AAPM&R Signs On to OHA Decision to Eliminate Coverage of Epidural Steroid Injections

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June 7, 2016

In May, your Academy, as part of the Multi-Society Pain Work Group, signed on to a letter commenting on Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) decision to eliminate coverage of epidural steroid injections (ESI), effective July 1. Largely due to the publication of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) technology assessment, this change was made despite the fact that it contradicts their existing coverage guidance on percutaneous interventions for low back pain. The comment letter addresses concerns about the review process and highlights the safety and effectiveness of ESIs in appropriately-selected patients.

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.