June 28, 2012

ISASS Response to US Supreme Court Ruling on PPACA

In response to the US Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), ISASS issues the following statement: ISASS remains committed to working on behalf of our US-based spine surgeons to ensure that the PPACA is implemented in ways that ensure our patients’ access to medically indicated and appropriate spine surgeries and procedures. Simultaneously, we will advocate for the replacement of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) with a fair and sustainable physician reimbursement model for doctors participating in Medicare. The Court’s decision ensures important patient-friendly provisions, such as ending coverage denials due to pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps on insurance, and also allows approximately 2.5 million young adults up to age 26 […]
June 7, 2012

Advocacy Alert: New York Spine Surgeons – Action Required

To all ISASS New York Colleagues, Legislation is pending in NY that will require out-of-network reimbursement rates to be tied to properly established UCR rate calculations (as opposed to inadequate bench-marking information). The New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (NYSSOS), together with the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), is seeking advocacy input from all NY-based spine surgeons and related health care professionals, scientists and researchers. First and foremost, NY-based spine surgeons and their respective professional associations are urging support of bill S. 5068-B and A. 7489-B, now being considered in the NY Assembly and Senate. This bill “prohibits approval of a health maintenance plan that does not include coverage of out-of-plan medical services; requires every health maintenance organization […]
May 31, 2012

Advocacy Alert Update: Official ISASS Response to HCSC Draft Policy

2012 – 2013 ISASS BOARD OF DIRECTORSPresident Steven Garfin, MD, USA Incoming President Luiz Pimenta, MD, Brazil Treasurer Gunnar B. J. Andersson, MD, PhD, USA Michael Ogon, MD, Austria Hee Kit Wong, MD, PhD, Singapore Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, USA Immediate Past President Jean-Charles LeHuec, MD, France ISASS Past Presidents Thomas Errico, MD, USA Chun-Kun Park, MD, PhD, South Korea Karin Büttner-Janz, MD, PhD, Germany Hansen A. Yuan, MD, USA Stephen Hochschuler, MD, USA Founding Member Thierry Marnay, MD, France Founding Member Rudolf Bertagnoli, MD, Germany Founding Member (the late) Charles Ray, MD, USA Founding Member 2013 Program Chairs Overall Program Chair Chris Bono, MD, USA Basic Science Chair Donna Ohnmeiss, DrMed, USA Clinical Science Chair Rick Sasso, MD, USA MIS […]
May 30, 2012

ISASS Launches IASP Website at SpinePatientAdvocacy.org

ISASS is pleased to announce that the website for our new advocacy organization International Advocates for Spine Patients is now open. The IASP Mission: “International Advocates for Spine Patients is an international organization partnering physicians, patients and the medical industry to advocate for high quality, widely accessible and cost effective spine care for patients around the world.” Visit IASP at SpinePatientAdvocacy.org