FAQs

Last Updated: 9/17/21

Health and Safety Information

As of 8/27/21

  • Per the City of Boston and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), masks are required for all attending the NASS 2021 Annual Meeting. Face coverings may be removed when actively eating, drinking or presenting during a session.
  • General Session seating will be space with social distancing.
  • Technical exhibition booths will be space with social distancing.
  • NASS requests that all annual meeting attendees, exhibitors and vendors to attest that they will be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 fourteen days prior to the in-person meeting or have negative COVID-19 lab results within 72 hours of arrival.
  • NASS will continue to monitor the health and safety requirements; should these requirements modify before the event, attendees will be notified and expected to adhere to the requirements in place at the time of the event.
Why is NASS asking for attestation?
NASS is asking our attendees, exhibitors and vendors to make this confirmation or promise during the registration process in order to provide an additional layer of safety for those travel to NASS 2021 in Boston. This is in addition to the other safety measures in place by NASS and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC).

Is NASS collecting proof of vaccine or proof of negative COVID test?
No. NASS will not collect or require our attendees, exhibitors or vendors to submit, upload or present proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results.

What vaccines are accepted?
All COVID vaccines that are administered domestically and internationally.

What types of COVID tests are accepted?
Viral: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests.
Antibody: Antibody or serology tests.

What if I already had COVID?
Please obtain a negative COVID test, antibody or serology test 72 hours prior to arrival.

What if I am unable to be vaccinated?
Please obtain a negative COVID test, antibody or serology test 72 hours prior to arrival.
Per orders of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, all guests will walk through metal detectors which uses AI to scan for anomalies upon entry of the BCEC. The metal detectors were implemented to ensure the safety of everyone within the convention center. A secondary, separate, security check is performed by MCCA security personnel only if needed. Please visit https://www.signatureboston.com/attend/public-safety for additional information and a list of prohibited items.

Registration

Attendees have the choice to attend in-person or virtually. Sessions will be streamed lived, as well as available on demand to view after the meeting concludes.

Registration is online via the NASS Annual Meeting website www.spine.org/am. You do not need to be a member of NASS in order to attend the meeting, though members do receive reduced registration fees. If you have any questions or difficulties, please email registration@spine.org.

In-person and virtual registration will remain open throughout the meeting.

Dates Medical Attendee
Registration Hours
Exhibit
Registration Hours
Technical Exhibition
Hours
Monday, 9/27//2021 Closed 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed
Tuesday, 9/28/2021 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Ticketed Course Labs
Wednesday, 9/29/2021 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9/30/2021 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 10/1/2021 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10/2/2021 7:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Closed Closed

Please visit www.spine.org/am to view the registration categories and price levels.

*Onsite fee will apply if you require a registration representative to process your registration at the convention center.

All attendees are required to pick up their badges on-site with photo identification. You will receive a confirmation email with barcode after you register for the meeting. Please bring the confirmation email with you to print your badge at the “Already Registered” kiosk. If registering as a student or resident in training, identification is also required to pick up your badge.

Cancellations must be submitted in writing via mail or email and postmarked on or before September 2, 2021 to receive a refund less a cancellation fee(s) of Meeting $125; One-Day Registration $50; Hands-On Workshop and Instructional Course $75. Registrations are not transferable and there are no substitutions. No refunds after this date, regardless of cause.


CME/CEU

The North American Spine Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

The North American Spine Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. (AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for Wednesday (7.5), Thursday (5.5), Friday (7.5), and Saturday (3.5) for the One-Day Registrations. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The North American Spine Society designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 91.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Medical Association has determined that physicians not licensed in the U.S. who participate in these CME activities are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditTM. (Exact number of credit hours subject to change.)

To claim CME credit and to print certificates after the meeting, please visit www.spine.org/cme. Usernames and passwords can be requested from the login page as needed.

Continuing education units are available for nonphysician attendees’ certification requirements.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts Category 1 credit from AOACCME, prescribed credit from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM for the Physician’s Recognition Award from organizations, such as NASS, accredited by AACME.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Chiropractors from Select States: NASS applied for DC CE units through National University of Health Sciences for select states.

Physical Therapists from Select States: NASS applied for PT CE units for select states.

View state approvals for chiropractors and physical therapists here.

Requirements vary for other allied health and advanced practice providers; please contact your licensing organization for their requirements.

To claim CME credit and to print certificates after the meeting, please visit www.spine.org/cme. Usernames and passwords can be requested from the login page as needed.

Please send any questions about CME/CE credit to education@spine.org.


Courses

The hands-on, cadaver-based courses and instructional courses at the convention center have a separate attendance fee. Your registration confirmation letter will provide specific course/room locations.

Section on Minimally Invasive Procedures: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, September 28
Section on Spinal Deformity: Deformity, September 28
Lumbar Spinal Injections Hands-on, October 1

The North American Spine Society designates these live activities for AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. CME/CE hours are subject to change based on final course agendas.

Coding Update 2021: Mastering the Coding Maze, September 27-28
Evidence-Based Medicine Course, September 28

The North American Spine Society designates these live activities for AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. CME/CE hours are subject to change based on final course agendas.


Accommodations

OnPeak is the official housing partner for the 2021 NASS Annual Meeting. You must register to secure housing for the Annual Meeting. NASS will monitor the housing reservations list to make sure that all individuals with hotel reservations are registered for the Annual Meeting. NASS reserves the right to cancel reservations that do not meet these criteria. The cutoff date for reservations is September 7, 2021; discounted rates may not apply after this date.

For a list of the hotel names, room rates, and distance to the convention center click on this link: https://www.spine.org/am/housing

Please review your selected hotel’s website for up to date guidelines and procedures.


Transportation

NASS will provide you with a $100 complimentary Lyft Pass to get you to and from specified hotels and the convention center. You will receive a promo code to redeem directly in the Lyft app by mid-September. Once you enter the code, you will not have to enter it again for the duration of the meeting. No shuttle services provided for Annual Meeting 2021 in lieu of Lyft.

Hotels included in Lyft Pass are W Boston, Boston Park Plaza, Courtyard Downtown, Doubletree, Godfrey, Hyatt Regency, Kimpton NineZero, Omni Parker House and Revere.

Please visit the following sites regarding your transportation needs during NASS 2021.


Faculty

Staff will be available at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to assist with any audiovisual needs. Course, symposia, and special presentations speakers may upload content at the Speaker Information Center.

Days Hours
Wednesday, September 29 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 30 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 1 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 2 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Instructional Course Faculty, Symposia Faculty and Special Presentation Speakers (OPAs, Research Awards) faculty should bring their presentations to the Speaker Information Center in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center at least one hour prior to the start of the session. Speakers are not permitted to use their own laptops for presentations.

Podium and ePosters presentations must be uploaded to the Submission Management System (http://sms.spine.org) between July 15 and August 26. Required changes from the content review process will be sent by email to presenting authors.

Changes to Podium and ePoster Presentations are NOT be permitted after August 26, unless required by the content review process. Symposia and instructional course presentations may be uploaded or amended prior to presentation.


International Attendees

To assist our international attendees with their visa request, you may print a letter of invitation to attend NASS 2021 by clicking here. Those traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program now need to obtain approval through the USA’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before traveling.

A letter of invitation does NOT guarantee the issuance of a visa. The decision to issue a visa is the sole judgement of the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The Society is unable to assist with the actual visa processing. Unfortunately, the Society cannot provide any financial support for travel, registration fees, or local expenses.


Exhibitors

Jeffrey McCollian, Corporate Development, is able to provide the information you need at (630) 230-3654 or jmccollian@spine.org. The Promotional Advertising Kit is posted under Exhibits tab.

Contact Rick Bacon, Associate Executive Director – Association Services for information on exhibiting at (630) 230-3662 or rbacon@spine.org. The Exhibitor Prospectus is posted under Exhibits tab.