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SMISS Founding Member, Steven Ludwig.

Advocacy requires input from all stakeholders in minimally invasive spine care. It remains critical to ensure available treatment for patients and appropriate reimbursement for surgeons.

Our advocacy efforts will help define the interactions between surgeons, payers, government, and most importantly our patients who are looking to us to provide high quality, current and innovative care. By establishing locations for development of new technology and governing appropriate interactions between surgeons and industry we will help to ensure the ability of surgeons to care for their patients.

Initial steps:

  • Applied for recognition in the AMA, House of Delegates
  • Developed position statements to ensure continued access to care
  • Provide an academic forum for discussion
  • Enhance training opportunities for physicians through our SMISS Core Curriculum

SMISS will provide for a means for government entities and national decision makers to analyze the efficacy and cost to quality of life relationship involved in MIS procedures. As an internationally recognized non-profit entity, the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) is ideally positioned to gather and disseminate comprehensive, non-biased, patient centered, quality of care information on MIS procedures on a national level.