News Headlines Article

Patient sues Blue Shield of California over denied artificial disc replacement: 5 key notes
Becker's Spine Review

A patient who underwent artificial cervical disc replacement surgery is suing Blue Shield of California for refusing to cover the procedure, according to a Courthouse News report. Here are five key notes on the case: 1. Blue Shield of California considers artificial cervical disc replacement investigational and doesn’t cover the procedure, although several discs have FDA clearance and the procedure achieved a Category I CPT code earlier this year. The surgery is also common in Europe and has been approved in the United States for 10 years.