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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...
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
SIS Joins AMA in Voicing Concerns About Potential FDA Compounding Guidance »
On August 13, 2019, SIS joined the AMA and 20 other medical specialty societies in submitting a comment letter to the...
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
🔒 CMS Proposes Valuation of Interventional Procedures – SIS Will Promote Appropriate Reimbursement »
On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule proposed...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
SIS Advocates for Providence Health Assurance to Cover Lateral Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy »
On June 25, SIS submitted comments 🔒 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 ,...

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