The AMA House of Delegates Meeting took place in Chicago June 18-22, 2011. The ISIS Delegate to the AMA is Dr. Lee Snook and Alternate Delegate is Dr. Ben Shwachman – both delegates were present at the meeting to represent the voice of pain and interventional physicians as AMA policies are formed.
Despite the growing discord over AMA policies; evident throughout the year and especially during the House of Delegate Meetings; it is crucial that ISIS maintains the representation in the House of Delegates. Only societies with House of Delegates representation are eligible to participate in the AMA CPT Editorial Panel process, which makes decisions about CPT coding and the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), which makes decision about the value of each CPT code. Without the ability for ISIS to participate in the CPT and RUC processes we will lose the ability to advocate for proper coding and values for interventional spine procedures.
ISIS must prove that a high percentage of our members belong to the AMA in order to keep the representation at these important forums. All members are urged to assure that their AMA membership is up to date to assure that the voice of interventional spine specialists continues to be heard.