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A Victory for Patients and Physicians in Washington State!

Friday, March 18, 2016  
We are pleased to report that, after Spine Intervention Society (SIS) volunteers and staff invested hundreds of hours working to ensure coverage of spinal injection procedures in Washington State, patient access to these invaluable procedures has been preserved!

The Washington State Health Care Authority’s Health Technology Clinical Committee (HTCC) met today to hear public comment and determine coverage of spinal injections for patients in Washington State. They voted to maintain coverage and patients will retain access to spinal injection procedures critical to their health and quality of life.

We would like to thank the Multisociety Pain Workgroup (MPW) societies for supporting these procedures and signing-on to several comment letters this past year. A special note of gratitude to Dr. Paul Dreyfuss and SIS Health Policy Division members, Drs. Brandon Messerli and Virtaj Singh, for their tireless commitment and invaluable efforts at the local level.

SIS is committed to preserving patient access to safe and effective procedures. We commend the HTCC on making their coverage decisions based upon the best available evidence, which clearly demonstrates that spinal injection procedures are safe and effective.

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