June 17, 2015

Advocacy Alert: WPS Medicare Draft LCD

Action Alert! Attention ISASS Members within WPS Medicare Jurisdiction: Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas WPS Medicare – Proposed non-coverage decision – DL35994 – Percutaneous minimally invasive fusion/stabilization of the sacroiliac joint for the treatment of back pain On April 1, 2015, Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation (WPS Medicare) issued a proposed non-coverage determination for minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion (MIS SIJ fusion). According to its draft Local Coverage Determination (LCD), WPS Medicare believes that the SI joint is a controversial source of primary low back pain and cannot be effectively isolated as a pain source. Additionally, WPS Medicare states that fusion/stabilization of the SI joint for the treatment of back pain presumed to originate from the SI joint is […]
June 12, 2015

ISASS Participates in 2015 Annual AMA House of Delegates Meeting

  ISASS attended the American Medical Association (AMA) annual meeting June 6-10 in Chicago. After a three-year process to obtain a voting seat, ISASS became a voting member of the AMA’s House of Delegates (HOD) in 2014. The HOD is the legislative and policy-making body of the AMA and includes over 500 voting delegates selected by their member organizations to establish broad policy on health, medical, professional and AMA governance issues. Members of the HOD include state medical associations, the five federal services (US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, US Department of Veterans Affairs and US Public Health Service), national medical specialty societies and professional interest medical associations, sections and groups. ISASS is considered a national medical specialty society […]
May 29, 2015

ISASS Signs on to AMA Letter in Support of H.R. 293

ISASS joined physician organizations representing both national specialty medical societies and state medical societies in signing on to an AMA letter to Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX) in support of H.R. 293. Congressman Burgess is the sponsor of H.R. 293 which clarifies that certain applicable manufacturer transfers of value to support independent medical educational programs and materials are exempt from reporting under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act). Read Letter to Congressman Burgess
May 15, 2015

Policy & Advocacy

ISASS Policy & Advocacy The current environment for spine surgeons and their patients is challenging. Mergers and downward pressure from payers on coverage and reimbursement for spinal surgeries is making it harder for patients to receive medically indicated surgical care and more difficult for new technology and techniques to emerge. We hear these stories every day from our members, and many of them wonder, who is representing us and our patients? Who is fighting to ensure that patients have access to the spine care they need? Who is advocating for patient access to newer, better technologies? We also hear that currently there is not one strong, unified voice of leadership within the surgical spine community, and that spine surgeons need to […]