December 11, 2013
Reverses Non-Coverage Decsion on Cervical Epidurals
We are pleased to bring you
a bit of good news for a change. In September Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Tennessee announced they would begin denying cervical epidurals (read the policy announcement
in the BlueAlert publication). In response, the Tennessee
Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (TNSIPP) and ASIPP submitted an
extensive evidence-based rebuttal (read rebuttal
letter). Additionally TNSIPP Executive Director and President,
Graf Hilgenhurst, MD met with Medical Director, Dr. Andrea Willis, to
present the evidence in person.
We have just learned that
they have backed down from the non-coverage decision. Obviously this can be
considered as at least a temporary win.
Working together we can
achieve at least a few things. We thank everyone involved in brining about this
victory. This is a great example of what can be accomplished when we work
together to make change.