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SIS Urges BCBS of VT to Cover Lateral Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Wednesday, June 28, 2017  
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BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont’s draft coverage policy Diagnosis and Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Pain excludes coverage for radiofrequency denervation of the sacroiliac joint, also referred to as lateral branch radiofrequency neurotomy (LBRFN), as an investigational procedure. On June 26, 2017, the Spine Intervention Society issued a comment letter to the insurer suggesting, based on a recently completed multisociety-endorsed set of appropriate use criteria for sacroiliac interventions, that the procedure is an appropriate treatment for suitably selected patients.

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