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Monday, April 16, 2018
Review Applies Evidence-Based Medicine Principles to Illustrate Critical Concerns with Mint Trials »
Pain Medicine has published via advance access a critique of the flawed Mint Trials. The review was completed by member...
Monday, April 16, 2018
SIS Nominations to New MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measure Clinical Spine Subcommittee Accepted »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) congratulates Drs. Allen Chen, Byron Schneider, and Virtaj Singh on their appointment...
Monday, April 16, 2018
US Physicians: Use the MIPS Participation Lookup Tool & Check your 2018 MIPS Eligibility »
You can now use the updated CMS MIPS Participation Lookup Tool  to check on your 2018 eligibility for the Merit-ba...
Monday, March 26, 2018
SIS Comments on Horizon BCBSNJ’s Proposed Facet Joint Injections/Medial Branch Block Policy »
On March 22, 2018, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) offered comments   to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield o...
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
SIS Comments on eviCore healthcare’s Musculoskeletal Clinical Guidelines »
eviCore healthcare, a medical benefits management company, approached SIS to review and comment on their musculoskele...
Monday, March 12, 2018
SIS Comments on Humana’s Coverage Exclusions in Revised Headache and Occipital Neuralgia Policy »
On March 8, 2018, SIS again informed Humana that exclusions in the Humana coverage policy , “Headache and Occipital N...
Friday, March 9, 2018
SIS Urges BCBS of MA & TN to Cover Lateral Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Sacroiliac Joint Pain »
The Diagnosis and Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Pain coverage policies of both BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) of Tennessee...
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
SIS Shares Concerns with California Workers' Comp Division Over Adoption of ACOEM Guidelines »
On February 23, 2018, SIS informed the State of California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) that the agency has a...
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
SIS Notes Flawed Methodology Framing Oregon’s SCS Coverage Guidance Scope Statement »
On February 15, 2018, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) submitted comments to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) o...
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
SIS Advises NICE: Interventional Pain Physicians Treat Persistent Spondyloarthritis Pain »
On February 6, 2018, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) submitted comments to the U.K. National Institute for Health and...
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Drs. Scott Horn and Luis Guerrero Representing SIS Members at the AMA CPT Editorial Panel Meeting »
The Spine Intervention Society’s Scott Horn, DO and Luis Guerrero, MD are in San Diego this weekend representing SIS membe...
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Advocating for Appropriate Access to Neurotomy, SIS Addresses Independence Blue Cross Policy »
On January 23, 2018, SIS addressed Independence Blue Cross’ coverage policy on Denervation of Spinal Nerves for...
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
SIS Suggests Evidence-Based Improvements to Humana’s Injections for Chronic Pain Conditions Coverage »
Humana’s Injections for Chronic Pain Conditions coverage policy (effective January 1, 2018) includes coverage criteria tha...
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Drs. Scott Horn and Wesley Ibazebo at the RUC Meeting in San Diego »
Drs. Scott Horn and Wesley Ibazebo are representing members of the Spine Intervention Society this weekend at the RUC...
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
SIS Comments on the Medicare Quality Payment Program 2018 Final Rule »
On December 28, 2017 ,   the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and...
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
JAMA Publishes SIS Concerns Over Significantly Flawed Dutch Neurotomy Study »
On December 12, 2017, JAMA published a letter from SIS about the Juch et al. radiofrequency neurotomy study known...
Friday, December 1, 2017
SIS-Endorsed NASS Coverage Policy Recommendations on Spinal Cord Stimulation Released »
The Spine Intervention Society has endorsed the Coverage Policy Recommendations on Spinal Cord Stimulation 🔒...
Thursday, November 30, 2017
The Medical Community Roundly Repudiates the Mint Radiofrequency Neurotomy Trials »
On November 21, 2017, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) issued a joint statement with 11 other medical societies re...
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
SIS Nominates Member to Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) »
SIS submitted a letter in support of Dr. Scott Horn for a seat on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CM...
Monday, November 27, 2017
SIS Comments on Proposed NASS Discography Coverage Policy Recommendations »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recently reviewed the North American Spine Society’s (NASS) draft coverage policy rec...
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
SIS Members Represented at November 2017 AMA House of Delegates Meeting »
  Drs. Claire Tibiletti and Kieran Slevin are representing members of the Spine Intervention Society at the...
Monday, November 13, 2017
SIS Commends NICE on Senza SCS Therapy Assessment »
On November 9, 2017, Dr. Timothy Maus, President of the Spine Intervention Society, submitted comments on the draft medica...
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
SIS Calls for Blue Shield of California to Revise its Regional Sympathetic Blocks Medical Policy »
While supporting Blue Shield of California’s current fluoroscopic guidance requirement for lumbar diagnostic regional symp...
Thursday, November 2, 2017
SIS Advocates for Third Occipital Nerve RF Coverage For Aetna Insurance Holders »
On October 24, 2017, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recommended changes to Aetna’s medical coverage policy on inva...
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
SIS Urges 5 BCBS Groups to Cover Third Occipital Nerve and Sacroiliac Joint Denervation »
On October 24, 2017, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) presented evidence to BlueCross Blue Shield in 5 states ( Illi...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
SIS and 11 Other Societies Promote Access to Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Patients in Oregon »
SIS and 11 other medical societies have submitted comments to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) advocating for access to&n...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Help Your Bottom Line -  Join the AMA Today to Keep Our Seat at the Table »
In order for SIS to represent your interests at the highly influential coding and reimbursement forums - the CPT Panel and...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
SIS and Many Medical Organizations Suggest Medicare Changes »
SIS, along with 67 U.S. national specialty medical organizations and 51 U.S. state-level organizations, signed on to a let...
Monday, October 16, 2017
Opportunities Available With the AMA Physician Innovation Network »
The American Medical Association (AMA) invites SIS members to join the AMA Physician Innovation Network . The Physi...
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
SIS Represented at Coding and Reimbursement Meetings »
The Spine Intervention Society was represented by Drs. Scott Horn, Luis Guerrero, and Timothy Maus at the American Medical...
Monday, October 9, 2017
3 Things You Must Do to Fight for RF Denervation Coverage in Oregon »
  The State of Oregon continues to deny Medicaid patients cov...
Monday, October 2, 2017
Injection Practices Campaign Warns Unsafe Syringe Reuse Is Not Uncommon »
A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study published by the Division of Healthcare Quality Promoti...
Thursday, September 28, 2017
SIS Nominates Drs. Horn and Vorenkamp to New U.S. Pain Management Task Force »
On September 26, 2017, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) nominated Scott Horn, DO, and Kevin Vorenkamp, MD, to serve on...
Thursday, September 28, 2017
SIS Urges Excellus BCBS to Cover High Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation »
On September 20, 2017, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recommended changes to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s (BCBS)...
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
SIS Requests Needle Placement Images from Authors of the Dutch Mint Trial »
On August 21, 2017, Dr. Timothy Maus, SIS President, sent a letter to the authors of the recent study   Effect o...

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