Effective 12/7/2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression (PILD) for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is not reasonable and necessary under section 1862(a)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act. Medicare will cover PILD procedures in certain cases when provided in a CMS-approved prospective and longitudinal clinical research study. (Posted December 7, 2016)

Decision Memo for Percutaneous Image-guided Lumbar Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (CAG-00433R)