FAQs

Last Updated: 9/29/22

Health and Safety Information

As of 8/2022

  • City of Chicago
    • Masks: Chicago currently has no mask requirement for indoor spaces or public transportation. Masks are still required in certain public locations, such as health-care settings. Individual businesses may still require masks.
    • Proof of vaccination: Chicago has lifted its proof of vaccination requirement. Individual businesses and events may still require proof of vaccination for entry.
    • Travel advisory: The city of Chicago recommends that all travelers follow the guidance outlined in the CDC COVID-19 community levels.
    • International travel: All vaccinated international visitors are now able to travel to the United States. There are no bans on travel from specific countries.
    • Gatherings: There are currently no limits on social gatherings or events.
    • Additional Information: www.choosechicago.com/plan-your-trip/covid-19/
  • Currently, McCormick Place – West Building does not have any restrictive guidelines in place.
  • 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? Currently, the City of Chicago, State of Illinois nor McCormick Place have any restrictions or guidelines in place. In case perimeters adjust over the next few months, NASS requires all meeting attendees to agree to the following statement:

By checking this box, I understand if health guidelines change in Illinois, I will be required to adhere to all health guidelines accordingly. Guidelines may include, but not limited to, facial masks, social distancing, attestation to being fully vaccinated or will have a negative COVID-19 lab results within 72 hours of meeting arrival.

Registration

The majority of the meeting content will be available in-person. A select number of sessions will be live streamed. Sessions will be 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.

Registration will remain open throughout the meeting.

Dates Medical Attendee
Registration Hours
Exhibit
Registration Hours
Technical Exhibition
Hours
Monday, 10/10/2022 Closed 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed
Tuesday, 10/11/2022 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Ticketed Course Labs
Wednesday, 10/12/2022 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10/13/2022 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, 10/14/2022 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, 10/15/2022 7:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Closed Closed

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

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

During the registration process, attendees will have the option to opt-in or opt-out permitting NASS to share your name, mailing address and specialty with exhibiting partners.

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 also is required to pick up your badge.

Cancellations must be submitted in writing via mail or email and postmarked on or before September 13, 2022 to receive a refund less a cancellation fee(s): General Registration $125; One-Day Registration $50; Hands-On Workshop and Instructional Course $75; and Guest Social Hour $15. Registrations are not transferable and there are no substitutions. No refunds after September 13, 2022, 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 23.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. (AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for Wednesday [7.5], Thursday [5.5], Friday [6.75], and Saturday [4] 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 90.25 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 CreditMTM. (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 CreditTMfor 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.

State approvals for chiropractors and physical therapists will be available soon.

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 course held at the convention center have a separate attendance fee. Your registration confirmation letter will provide specific course/room locations.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, October 11
Maximizing Efficiency in Robotic Spine Surgery, October 11
Lumbar Spinal Injections Hands-on, October 14

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 2022: Mastering the Coding Maze, October 10-11

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.

This program meets AAPC guidelines for CEUs. Can be used for Core A, CANPC, CASCC, CEMC, CDEO, CPCO, CPMA and COSC for continuing education units. CEU hours will be based on final course agenda.


Accommodations

OnPeak is the official housing partner for the 2022 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 19, 2022; discounted rates may not apply after this date.

For a list of the hotel names, room rates, shuttle services 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.

Please visit https://www.sittersstudio.com/ if you need to hire a childcare provider. Please note that NASS does not have any affiliation with Sitter Studio.


Transportation

Shuttle service will be provided from select NASS contracted hotels. View hotels included.

View shuttle service schedule and routes here.


Faculty

Staff will be available at McCormick Place–West Building to assist with any audiovisual needs. Course, symposia, and special presentations speakers may upload content at the Speaker Information Center.

Days Hours
Tuesday, October 11 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 13 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 14 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 15 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Instructional course faculty, symposia faculty and special presentation speakers (OPAs and Research Awards) faculty should bring their presentations to the Speaker Information Center in the McCormick– West Building at least one hour prior to the start of the session. Speakers are not permitted to use their own laptops for presentations.

Podium presentations must be uploaded to your NASS Speaker Portal (https://s6.goeshow.com/nass/annual/2022/speaker_portal.cfm) between July 14 and August 25. Required changes from the content review process will be sent by email to presenting authors.

ePoster presentations must be uploaded in The Learning Toolbox between July 14 and August 25. Required changes from the content review process will be sent by email to presenting authors.

Changes to Podium and ePoster Presentations are NOT permitted after August 25, 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 the Annual Meeting 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. NASS is unable to assist with the actual visa processing. Unfortunately, NASS cannot provide any financial support for travel, registration fees, or local expenses.


Exhibitors

Jeffrey McCollian, Corporate Development, will provide advertising opportunities at (630) 230-3654 or jmccollian@spine.org. The Promotional Advertising Kit is posted under the 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.