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Blue Cross Coverage of XLIF in Michigan

Discussion in 'NuVasive' started by Anonymous, Apr 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    I have heard that Blue Cross Blue Shield has deemed XLIF experimental. Any truth to this?
     
  2. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Even after they lobbied hard to get Cigna to approve of this type of procedure, Cigna says this:

    ""there are few published studies examining clinical outcomes, such as functional ability and successful fusion rates, following DLIF/XLIF procedures. ""

    www.cigna.com/customer_care/healthc...ria_lumbar_fusion_degenerative_conditions.pdf


    Cigna also MANDATES when a XLIF is done, they have to use 'Fixation'....bolt the vertebrae together.

    Nuvasive has been advertising and pushing Surgeons to do XLIF's without using Fixation. (To make fast money).

    XLIF isn't experimental. They KNOW putting a plastic spacer between someones vertebrae without using FDA approved Fixation= Bad Outcome.
     
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Last time I checked, NuVasive also makes the hardware to "bolt the vertebrae together" and that part can bill out for more than the cage. Seriously doubt they are pushing for standalone use.
     
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Nuvas's been advertising since its inception that XLIF is to be done WITHOUT Fixation....even though their FDA Approval Letter for the Coroent XL says......Fixation Required.


    The Coroent XL is not an artificial disc. It was never approved to be used alone by the FDA.

    But Nuva's marketed it and tricked surgeons to use it alone to make fast $$$$.


    Where was the Fusion?
     
  5. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    The fusion occurs inside the cage, provided there is bone graft in it.

    I used to work for NuVa, and they NEVER told me to push standalone use. There is too much money lost by not putting in a plate/screws or pedicle screws/rods. That part bills out 50% or higher than the cage alone.

    The standalone business model makes no sense.
     
  6. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Thanks Ed M, at least be honest and admit you still work for nuva. Dr X to Ed M "I'm sorry i dont believe xlif is an mis procesure. why would i go lateral then flip and put screws in if I can achieve both posterior? koolaid drinker "Dr. you dont know what your talking about we have a lot of surgeons doing this standalone because of the big footprint and preservation of the ant post ligaments, just ask Dr. S he does it all the time. Hmmmm - FDA who
     
  7. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    They're whole business model was based upon a quickie procedure but billing for a full spine fusion under the proper Insurance Code.....for a full fusion. When they never did a fusion.

    Nuva was pushing that their procedure didn't need "Fixation". Many of the patients who got the procedure without fixation....still are not fused. 2011 there were some Medical Journal articles stating when patients didn't get fixation.....their outcomes were bad.

    The goo they were putting inside the plastic block to kickstart bone growth....ain't as good as they tried to make it out to be. Osteocell recall 2009....ouch.

    All the Nuva advertisement videos show their procedure being done...without fixation. It was their 'One Trick Pony' they were pushing for surgeons to make super fast money.......Federally endorsed of course.
     
  8. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Current Policy Effective Date: 5/1/12
    Title:
    Minimally Invasive Lumbar Interbody Fusion
    Medical Policy Statement
    The safety and effectiveness of minimally invasive interbody fusion of the lumbar spine have been established when using the following approaches:

    Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)

    Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF)

    Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)
    All other minimally invasive procedures for lumbar interbody fusion are considered experimental and investigational, including, but not limited to the following:

    Laparoscopic ALIF (LALIF)

    Axial anterior lumbar interbody fusion (AxiaLIF)

    Lateral interbody fusion (e.g., XLIF, DLIF)
     
  9. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest