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Advocacy
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Multisociety Comments Submitted to CMS on Draft Guidance "Patient Relationship Categories and Codes" »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...
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
SIS Comments on Draft LBP/Sciatica Guideline »
On May 4, SIS submitted comments to the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence  (NICE) on their draf...
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
SIS Represented at Important Coding and Reimbursement Meetings »
The Spine Intervention Society was represented by Drs. Scott Horn and Luis Guerrero at the AMA CPT Editorial Panel Meeting...
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
SIS Comments on NASS's Proposed Facet Interventions Coverage Recommendations »
Members of the SIS Health Policy Division’s Coverage Committee have carefully reviewed the proposed recommendations from t...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
ESI Coverage in Oregon Will End Without Your Immediate Action »
On May 11, 2016, SIS submitted comments to the Oregon Health Authority regarding their decision to eliminate coverag...
Monday, May 9, 2016
Make Your Voice Heard Before Patients in Oregon Lose Coverage for Epidural Steroid Injections »
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recently announced that, effective July 1, 2016, the state will no longer cover epidural...
Thursday, March 24, 2016
WA Health Technology Clinical Committee’s Decision to Preserve Coverage for Spinal Injections »
Press Release by the American   Society of Anesthesiologists: March 23, 2016 Chicago – The Multi-society Pain...
Friday, March 18, 2016
A Victory for Patients and Physicians in Washington State! »
We are pleased to report that, after Spine Intervention Society (SIS) volunteers and staff invested hundreds of hours work...
Monday, March 14, 2016
WA HCA Decision on Spinal Injections Looms »
The fate of spinal injection procedures in the state of Washington will be decided at the March 18 meeting of the WA Healt...
Monday, March 14, 2016
SIS Expresses Support to the U.S. Congress Regarding National Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs »
On February 23, the Spine Intervention Society, along with dozens of other state and national medical specialty organizati...
Monday, March 14, 2016
SIS Submits Comments on Novitas Draft LCD on Lumbar Epidural Injections for Pain Management »
On March 3, 2016, SIS submitted comments on the Novitas draft LCD #DL34892 Lumbar Epidural Injections for Pain Manage...
Tuesday, February 23, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
SIS Expresses Support to Congress Regarding National Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs »
On February 23, the Spine Intervention Society, along with dozens of other state and national medical specialty organizati...
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
WA HCA Releases Final Evidence Report on Spinal Injections »
On February 12, the Washington State Health Care Authority's Health Technology Assessment program published its final repo...
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
ATTENTION WASHINGTON PHYSICIANS: Save the Date! March 18 WA HCA HTCC Meeting »
On Friday, March 18 at the SeaTac Conference Center, the WA Health Technology Clinical Committee (HTCC) will meet from 8 a...
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
SIS Comments on Oregon Health Authority's Coverage Guidance on Percutaneous Interventions »
On January 19, SIS submitted comments to the Oregon Health Authority on their Scope Statement for the development of a C...
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Comments Submitted on WA HCA Health Technology Assessment on Spinal Injections »
SIS coordinated the drafting and submission of a letter joined by multiple other organizations to the Washington State H...
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
SIS Sends Comments to Blue Shield of CA and CIGNA »
On November 30 2015, SIS sent a comment letter to BlueShield of CA regarding their Facet Joint Denervation, Policy 7.01....
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Summary »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule on October 30, 2015, which updates payment...

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