Articles  |   November 2015
ASA Joins 13 Pain Medicine Societies in Response to AHRQ Technology Assessment on Low Back Pain
Author Affiliations
  • David A. Provenzano, M.D.
    Educational Track Subcommittee on Pain Medicine
  • Kevin E. Vorenkamp, M.D.
    Educational Track Subcommittee on Pain Medicine
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Pain Medicine / Articles
Articles   |   November 2015
ASA Joins 13 Pain Medicine Societies in Response to AHRQ Technology Assessment on Low Back Pain
ASA Monitor 11 2015, Vol.79, 24-26.
ASA Monitor 11 2015, Vol.79, 24-26.
On July 29, 2015, ASA joined 13 other pain medicine specialty societies*1  from the Multi-Society Pain Workgroup (MPW) in a letter to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), raising concerns with the recently published AHRQ Technology Assessment “Pain Management Injection Therapies for Low Back Pain.” While the MPW was originally formed to assist Medicare contractors in developing more consistent local coverage determinations through multi-society consensus recommendations, this represents another collaborative effort between the societies to maintain the high quality of care pain medicine physicians provide to patients. In the letter to AHRQ, the societies request that AHRQ revisit several aspects of the Technology Assessment to ensure that the best available evidence is addressed scientifically in order to provide an accurate assessment of the procedures reviewed.
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