Society Represented at Spine Forum and Spine Summit
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Dr. John MacVicar, Vice President of the International Spine Intervention Society, represented the Society at the NASS-convened Spine Forum and Spine Summit on May 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. While the agenda for the Spine Forum focused primarily on issues regarding the regulation of devices and allowed for open discussion between physicians, manufacturers, and FDA representatives, the Spine Summit meeting included updates and information on a variety of topics, such as registries, performance measure development, guidelines, and appropriate use criteria (AUC); advocacy efforts; and, payer relations and reimbursement. In addition to providing a brief update on the status of the Society's AUC development efforts, Dr. MacVicar, along with Dr. David O'Brien, Jr., presented concerns and led a discussion about potential next steps in a coordinated multisociety response to the recently published AHRQ technology assessment Pain Management Injection Therapies for Low Back Pain.
The International Spine Intervention Society remains committed to collaboration with other medical associations on topics of mutual interest. Other attendees at the Spine Summit included: the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) / Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR), the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), and the North American Spine Society (NASS).