Kara Cronan

May 1, 2020

U.S. Congress Passes Massive Updated Stimulus Package, Which Includes Additional Relief for Physician and Physician Practices

U.S. Congress Passes Massive Updated Stimulus Package, Which Includes Additional Relief for Physician and Physician Practices The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives approved the latest COVID-19 relief bill on April 21 and April 23, respectively. Known as the “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act” (COVID 3.5), President Trump has indicated he will sign the bill into law. The bill provides $484 billion in additional funding to replenish and supplement key programs under the CARES Act, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), small business disaster loans and grants, hospitals and health care providers, and testing. The small business loan programs authorized under the CARES Act had been quickly depleted after only two weeks of operation. More details are […]
May 1, 2020

CMS Provides Updated Guidance for Elective Surgery Resumption and Other  Physician Practice Updates

CMS Provides Updated Guidance for Elective Surgery Resumption and Other  Physician Practice Updates On April 23, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued updated guidance for hospitals to resume the provision of elective surgeries and other updates on Covid-19 related measures and activities. The new recommendations are specifically targeted to communities that are in Phase 1 of the Guidelines for Opening Up America Again with low incidence or relatively low and stable incidence of COVID-19 cases as described in the Trump Administration’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again. The recommendations update earlier guidance provided by CMS on limiting non-essential surgeries and medical procedures. The new CMS guidelines recommend a gradual transition and encourage health care providers to […]
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.”