HHS Announces Extension of Public Health Emergency Declaration On Thursday, July 23, 2020, as anticipated, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar extended for an additional 90 days the current COVID-19 public health emergency, which was set to expire on July 25. Many physicians had expressed concern about the impending deadline and the implication for various regulatory waivers implemented because of the pandemic, including those pertaining to telemedicine. Read the announcement here.
F-1 and M-1 Student and Exchange Visa Restriction Plan Rescinded by Trump Administration On July 6, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the public health crisis for the Fall 2020 semester. Specifically, SEVP announced that nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online could not take a full online course load and enter or remain in the United States. Several medical organizations submitted letters urging the Trump Administration to withdraw its modifications so that medical students seeking to study in the United States on an F-1 visa could enter or remain in the country. On July 14, 2020, the Trump Administration rescinded the directive. Read […]
ISASS Policy Guideline – Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation with Radiculopathy Morgan Lorio, MD, FACS,1 Choll Kim, MD, PhD,2 Ali Araghi, DO,3 Jason Inzana, PhD,4 James J. Yue, MD5 1 Advanced Orthopedics – Altamonte Springs, Florida, 2 Spine Institute of San Diego – San Diego, California, 3 The CORE Institute – Sun City West, Arizona, 4 Telos Partners, LLC – Denver, Colorado, 5 CT Orthopaedics; Frank H. Netter School of Medicine – Hamden, Connecticut Abstract Lumbar disc herniation is a frequent cause of low back pain and radiculopathy, disability, and diminution in quality of life. While nonsurgical care remains the mainstay of initial treatment, symptoms that persist for prolonged periods of time are well-treated with discectomy surgery. A […]