January 29, 2019

Federal Government Shutdown Affects Congressional Healthcare Activity and Federal Agencies

On January 25, 2019, the longest federal government shutdown was ended with the passage and signing of a three-week continuing resolution fully funding the federal government through February 15, 2019.  The partial shutdown began on December 22, 2018 and lasted 35 days. Prior to the partial shutdown, Congress had already passed five of its major appropriations bills funding about three-fourths of the federal government, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a result, virtually all government health programs such as Medicaid and Medicare were insulated from the effects of the shutdown, but other health care-related areas were impacted by the shutdown. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) saw approximately 40 percent of […]
January 15, 2019

Vertebral Columns – Winter 2019

Read the Winter 2019 issue of Vertebral Columns. In this issue: Private Equity Investors, Bundled Payments, Postgraduate Training, Zero Profile ACDF, and Strategies for Reducing Blood Loss!
October 31, 2018

ISASS Policy & Advocacy News — October 2018

News and noteworthy information for October 2018 CMS conducts field tests of outcomes for musculoskeletal conditions and procedures, including Lumbar Spinal Fusion ISASS meets with The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to review physician reimbursement for minimally invasive spine surgical procedures Leapfrog Group Expands Performance Ratings to Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Centers Department of Health and Human Services 2019 Budget Signed Into Law CMS conducts field tests of outcome cost measures for musculoskeletal conditions and procedures The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractor, Acumen LLC, have been conducting field testing for 13 cost measures before consideration of their potential use in the cost-performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) of the Quality […]
October 3, 2018

International Journal of Spine Surgery, Issue 4 is available

Don’t miss the latest issue of the International Journal of Spine Surgery: fighting infection, new fusion techniques, and how diabetes affects lumbar operations. http://www.ijssurgery.com/.