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Advocacy
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
SIS Comments on Proposed NASS Coverage Policy Recommendations on Epidural Steroid Injections »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recently reviewed the North American Spine Society’s (NASS) draft coverage policy rec...
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Empire BlueCross BlueShield’s Genicular Nerve RFA Policy Ignores Safety and Effectiveness Evidence »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) is concerned that Empire BlueCross BlueShield’s genicular nerve blocks and ablation...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
SIS and Many Others Urge CMS to Provide Prior Authorization Guidance to Medicare Advantage Plans »
SIS, along with nearly 100 national and state medical specialty societies, joined the American Medical Association (AMA) i...
Friday, February 15, 2019
SIS Again Shares Concerns with California Workers' Comp Division Over Adoption of ACOEM Guidelines »
On February 11, 2019, SIS again attempted to open a dialogue with the State of California’s Division of Workers’ Compensat...
Friday, February 8, 2019
Help Convince Washington State to Cover Genicular Nerve RFA »
  While nearly half of the Washington State Health Care Authority’s Health Technology Clinical Committee (HTCC) membe...

Patient Safety
Monday, February 25, 2019
Best Practices for Coping With Dexamethasone Shortages »
  The Spine Intervention Society has outlined best practice recommendations to maximize safety while perfo...
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Earn CME Reviewing a FactFinder on Immunosuppressed Patients and Spinal Injections »
Earn CME credit on the SIS eLearning platform SpineNet for reviewing the FactFinder: Spinal Injections in Immunosuppr...
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Safety Alert: FDA Warns Company for Stem Cell Products; Puts Others On Notice »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 12/20/2018: FDA Sends Warning to Company for Marketing Dangerous Unapproved Stem Cell Products Th...
Monday, December 10, 2018
Review a Newly Updated FactFinder on the Safe Use of Multi-Dose and Single-Dose Vials »
Review 10 specific recommendations about using both multi- and single-dose vials in this newly updated SIS FactFinder,...
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Safety Alert: FDA Alerts Health Care Professionals Not to Use Pharm D Solutions’ Sterile Products »
SIS Patient Safety Alert 11/20/2018: FDA Alerts Health Care Professionals Not to Use Pharm D Solutions’ Sterile Drug Produ...

Quality Improvement
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Register for CMS’ February 21, 2019 Introductory Webinar on Alternative Payment Models in 2019 »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a 101-level webinar on  Thursday, February 21, 2019...
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Join CMS for a February 5, 2019 Webinar on MIPS Quality Performance Category in Year 3 (2019) »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar on  Tuesday, February 5 at 12:30 PM ET &n...
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
QRURs and PQRS Feedback Reports: Access Ends December 31 »
U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final performance period for the Value Modifier and Physician Qualit...
Monday, September 17, 2018
2016 PQRS Experience Report and the 2018 Value Modifier Experience Report Are Now Available »
U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)   2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Reporting...
Thursday, July 12, 2018
CMS Announces Availability of MIPS Performance Feedback and Final Score »
If you submitted 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data through the Quality Payment Program website , yo...

Research
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Earn CME Reviewing a FactFinder on Swabbing Vial Tops »
Earn CME credit on the SIS eLearning platform SpineNet for reviewing the FactFinder: Swabbing Vial Tops by Jaymin P...
Friday, March 8, 2019
Obtain CME for Reviewing a Paper on Infection Risks »
Surgical Site Infections and Wound Healing Problems After Spine Surgery – Is a History of Steroid Injections a Risk Factor...
Monday, February 4, 2019
Your Participation Requested: Patient Satisfaction Impact Survey »
Often in the course of conducting research, it is helpful for investigators to obtain information about current practice p...
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Your Participation Requested: Regenerative Medicine Survey »
Often in the course of conducting research, it is helpful for investigators to obtain information about current practice p...
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Letters of Proposal Now Accepted by NASS »
NASS 2019 Research Funding is available for the following: Research Grants; Young Investigators Grants; Nontraditional Non...

Society News
Friday, February 2, 2018
SIS Secretary David J. Kennedy, MD Named Vanderbilt University Medical Center PM&R Chair »
Dr. David J. Kennedy, clinical associate professor and residency program director in the Division of Physical Medicine a...
Friday, January 12, 2018
Donate Your Items for the SIS Silent Auction »
  Dear SIS Friends, Thank you all for helping to make SIS’s 2017 fundraising efforts a success. In...
Monday, December 18, 2017
What SIS Accomplished on Your Behalf in 2017, and How You Can Shape an Even Greater 2018 »
In 2017 the Spine Intervention Society continued to pursue our shared vision of high-quality, safe, and effective spine ca...
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Win With SIS November 16-18 at the ASRA Pain Medicine Meeting in Orlando, Florida »
Attending the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Pain Medicine Meeting? Bring your non-membe...
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
SIS President Maus’ Image-Guided Injection Techniques Help Mayo Land $3 Million Gene Therapy Study »
Mayo Clinic faculty colleagues Andreas Beutler, MD (principal investigator) and Spine Intervention Society (SIS) President...

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