CMS Proposes Noncoverage For Percutaneous Image-guided Lumbar Decompression
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
The procedure, aimed at treating lumbar spinal stenosis, is not reasonable and necessary, the Medicare agency says. A final decision is due Jan. 15.
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The CMS coverage and analysis group has had to divert its attention from finishing a CED guidance to finalizing proposed changes to the process for awarding Medicare coverage for investigational device trials, primarily due to staff cuts, says Louis Jacques, who heads the group.