June 11, 2014

ISASS Now a Member of AMA House of Delegates

Today after much hard work and diligence, ISASS was awarded a seat at the table of the House of Delegates (HOD) of the AMA. Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD, ISASS President was handed a clicker and began voting on your behalf. “Today ISASS became a member of the AMA House of Delegates, this gives us a seat at the table of the organization that makes decisions at the [Current Procedural Terminology] and [Relative Value Scale Update] Committees,” said Andersson of this accomplishment. The CPT Editorial Panel is engaged in an ongoing process improvement effort which currently includes re-examination of the CPT Category I and Category III criteria. This is a very significant milestone for ISASS it is important for ISASS members […]
April 25, 2014

ISASS Responds to CBS Spinal Fusion Segment

CBS recently highlighted the fact that spinal fusions are increasingly common procedures and that indications in some cases are controversial. Their highlighting of “surgeons they looked into” presents a frightening picture of alleged abuses, of a procedure that in many cases is clinically indicated with excellent results. The controversy regarding fusion typically relates to its use in patients with chronic back pain of uncertain origin. For many non degenerative spinal conditions such as fractures, tumors, deformity, instability and infections there is no controversy about fusion surgery. Most diagnoses with a degenerative component including, but not limited to, adult degenerative deformity, spondylolisthesis and certain cases of spinal stenosis and disc degeneration have strong supporting evidence. The controversies in the CBS report […]
April 23, 2014

ISASS Policy Statement – Cervical Artificial Disc

ISASS Policy Statement – Cervical Artificial Disc Domagoj Coric, MD Department of Neurosurgery, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC USA Original Article Published at: http://dx.doi.org/10.14444/1006 A PDF version of the Policy Statement is available here. Introduction by Morgan Lorio, MD, FACS, Chair, ISASS Coding & Reimbursement Task Force The ISASS Task Force reached out to Domagoj Coric, MD to provide a timely summation on cervical disc arthroplasty given his special interest and recent IASP championship of this innovative technology to ensure enhanced spine patient access. The ISASS Task Force is pleased with this step towards published ISASS societal policy and applauds Dr. Coric’s effort; if ISASS is to continue to succeed we must continually harness the voluntary talents and energies of our members with gratitude. Background […]
February 6, 2014

International Journal of Spine Surgery Update

Much has happened since the January 1 relaunch of the Journal! In addition to the Journal’s new, cleaner look, which you can observe at the Journal’s website, we’re also working with other societies and organizations to create a broad, global base of support for the Journal. Potential partners will join the esteemed ranks of  the International Intradiscal Therapy Society, TURKMISS, the World Federation of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, the Pittsburgh Spine Summit, and the Büttner-Janz Spinefoundation. ISASS, of course, is still the home of the Journal and the best global voice out there for spine surgeons. While the Journal chugs toward its inclusion in PubMed Central, we’re also working on making sure we’ve got the best platforms available for both authors and reviewers. We’re accepting submissions now and we’d […]