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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
SIS Health Policy Division Reviewing CMS-Proposed Rule for the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule »
On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule for the 2018 Physic...
Monday, July 10, 2017
SIS Reviewing Significantly Flawed Dutch Neurotomy Study »
Members of the Spine Intervention Society’s Standards Division have identified significant shortcomings with patient selec...
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
SIS Urges BCBS of VT to Cover Lateral Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Sacroiliac Joint Pain »
BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont’s draft coverage policy Diagnosis and Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Pain excludes covera...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Dr. Claire Tibiletti Represented SIS During the AMA House of Delegates Meeting »
Dr. Claire Tibiletti represented SIS and interventional spine interests during the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) meeting Ju...
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Multisociety Support for SIS Member Nominee to Committee of the Washington Health Care Authority »
The Spine Intervention Society, with the support of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the S...
Monday, June 5, 2017
SIS Represented at AMA Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Editorial Panel Meeting »
The Spine Intervention Society was represented by Dr. Scott Horn at the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedu...
Friday, June 2, 2017
SIS Suggests Revisions to BCBS Coverage Policy on Facet Joint Injections »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recently reviewed and commented on a BlueCross Blue Shield coverage policy addressing...
Friday, May 26, 2017
TAKE ACTION NOW! Promote Patient Access to Radiofrequency Neurotomy »
The Oregon Health Authority’s Evidence-based Benefits Subcommittee will meet on June 1 st and consider a draft coverage...
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
SIS Comments on Proposed NASS Coverage Policy Recommendations on Spinal Cord Stimulation »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recently reviewed the North American Spine Society’s (NASS) draft coverage policy rec...
Monday, May 22, 2017
SIS Suggests Revisions to BCBS of AL Coverage Policy on Sacroiliac Joint Pain »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recently recommended changes to BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama's medical coverage po...
Friday, May 12, 2017
SIS Expresses Concern About CMS’ Plan for Implementing the Social Security Number Removal Initiative »
On May 11, 2017, the Spine Intervention Society, along with dozens of other state and national medical specialty organizat...
Friday, May 12, 2017
SIS Represented at Coding and Reimbursement Meeting »
On April 26-29, 2017, Drs. Christopher Merifield and Wesley Ibazebo represented the SIS membership at the AMA/Special...
Thursday, May 11, 2017
SIS Recommends Revisions to Highmark BCBS of WV Coverage Policy on Facet Joint Injections »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recently recommended changes to the Highmark BlueCross BlueShield of West Virginia's...
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
SIS Recommends Changes to BCBS TN Medical Coverage Policy on Spinal Cord Stimulation »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recently recommended changes to the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s (BCBS TN) med...
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
SIS Recommends Changes to UHC’s Medical Coverage Policy on Ablative Treatments for Spinal Pain »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recently recommended changes to the United Healthcare medical coverage policy on abla...
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...

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