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Draft WA HCA HTA Report – Comments Solicited!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) Health Technology Committee has released a draft evidence report on Facet Neurotomy.  There are several issues of concern to ISIS within the WA HCA report; according to the HCA’s website, "there are significant questions related to the diagnosis and treatment of facet joint pain including if it is safe, effective and cost-effective and the most effective means of identifying patients who may benefit.” ISIS is preparing comments to submit to the HCA later this week, encouraging the Washington HCA to focus on the evidence and the proper application of ISIS guidelines as the standard for the performance of medial branch blocks, third occipital nerve blocks, and thermal radiofrequency neurotomy.

The draft report is currently available for comments, with a submission deadline of this Friday, January 17th.   All ISIS members, especially those who practice in the state of Washington, are strongly encouraged to submit comments. The report can be accessed at 

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