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3 Things You Must Do to Fight for RF Denervation Coverage in Oregon

Monday, October 9, 2017  


The State of Oregon continues to deny Medicaid patients coverage for radiofrequency denervation. As a new coverage guidance draft is being reviewed, act now to fight for a reversal of the decision to eliminate access to this critical procedure.


1) Get Your Written Comments in the Official Record Before October 17th

2) Be in the Room for the Debate

3) Spread the Word


Get Your Written Comments in the Official Record 
SIS is currently developing a comment letter that summarizes the evidence and recommends coverage, but when you and your patients share your personal experiences about the influence of radiofrequency denervation, the impact will be significant. 

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) requires comments be under 1,000 words; include your name, profession, professional affiliations (including SIS), address, phone number, and email address; and be emailed to before 8:00 a.m. (PDT) on October 17, 2017.


Be in the Room for the Debate
Showing up in person with patients is a powerful way to make your voice heard. The OHA’s Health Evidence Review Commission’s (HERC) Evidence-based Guidelines Subcommittee (EbGS) will meet November 2, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. (PDT) to review the coverage guidance, written comments received, and hear public comments. The meeting will be held at Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 111-112, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070.


Spread the Word
Contact your local media and make your community aware of this important issue. Post to your favorite social media platform and call out the OHA with #ORHealth. Find your State congressional representatives’ contact information and demand action.


See what’s at stake by reading the draft coverage guidance: Low Back Pain-Minimally Invasive and Non-Corticosteroid Percutaneous Interventions (PDF Link).


Without reasoned protest from all those affected, many of your patients will continue to be left without effective treatment options and relegated to lives plagued by chronic pain and disability. Please contact SIS if you need additional assistance or to share information about your advocacy efforts.


For history of SIS advocacy activities in the State of Oregon, click here.

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