April 7, 2016

Today at ISASS16 – Day 2 – Thursday, April 7, 2016

Thursday kicked off with a Values and Outcomes in Spine Surgery session, with Michael Wang and Alex Vacarro at the helm. The NSQIP database showed the utility of large datasets in the first presentation; it was used to determine costs as well as outcomes. The more data you collect, the more it can be sliced into fascinating findings. A brief break on the Exhibit Floor (thank you, exhibitors!) was followed by the Adult Deformity Spine Section, moderated by Hee Kit Wong and Izzy Lieberman. Neel Anand took the stage to discuss segmental lordosis, and found that different operative levels change the degree of lordosis, even using the same lordotic cages. Dr. Hey of Singapore reports that sitting and standing kyphosis […]
April 6, 2016

Today at ISASS16 – Day 1 – Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Program Chair Domagoj Coric kicked off ISASS16 in grand style, welcoming attendees to Vegas and outlining the some of the topics to be discussed during the meeting. MIS was the first (and second!) order of the day; James Yue and Massimo Balsano moderated a session marked particularly by presentations by Neel Anand on patient selection for sagittal correction, anesthetic effects on urine retention, and some results of the always-fascinating work of the International Spine Study Group as presented by Pierce Nunley. ISASS President Gunnar Andersson gave his Presidential Address, taking stock of ISASS’s projects and the direction our Society’s headed. We’re merging with other organizations to create the best spine society possible and we’ll be welcoming SMISS and ACSR to […]
April 1, 2016

Vertebral Columns – Spring 2016

Read the Spring 2016 issue of Vertebral Columns.
March 31, 2016

ISASS Policy & Advocacy News – March 2016

News and noteworthy information for March 2016: CPT®Summary of Panel Actions from February 2016 Meeting FDA Issues Proposed Rule to Classify Posterior Cervical Screw Systems PCORI Announces $22 million to Compare Treatment Options for Low Back Pain Healthcare Industry Pledges to Make Electronic Health Record Work Better EHR Incentive Program Hardship Application Deadline Extended to July 1 30% of Medicare Payments Now Tied to Alternative Payment Models S. Physician Practices Spend More than $15.4 Billion Annually to Report Quality Measures 2016 Value Modifier Results and Payment Adjustments Senate HELP Committee Action New President and CEO of AdvaMed Announced Research & Reimbursement Course Scheduled for ISASS16   CPT Summary of Panel Actions from February 2016 Meeting On March 4, the American Medical Association […]