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Urgent Message to ISIS Members in the State of Oregon

Wednesday, September 5, 2012  

The Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) has issued a draft coverage guidance for percutaneous interventions for low back pain. There are many points in this document that are very alarming and will drastically limit patient access to valuable spine intervention procedures. 

ISIS members are strongly encouraged to submit comments by September 7, 2012 deadline. 

The draft coverage guidance can be viewed at: 

According to the HERC website, below are the requirements for public comments: 

"For your comment to be accepted, it must:

  • be submitted to by the listed deadline.
  • include the name of the guidance in the subject line of your email.
  • include your name, profession, address, phone number and email address (only your profession, location, and comments will be made publicly available).
  • not exceed 1000 words.

Effective June 1, 2012, any submissions not adhering to the above criteria will be returned without an extension of the deadline.

Only one submission per person, per topic will be allowed and a separate email must be sent for each topic.

Comments should include a full citation to any suggested additional peer-reviewed articles (not counted towards the 1000 word limit). To ensure the suggested articles are reviewed, you should attach copies of the articles with your comments. If we are unable to obtain a cited article, we will not review the study.

Comments should not contain links to additional materials. These will not be reviewed.” 



If you would like to volunteer to be involved on a greater level and volunteer to attend HERC public hearing (s). Please send an email to



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