Medicare Covers Noninvasive Spinal Procedure for Eligible Plan Members
Member News, Newsroom • 06/14/2017

On Dec. 7, 2016, Medicare began covering percutaneous image-guided lumbar decompression (PILD) for members enrolled in certain CMS-approved clinical studies and who have lumbar spinal stenosis. PILD is a noninvasive procedure that uses specially designed instruments to relieve lower back pain from the condition. To be covered, the surgery must be performed on or after the date above. For more coverage details, as well as information on approved studies, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.