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 […]
February 6, 2014

A Message from the ISASS Board of Directors and Past Presidents

The current environment for spine surgeons and their patients is challenging. Downward pressure from payers on coverage and reimbursement for spinal surgeries is making it harder for patients to receive medically indicated surgical care and more difficult for surgeons to be fairly compensated for their skills and expertise. Even some of the procedures once considered the ‘standard of care’ are now being questioned. We hear these stories every day from our members, and many of them wonder, who is representing us and our patients? Who is fighting to ensure that patients have access to the spine care they need? Who is advocating for patient access to newer, better technologies? We also hear that currently there is not one strong, unified voice of leadership within the surgical spine community, […]