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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
SIS Reviewing and Commenting on Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule »
In the proposed rule released last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has put forward several...
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
SIS Suggests Changes to UnitedHealthcare Ablative Treatment for Spinal Pain Policy »
On June 29, 2018, SIS again addressed UnitedHealthcare’s coverage policy on Ablative Treatment for Spinal Pain . The So...
Friday, June 15, 2018
SIS Offers Specific Policy Recommendations to Horizon BCBSNJ on Epidural Steroid Injections »
On June 8, 2018, SIS requested that Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey revise their proposed epidural ste...
Thursday, June 14, 2018
SIS Again Urges 5 BCBS Groups to Cover Third Occipital Nerve and Sacroiliac Joint Denervation »
On June 7, 2018 SIS presented evidence again to BlueCross BlueShield in 5 states ( Illinois , Montana , New Mexico...
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
SIS Comments on Aetna’s Back Pain Policy »
On June 7, 2018, SIS submitted comments to Aetna regarding their revised Back Pain – Invasive Procedures coverage polic...
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
SIS Suggests Changes to BCBS of South Carolina SI Joint Pain Diagnosis and Treatment Policy »
On June 7, 2018 SIS submitted comments to BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina addressing their policy on the diagno...
Thursday, June 7, 2018
SIS Suggests Changes to BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Facet Joint Pain Policy »
On June 7, 2018, SIS addressed BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s draft coverage policy on the Diagnosis and...
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
SIS Recommends Revisions to BCBS of South Carolina Policy on Third Occipital Nerve RFN »
On May 15, 2018, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recommended changes to the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina me...
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
SIS Represented at Coding and Reimbursement Meeting »
On April 25-28, 2018, Dr. Wesley Ibazebo represented the SIS membership at the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Va...
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
SIS Joins the Call to Stop U.S. Interstate Compacts from Expanding the Scope of Practice for APRNs »
On May 10, 2018, SIS and dozens of U.S. medical societies called on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN...
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
SIS Submits Comments on BCBS MA Policy on Epidural Steroid Injections for Neck and Back Pain »
On May 14, 2018, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) submitted a comment letter to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachu...
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
SIS Continues to Comment on Humana’s Injections for Chronic Pain Conditions Coverage Policy »
Humana’s Injections for Chronic Pain Conditions coverage policy (effective April 26, 2018) includes coverage criteria that...
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
SIS Addresses UnitedHealthcare Policy on Occipital Neuralgia and Headache Treatment Coverage »
On May 10, 2018, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) recommended changes to the UnitedHealthcare medical coverage policy...
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
SIS Urges Blue Cross of ID to Cover Lateral Branch RF Neurotomy for Sacroiliac Joint Pain »
The Diagnosis and Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Pain coverage policy of Blue Cross of Idaho excludes coverage for lateral...
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
May 16 Webinar on CMS Quality Payment Program FAQs »
C MS will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 to answer frequently asked questions about the Quality Payment Program...
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
CMS Look-Up Tool for 2018 QPP/MIPS Group Eligibility Status Now Available »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that physician practices/groups may now log into the C...
Friday, April 20, 2018
SIS Joins Many Medical Organizations in Suggesting Medicare Changes »
SIS, along with 43 U.S. national specialty medical organizations, signed on to a letter urging the Centers for Medicar...
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Multisociety Support for SIS Member Nominee to Committee of the Washington Health Care Authority »
T he Spine Intervention Society, with the support of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the...
Monday, April 16, 2018
Review Applies Evidence-Based Medicine Principles to Illustrate Critical Concerns with Mint Trials »
Pain Medicine has published via advance access a critique of the flawed Mint Trials. The review was completed by member...
Monday, April 16, 2018
SIS Nominations to New MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measure Clinical Spine Subcommittee Accepted »
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) congratulates Drs. Allen Chen, Byron Schneider, and Virtaj Singh on their appointment...
Monday, April 16, 2018
US Physicians: Use the MIPS Participation Lookup Tool & Check your 2018 MIPS Eligibility »
You can now use the updated CMS MIPS Participation Lookup Tool  to check on your 2018 eligibility for the Merit-ba...
Monday, March 26, 2018
SIS Comments on Horizon BCBSNJ’s Proposed Facet Joint Injections/Medial Branch Block Policy »
On March 22, 2018, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) offered comments   to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield o...
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
SIS Comments on eviCore healthcare’s Musculoskeletal Clinical Guidelines »
eviCore healthcare, a medical benefits management company, approached SIS to review and comment on their musculoskele...
Monday, March 12, 2018
SIS Comments on Humana’s Coverage Exclusions in Revised Headache and Occipital Neuralgia Policy »
On March 8, 2018, SIS again informed Humana that exclusions in the Humana coverage policy , “Headache and Occipital N...
Friday, March 9, 2018
SIS Urges BCBS of MA & TN to Cover Lateral Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Sacroiliac Joint Pain »
The Diagnosis and Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Pain coverage policies of both BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) of Tennessee...
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
SIS Shares Concerns with California Workers' Comp Division Over Adoption of ACOEM Guidelines »
On February 23, 2018, SIS informed the State of California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) that the agency has a...
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
SIS Notes Flawed Methodology Framing Oregon’s SCS Coverage Guidance Scope Statement »
On February 15, 2018, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) submitted comments to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) o...
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
SIS Advises NICE: Interventional Pain Physicians Treat Persistent Spondyloarthritis Pain »
On February 6, 2018, the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) submitted comments to the U.K. National Institute for Health and...
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Drs. Scott Horn and Luis Guerrero Representing SIS Members at the AMA CPT Editorial Panel Meeting »
The Spine Intervention Society’s Scott Horn, DO and Luis Guerrero, MD are in San Diego this weekend representing SIS membe...
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Advocating for Appropriate Access to Neurotomy, SIS Addresses Independence Blue Cross Policy »
On January 23, 2018, SIS addressed Independence Blue Cross’ coverage policy on Denervation of Spinal Nerves for...
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
SIS Suggests Evidence-Based Improvements to Humana’s Injections for Chronic Pain Conditions Coverage »
Humana’s Injections for Chronic Pain Conditions coverage policy (effective January 1, 2018) includes coverage criteria tha...
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Drs. Scott Horn and Wesley Ibazebo at the RUC Meeting in San Diego »
Drs. Scott Horn and Wesley Ibazebo are representing members of the Spine Intervention Society this weekend at the RUC...
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
SIS Comments on the Medicare Quality Payment Program 2018 Final Rule »
On December 28, 2017 ,   the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and...
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
JAMA Publishes SIS Concerns Over Significantly Flawed Dutch Neurotomy Study »
On December 12, 2017, JAMA published a letter from SIS about the Juch et al. radiofrequency neurotomy study known...
Friday, December 1, 2017
SIS-Endorsed NASS Coverage Policy Recommendations on Spinal Cord Stimulation Released »
The Spine Intervention Society has endorsed the Coverage Policy Recommendations on Spinal Cord Stimulation 🔒...

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