Announcing ISASS15 Award Winning PapersApril 16, 2015
ISASS Signs on to AMA Letter in Support of H.R. 293May 29, 2015
ISASS Policy & Advocacy
The current environment for spine surgeons and their patients is challenging. Mergers and downward pressure from payers on coverage and reimbursement for spinal surgeries is making it harder for patients to receive medically indicated surgical care and more difficult for new technology and techniques to emerge.
We hear these stories every day from our members, and many of them wonder, who is representing us and our patients? Who is fighting to ensure that patients have access to the spine care they need? Who is advocating for patient access to newer, better technologies? We also hear that currently there is not one strong, unified voice of leadership within the surgical spine community, and that spine surgeons need to gather together with one strong voice to advocate for the profession and their patients. ISASS is a society singularly focused on spinal surgery – from basic science to new therapies, from biomechanics to minimally invasive techniques, from research to advocacy. Our goal is to be an organization that represents all spine surgeons and advocates on their behalf.
- We have developed evidence-based position statements supporting important spine surgery techniques, devices and therapies, and will continue to do so.
- We have advocated with government and commercial payers for greater patient access to newer technologies and medically indicated surgeries.
- We have increased our focus on coverage and reimbursement issues and strive to have a greater impact in support of our members and their patients.
- We created a sister organization, International Advocates for Spine Patients, to support our advocacy efforts. Under the leadership of Gunnar Andersson MD, PhD, IASP brings together physicians, patients and the medical industry to advocate for high quality, widely accessible and cost effective spine care for patients around the world. The goal of IASP is to create a single, unifying voice with a consistent advocacy message for spine patients, spine surgeons, other medical professionals and the medical device industry.
We are concerned that the current landscape of ‘divide and conquer’ doesn’t help our patients. We need to band together. We need ONE Advocacy voice – that of the surgeon – a voice that patients trust. ISASS wants to be THE VOICE to help patients and surgeons in this tumultuous time of change.
Public Policy & Advocacy Resources
IASP: International Advocates for Spine Patients
MACRA and Payment System Reform
ISASS Policy Statements
ISASS Coding & Reimbursement Task Force
About the ISASS Coding & Reimbursement Task Force
Spotlight on the ISASS Coding & Reimbursement Task Force
Announcing the ISASS Coding & Reimbursement Task Force
Code Change Requests