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 Core Curriculum.
  • Launched SMISS Registry database to promote minimally invasive surgical expertise.

SMISS will complete our House of Delegates application in a timely fashion to enhance our Position Statements.

The SMISS Prospective Registry will be the first large-scale comprehensive study allowing us to published evaluating outcomes with minimally invasive spine surgery.  This registry will prospectively collect key clinical information on outcomes, complications, and adverse events surrounding minimally invasive spine  procedures for the treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Disc Herniation and Degenerative Scoliosis.

This information 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.