August 25, 2017

CMS Releases 2018 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule

On July 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that updates payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2018. The PFS pays for services furnished by physicians and other practitioners in all sites of service. These services include but are not limited to visits, surgical procedures, diagnostic tests, therapy services, and specified preventive services. CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule until September 11, 2017, and will issue the final rule by November 1, 2017. As part of the proposed rule, CMS issues proposed values for new codes and codes deemed misvalued. Please see the spine code spreadsheet […]
June 23, 2017

ISASS Submits Letter in Response to Hayes Brief

On June 22, ISASS submitted a letter to Hayes in response to a Hayes Brief released December 29, 2016 reviewing sacroiliac joint fusion for treatment of low back pain. ISASS requested a meeting with Hayes to discuss the most current literature on the procedure as many of our members and their patients have experienced denials by insurers based on the Brief and its “C” rating.
June 7, 2017

Announcing ISASS November Course: The Role of Arthroplasty and Non-Fusion in 2017: Use it or Lose Patients! Controversy and Cadavers

Registration is now open for the ISASS The Role of Arthroplasty and Non-Fusion in 2017: Use it or Lose Patients! Controversy and Cadavers Course being held November 3-4, 2017 in Miami, FL, US. Course Description This is is a two-day hands-on course for surgeons. There is an increasing amount of international data, particularly from US FDA prospective randomized studies, that provides consistent support for the role of spine arthroplasty and non-fusion technologies towards improving outcomes and quality of life in well selected patients. It is important for spine surgeons to be aware of this data, so they can educate their patients, other health care providers, and payors as to the Level I evidence available. Combined with clinical experience from around the […]
May 23, 2017

Announcing ISASS September Course: MIS Endoscopic and Percutaneous New Technologies and Techniques, Navigation and Robotics Course

Registration is now open for the ISASS MIS Endoscopic and Percutaneous New Technologies and Techniques, Navigation and Robotics Course being held September 22-23, 2017 in Long Beach, CA, US. Course Description This is is a two-day hands-on course for surgeons. This course is presented in morning lectures and afternoon cadaver workshops. It includes exposure on the basics (step-by-step approach) through the state of the art in endoscopic spine surgery. The course emphasizes an interactive discussion format in the morning lectures and actual “hands-on” cadaver training in addition to expert demonstration. CME Credits Currently earn up to 16.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for this course. Course Information Co-Chairs: Al Telfeian, MD and Christopher Yeung, MD Location: Science Care, Long Beach, CA Date: September […]