March 18, 2013

ISASS Policy Statement – Vertebral Augmentation

ISASS Policy Statement – Vertebral Augmentation It is estimated that over 1.4 million people will develop vertebral compression fractures every year (Johnell & Kanis 2006).  Many will be clinically insignificant or heal with non-operative treatment.  A large group will have persistent pain, kypholic deformity, weight loss, depression and a reduced quality of life.  (Old & Calvert 2004; Borgstrom et al. 2006; Suzuki et al. 2008). Open surgical intervention is used when there is severe deformity, instability, or neurologic compromise. Vertebral augmentation such as Vertebroplasty (VP) and balloon kyphoplasty (BKP) are minimally invasive techniques used to treat painful vertebral compression fractures.  There is good evidence that these techniques can provide immediate and lasting pain relief (Berlemann et al. 2004; Grafe et […]
March 11, 2013

ISASS13 Shows Growth in New Exhibitors and First-Time Attendees

Contact: Patti Minglin                                                                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Telephone: 630-209-2524 Email: Aurora IL USA/Mar 11 2013—ISASS13, a multi-professional spine industry event hosted by ISASS – International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) is showing signs of growth in both new exhibitors and new attendees.  “We have 17 new exhibitors this year and are seeing an increase in the number of first-time attendees throughout all of our categories,” says Kristy Radcliffe, Executive Director of ISASS.  “ISASS continues to grow in size and reputation as we focus on representing ALLspine surgeons throughout our advocacy and educational efforts and increase the number of opportunities we give our members to learn from one another.” ISASS13 will be held April 3-5 in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and has become […]
February 1, 2013

Press Release: TBOS announces Revenue Cycle Dynamics for the Spine Reimbursement Specialist Educational Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 1, 2013 The Business of Spine announces the Revenue Cycle Dynamics for the Spine Reimbursement Specialist Educational Series, the exclusive training program of Business Dynamics RCM – The leaders in Spine Revenue Cycle Management which is coming to New York, April 17-19, 2013. The Revenue Cycle Dynamics for the Spine Reimbursement Specialist Educational Series will be held at the New York Executive Conference Center in New York. This course has been recently updated for 2013.  The Revenue Cycle Dynamics for the Spine Reimbursement Specialist educational series is an intensive three day program containing three learning modules: The Foundation, The Framework and The Fusion. This course is designed to meet the needs of the general and specialty medical […]
February 1, 2013

Current Concepts in Vertebral Augmentation

Dr. Morgan Lorio surveys the landscape of vertebral augmentation to find contentious studies and offers suggestions to educate the public and other practitioners. Morgan P. Lorio, MD, FACS Chair, ISASS Coding & Reimbursement Task Force The AAOS Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Treatment of Symptomatic Osteoporotic Compression Fractures, adopted in September 2010, were developed by a multidisciplinary volunteer work group and based on an algorithm that used level of evidence to rigorously qualify data. Two studies (2009) – by Buchbinder and Kallmes – were identified by AAOS to be Level I and were apparently determined to be a sufficient litmus test to diminish the importance of the mountain of Level II-IV evidence that suggested value to these procedures. A SpineLine […]