Public Policy

February 10, 2012

Advocacy Alert: New Jersey State Spine Society Emergency Meeting

The New Jersey State Spine Society (NJSSS) is composed of spine surgeons with the mission of protecting patient access to high quality spine care in New Jersey. Major issues have arisen from proposals by Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey and Cigna that will dramatically reduce reimbursement rates for spine procedures. Dr. Mitchell Reiter, President NJSSS, has called for an emergency meeting to be held on on February 15, 2012 at the Sheraton Tara Hotel, 199 Smith Road, in Parsippany, New Jersey (click here for map and directions) to collect input and activate spine surgeons in New Jersey to address this direct and specific attack on spine procedure reimbursement. Details for the meeting are provided in Dr. Reiter’s letter: Emergency Meeting […]
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. […]