Monday, August 04, 2008

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services determines thermal intradiscal procedures are not reasonable and necessary

An Ortho Supersite article excerpted from the journal Spine states CMS proposes to issue a national non-coverage determination for thermal intradiscal procedures (TIPs). CMS’ review indicates the mechanism of the associated diagnosis – nonspecific chronic low back pain – as well as the mechanism of the treatment are uncertain according to the medical literature.

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