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SIS Sends Comments to Blue Shield of CA and CIGNA

Wednesday, December 16, 2015  
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On November 30 2015, SIS sent a comment letter to BlueShield of CA regarding their Facet Joint Denervation, Policy 7.01.116 which specifically excludes third occipital nerve (C2-3) denervation or radiofrequency neurotomy (RF), suggesting that there is insufficient evidence to support its use. The letter requests coverage for the procedure, citing the key literature in support of it.

On December 2, SIS sent a letter to Cigna to comment on their Precertification Program and Coverage Policies, offering comments and suggestions targeted at improving the policies to ensure that procedures are accessible to appropriately-selected patients.

To see additional comment letters that the Spine Intervention Society has submitted to payers, please see the SIS Coverage Web page.

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