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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
CMS Announces Financial Relief for Medicare Providers in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic »
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment p...
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
CMS Announces Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 »
CMS announced temporary actions on March 30, 2020, to empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to: Increas...
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Societies Continue to Request Appropriate Coverage of Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation »
On March 30, 2020, SIS and eleven other medical specialty societies submitted comments to Noridian LLC about a local c...
Monday, March 30, 2020
CMS Provides Additional Guidance to Healthcare Providers on Quality Payment Program COVID-19 Relief »
CMS has extended the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data submission deadline from March 31 by 30 days to...
Monday, March 23, 2020
In Response to COVID-19, CMS Grants Relief for Those Participating in Quality Reporting Programs »
On March 22, 2020, CMS announced it is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians and p...
Monday, February 17, 2020
SIS Encourages Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield to Cover RFA for Knee Osteoarthritis »
On February 11, 2020, SIS offered evidence to Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield in support of coverage for radiofrequenc...
Friday, February 14, 2020
SIS Opposes Florida Bill Authorizing PAs and APRNs To Perform Spine Interventions »
A bill (HB 607) is now being considered by the Florida House Health Care Appropriations Committee that authorizes Physicia...
Monday, February 10, 2020
Dr. Scott Horn Represents SIS at the February AMA CPT Editorial Panel Meeting »
The Spine Intervention Society’s Scott Horn, DO, attended the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Termin...
Thursday, February 6, 2020
SIS-Endorsed NASS Coverage Policy Recommendations on ESI and SSNB Available for All SIS Members »
The Spine Intervention Society has reviewed and endorsed the Coverage Policy Recommendations on Epidural Steroid Injecti...
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
SIS, AMA and Many Other Medical Organizations Urge CMS to Rethink Quality Reporting Policies »
On January 31, 2020, the Spine Intervention Society joined the AMA and 36 other health care stakeholder organizations in s...
Thursday, January 30, 2020
SIS and 12 Societies Continue to Request Appropriate Coverage of Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation »
On January 28, 2020, SIS and twelve other medical specialty societies submitted comments to two Medicare Administrative Co...
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
SIS Opposes South Dakota Bill Authorizing CRNAs To Perform Spine Interventions »
The South Dakota legislature is considering a bill that authorizes certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to perf...
Thursday, January 23, 2020
SIS Joins AMA and 101 Other Societies in Commenting on CMS' Proposed Scope of Practice Regulations »
On January 16, 2020, SIS and 101 medical societies provided comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...
Friday, January 17, 2020
Dr. Wesley R. Ibazebo Representing SIS at This Week’s AMA RUC Meeting »
The Spine Intervention Society’s Dr. Wesley R. Ibazebo MD is in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend representing SIS members at...
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
SIS Provides RFA Evidence to Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield »
On January 3, 2020, SIS offered evidence to Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield in support of coverage for third occipital...
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
AMA Urges CMS to Improve and Clarify Imaging Appropriate Use Program »
On December 11, 2019, the American Medical Association submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid S...
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
New for 2020: Sacroiliac Joint and Genicular Nerve Procedure Codes 🔒 »
Effective January 1, 2020, new CPT codes are available for sacroiliac joint and genicular nerve procedures....
Monday, December 16, 2019
SIS Members Represented at AMA HOD Interim Meeting »
The American Medical Association held their Interim House of Delegates (HOD) meeting November 16-19, 2019, in San Diego, C...
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
SIS Leads 10-Society Effort to Require Appropriate Training for Fluoro-Guided Procedures in Oregon »
On November 21, 2019, SIS and nine medical societies provided comments to the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health...
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
SIS and 10 Societies Request Appropriate Coverage of Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation »
On November 25, 2019, SIS joined ten other medical specialty societies in submitting comments to four Medicare Administrat...
Monday, December 2, 2019
SIS Advises CMS on Proper Place-of-Service Classification for New Code for Genicular RFA »
On November 26, 2019, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) submitted comments to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicai...
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
SIS Provides Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota with RF Ablation of Peripheral Nerves Evidence »
On November 13, 2019, SIS offered evidence to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in support of coverage for radiofreq...
Thursday, November 14, 2019
SIS Urges Aetna to Cover Third Occipital Nerve Denervation »
On November 13, 2019, SIS suggested revisions to Aetna’s coverage policy on Headaches – Invasive Procedures. The Society’s...
Friday, November 8, 2019
CMS Increases Valuation of Several Interventional Codes in Response to SIS Recommendations »
SIS has been involved in leading the efforts to establish CPT codes for genicular nerve and sacroiliac joint procedures. T...
Thursday, November 7, 2019
🔒CMS Increases Valuation of Several Interventional Codes in Response to SIS Recommendations »
On November 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS)...
Thursday, October 31, 2019
SIS, AMA, and Others Voice Concern Executive Order Will Weaken Nonphysician Supervision Requirement »
On September 20, 2019, the Spine Intervention Society joined the AMA and 102 other medical societies or state medical asso...
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
SIS-Endorsed NASS Coverage Policy Recommendations on Discography Available for All SIS Members 🔒 »
The Spine Intervention Society has reviewed and endorsed the Coverage Policy Recommendations on Discography...
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
SIS Supports Balanced Legislation to Protect Patients from Surprise Billing »
On October 16, 2019, the Spine Intervention Society joined the AMA and 109 other health care stakeholder organizations in...
Friday, October 18, 2019
SIS Leads Multi-Society Effort to Require Appropriate Training for Fluoro-Guided Procedures »
On October 14, 2019, SIS and eight U.S. medical societies provided comments to the Colorado Department of Public Health an...
Monday, October 14, 2019
SIS Finds CMS Prematurely Proposing Changes to Office Visit E/M Codes, Suggests Specific Valuations »
On September 27, 2019, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) submitted comments to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medica...
Friday, October 11, 2019
SIS Represented at Coding & Reimbursement Meetings »
The Spine Intervention Society’s Scott Horn, DO, attended the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Termin...
Thursday, October 10, 2019
SIS, AMA, and Over 100 Other Stakeholders Advise CMS on How to Simplify Prior Authorization »
On September 20, 2019, the Spine Intervention Society joined the AMA and 103 other health care stakeholder organizations i...
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
SIS Urges CMS to Correct the Ambulatory Payment Classification for Genicular Nerve Ablation »
On September 27, 2019, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) submitted comments to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Me...
Monday, September 16, 2019
SIS Supports House Bill to Protect Patients from Delayed Care by Streamlining Prior Authorization »
On September 9, 2019, the Spine Intervention Society joined the AMA and 367 other health care stakeholder organizations in...
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Legislative Hot Spots for SIS Member Attention »
SIS regularly monitors health care policy issues of interest to the membership and, from time-to-time, will report on spec...

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