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IJSS in PubMed and Section Editor Announcement

February 24, 2015

We are pleased to announce that ISASS’s official medical journal, the International Journal of Spine Surgery, is now included in PubMed results. The Journal’s inclusion in PubMed Central is the culmination of years of fine work on the part of our authors and reviewers. The full back catalog, including volumes published as the SAS Journal, will be visible in results in the upcoming weeks.

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Announcing ISASS15 Presidential Guest Speakers Professor Jiří Dvořák, MD and Robin R. Young

February 13, 2015

ISASS is pleased to announce this year's Presidential Guest Speakers: Professor Jiří Dvořák, MD and back by popular demand, Robin R. Young, publisher of Orthopedics This Week, will update attendees on the state of the spine industry.The guest speakers will be speaking after the Presidential Address at ISASS15 on Thursday, April 16, 2015 between 8:30 am and 10:10 am.

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Inaugural ISASS Basic and Advanced Endoscopic and ASC-MIS Spine Surgery Cadaver Training Course a Success

September 23, 2014

ISASS held its inaugural Basic and Advanced Endoscopic and ASC-MIS Spine Surgery Cadaver Training Course in Phoenix, AZ, USA from September 11-14, 2014.

Thanks to the dedication of the international faculty under the direction of course Co-Chairs James Yue, MD and Anthony Yeung, MD, the September ISASS course and cadaver lab was a success. Although the cadaver lab slots were filled early, we were able to accommodate all requests by adding observation-only attendee slots. Based on the attendee responses, evaluations and comments shared, we know that further courses like this are desired by spine surgeons.

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ISASS Policy Statement - Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion

The ISASS Coding and Reimbursement Task Force has been busy addressing our membership's needs while advocating spine access (further projects are in the pipeline). Our past MIS SIJ Policy was created early as MIS SIJ was evolving. The current body of literature is now more robust and a timely educational update for ISASS & IASP membership has been developed.

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ISASS Now a Member of AMA House of Delegates

June 11, 2014

Today after much hard work and diligence, ISASS was awarded a seat at the table of the House of Delegates (HOD) of the AMA. Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD, ISASS President was handed a clicker and began voting on your behalf. "Today ISASS became a member of the AMA House of Delegates, this gives us a seat at the table of the organization that makes decisions at the [Current Procedural Terminology] and [Relative Value Scale Update] Committees," said Anderrson of this accomplishment.

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ISASS Responds to CBS News Spinal Fusions Controversy

April 25, 2014

CBS recently highlighted the fact that spinal fusions are increasingly common procedures and that indications in some cases are controversial. Their highlighting of "surgeons they looked into" presents a frightening picture of alleged abuses, of a procedure that in many cases is clinically indicated with excellent results.

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ISASS Policy Statement - Cervical Artificial Disc

April 23, 2014

The ISASS Task Force reached out to Domagoj Coric, MD to provide a timely summation on cervical disc arthroplasty given his special interest and recent IASP championing of this innovative technology to ensure enhanced spine patient access. The ISASS Task Force is pleased with this step towards published ISASS societal policy and applauds Dr. Coric's effort; if ISASS is to continue to succeed we must continually harness the voluntary talents and energies of our members with gratitude.

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ISASS Statement on Coding Changes for Minimally Invasive SI Joint Fusion 2014

March 31, 2014

ISASS/IASP is fostering relationships with the payer community to keep them informed of guidelines that impact their members and policy decision making. ISASS/IASP continues to support access of medically necessary procedures to patients and support the spine practices of our member surgeons. The ISASS Statement on Coding Changes for Minimally Invasive SI Joint Fusion 2014 is another example.

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Introduction of SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014

February 6, 2014

ISASS staff participated in a conference call conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA) in which the SRG Repeal Legislation was discussed. We felt ISASS members would want to review the information presented.

Staff for the chairmen and ranking minority members of the three Congressional committees of jurisdiction briefed physician groups this afternoon on the results of their bicameral, bipartisan negotiations on repealing the SGR. The “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014,” which was introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX) in the House as H.R. 4015, addresses only the policy provisions related to eliminating the flawed payment update formula. It does not include financial offsets or any of the usual extender policies.

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