NASS Insider

December 06, 2022

NASS Coverage Recommendations: Basivertebral Nerve Ablation

The North American Spine Society (NASS) continues to develop and update Coverage Recommendations for various spine care procedures, treatments and diagnostics. Since 2014, the NASS team has developed Coverage Recommendations for 30+ topics and they continue to serve as a valuable resource for spine care providers. The purpose of these coverage documents is to provide our membership with supporting documents when medically necessary care, including both nonoperative and operative, is not approved or our members are going through the peer review and appeal processes.

One of the former Coverage Committee members and now Co-Chair, Mohamad Bydon, MD, took the lead in reviewing the available evidence and developing the draft Coverage Recommendations for Basivertebral Nerve Ablation which reflect the current literature to support the medically necessary care for spine care patients. The multidisciplinary and evidence-based medicine trained team of spine specialists across Health Policy and Executive members spent significant amount of time in reviewing the evidence and discussing these recommendations with our author. The draft Coverage Recommendations were also shared with the NASS membership for their review and feedback. Based on the feedback received from our internal and external reviewers, the Coverage team developed the recommendations for this procedure.

The Basivertebral Nerve Ablation coverage document includes recommendations for the use of ablation of the basivertebral nerve as a potential nonoperative treatment for back pain.

This valuable resource is now available on the NASS website. Please click here to access your copy of the Basivertebral Nerve Ablation Coverage Recommendations.

These coverage documents continue to be utilized by government agencies, third-party payors, utilization management groups, spine care providers and patients. NASS hopes these coverage documents help provide access to appropriate spine care for all patients affected by spine problems and their sequelae. Access to these coverage policies is a priceless benefit to our members.

NASS thanks Dr. Bydon and the entire Coverage team for this newly developed coverage policy .