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AHRQ Publishes Methodologically Flawed Technology Assessment on Pain Management Injection Therapies

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  

Despite the best efforts of the International Spine Intervention Society to provide extensive comments, suggestions, and references in response to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) draft Technology Assessment on Pain Management Injection Therapies for Low Back Pain, the report has been published without rectifying significant flaws in the report's methodology, interpretation of study results, and conclusions.  

International Spine Intervention Society leadership is disturbed by the authors' dismissive responses to robust, critical comments aimed at obtaining an accurate assessment of the state of the evidence.  We encourage our members to review the report, which will likely be used by Medicare and private payers to inform decisions relative to coverage decisions for injection procedures -- many of which, contrary to the report's conclusions, are very effective tools in the treatment of appropriately-selected patients.  

The report can be viewed HERE.

The comments submitted by the International Spine Intervention Society during public comment period can be viewed HERE.

The comments submitted by Dr. Timothy Maus, an invited peer reviewer, can be viewed HERE.

Authors' responses to comments submitted during the peer review and public comment periods are available HERE.

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