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2016 PGA70-Post Graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology-New York City
12-09-2016 12:00 am
2017 CSA Winter Anesthesia Conference-Hawaii
01-23-2017 12:00 am
7th Whistler Anesthesiology Summit-British Columbia
03-02-2017 12:00 am
Oregon Health Authority eliminated coverage for epidural steroid injections
On July 1, 2016, without awaiting release of the coverage guidance under development by the Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), OHA eliminated coverage for epidural steroid injections, leaving thousands of patients without access to any interventional spine procedures. On November 8, 2016, the HERC issued draft coverage guidance strongly recommending against coverage for epidural, facet joint, medial branch, and sacroiliac joint corticosteroid injections for low back pain regardless of etiology. OHA will consider public comments received through 8am (PST) on December 9, 2016, and SIS encourages all interested parties to make their voices heard.
What You Can Do
Let OHA know what you think. On social media mention OHA and use the hashtag #saveinjections. Encourage your patients who have benefited from these invaluable procedures to make their voices heard as well. Comments may also be submitted to the OHA HERC by emailing HERC.Info@state.or.us. Be sure to visit the OHA HERC Coverage Guidance page for specific comment instructions.
|Call to Action|
|Keep physician anesthesiologists in Veterans' operating rooms|
The VA has released its new Advanced Practice Registered Nurse handbook that would mandate the elimination of Physician Anesthesiologist supervision of Nurse Anesthetists in the operating room. The 60 day comment period has ended, and we are awaiting further word from the VA as to how they will proceed. The majority of comments received were in favor of maintaining physician involvement in the delivery of anestheisa.
Thank you ALL for your comments!