Coverage Recommendations

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Public Comment Period Now Open through November 18, 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 Discography. 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 coverage@spine.org by 11/18/2017. 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 on this page.


Overview


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.


Methodology


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!







Current Coverage Policy Recommendations

Topics Last Publication Date
Allograft and Demineralized Bone Matrix for Spinal Fusion October 2017
Cervical Epidural Injections & Diagnostic Spinal Nerve Blocks May 2014
Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement November 2015
Cervical Fusion July 2015
Cervical Laminoplasty July 2014
Coccygectomy October 2016
DNA-Based Scoliosis Test October 2016
Electrical Stimulation for Bone Healing October 2016
Endoscopic Discetomy May 2014
Facet Joint Interventions October 2016
Interspinous Device Without Fusion May 2014
Interspinous Fixation with Fusion May 2014
Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems March 2017
Laser Spine Surgery May 2014
Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement May 2014
Lumbar Discetomy May 2014
Lumbar Epidural Injections May 2014
Lumbar Fusion May 2014
Lumbar Laminectomy October 2014
Lumbar Laminotomy May 2014
Percutaneous Sacroiliac Joint Fusion June 2015
Percutaneous Thoracolumbar Stabilization May 2014
Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein (rhBMP-2) May 2014
Sacroiliac Joint Injections November 2015
Spinal Cord Stimulation October 2017


Soon-to-be Published Topics

  • Discography
  • Interspinous Fixation with Fusion (REVISION)

Future Coverage Policy Recommendations

  • Advanced imaging
  • Cell-based bone grafts
  • Cervical laminectomy
  • Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring
  • Kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty, sacroplasty
  • Physical therapy
  • Percutaneous lumbar fusion
  • Percutaneous discectomy
  • Other percutaneous decompression procedures
  • Synthetics
  • Spine radiosurgery
  • Thoracic and thoracolumbar fusion

Disclaimers


NASS Coverage Recommendations Disclaimers:



  • The North American Spine Society Coverage Recommendations are developed to assist payers, providers and patients in determining whether medical services and procedures should be covered for payment based on review of the best available clinical evidence and the expert opinion of committee members.
  • NASS coverage recommendations are reviewed and updated periodically and are therefore subject to change.
  • These materials are for the member or purchaser's own personal use, and may not be distributed further or modified in any way without the express permission of NASS. If materials are reproduced, transmitted, distributed or duplicated in accordance with the member or purchaser's own personal use, the materials must be reproduced, transmitted, distributed or duplicated in their entirety.

Translation Disclaimer:



  • Coverage recommendations may be reprinted and translated with the permission of NASS. NASS does not verify, certify and is not responsible for the accuracy of any translations, and has advised any parties translating the NASS coverage recommendations to carefully verify the accuracy of their translations prior to publication and dissemination.
  • In addition, NASS asks that any prospective translator complete the coverage recommendations translation record​ and send a copy to NASS to keep on file so that NASS may track all translations, appropriately direct individuals to translations of interest and notify translators of content updates and revisions.

Comments


Comments regarding the coverage recommendations may be submitted to the North American Spine Society and will be considered in development of future revisions of the work.