September 12, 2013

The Next Steps for The International Journal of Spine Surgery

On January 1, the International Journal of Spine Surgery will begin its re-launch. There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to the broad strokes – free access to all the Journal’s material will mean it’s easier for you as a researcher to get to it, even if you’re away from your institution. Along with free submissions, free access will allow scientists and surgeons from around the globe to get involved in the scholarly conversation, so the Journal will more ably reflect our considerable international audience. Authors will still enjoy the fantastic speed they’re used to with the Journal – First Decisions usually arrive within six weeks. But apart from the truly big stuff we’re trying to get right, there […]
September 12, 2013

Spotlight on the Coding and Reimbursement Task Force

Coding & Reimbursement Task Force Tackles Growing List of Issues, Welcomes Input In response to continued downward pressure from government and commercial payers on spine surgery coverage and reimbursement, the ISASS Coding & Reimbursement Task Force continues to evaluate policies that may be detrimental to optimal patient care, and that may unnecessarily or punitively reduce physician reimbursement.  Under the leadership of Chairman Morgan Lorio, MD, the Task Force’s work is seemingly endless; in July, the Task Force issued a statement on coding for SI joint fusions, following changes issued by the CPT Editorial Panel, effective July 1st. The new category III code to be used for minimally invasive SI joint fusion may cause confusion with physician offices, and could lead […]
September 5, 2013

Comments on CMS Proposed Rule (CMS-1601-P) Section III(A) Regarding Changes to IDE Coverage Process

Download in PDF Format » Marilyn B. Tavenner Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Hubert H. Humphrey Building Washington, DC 20201 RE: CMS Proposed Rule (CMS-1601-P) Section III(A) Regarding Changes to IDE Coverage Process Dear Ms. Tavenner: On behalf of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), below are comments submitted on CMS’ Proposed Rule, Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2014. ISASS is an international, scientific and educational society organized to discuss and assess existing strategies and innovative ideas in the clinical and basic sciences related to spine surgery to enhance patient care. Our comments focus specifically […]
September 5, 2013

Comments on CMS Proposed Rule (CMS-1600-P)

Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B for CY 2014 Download in PDF Format » Marilyn B. Tavenner Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Hubert H. Humphrey Building Washington, DC 20201 RE: CMS Proposed Rule (CMS-1600-P) – Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B for CY 2014 Dear Ms. Tavenner: On behalf of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), I am writing to submit comments on the proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for CY 2014. ISASS is an international, scientific and educational society organized to discuss and assess existing strategies and innovative […]