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February 01, 2016


Congressman Meets With NY Spine Specialists at NASS Town Hall


In an effort to meet the challenges of the constantly evolving world of spine care, the North American Spine Society (NASS) is coordinating regional meetings across the country to discuss the effects state and federal coverage, payment, and practice policies are having on spine specialist in their areas. The purpose of ‘NASS Town Halls’ is to learn more about how NASS as an organization can be more responsive to the needs of the spine care community and use this information to produce valuable resources for NASS members to be effective advocates on behalf of their patients and practices.

Our most recent town hall occurred on Jan. 20 in Syracuse, NY in conjunction with the Central NY Spine Care Consortium. NASS member and host Ian Madom, MD of Upstate Orthopedics and 20 NASS members from various disciplines met with NASS Board member, John Finkenberg, MD, to discuss how NASS is responding to changes in the healthcare system through its coordination with private payors on coverage policy for spine procedures and improving patient outcomes through spine registries. Attendees also met with local U.S. Congressman, John Katko (R-NY), and shared insights about how policy-making in Washington, DC could advance the care they deliver to patients.

NASS’ strength comes from the contributions and participation of spine professionals from multiple disciplines all with the mission of fostering better spine care every day while running practices, seeing patients and performing procedures. As a member, it is your privilege to also contribute to our work and attending a NASS Town Hall is one way to get involved. If you are interested in hosting a member of Congress at your place of practice or a NASS Town Hall, please contact Jordan Abushawish, Director of Government Relations at jabushawish@spine.org.

Also, we hope to see you at one of these future NASS Town Hall events:

  • Los Angeles, CA (March)
  • Charlotte, NC (April)
  • Phoenix, AZ (June)
  • Boston (June/July)
  • Denver, CO (August)
  • Madison/Milwaukee (TBD)


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