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Advocacy
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
SIS Advocates for Providence Health Assurance to Cover Lateral Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy »
On June 25, SIS submitted comments đź”’ to Providence Health Assurance regarding their policies Facet Joint I...
Monday, June 17, 2019
SIS Members Represented at AMA HOD Annual Meeting »
  The American Medical Association held their Annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting June 8-12, 2019 in Chicago...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
SIS Urges BCBS Association’s Evidence Street to Review RF Ablation of Peripheral Nerves Evidence »
On March 19, 2019, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) submitted a comment letter to Blue Cross Blue Shield Associati...
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
SIS Members Represented at AMA CPT Editorial Panel Meeting »
The Spine Intervention Society’s Scott Horn, DO, attended the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Termin...
Thursday, May 9, 2019
BCBSRI’s SI Joint Pain Policy Inappropriately Classifies LBRFN as Investigational »
The draft Diagnosis and Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Pain coverage policy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island exclu...
Thursday, May 9, 2019
SIS Summarizes and Presents RFA Evidence to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana »
In a May 7, 2019 comment letter , the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) informed Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana...
Friday, April 26, 2019
SIS Suggests Changes to UnitedHealthcare Epidural Steroid & Facet Injections for Spinal Pain Policy »
On April 18, 2019, SIS suggested revisions to UnitedHealthcare’s coverage policy on Epidural Steroid and Facet Injections...
Friday, April 26, 2019
SIS Encourages Aetna to Cover Lateral Branch RF Neurotomy for SI Pain »
On April 17, 2019, SIS provided comments to Aetna regarding their coverage policy on Back Pain—Invasive Procedures whi...
Monday, April 22, 2019
Help California Workers’ Comp Division See the Value of RF Neurotomy and SCS »
California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is currently soliciting public comments on the proposed adoption of g...
Friday, April 5, 2019
SIS Comments on Inter-Agency Task Force’s Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices »
On March 21, 2019, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services'...
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
SIS Offers Evidence to BCBS in 5 States in Support of Coverage for RF Procedures »
On April 2, 2019, SIS offered evidence to BlueCross Blue Shield in 5 states ( Illinois , Montana , New Mexico ,...
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...
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
SIS Urges Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to Cover Lateral Branch RF Neurotomy for SI Pain »
The Radiofrequency Joint Ablation/Denervation coverage policy of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield excludes coverage for...
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
SIS Encourages Highmark West Virginia to Cover RFA for Knee Osteoarthritis »
On January 29, 2019, SIS submitted a comment letter to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia in support of rad...
Friday, January 11, 2019
SIS Supports Coverage of Radiofrequency Ablation of Genicular Nerves »
In early January 2019, SIS submitted comment letters to 10 payers nationwide in support of radiofrequency ablation of &nbs...
Friday, January 11, 2019
SIS Suggests Coverage of Sacroiliac Joint Denervation to Humana, Florida Blue, and BCBS of NJ »
On January 7, 2019, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) issued comment letters to   Florida Blue ,  ...
Friday, January 11, 2019
SIS Urges California and New Jersey Plans to Cover Third Occipital Nerve RF »
On January 7, 2019, SIS presented evidence to Blue Shield of California and Horizon Blue Cross Blue S...
Friday, December 7, 2018
SIS Offers Guidance on Appropriate Coverage Policies for Denervation Procedures »
On December 4, 2018, SIS submitted comments to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona regarding their coverage policy ,...
Thursday, December 6, 2018
SIS Suggests Changes to United Healthcare’s Ablative Treatment for Spinal Pain Policy »
On December 4, 2018, SIS submitted comments to United Healthcare regarding their coverage policy , "Ablative Treatmen...
Thursday, December 6, 2018
SIS Promotes Coverage of Radiofrequency Ablation of Peripheral Nerves »
On December 4, SIS submitted comments to Blue Cross Blue and Shield of Alabama , Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachuse...
Monday, November 19, 2018
SIS Promotes Access to Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation »
In November 2018, SIS submitted four comment letters supporting access to radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the genicular n...
Friday, November 9, 2018
CMS Adopts Recommendations on Medicare Evaluation and Management Policies »
After receiving comments from SIS and other specialty societies, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)...
Monday, November 5, 2018
Extortion Scam Targeting DEA Registrants »
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has issued a notice that DEA registrants are being targeted to receive telephone calls a...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
SIS Suggests Changes to Premera Blue Cross’ Ablative Treatment for Spinal Pain Policy »
On October 3, 2018, SIS submitted comments to Premera Blue Cross regarding their coverage policy , "Ablative Treatments...
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
SIS Continues to Comment on Blue Shield of California’s Epidural Spine Injections Policy »
On September 12, 2018, SIS again submitted comments on Blue Shield of California’s coverage policy Epidural Spin...
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
SIS Suggests Changes to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas’ Sacroiliac Joint Pain Policy »
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas’ coverage policy Diagnosis and Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Pain excludes cove...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
SIS Champions Accurate Diagnosis for Best Treatment Plans »
On September 10, 2018, SIS submitted a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services Pain Management Best Practice...
Monday, September 10, 2018
SIS Voices Concerns Regarding Negative Impact of CMS Proposed Rule Implementation »
If the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule is implem...
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
SIS Suggests Changes to eviCore Musculoskeletal Clinical Guidelines »
On August 28, 2018, SIS provided comments to eviCore on their Musculoskeletal Clinical Guidelines, specifically the follow...
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
SIS and Many Medical Organizations Comment on CMS’ 2019 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule »
On August 27, 2018, SIS along with 120 U.S. national specialty medical organizations and 50 U.S. state-level organizations...
Thursday, July 26, 2018
SIS Comments on CareSource Epidural Steroid Injections Policy »
On July 23, 2018, SIS provided comments to CareSource regarding their coverage policy on Epidural Steroid Injections (...

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