Read the Winter 2021 issue of “Vertebral Columns” Vertebral Columns continues to focus on topics relevant to your clinical practice as a spine surgeon. This issue highlights the benefits and drawbacks of big data in spine surgery, the cost-effectiveness of image guidance, how to advise patients with preoperative lower extremity weakness caused by lumbar pathology, patient satisfaction after spine surgery, and physician unionization. Download the full issue here OR view below.
ISASS Signs on to Letter That Opposes Veterans Affairs Non-physician Practitioner Scope of Practice Rule In a letter dated January 7, 2021, ISASS, along with more than 100 medical specialty societies, expressed strong opposition to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) implementation of the interim final rule entitled “Authority of VA Professionals to Practice Health Care.” This rule permits virtually all Veterans Health Administration–employed non-physician providers to practice without the clinical supervision of physicians and without regard to state scope of practice laws. Comments focus on the differences in education and training that exist for physicians and non-physician providers and urge the VA to rescind the interim final rule to ensure our veterans receive the highest quality care from physician-led […]
New Administration Releases Health Care–Related Initiatives and Executive Actions On January 22, 2021, President Joe Biden and his administration unveiled several executive orders and memoranda. Executive Orders signed January 21 include: Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce for COVID-19 and Other Biological Threats: Establishes a Pandemic Testing Board to identify issues and assist in implementation of testing solutions; directs actions to address the cost of COVID-19 testing; establishes a public health workforce plan Protecting Worker Health and Safety: Addresses potential changes within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and at the state level to better protect workers from COVID-19 and ensure workers previously not identified but at risk have adequate protections Supporting the […]
New 2021 Category III CPT Codes for Allogenic Disc Matrix Material On January 1, 2021, three new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for reporting the injection of allogenic disc matrix material went into effect. The three new CPT codes are: 0627T Percutaneous injection of allogeneic cellular and/or tissue-based product, intervertebral disc, unilateral or bilateral injection, with fluoroscopic guidance, lumbar; first level 0628T Percutaneous injection of allogeneic cellular and/or tissue-based product, intervertebral disc, unilateral or bilateral injection, with fluoroscopic guidance, lumbar; each additional level (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) 0629T Percutaneous injection of allogeneic cellular and/or tissue-based product, intervertebral disc, unilateral or bilateral injection, with CT guidance, lumbar; each additional level (List […]