Member Resource Guide


Learn about your NASS membership and take advantage of the resources and benefits included with membership!

Your NASS MyAccount
Visit www.spine.org/MyAccount to:
  • Review and update your contact information
  • Change your password
  • Download or print your membership certificate*
  • Retrieve your personalized referral link to earn 20% off your dues
  • Set your email preferences
  • Renew your membership or sign up for automatic renewal

Find-a-Specialist Listing
All non-In-training and non-Emeritus members receive a listing on the Find-a-Specialist directory on the popular patient education website, www.knowyourback.org. Through this benefit, potential patients and referring physicians can search for you by name, location, specialty, conditions treated, insurance carriers and more.

Members are encouraged to keep their listing current throughout their membership (tip: search for your listing when you're not logged in to see how your profile will appear to the public, and then log in to make updates).

Membership FAQs
Review answers to frequently asked questions about:
  • General Membership Topics
  • Membership Categories
  • Benefits
  • Joining
  • Renewing

Staying Current
Ensure you’re receiving the latest updates and news from NASS through:
  • Mobile App: Search “NASS Spine” in your app store to download for free
  • Facebook: NASS.Spine
  • Twitter: NASSspine
  • LinkedIn: North American Spine Society
  • YouTube: NASSspine
  • Instagram: nassspine
  • Text: Manage your membership by signing up for status updates**. To sign up, text the word “RENEWAL” to 33222
*Made available following review and acceptance of your membership application; process may take up to 90 days

**By signing up for text alerts, you agree to receive automated text messages from NASS (no more than 4 per year after phone number identification) regarding your membership. Message and data rates may apply. Reply Stop to end. Text alerts are limited to United States phone numbers only.

NASS Meetings and Courses
Throughout the year, NASS hosts a variety of meetings and courses including:
  • Evidence and Technology Spine Summit in the winter
  • Summer Spine Meeting or Spine Across the Sea in the summer
  • NASS Annual Meeting in the fall
  • Hands-on cadaver technique workshops
  • Co-sponsored meetings with global spine societies
  • Coding courses

The Spine Journal (TSJ) and SpineLine
All NASS members receive online access to the #1 rated journal in spine, The Spine Journal (TSJ). Active, Associate, Affiliate and International Tier 1 members also receive print copies, mailed monthly (to ensure you receive your issues, check your preferred mailing address in your NASS MyAccount). The journal is an original, peer-reviewed publication and is widely considered to be the top benefit for NASS members worldwide. Members who wish to sign up for automated Table of Contents emails for TSJ must set up a separate account on the TSJ website and add an alert through this account.

Membership also includes a subscription to SpineLine, NASS' bi-monthly publication which includes important clinical, medical and policy updates. All members receive complimentary online access to this publication, and Active, Associate and Affiliate members receive mailed copies.

Online Education and Updates
Members receive free or discounted access to online education and important updates including:

Staying Current
Ensure you’re receiving the latest updates and news from NASS through:
  • Mobile App: Search “NASS Spine” in your app store to download for free
  • Facebook: NASS.Spine
  • Twitter: NASSspine
  • LinkedIn: North American Spine Society
  • YouTube: NASSspine
  • Instagram: nassspine
  • Text: Manage your membership by signing up for status updates**. To sign up, text the word “RENEWAL” to 33222
**By signing up for text alerts, you agree to receive automated text messages from NASS (no more than 4 per year after phone number identification) regarding your membership. Message and data rates may apply. Reply Stop to end. Text alerts are limited to United States phone numbers only.

Reimbursement and Coding
  • Ask a Coding Question: Members can exclusively submit specific coding questions for review and reply by the NASS Coding Committee.
  • Coding Article Archives: Each issue of SpineLine typically includes at least one article about coding and reimbursement. These archived articles from the past 20+ years are available through the members-only section of the NASS website.
  • Coding Courses and Annual Book: Each year NASS publishes the Common Coding Scenarios publication and hosts several live coding courses around the U.S. (members receive significant discounts on these resources).
  • CPT/RUC and Policy Comments: NASS is actively involved in the CPT and RUC processes and regularly comments on policy and scientific topics that affect reimbursement for members.

Coverage Recommendations
To access the more than 25 coverage recommendations available for free to members ($395 per topic for nonmembers; currently a $10,000+ value!), add these free downloadable products to your shopping cart, then complete your $0.00 order. Once your order is complete, you can access the documents in your My Downloads.

Advocacy
The National Association of Spine Specialists, NASS' advocacy arm, serves as the primary voice for spine specialists on Capitol Hill. This group works with Congress to advocate for policies that directly affect members. Members can get more involved with advocacy efforts by staying informed on current issues, applying for Advocacy Council committees, or donating to the SpinePAC.

Practice Resources

Research Funding
NASS has funded nearly $4 million in multidisciplinary research; members can apply for funding based on the annual funding schedule.

Contact Other Members and NASS Staff
Connect with other NASS members by searching through the members-only directory on SpineConnect, or contact the NASS headquarters office with questions about NASS, your benefits, or getting more involved:

Committees, Sections and Task Forces
Participation in a NASS committee, section or task force is an excellent way to build your CV, increase leadership skills and distinguish yourself from colleagues. Less than 25% of committee applicants are appointed each year, illustrating the prestige of being appointed.

Attending & Speaking at Meetings
Members receive valuable experience through attendance at NASS meetings and events. Additionally, if there is a topic that you'd like to see on an upcoming program, or if you have research to present, you can submit an abstract or course proposal to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming conference or for development as future stand-alone education.

SpineConnect & FellowshipConnect
SpineConnecta> is an online forum where members can present cases for discussion and recommendation by colleagues from around the world. And FellowshipConnect is a user-driven resource that matches members worldwide who wish to travel to or host an observational fellowship.

Other Ways Participate through NASS
  • TSJ Submission and Peer Review: Members are encouraged to contribute to The Spine Journal (TSJ) through article submission or by becoming a TSJ peer reviewer
  • Member Feedback Committee: This committee was developed to obtain substantive information from members to aid in the development of programming, benefits and initiatives for the Society
  • Funding Support: NASS membership dues support many of the important initiatives that the Society undertakes on behalf of members. Members are encouraged to further support these initiatives through donation to the SpinePAC or Annual Research Fund

Improving Patient Care at Your Practice
  • Clinical guidelines are intended as an educational tool to improve patient care by outlining reasonable information-gathering and decision-making processes used in the management of back pain in adults.
  • Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) are developed in those areas where evidence is sparse to indicate reasonable care based on available evidence. Members can download the mobile app for cervical fusion now.
  • Spine Registry: Participants in this diagnosis-based clinical data registry can track patient care and outcomes to objectively measure and demonstrate quality care.

Gaining Recognition
  • Including NASS on Profiles and Use of NASS Logo: As a NASS member, you are encouraged to list your membership on professional profiles including your curriculum vitae (CV) and practice provider listings. Members are also permitted to use the NASS logo to promote their status as a member. If you'd like to include the NASS logo on promotional or professional profiles, review the Logo Policy and download the logos from your SpineConnect account.
  • Awards: NASS has five awards created to recognize unique and outstanding contributions to the field of spine care.
  • 20 under 40: The SpineLine 20 Under 40 campaign showcases bright young physicians under the age of 40.

NASS Career Center
Members looking for new career opportunities can browse the online NASS Career Center to view spine-specific open positions in the United States.

20/20 Referral Program
Through the NASS 20/20 Referral Program, members earn 20% off their next year of membership for every eligible member they refer to NASS...that means members who refer 5 eligible colleagues get a free year of membership! And the new members will automatically get 20% off their dues in their first year as well.

Questions about NASS Membership?
Contact the Membership Department:
Email: membership@spine.org
Phone: 866-960-6277 or 001-630-230-3600 from outside the United States, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm Central time