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List of milestones

  • Consideration of topic selection, rescan 7/20/2016
  • Coverage Guidance approved 11/13/2014
  • No changes to the Prioritized List 8-9-2012

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

Low Back Pain: Pharmacologic and Herbal Therapies

Next Steps:

Public comment will be reviewed at the September 1, 2016 EbGS meeting.

July 20, 2016 - 8:00 am, July 27, 2016

In preparation for the upcoming rescan of evidence for this coverage guidance, a draft scope statement has been posted for comment from 7/20/2016 to 8 a.m. on 7/27/2016. See our public comment page for details. 

To reflect the updated scope, the name of this coverage guidance will be changed to, "Low Back Pain: Pharmacologic and Herbal Therapies."


After reviewing the results of a literature search conducted in September, 2014, HERC reaffirmed the coverage guidance. The guidance has been reformatted to reflect the style of more recent coverage guidances.


VbBS reviewed the coverage guidance at its meeting August 9, 2012 but made no changes to the prioritized list of health services for the Oregon Health Plan.

Final Coverage Guidance was approved by HERC on 6/14/12.

EbGS reviewed the public comments of the draft coverage guidance on 5/3/12 and referred to HERC for approval.

3/6/2012 - 4/4/2012
The revised draft was posted for a 30-day Public Comment period.

The EbGS reviewed the initial draft coverage guidance on March 1, 2012.