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Comments on CMS Proposed Rule (CMS-1600-P) – Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B for CY 2014

Download in PDF Format » September 5, 2013 Marilyn B. Tavenner Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Hubert H. Humphrey Building Washington, DC 20201 RE: CMS Proposed Rule (CMS-1600-P) – Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B for CY 2014 Dear…

Statement on Coding Changes for Minimally Invasive SI Joint Fusion

July 2013 ISASS supports decision making at the physician-patient level based on medical necessity and achieving the best outcomes to address the patient’s medical condition. Medical necessity should not be determined by a mere administrative code reporting system such as CPT. Prior to the July 1st implementation of CPT category III code 0334T, surgeons reported…

Study Finds Fusion Surgery is Viable Treatment Option for Chronic Lower Back Pain

A new study published and presented by ISASS-The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery members Frank M. Phillips, MD, Paul J. Slosar, MD, Jim A. Youssef, MD, Gunnar Andersson, MD, PhD, and Frank Papatheofanis, MD, PhD, has concluded that fusion surgery is viable treatment option for reducing pain and improving function in patients…

Dr. Thomas Errico on What the Obama Reelection Means for Spine Patients

Dr. Thomas Errico on What the Obama Reelection Means for Spine Patients What’s clear is that the re-election of President Obama ensures the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Some of that is good (elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions, elimination of lifetime benefit caps, inclusion of tens of millions of people into the…

ASP Response to US Supreme Court Ruling on PPACA

IASP Response to US Supreme Court Ruling on PPACA In response to the US Supreme Court’s validation of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), IASP issues the following statement: International Advocates for Spine Patients (IASP) applauds provisions of the Accountable Care Act that increase patient access to primary and specialty…

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