" The Voice Of Interventional Pain Management "

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December 11, 2013


BCBS 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.



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