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.”
April 21, 2020

COVID 19: Telemedicine Resources & Guidance for U.S. Physicians

COVID 19: Telemedicine Resources & Guidance for U.S. Physicians During this time of global crisis, we must work together to beat this horrible infectious disease known as COVID-19. Humans are resilient and will persevere, but our global efforts to beat this virus and apply what we learn to future practice will ultimately determine our success. Many health care providers have already made the switch to telemedicine for patient visits, and ISASS urges its members to use telemedicine with as many patients as possible to limit traffic flow—and thus potential exposure to COVID-19—in your office. To support its members, ISASS has compiled resources on telemedicine, its requirements, and billing and coding information. However, the COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing, and it […]
April 10, 2020

COVID-19: The Pathway Back to Elective Surgery

COVID-19: The Pathway Back to Elective Surgery The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has taken the world by storm. No one could have ever imagined the scale and intensity of this pandemic, which has upended every aspect of life as we know it. A big criticism of the US health care system is its collective inability to implement a preemptive strategy that may have mitigated the damage done to health care workers, patients, hospitals, and the economy. In order to be part of the solution, it is incumbent on orthopedic surgeon thought leaders, who by and large have been sidelined during the pandemic, to come up with next step strategies in the COVID-19 era. This strategy will include creating a pathway back […]
March 30, 2020

CMS Announces Financial Relief Package for Medicare Providers

On Friday, March 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health care providers and suppliers. The intent of the program is to ensure that providers have the resources needed to combat the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This program expansion, which includes changes from the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is an attempt by CMS to lessen the financial hardships of providers facing extraordinary challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that providers can focus on patient care. There has been significant disruption to the healthcare industry, with providers being asked to delay non-essential surgeries and procedures, other healthcare staff […]