November 21, 2017

A Closer Look at Biomechanical Cage & Device Coding

A Closer Look at Biomechanical Cage & Device Coding Effective January 1, 2017, CPT® code 22851 was deleted from the CPT code set and replaced by three new codes to report insertion of biomechanical devices: CPT Code 22853 – Insertion of interbody biomechanical device(s) (eg, synthetic cage, mesh) with integral anterior instrumentation for device anchoring (eg, screws, flanges), when performed, to intervertebral disc space in conjunction with interbody arthrodesis, each interspace (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) CPT Code 22854 – Insertion of intervertebral biomechanical device(s) (eg, synthetic cage, mesh) with integral anterior instrumentation for device anchoring (eg, screws, flanges), when performed, to vertebral corpectomy(ies) (vertebral body resection, partial or complete) defect, in conjunction with interbody arthrodesis, […]
October 31, 2017

ISASS Policy & Advocacy News – October 2017

News and noteworthy information for October 2017: ISASS Signs on to Multi-Society Letter Urging Statutory Flexibility in Implementing MACRA MIPS Virtual Group Election Period Open CPT Editorial Panel Deletes CPT Code 76001 Effective 01/01/19 CMS to Release 2018 Final Payment Rule President Declares Opioid Epidemic a Public Health Emergency Hargan Named Acting HHS Secretary     ISASS Signs on to Multi-Society Letter Urging Statutory Flexibility in Implementing MACRA On October 2, ISASS and 118 state and specialty societies wrote to Congress urging the enactment of legislation to ensure that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has the flexibility to continue a transitional approach to the implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) required by the Medicare Access and CHIP […]
October 4, 2017

ISASS Signs on to Multi-Society Letter Urging Statutory Flexibility in Implementing MACRA

On October 2,  ISASS and 118 state and specialty societies wrote to Congress urging the enactment of legislation to ensure that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has the flexibility to continue a transitional approach to the implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).  The letter was addressed to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and also went to chairs and ranking members of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees. MACRA was bipartisan legislation signed into law in April 2015 to permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), streamline physician quality reporting programs, and provide incentive payments for physician participation in alternative payment models. […]
October 3, 2017

ISASS November Course 2017 Faculty Bios