Public Comment Period Now Open through May 20, 2017!
After extensive review of the available literature and discussions with our volunteer leaders and subject-matter experts, the NASS Coverage Committee has come up with evidence-based draft coverage recommendations for Allograft and Demineralized Bone Matrix for Spinal Fusion and Spinal Cord Stimulation. NASS is offering a 30-day public comment period on these proposed coverage drafts, and we look forward to receiving your feedback! Your thoughtful suggestions and comments help us better represent the needs of our members and the patients they serve and achieve our mission of promoting fair and appropriate coverage decisions. We encourage interested parties to review NASS’ draft coverage recommendations and submit any comments to email@example.com by 5/20/2017. At the end of the public comment period, comments will be reviewed and considered by the NASS Coverage Committee. Where appropriate, the Committee will make edits and then publish the final coverage recommendations here.
Proposed Coverage Policy Recommendations
Allograft and Demineralized Bone Matrix for Spinal Fusion
Spinal Cord Stimulation
As part of its mission to foster the highest quality, evidence-based and ethical spine care, NASS continues to develop credible and reasonable coverage recommendations to assist payors, providers, and patients in defining appropriate and fair coverage decisions. NASS evidence-based coverage recommendations are developed to advocate for NASS’ positions on various clinical and practice issues to ensure continued provision of quality spine care.
To develop these first-of-their kind coverage recommendations, NASS’ multi-disciplinary team of spine specialists systematically reviews available scientific literature. Searches are limited to systematic reviews, meta-analyses, clinical guidelines, and most importantly, randomized controlled trials. Using an evidence-based approach when possible, the team works together to develop the recommendations. In the absence of high-level data, NASS coverage recommendations reflect the multi-specialty experience and expertise of the committee members in order to present reasonable standard practice indications in the United States. Click here to access NASS’ Coverage Recommendations Methodology!