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Advocacy
Friday, April 21, 2017
Take Action Now! Help Your Patients Regain Access to Interventional Spine Procedures »
Patients on Medicaid, in the state of Oregon, no longer have access to  ANY  interventional spine procedures f...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
OHA Recommends Against ESIs; Considers Draft Guidance on Percutaneous Interventions »
The Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Evidence-based Guidelines Subcommittee (EbGS) met April 6 and referred the draft cover...
Friday, April 14, 2017
SIS Recommends Changes to Humana's Medical Coverage Policy on Injections for Chronic Pain Conditions »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recently recommended changes to the Humana medical coverage policy on injections for...
Friday, April 7, 2017
SIS Comments on Blue Shield of California’s Policy on Epidural Steroid Injections »
On April 4, 2017, the Spine Intervention Society commented on Blue Shield of California’s epidural steroid injection (ESI)...
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
SIS Recommends Changes to the Facet Joint Intervention Coverage Policies of Two BCBS Plans »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recently recommended changes to the facet joint intervention coverage policies of B...
Friday, March 24, 2017
SIS Addresses Amerigroup Policy on Headache and Occipital Neuralgia Coverage »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) issued comments to Amerigroup Corp. on March 22, 2017 about the payer’s coverage excl...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
SIS’s Expertise Sought to Clarify Technical Aspects of Cooled Radiofrequency Neurotomy »
In February 2017, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) was asked to address confusion within the payer comm...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
SIS Comments on Coverage Exclusions in Humana’s Headache and Occipital Neuralgia Treatment Policy »
On March 17, 2017, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) informed Humana that exclusions in the Humana coverage policy, “He...
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
SIS and, Other Societies Submit Comments to California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation »
On March 10, 2017, SIS, along with several other Multi-society Pain Workgroup (MPW) member associations and physicians fro...
Thursday, March 9, 2017
On April 6, 2017 Do Your Part to Restore Coverage for Interventional Spine Procedures in Oregon »
On April 6, 2017 , the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will reconsider its ruling that eliminated coverage for epidural ste...
Friday, February 24, 2017
SIS Represented at AMA Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Editorial Panel Meeting »
The Spine Intervention Society was represented by Drs. Scott Horn and Luis Guerrero at the American Medical Association (A...
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Hope for Patients in Oregon State »
After hearing statements on February 2nd from physicians (including SIS members), patients, and experts, the Oregon Health...
Monday, February 6, 2017
SIS Comments on Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Coverage Denial HF10 SCS Therapy »
Counter to controlled studies, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield issued policy number 45: Spinal Cord and Dorsal Root Ganglio...
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
SIS Comments on BCBS of Massachusetts’s Coverage Denial of HF10 SCS Therapy »
Counter to controlled studies, supportive literature, and clinical experiences, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is...
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
SIS and NASS Issue Joint Recommendations to Improve CGS Local Coverage Determination »
Visit the SIS  coverage updates webpage to read the joint statement identifying the LCD’s extensive errors, o...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
SIS Represented at Coding and Reimbursement Meeting »
On January 11-15, 2017, Spine Intervention Society staff represented the SIS membership at the AMA/Specialty Society Rel...
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
February 2, 2017 Is Your Chance to Help Oregon Regain Access to Interventional Spine Procedures »
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced that two draft coverage guidances are on the agenda for the Health Evidence Re...
Monday, December 19, 2016
Anti-Suicide Initiative Formed to Help the Medical Community Recognize Depression and Stress »
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has partnered with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Ed...
Monday, December 19, 2016
SIS Represented at Fall AMA House of Delegates Meeting »
The Spine Intervention Society was represented by Dr. Claire Tibiletti at American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of De...
Monday, December 19, 2016
US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) To Allow Advanced Practice RNs to Practice Independently »
On December 13, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced their decision to allow most advanced practice regi...
Thursday, December 8, 2016
SIS and 10 Other Societies Warn About Cascade of Negative Consequences From Flawed Coverage Decision »
On December 8, 2016, 11 medical specialty societies issued a harsh rebuke to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for eg...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Take Action Now! Help Your Patients Regain Access to Interventional Spine Procedures »
Patients on Medicaid in the state of Oregon no longer have access to  ANY evidence-based interventional spine proc...
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Immediate Action Required to Fight for Corticosteroid Injection Coverage in Oregon »
On July 1, 2016, without awaiting release of the coverage guidance under development by the Health Evidence Review Commiss...
Thursday, November 3, 2016
SIS Recommends Changes to Novitas Provider Qualification Determinations »
On November 2, 2016, SIS submitted a letter to Novitas Solutions, a U.S. Medicare administrative contractor, encouraging t...
Monday, October 17, 2016
SIS Represented at Coding and Reimbursement Meetings »
The Spine Intervention Society was represented by Drs. Scott Horn and Luis Guerrero at the American Medical Association (A...
Monday, October 17, 2016
SIS Finds Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield RFN Coverage Policy Lacking, Suggests Improvements »
On October 6, SIS submitted comments to Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield on their coverage policy for percutaneous radiofrequ...
Monday, October 17, 2016
SIS Comments on Majoris Guidelines that Exclude Some Cervical ESIs »
On October 6, SIS submitted comments to Majoris Health Systems on their treatment guidelines for epidural steroid injectio...
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
SIS Comments on Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule »
On September 6, 2016, SIS submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the 20...
Friday, August 26, 2016
Coming to Your Mailbox Soon: U.S. Office of Surgeon General Letter on Opioid Epidemic »
Starting today and continuing over the next couple of weeks, the Office of the Surgeon General is going to be sending a...
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
SIS Voices Support for Restoring CMS Refinement Panel »
SIS joined the AMA and 88 other practitioner organizations in urging the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Servi...
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Multisociety Comments Submitted to CMS on Draft Guidance "Patient Relationship Categories and Codes" »
In an August 15, 2016 comment letter to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), SIS joined the American...
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
SIS Represented at Spine Summit »
Health Policy Division chair Scott Horn, DO represented SIS at the Spine Summit on August 5, 2016. The agenda included upd...
Friday, July 29, 2016
SIS’s Nominations to the U.S. CMS Clinical Committee Accepted »
The Spine Intervention Society congratulates Drs. Scott Horn and D.J. Kennedy for their appointments to serve on the MACRA...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
SIS Provides Comment on Two Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Draft Scope Statements »
NEW ORLEANS, La.—July 27, 2016—The Spine Intervention Society’s President, John MacVicar, MB ChB, offered to provide exper...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
SIS Urges the U.S. Veterans Health Administration to Continue Team-Based Care »
The Spine Intervention Society joins with 96 medical associations in urging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veter...

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