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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 (...
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...

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