February 6, 2012

Video: Dr. Morgan Lorio’s AHRQ Testimonial

Related Links: Advocacy Alert: Call to Action from ISASS Coding and Reimbursement Task Force Chair Morgan Lorio, MD On July 12, 1982 at 10am I fell approximately 35 feet at work from scaffolding and literally broke my back. I recovered from the fractures but suffered from an insidious onset of low back degenerative disc disease. This problem was underscored in 1997 as I required an L5/S1 diskectomy for left leg radiculopathy. My leg pain was greatly improved but my back pain worsened. By 2005 I was wearing a TENS unit ramped up to the maximum and requiring cortico-steroids and anti-inflammatory treatments to have anything akin to a normal life. Crippled and hunched over by the pain, claudicating at 50 feet […]
February 1, 2012

Advocacy Alert: Call to Action from ISASS Coding and Reimbursement Task Force Chair Morgan Lorio, MD

Dear ISASS Members: It has been brought to my attention that YOUR IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED regarding a time sensitive notice issued by the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Summarized, AHRQ has requested comments on spinal fusion for painful lumbar degenerative disc or joint diseases. It is our timely duty, and it is imperative that we respond with a strong front supporting the care of our spinal patients. As spinal surgeons, we must be actively involved in this worthy endeavor. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOUR ACTION. ISASS will forward a statement with the ISASS Lumbar Fusion Policy Statement. I plan to formulate my own testimonial this week in both written and YouTube format. I implore each of you to […]
January 18, 2012

ISASS Coding & Reimbursement Task Force

The ISASS Board is pleased to announce that Morgan P. Lorio, MD, FACS, of Bristol, Tennessee, will chair the new Coding & Reimbursement Task Force. Dr. Lorio is in private practice, and also is an assistant clinical professor at East Tennessee State University. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Dr. Lorio completed his general surgical internship and orthopedic residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and completed the Simmons Spine Fellowship and a clinical practice fellowship with Dr. Hanson Yuan at the Health Science Center in Syracuse, NY. He also completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at The Hand Center of Western New York and received additional training in plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. […]
November 10, 2011

The SAS Journal Changes Name to The International Journal of Spine Surgery

Scientific Journal of ISASS also changes its publication schedule for 2012 November 10, 2011 – The SAS Journal, the official scientific journal of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) and the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, has announced editorial changes that will better reflect the publication’s broader scope of content as well as improve the way content is delivered to its audience. As of January 1, 2012, the Journal will change its name to the International Journal of Spine Surgery.  “This name change better represents our goal to educate spine surgeons worldwide, ” says Jonny Dover, Managing Editor.  “Our title now plainly explains one of our core strengths as a journal—our worldwide audience and authorship.”  The goal of […]