March 27, 2020

ISASS Provides Comments to MCG on Sacroiliac Joint Fusion Coverage Policy Updates

On March 6, ISASS sent a comment letter to the policy guideline entity, MCG on its Sacroiliac Joint Fusion coverage policy. MCG provides research and policy guidelines used by third party payers to determine payment and coverage policies. MCG guidelines are designed to be considered as evidence based. ISASS sought to provide their coverage analyst with updated information on ISASS’ updated SI Joint Fusion policy statement and the ISASS recommendations for appropriate criteria for SI Joint Fusion procedures and criteria on non-surgical options for the purposes of developing coverage approval and prior authorization policies. MCG acknowledged receipt of the input and indicated the committee would incorporate ISASS’ input into their current review, which is ongoing. Read the ISASS comment letter […]
March 16, 2020

ISASS Names New President, Dr. Frank Phillips, MD

Frank Phillips, MD, named President of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ROSEMONT, IL, March 16, 2020)  Frank Phillips, MD, was named president of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery during the Annual Meeting on Feb. 26, 2020 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan. Dr. Phillips is the director of the section of minimally invasive spine surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and is a pioneer in minimally invasive and motion-sparing techniques for spinal procedures. His research has earned several awards and grants, and he is a frequent director of educational course for spine. “I look forward to reinforcing ISASS’s position as the premier international spine surgeon society focused […]
February 28, 2020

ISASS’ AMA HOD seat directly impacts you

ISASS is an active participant in several AMA bodies through its seat on the AMA House of Delegates: AMA CPT Editorial Panel AMA/Multi-Specialty Relativity Update Committee (RUC) AMA Federal Advocacy and Policy Federation It is through this activity that ISASS has been able to directly achieve many important outcomes that have benefited ISASS members. Among these successes are the correction of the valuation of CPT 27279, Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion in 2020, the work to correct the valuation of CPT 22867, Interlaminar Stabilization Distraction Device Insertion (Coflex Procedure), the definition of Endoscopic Decompression procedures at CPT, and the development of emerging spine surgery technology that are the foundation of ISASS’ commitment to new technology development. Other critical issues pursued […]
February 28, 2020

CMS Announces New HCPCS Code for Coronavirus Testing

On February 13, CMS announced the development and publication of a new HCPCS code for providers and laboratories testing for patients who require examination for the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Specifically, CMS developed a new HCPCS code for providers and laboratories to test patients for SARS-CoV-2. This code will allow those labs conducting the tests to bill for the specific test instead of using an unspecified code, which means better tracking of the public health response for this particular strain of the coronavirus to help protect people from the spread of this infectious disease. Health care providers that need to test patients for Coronavirus using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2019 Novel Coronavirus Real Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Test Panel […]