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Advocacy
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ISIS Working with the CDC Officials to Address the Single Dose Vial Issue »
ISIS Leadership has been in direct communication with CDC officials to address CMS and CDC public health concerns correlat...
Thursday, May 10, 2012
ISIS Meets with Blue Cross Blue Shield Regence to Address Coverage Concerns »
ISIS continues to address problems arising from payers misinterpreting Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Clinical Committ...
Thursday, May 10, 2012
ISIS Joins-in on a Letter to CMS Decrying the Burden of Multiple Regulations »
ISIS joined a number of medical societies to voice concerns about an overwhelming number of regulations affecting physicia...
Monday, March 26, 2012
Inappropriate Coverage Restrictions »
ISIS has just addressed a serious issue affecting coverage of spine intervention procedures. It appears that several publi...
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Physician Payment Cut Averted until December 31, 2012 »
Medicare physician payment rates were 'frozen' at current levels, avoiding a 27.4% cut. The freeze was part of the payroll...
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
HHS Announces ICD-10 Delay »
At the AMA National Advocacy Conference, Marilyn Tavenner - the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medi...
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
ISIS Represented at National Coding and Reimbursement Forums »
Dr. Christopher Merifield, an ISIS advisor to the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) attend...
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
ISIS Continues to Advocate for Appropriate Reimbursement for Interventional Procedures - Submits Com »
ISIS has submitted a comment letter to CMS regarding the interim value decisions for interventional codes published for ye...
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
CMS Raises the Value of Transforaminal Injection After ISIS Comments »
As of January 1 2012, CMS raised the value of lumbar transforaminal injection code (64483) from 1.75 RVUs to 1.90 RVUs; af...
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Major CPT Coding Changes for ISIS Members »
As of January 1st 2012, many CPT ®  coding changes will go into effect; among them, significant changes, of great imp...
Friday, February 3, 2012
Medicare Trust Fund Insolvent by 2024 »
According to a report from the Social Security and Medicare board of trustees, the Medicare trust fund is estimated to bec...
Friday, February 3, 2012
CBO Projects 29.4% cuts in 2012 »
According to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections, published on June 14, 2011, payment rates for physician servic...
Friday, February 3, 2012
MedPAC Annual Report to Congress »
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) - an independent congressional agency, which advises the U.S. Congress o...
Friday, February 3, 2012
CMS Provider Call on HIPAA Version 5010 »
The deadline for physician practices compliance with the HIPAA Version 2010 is January 1, 2012. Those who aren't prepared...
Friday, February 3, 2012
CPT Meeting »
Dr. David O’Brien represented ISIS at the June 2-5 meeting of the AMA CPT Editorial Panel. The CPT Editorial Panel is a mu...
Friday, February 3, 2012
AMA House of Delegates Meeting »
The AMA House of Delegates Meeting took place in Chicago June 18-22, 2011. The ISIS Delegate to the AMA is Dr. Lee Snook a...
Friday, February 3, 2012
Latest Info on the ACOs, Coding, Reimbursement and Coverage!! »
Attend the ISIS Practice Management Pre-Conference (held the day before the ISIS Annual Scientific Meeting begins) to hear...
Friday, February 3, 2012
New CPT Codes for Peripheral Field Stimulation »
Several new CPT codes were released by the AMA CPT Panel for reporting of peripheral field stimulation.  The codes ar...
Friday, February 3, 2012
Washington State HTA Issues Final Decision on Spinal Injections »
The Washington State Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Program finalized its decision regarding coverage of spinal inject...
Friday, February 3, 2012
2012 Proposed Medicare Physicain Payment Rule Released »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the proposed physician payment rule, which confirms that...
Friday, February 3, 2012
Research Resources »
The Research Committee is here to assist your research at any stage of development and to offer assistance to any ISIS mem...
Friday, February 3, 2012
ISIS Represented at Important Forums »
Dr. Slevin Kieran represented ISIS at the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI). The PCPI develops, test...
Friday, February 3, 2012
The OIG Issues a Work Plan for 2012 »
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued the Work Plan for 2012, outlining the priorities for the upcoming year. T...
Friday, February 3, 2012
Congressional Advisory Body Recommends Cuts to Specialist Payments »
The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC), a commission which advises the Congress on Medicare payment policy, duri...
Friday, February 3, 2012
ISIS Representatives Participate Medicare Refinement Panels »
Dr. Christopher Merifield and Dr. Claire Tibiletti represented ISIS on three separate refinement panels convened by Center...
Friday, February 3, 2012
Volunteers Needed to Fill Out a Survey on Physician Work for Fluoroscopic Guidance CPT Code »
ISIS is involved in the activities of the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), which determi...
Friday, February 3, 2012
Dabigatran (Pradaxa) »
Dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa) is a prodrug; it is metabolized to dabigatran, a direct thrombin inhibitor. It is recently...
Friday, February 3, 2012
Research Funding Information »
ISIS is dedicated to scientific advances in interventional spine care through its continued support of research. The socie...
Friday, February 3, 2012
2012 Medicare Physician Payment Rates in Limbo as Congress Fails to Act »
The Medicare physician payment is set to be cut by 27.4 percent on January 1, 2012, unless Congress passes legislation to...
Friday, February 3, 2012
Medicare Contractor Reviewing Lumbar Facet Blocade Services »
Noridian LLC, a contractor for Part B Medicare announced that it is initiating a specific review for Lumbar Facet Blocade...
Friday, January 27, 2012
ISIS Continues to Fight for the Coverage of Spinal Injections - MEMBERS ONLY »
For the past few months ISIS leadership has been diligently working to preserve coverage for appropriately performed spina...
Friday, January 27, 2012
ISIS Submits a Letter to CMS Regarding the Value of Transforaminal Epidural Code »
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in its final rule for the physician fee schedule for 2011 has publish...
Friday, January 27, 2012
Volunteers Needed to Fill Out a Survey on Physician Work for Interventional Spine Procedures »
Please participate in a survey of physician work involved in interventional spine procedures in order to assure relative v...
Friday, January 27, 2012
IRS 1099 Reporting Requirement Eliminated »
On April 5th, Senate passed a bill which eliminated a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) th...
Friday, January 27, 2012
Proposed ACO Rules Issued »
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed new rules aiming at encouraging physicians, hospitals,...

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