Text Size:   A+ A- A   •   Text Only
Site Image



List of milestones

To view the meeting material and minutes mentioned on this blog, please visit the public meetings page.

    Percutaneous Interventions for Cervical Spine Pain

    HERC reviewed and approved the draft coverage guidance and related Prioritized List changes as presented in the meeting materials.

    HERC discussed the draft coverage guidance and will continue discussion of this topic and prioritized list changes at its March 12, 2015 meeting.


    HERC discussed the draft coverage guidance and referred it back to VbBS for consideration of prioritization changes.


    VbBS reviewed the draft coverage guidance and staff recommendations for Prioritized List Changes and will continue discussion at its November 13, 2014 meeting.


    HTAS reviewed public comments and heard public testimony on the draft coverage guidance, made revisions, and referred it to the VbBS and HERC for implementation and approval The VbBS will review the draft coverage guidance at its meeting on 8/14/2014.

    Draft Coverage Guidance     Public Comment Disposition

    The draft coverage guidance​ has been posted for public comment. The public comment period ends at 8 a.m. Pacific Time on June 9, 2014.


    The HTAS reviewed the draft coverage guidance, and made revisions and requested that the draft be posted for public comment.


    These additional sources will be added to the draft coverage guidance based on expert input:

    Cohen, S.P., Bicket, M.C., Jamison, D., Wilkinson, I., & Rathmell, J.P. (2013). Epidural steroids: A comprehensive, evidence-based review. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, 38(3), 175-200. doi: 10.1097/AAP.0b013e31828ea086.

    Lee, S.H., Kim, K.T., Kim, D.H., Lee, B.J., Son, E.S., & Kwack, Y.H. (2012). Clinical outcomes of cervical radiculopathy following epidural steroid injection: a prospective study with follow-up for more than 2 years. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 37(12), 1041-1047. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31823b4d1f.


    The HTAS discussed the initial draft coverage guidance and requested additional staff research. A revised draft will be reviewed April 28, 2014.


    Topic was named to Cervical Spine Injections. Discussion of the topic was deferred to the February 24, 2014 HTAS meeting. Details  


    HTAS will dicuss the initial draft coverage guidance on 11/25/13 at 1:00 pm Details

    Initial sources for the report are:

    Hashimoto, R., Raich, A., Ecker, E., Henrikson, N., Wallace, L., Dettori, J., & Chou, R. (2011). Spinal injections. Olympia, WA: Washington Health Technology Assessment Program. Retrieved from http://www.hta.hca.wa.gov/spinal_injections.html  

    Little , A., Pettinari, C., Vandegriff, S., Leof, A., Rahman, B., Zoller, E., Kriz, H., Gerrity, M., & King, V. (2013). Spinal injections: Update to the March 2011 WA HTA report. Portland, OR: Center for Evidence-based Policy, Oregon Health & Science University.