"They're a fantastic initiative by NASS," Gregory says of the new recommendations, adding the International Association of Spine Surgeons has released similar guidelines to "promote education on payment."
Gregory, who has been working on a spine fusion report that GlobalData is set to release soon, says the "The level of detail [in the NASS recommendations] is really great. "The breadth is definitely there."
In a prepared statement released with the spine care coverage recommendations, NASS President William Watter III, MD, MMS, MS, said better guidance is needed in the field for several reasons. "Maintaining patient access to high-quality, evidenced-based and ethical spine care is the single most important part of NASS' mission," he said.
"It is our hope that payers, spine specialists, and their patients will use these evidence-based coverage recommendations as a reference to advocate for appropriate care for patients."