Washington E-Newsletter

Neurosurgery Adopts Position Statement on Prior Authorization Imaging Requirements

On June 7, the AANS, CNS and AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves adopted a new position statement titled “Image Sharing Requirement for Prior Authorization.” The neurosurgical groups believe that the doctor-patient relationship is an indispensable component of shared decision-making in choosing to undergo spine surgery. The concept that image sharing should be a basis for prior authorization is an unnecessary and unwelcome impingement on the doctor-patient relationship, which will detrimentally interfere with the decision for spine surgery. Physicians who treat spine conditions adamantly oppose requiring the submission of patient images as a prior authorization requirement for spine surgery.

Click here to read the position statement.