July 3, 2019

ISASS extends deadline for abstract submission for ISASS20

ISASS, the Innovation Society, is now accepting abstracts for ISASS20, which will take place Feb. 26-28, 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Submit your leading-edge spinal research in the following topic areas: Arthroplasty Biologics and Stem Cell Therapies & Research Biomechanical Cervical ADR Cervical Degeneration Deformity Diagnostics & Imaging Endoscopic Epidemiology/Natural History Fusion Surgery Innovative Technologies Interbody Materials MIS Navigation/Robotics Non-Operative Care and Injection Therapies Outpatient Spinal Surgery Pain Management Pediatric Spine Sports and Spine Thoraco-Lumbar Degeneration Tumor, Trauma & Infection Value and Economics ISASS is also accepting submissions for innovative symposia, which can take the form of debates, case studies, discussions or other interactive formats. We suggest the following elements on symposia proposals: Target audience (for example: International spine […]
June 25, 2019

ISASS is accepting abstract, symposia submissions for ISASS20

ISASS is looking for leading-edge research and thought-provoking symposia formats–debates, discussions, case studies–for ISASS20, which will take place Feb. 26-28, 2020 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Members and non-members may submit abstracts. The deadline is July 8. Click here to create and account and start the process.
May 29, 2019

CMS Announces Payment and Policy Initiatives to Encourage Greater Adoption of Innovative Medical Technologies

At a meeting on May 2, at the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) Annual Meeting, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma publicly announced the agency’s comprehensive strategy to improve patients’ access to emerging technologies. Administrator Verma’s remark build on recently released CMS policies designed to promote innovation in the U.S. healthcare system. The Administration hopes that encouraging a competitive and innovative market will lead to lower overall healthcare costs for patient and the government and to increases in the quality of and access to healthcare for all Americans, including Medicare and Medicaid patients. Verma highlighted two specific actions in the address. First, CMS has recently announced changes to the process of updates and issuing Healthcare Common […]
March 28, 2019

Medicare Reduces Payments to 800 Hospitals Citing Patient Safety Incidences

Medicare announced on March 1, 2019, that 800 hospitals will be paid less by Medicare this year because of high rates of infections and patient injuries. The number is the highest since the federal government five years ago launched the Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC) Reduction Program, created by the Affordable Care Act. This year, 110 hospitals are being punished for the fifth straight time. The penalties pit hospitals against one another in a race to prevent the most infections, blood clots, cases of sepsis, bedsores, hip fractures and other complications. Each year, the quarter of general hospitals with the highest rates are punished, even if their records have improved from the previous year. Under the announced sanctions, each hospital will lose 1 […]