February 28, 2020

EHR Vendor Practice Fusion Pays $145 Million Fine

On Jan. 27, the Department of Justice announced the Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology developer is paying $145 million to settle allegations that Practice Fusion extracted unlawful kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies in exchange for implementing clinical decision support (CDS) alerts in its EHR software designed to increase prescriptions for their drug products. The CDS alerts that Practice Fusion agreed to implement did not always reflect accepted medical standards. In discussions with pharmaceutical companies, Practice Fusion touted the anticipated financial benefit to the pharmaceutical companies from increased sales of pharmaceutical products that would result from the CDS alerts. Between 2014 and 2019, health care providers using Practice Fusion’s EHR software wrote numerous prescriptions after receiving CDS alerts that pharmaceutical companies participated […]
February 28, 2020

ISASS asks CMS to Review Medicare Physician Payment Rates for CPT 22867

In a letter submitted Feb. 10, 2020, Dr. Morgan Lorio, Chair of the ISASS Coding and Reimbursement Task Force, asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to review the Relative Value Units (RVUs) assigned to CPT 22867, Insertion of interlaminar/interspinous process stabilization/distraction device, without fusion, including image guidance when performed, with open decompression, lumbar; single level (Co-Flex) and identify the procedure as misvalued under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. ISASS argued that the recent Medicare valuations of 22867 was undervalued by CMS in 2015 when it was added to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule as a result of a flawed process and flawed assumptions made in the review process. […]
January 31, 2020

Vertebral Columns – Winter 2020

Read the Winter 2020 issue of Vertebral Columns. In this issue: endoscopic spine surgery, complications of lateral surgery, metastatic disease in the spine, cannabidiol for spinal conditions, vancomycin powder, and the future of augmented reality in spine surgery.
January 14, 2020

ISASS20: Puerto Rico update

The southern part of Puerto Rico has been hit by a series of earthquakes this past week. We are thinking of the people of Puerto Rico as they deal with this incident, and we are closely monitoring the situation to see how it might impact our meeting next month in San Juan. San Juan is in the northern part of the island and has not been impacted by the earthquake. The airport, Convention Center and other attractions in northern Puerto Rico are open for business and ready to welcome our group. “This past week, we welcome nearly 56,000 cruise passengers into our San Juan Port, and we’re excited to welcome six more cruise ships this weekend,” said Brad Dean, CEO […]