CMS Won't Cover Percutaneous Image-Guided Lumbar Decompression
CMS said Medicare will not reimburse percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression for lumbar spinal stenosis patients, according to a new national coverage determination.
CMS officials said spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal narrows and thus causes lower back pain, is the most common reason for lumbar spine surgery in adults older than 65. It's often the result of normal aging. Complex surgical procedures to treat lumbar spinal stenosis have "increased substantially" over the past several years as well, according to CMS.
Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.
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