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Advocacy
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...
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
SIS Comments on U.S. Food and Drug Administration Definition of Compounding »
The Spine Intervention Society submitted a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicating that the stan...
Monday, July 18, 2016
SIS Is Reviewing U.S. CMS Proposed 2017 Physician Payment Rule »
On July 7, 2016, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed rule for the Medica...
Monday, July 18, 2016
SIS Requests Suspension of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Compounding Rules »
SIS joins 17 local, state, and national medical associations in sending a letter to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy (BOP) r...
Monday, July 18, 2016
SIS Nominates Members to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Clinical Committe »
SIS submitted materials in support of two nominees—Drs. Scott Horn and D.J. Kennedy—in response to the recent call for nom...
Monday, July 18, 2016
Important Reminder About Medicare Billing Requirements for Certain Dual-Eligibles »
The American Medical Association has issued a reminder for U.S. physicians that balance billing is prohibited for Medicare...
Monday, June 27, 2016
Big Changes Are Coming to the Medicare Payment System »
Read about how SIS is working to advocate for members: http://www.spineintervention.org/?page=medicare#letters .
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
SIS Comments on BCBS of IL Facet Joint and Sacroiliac Joint Denervation Policy »
On May 31, SIS submitted comments to BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois regarding their pending Facet Joint and Sacroiliac J...
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
BCBS of Tennessee Updates SIJ Injections Policy to Medically Necessary »
SIS member, Dr. Graf Hilgenhurst, informed the Society that BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has updated their draft sacr...
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
SIS Represented at AMA House of Delegates »
The Spine Intervention Society was represented at the June 11-15, 2016 American Medical Association House of Delegate...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
SIS Coordinates 14 Society Response to the Oregon Health Authority’s Decision to End ESI Coverage »
HINSDALE, Ill.—May 19, 2016— On behalf of 14 medical specialty societies that comprise physicians who utilize and/or perf...
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
SIS Submits Comments to UnitedHealth Group on Bilateral Procedures Policy Revisions »
On May 10, SIS submitted comments to UnitedHealth Group regarding their revisions to their bilateral procedures policy&nbs...

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