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Payer Backlash May Slow Unnecessary Spinal Fusion Surgeries
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Annual US spine fusion surgeries have skyrocketed over the last decade, rising from about 260,000 in 2002 to about 460,000 in 2011, according to federal data. And recent media reports have raised alarms over the proliferation and overuse of spine fusion procedures. Now CMS officials are cracking down and leading a backlash against unnecessary spine fusion procedures, according to Joseph Gregory, a surgical devices analyst at London-based GlobalData.