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.”
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 […]