Kara Cronan

May 1, 2020

ISASS Provides Comments to Anthem on Sacroiliac Joint Fusion Practice Guidelines for Workers Compensation Coverage

ISASS Provides Comments to Anthem on Sacroiliac Joint Fusion Practice Guidelines for Workers Compensation Coverage On April 21, 2020, ISASS sent a comment letter to Anthem regarding their Sacroiliac Joint Fusion Practice Guideline which is used in many states/regions by Anthem for fee schedule and coverage policies. The ISASS letter asked that Anthem revise their policy guidelines to consider inclusion of ISASS’ updated SI Joint Fusion policy statement and the ISASS recommendations for appropriate criteria for SI Joint Fusion procedures and criteria on non-surgical options. Read the ISASS comment letter to Anthem.  Read the ISASS policy statement here: https://www.isass.org/public-policy/isass-policy-statement-minimally-invasive-sacroiliac-joint-fusion-july-2016/
April 26, 2020

Vertebral Columns – Spring 2020

Read the Spring 2020 issue of “Vertebral Columns” This edition  focuses on clinical practice issues, from elective surgery in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to when to prescribe opioids to further fight the opioid epidemic. The issue also covers the use of laminectomy bone as a bone graft substitute, the use of regional anesthesia in lumbar spine surgery, triage pathways in lumbar spine care, the value of PROMIS in tracking patient outcomes and the dated recommendation of “NPO past midnight.”