ISASS is an active participant in several AMA bodies through its seat on the AMA House of Delegates:
It is through this activity that ISASS has been able to directly achieve many important outcomes that have benefited ISASS members.
Among these successes are the correction of the valuation of CPT 27279, Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion in 2020, the work to correct the valuation of CPT 22867, Interlaminar Stabilization Distraction Device Insertion (Coflex Procedure), the definition of Endoscopic Decompression procedures at CPT, and the development of emerging spine surgery technology that are the foundation of ISASS’ commitment to new technology development.
Other critical issues pursued by ISASS in cooperation with the AMA and other stakeholders include:
ISASS is committed to continuing to actively advocate for policies and legislation for spine surgeons and ISASS members. In order to do that, it is critical that ISASS maintain our seats in these AMA bodies. Those bodies are available only to specialty societies with active seats in the AMA House of Delegates, and those seats are allocated based on the number of a specialty society’s membership with active AMA memberships. ISASS’ membership numbers are being reviewed in 2020, and ISASS is partnering with the AMA to increase our membership numbers so that the society can keep its seat.
I urge you to renew or initiate an AMA membership through the following link, ama-assn.org/join-renew and help us, and all of medicine continue to shape health policy throughout the world.
Morgan Lorio, MD
Chair, ISASS Coding and Reimbursement Task Force