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Immediate Action Required to Fight for Corticosteroid Injection Coverage in Oregon

Thursday, November 10, 2016  

On July 1, 2016, without awaiting release of the coverage guidance under development by the Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), OHA eliminated coverage for epidural steroid injections, leaving thousands of patients without access to any interventional spine procedures. On November 8, 2016, the HERC issued draft coverage guidance strongly recommending against coverage for epidural, facet joint, medial branch, and sacroiliac joint corticosteroid injections for low back pain regardless of etiology. OHA will consider public comments received through 8am (PST) on December 9, 2016, and SIS encourages all interested parties to make their voices heard. 

What You Can Do
Let OHA know what you think. On social media mention OHA and use the hashtag #saveinjections.
Encourage your patients who have benefited from these invaluable procedures to make their voices heard as well.

Comments may also be submitted to the OHA HERC by emailing Be sure to visit the OHA HERC Coverage Guidance page for specific comment instructions.

What SIS is Doing
SIS is currently reviewing the coverage guidance and leading an effort to coordinate a response with the 13 other member associations of the Multi-Society Pain Workgroup (MPW) which represents over 100,000 stakeholders dedicated in whole or in part to interventional pain management.

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