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Medicare Slightly Expands Coverage For Spine Procedure, But Policy Remains Trial-Limited

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Vertos Medical asked the US Medicare agency to reconsider its 2014 decision that limits coverage of percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression for lumbar spine stenosis to certain clinical trials. The agency ruled Dec. 7 that it will stick with the trial-limited policy, but expanded it to include longitudinal studies.

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