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SIS Comments on BCBS of IL Facet Joint and Sacroiliac Joint Denervation Policy

Tuesday, June 14, 2016  
On May 31, SIS submitted comments to BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois regarding their pending Facet Joint and Sacroiliac Joint Denervation policy scheduled for implementation on June 15, 2016. The proposed medical policy specifically excludes third occipital nerve (C2-3) denervation or radiofrequency neurotomy (RF), suggesting that there is insufficient evidence to support its use. This is not consistent with the evidence in the literature and our letter offers an explanation for the recommendation that for patients with suspected pain arising from the C2-3 zygapophysial joint, who have achieved greater than 80% relief of index pain with dual diagnostic blocks using appropriate techniques, third occipital nerve RF neurotomy is a proven, effective procedure. Read the comment letter HERE.

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