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Watch SIS President Dr. Matthew Smuck's Presidential Address from the 2020 Virtual Meeting

WHAT SIS IS DOING FOR YOU

PATIENT SAFETY COMMITTEE AND COVID-19 TASK FORCE

COVID-19 GUIDANCE AND RESOURCES
FACTFINDER PUBLICATION

Published or In Press
Under Development
  • Safety of Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Minimizing Risks with Stellate Ganglion Blocks
  • Antiplatelets for Lumbar Epidurals
  • Antibiotics for Spinal Cord Stimulation Trials
  • Anticoagulants/Antiplatelets for Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Motor Testing for Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Complications with Facet Cyst Rupture
  • Antibiotics for Disc Access
  • Delaying Epidural Steroid Injection After Infection/Antibiotic Treatment
  • Preventing Stimulator Lead Migration
  • Risk of Arachnoiditis With Interlaminar Injections

HEALTH POLICY DIVISION

COVERAGE
  • Led Multi-specialty Pain Workgroup (MPW) effort to develop and submit comment letter advocating for appropriate coverage for the Multijurisdictional CAC Meeting on Facet Interventions. (5/28/2020)
    • SIS leadership served on expert panel: Drs. Tim Maus and D.J. Kennedy
  • Co-led MPW efforts to submit letters in response to Medicare Local Coverage Determinations on Vertebral Augmentation.
  • Submitted several letters to private payers promoting TON RFN, genicular nerve RFA, and lateral branch RFN.

CODING AND REIMBURSEMENT
  • Represented Interventional Pain coding and reimbursement interests at the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and RVS Update Committee (RUC) meetings.
    • Participated in the effort to survey physicians on the facet radiofrequency neurotomy codes in March 2020. Results to be presented at fall 2020 RUC meeting.
  • Submitted comments to CMS in response to the proposed physician fee schedule which resulted in increased valuation of new CPT codes for sacroiliac and genicular nerve procedures.
  • Submitted letter to American Medical Group Association (AMGA) requesting explanation for recent volatility and reduced reimbursements compared with Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) rates.
  • Signed on to several AMA letters addressing issues with MIPS measures and the MIPS Value Pathways.
  • Promoted appropriate use of new Category I CPT codes for sacroiliac joint and genicular nerve procedures.

ADVOCACY
  • COVID-19
    • Signed on to AMA letters to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Congress aimed at promoting financial relief and liability protections for physicians.
  • Scope of Practice
    • Led MPW effort to address concerns about expansion of physician extender opportunities in Colorado and Oregon.
    • Submitted letters to South Dakota and Florida regarding inappropriate CRNA authorization to perform procedures and medically manage patients without supervision.
    • Signed on to several AMA comment letters addressing scope of practice regulations.
  • Patient Safety
    • Submitted comment letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promoting the important role of interventional pain procedures in the management of acute and chronic pain.
    • Developed physician comment letter for SIS members to customize and submit to CDC promoting interventional pain procedures.
  • Other Efforts
    • Signed on to AMA letter on surprise billing.
    • Signed on to AMA letter on prior authorization.
    • Signed on to AMA letter on potential FDA compounding guidance.
  • Represented Pain Intervention interests at the AMA House of Delegates Meetings

RESEARCH DIVISION

RESEARCH GRANTS
  • CURRENTLY FUNDED STUDIES
    • Conger. The Effectiveness of Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection for the Treatment of Cervical Radicular Pain: A Prospective Cohort Study.
    • Levi. Bone Marrow Concentrate Intradiscal Injection for Chronic Discogenic Low Back Pain: A Double Blind Randomized Controlled Trial.
    • Schneider. Randomized Trial Comparing Parallel Versus Perpendicular Technique for Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy.
    • Zheng. Application to Track Longitudinal Outcomes After Spine interventions. (Nikolai Bogduk Young Investigator Grant - 2018).
RESEARCH PROTOCOL DEVELOPMENT

ONLINE JOURNAL CLUB


RESEARCH AT SIS ACTIVITIES
The Society now has a process in place for members to formally request access to the specimens and imaging tools for their own research projects.

RESEARCH ABSTRACTS

  • Completed evaluation and selection process for four meetings: 2020 Winter Seminar, 2020 European Congress, 2020 Spine Week, and 2020 Annual Meeting.
    • 2020 Winter Seminar: 9 abstracts were presented as posters
    • 2020 European Congress and SpineWeek: cancelled due to COVID-19
    • 2020 Annual Meeting: 58 abstracts will be presented at 2020 Annual Meeting

STANDARDS DIVISION AND EVIDENCE ANALYSIS COMMITTEE

SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS

Published or In Press

  • Schneider BJ, Doan L, Maes MK, Martinez KR, Gonzalez Cota A, Bogduk N. Systematic review of the effectiveness of lumbar medial branch thermal radiofrequency neurotomy, stratified for diagnostic methods and procedural technique. Pain Med 2020 Feb 10. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Engel A, King W, Schneider BJ, Duszynski B, Bogduk N. The effectiveness of cervical medial branch thermal radiofrequency neurotomy stratified by selection criteria: a systematic review of the literature. Pain Med 2020. [In press]


Submitted for Publication

  • Nagpal A, Clements N, Duszynski B, Boies B. The effectiveness of dorsal root ganglion neurostimulation for the treatment of chronic pelvic pain and chronic neuropathic pain of the lower extremity: a comprehensive review of the published data. Pain Med 2020. [Publication pending]
Under Development
  • Basivertebral Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Caudal Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Cervical Disc Access
  • Cervical Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Intradiscal Biologics for Discogenic Pain
  • Lumbar Facet Access/Injection
  • Sacral Lateral Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Vertebral Augmentation


EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE TRAINING
New for 2020! Complete your EBM Discussion Session component online via webinar.

EDUCATION DIVISION AND ITS COMMITTEES

ONLINE LEARNING
SIS has various online learning options for you and will continue to add new online material. Many offer CME credits to help maintain your continuing medical education hours and bring you the most current information in our field.

Visit our new learning platform - learn.spineintervention.org to view the NEWLY released core curriculum for the pain interventionalist. This content was previously only offered to fellowship programs for purchase, but just recently added for individual purchase.

Other online educational offerings are being developed and many FactFinders and Online Journal Club topics already offer CME credit.

LUMBAR INSTRUCTOR EXAM PROCESS
Our bio-skills instructors have a great impact on our field, and we have re-opened the exam process to add new experts. The extensive exam process ensures our teaching excellence and we look forward to welcoming new candidates.

INTERNATIONAL DIVISION

INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH COURSES
SIS is committed to expanding our reach to locations where training is lacking. While the current pandemic has put the international outreach courses on hold, we will resume this process once the world is ready.

ANZCA FPM: Procedures in Pain Medicine – Clinical Care Standard

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) developed a clinical care standard for procedures in pain medicine. During the comment period, the International Division and Standards Division reviewed and responded with a letter of support.


For a list of names of our invaluable member volunteers who generously contribute their time and expertise to make all the above-mentioned work possible, please visit: https://www.spineintervention.org/page/committees

Learn more about additional membership benefits including complimentary job postings and how you can purchase pharmaceuticals and office supplies with a group discount.

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