The International Spine Intervention Society, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, to provide continuing medical education for physicians, has opened the “2015 European Congress” at Marriott Hotel in Vienna.
The organization has spent the last 25 years developing and promoting the highest standards for the practice of interventional procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of spine pain. The organization is driven by leading multidisciplinary physicians who are dedicated to advancing awareness and implementation of evidence-based spine interventions through practice, advocacy, research, and education.
Dozens of European and US doctors attended the congress, which lasts from May 22 to 24 2015. The congress offers educational needs of physicians and allied health professionals who are involved in the care of patients with spine pain. It aims to enhance the knowledge, competence, and/or performance of physicians who are involved in the care of patients with spine pain to positively affect patient outcomes.
Timothy Maus, MD, Chair of the 2015 European Congress Planning Committee, said that in the era of reimbursement for value, interventional pain procedures will remain accessible to patients and be reimbursed only to the extent that their positive outcomes are supported by high quality literature.
He added: “Interventional Pain Procedures in the Era of Value-Based Care, this year’s theme, will focus on the latest evidence-based findings, current research, and the future of the field. Much of the high quality evidence supporting interventional pain procedures comes from members of the International Spine Intervention Society. Join us to learn more about the evidence addressing the safe and effective performance of interventional pain procedures.
The congress will highlight medical themes and issues by holding various sessions which identify best practices to ensure patient safety during interventional spine procedures, apply new research findings to the practice of ethical, evidence-based interventional spine care, define important patient-centered outcome measurements in private practice settings, describe how strict diagnostic criteria and anatomically validated technique can improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs, identify the utility and limitations of history, physical exam, and imaging in your diagnostic algorithm and describe the evidentiary basis for the use of diagnostic blocks in the identification of spine pain generators reviewed the latest advances in Cardiology, Ophthalmology, metabolic diseases and surgery, as well as aspects of injury prevention, especially in the area of Traffic Medicine.
The International Spine Intervention Society offers unsurpassed educational opportunities, publications, and research efforts that reflect its dedication to its members. The Society represents its members through the American Medical Association in pertinent coding, reimbursement, scope-of-practice, and carrier mediation issues.
The society board of directors are:
Jeffrey Summers, MD President
John MacVicar, MD Vice President
Timothy Maus, MD Treasurer
Michael DePalma, MD Secretary
Ray Baker, MD Past President
Joshua Rittenberg, MD Education Division Chair
Claire Tibiletti, MD Health Policy Division Chair
Matthew Smuck, MD Research Division Chair
D.J. Kennedy, MD Standards Division Chair
Charles Aprill, MD Founding Member
Nikolai Bogduk, MD Founding Member
Richard Derby, MD Founding Member