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SIS and 10 Other Societies Warn About Cascade of Negative Consequences From Flawed Coverage Decision

Thursday, December 8, 2016  

On December 8, 2016, 11 medical specialty societies issued a harsh rebuke to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for egregiously denying corticosteroid injection coverage for low back pain. The multi-society response highlights significant flaws in OHA’s coverage guidance methodology, includes citations on the effectiveness of injections, and warns of expected negative consequences of eliminating access to interventional spine procedures including: unnecessary suffering, additional drug dependency, unnecessary surgeries, increased utilization of more expensive therapies, and additional work disability. Read the full response.

The Spine Intervention Society convened the medical societies and coordinated this response, and urges you to take individual action. Click here to see how you can play a role in preserving these valuable treatments.

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