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September 30, 2019

Congress Seeks Higher Payments for Non-Opioid Alternatives

The US Senate, in proposed legislation, advocated for greater reimbursement for device-based opioid alternatives. Language buried in the Senate’s fiscal 2020 Labor-HHS appropriations report, released Wednesday, directs CMS to boost Medicare reimbursement for device-based opioid alternatives. The appropriations legislation, which has been mired in a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over abortion policy and related funding for construction of the border wall, does not appear to have immediate support for passage. House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., introduced a continuing resolution Wednesday, which Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Leahy, D-Vt., threw support behind, but the prospect of the proposal remains uncertain. In the Proposed Rule for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System, CMS’ indicated they did not intend to […]
September 30, 2019

GAO Indicates Medicare quality measures need improvement

Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services quality measures might not measure or capture the actual care patients receive, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The GAO studied how the agency decides what quality measures to develop and use. It also evaluated how CMS monitors its funding for quality measurement activities. The GAO report stated that CMS doesn’t have processes to ensure that the indicators actually measure what the agency says it cares about in its strategic objectives. The GAO also found that the CMS carries over large sums of unused funds each year for activities related to quality measurement and that the CMS fails to keep track of all its quality-measurement funding. The report recommends that CMS should create standard […]
September 30, 2019

CMS Receives Input on Prior Authorization Regulations

CMS Administrator Seema Verma has tasked her Patients Over Paperwork team with exploring what CMS can do to improve Prior Authorization (PA) burdens as part of the eighth topic addressed under the initiative. In addition, stakeholders like ISASS and other medical specialty societies have submitted input in writing on the issue. ISASS has been a signatory to an AMA taskforce report on Prior Authorization impacts and continues to work closely with the AMA and other medical specialties. These stakeholders submitted a letter to Administrator Verma on September 19. ISASS and other signatories are concerned that the CMS initiatives are too heavily focused on automation and technology and are not addressing other areas of importance as outlined in the Prior Authorization […]
  • ISASS provides the missing link in spine surgery. The society has developed a unique platform for spinal surgeons, innovative scientists, and industry, all having the goal of improving today’s treatment options and patient outcomes. Innovation is needed, but the great ideas meet many obstructions before clinical implementation. Let’s learn from each other at ISASS. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Move on and become an ISASS member.
  • Steven Wolf, MD
    Thank you! It was a great meeting! This meeting was the way NASS used to be in the 1990s.
    Steven Wolf, MD
    Mount Sinai
  • Mark Kurd, MD
    ISASS is the rising star for spine surgeons.
    Mark Kurd, MD
    Rothman Institute
  • 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

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