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Spine Firms Make Last-Ditch Appeals For CMS Support Of Percutaneous Lumbar Decompression

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Two medical device makers that stand to lose under CMS’ proposed noncoverage of percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression say the agency’s proposal would unwisely eliminate a promising alternative to invasive surgery for the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. One suggests coverage with evidence development to allow more data collection, an approach also advocated by the North American Spine Society.

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