January 29, 2019
On January 18, 2019, the state of Washington’s State Health Authority Health Technology Assessment committee held an open public forum for stakeholders to provide feedback and input on the December 2018 draft report on Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion (SIJ). Multiple stakeholders provided input, including ISASS member Dr. David Polly, who presented slides and clinical feedback to the assessment committee. The committee will take public comments into account and issue a final report in the coming weeks. Read the December 2018 draft report here: Read ISASS comment letter to November 2018 draft report here
January 15, 2019

Vertebral Columns – Winter 2019

Read the Winter 2019 issue of Vertebral Columns. In this issue: Private Equity Investors, Bundled Payments, Postgraduate Training, Zero Profile ACDF, and Strategies for Reducing Blood Loss!
October 31, 2018

ISASS Policy & Advocacy News — October 2018

News and noteworthy information for October 2018 CMS conducts field tests of outcomes for musculoskeletal conditions and procedures, including Lumbar Spinal Fusion ISASS meets with The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to review physician reimbursement for minimally invasive spine surgical procedures Leapfrog Group Expands Performance Ratings to Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Centers Department of Health and Human Services 2019 Budget Signed Into Law CMS conducts field tests of outcome cost measures for musculoskeletal conditions and procedures The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractor, Acumen LLC, have been conducting field testing for 13 cost measures before consideration of their potential use in the cost-performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) of the Quality […]
October 3, 2018

International Journal of Spine Surgery, Issue 4 is available

Don’t miss the latest issue of the International Journal of Spine Surgery: fighting infection, new fusion techniques, and how diabetes affects lumbar operations. http://www.ijssurgery.com/.