August 7, 2013

Statement on Coding Changes for Minimally Invasive SI Joint Fusion

ISASS supports decision making at the physician-patient level based on medical necessity and achieving the best outcomes to address the patient’s medical condition. Medical necessity should not be determined by a mere administrative code reporting system such as CPT. Prior to the July 1st implementation of CPT category III code 0334T, surgeons reported and were reimbursed for ALL sacroiliac joint fusion procedures when medically necessary, including minimally invasive, through the use of CPT code 27280. To determine procedural approach prevalence associated with CPT code 27280, ISASS and the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons conducted a survey of surgeons, and found that in 2012, nearly 90 percent of all SIJ fusions were performed using a minimally invasive approach. Yet despite […]
May 20, 2013

Domagoj Coric, MD Responds to BCBSNC “Let’s Talk Cost” Statement on Artificial Discs

May 20, 2013 Don W Bradley, MD, MHS-CL Vice-President for Healthcare and CMO Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina P.O. Box 2291 Durham, NC 27702 Dear Dr. Bradley: I am writing you on behalf of International Advocates for Spine Patients (IASP) as well as the patient population of North Carolina. IASP is an organization supported by physicians and patients dedicated to advocacy for high quality, widely accessible and cost effective spine care for patients around the world. I am on the Board of IASP (a sister organization to the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery-ISASS) which was formed in 2011 to complement ISASS’ educational and scientific mission through direct advocacy efforts on the behalf of spine […]
April 30, 2013

Future Orthopedic Training, A Global Report

Increasing quality of life by reducing pain and restriction of movement is the purpose of treating the orthopedic patient. Global obstacles in the path of that goal may vary but collaboration is required in order to maintain the high standard of orthopedic care that patients deserve. This was discussed and presented by a task group at the Beijing Summit of the 2012 Chinese Orthopaedic Association Congress and World Orthopaedic Alliance (COA 2013 Web). Medical knowledge, professionalism and non-technical as well as technical skills must be taught in orthopedic training. Technical skills include both visuospatial and psychomotor abilities as well as a strong working memory. Advanced visualization and simulation tools with metrics on performance are new educational methods which will improve […]
April 19, 2013

State of the International Journal of Spine Surgery 2013

After much thought, the ISASS Board of Directors and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Spine Surgery have elected to self-publish the Journal beginning January 1. This will cut costs and increase our flexibility enough to allow the Journal to do some very special things. Here’s what to expect from the Journal’s relaunch: No more paywalls. Everyone who wants to read an article from the Journal can. No subscriptions, no barriers. A few clicks and the paper is yours, no matter who you are, no matter where you are. Free to publish. Some journals drop paywalls for readers but start charging authors. We won’t and never will. The Journal will be free to read, free to write. A broader reach. For authors, removing paywalls […]