA sunsets the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value-Based Payment Modifier, and the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program and establishes an umbrella Quality Payment Program with two new pathways for payment: 1. Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and 2. Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs). The new Quality Payment Program dramatically changes the way Medicare reimburses more […]
November 22, 2016

CMS Releases 2017 Final Hospital Outpatient and ASC Rule

On November 1, 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 final rule. 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. For 2017, CMS is updating OPPS rates by 1.65 percent.  After considering all other policy changes proposed under the OPPS, including estimated spending for pass-through payments, CMS estimates a 1.7 percent payment increase for hospitals paid under the OPPS in 2017. ASC payments are annually updated by the percentage […]
November 22, 2016

CMS Releases 2017 Final Physician Fee Schedule

On November 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final 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 surgeons, 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. As part of the final rule, CMS assigned final values to the following new surgical spine codes set to take effect January 1, 2017: Code Descriptor 22853 Insertion of interbody biomechanical device(s) (eg, synthetic cage, mesh) with integral anterior instrumentation for device anchoring […]
  • Brian Grossman, MD
    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
  • Leonard Schultz, MD, Founder, Chairman and CEO
    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
  • Óscar L. Alves, MD, Head of Neurosurgery, Senior Neurosurgeon
    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
  • Sean Parker, VP Market Development
    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
  • Hansen A. Yuan, MD, Spine Surgeon, Professor of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery
    The surgeon’s choice!
    Hansen A. Yuan, MD, Spine Surgeon, Professor of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery
    State University of New York
  • Tony Castellvi, MD, Spine Surgeon
    This meeting is surgeon-focused, well organized and very informative.
    Tony Castellvi, MD, Spine Surgeon
    Florida Orthopedic Institute
  • Matthew Scott Young, MD, Spine Surgeon
    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
  • Frank M. Phillips, MD, Professo
    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
  • Matt Miksic, Sr Reseach Analyst
    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
  • Scott Blumenthal, MD, Spine Surgeon
    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
  • Raymond Cloutier, VP of Engineering & Development Spine
    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.
  • Neel Anand, MD, Spine Surgeon
    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
  • Robert Assell, VP of Research and Development
    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.
  • Michael Gordon, MD, Spine Surgeon
    ISASS13: A wow moment for spine surgeons.
    Michael Gordon, MD, Spine Surgeon
    HOI Orthopedics
  • Charlie Branch, Professor and Chair, Neurosurgery
    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
  • Morgan Lorio, MD, Spine Surgeon, Neuro Spine Solutions
    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
  • Av Edidin, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer / Associate Professor
    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
  • Michal Hisey, MD, Spine Surgeon
    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