In the 90's people were still using a phone like this one. Today, you need to go to an antique shop to find one. Well then, why do we still insist using the National Coverage Determination (NCD) 160/7 for Electrical Nerve Stimulators from August 7, 1995.
160/7 reads: "The implantation of the stimulator is used only as a late resort (if not a last resort) for patients with chronic intractable pain".
Today, we have so many modern neurostimulation options, including totally programmable pulse generator platforms that can accelerate medical research and time-to-market, literally down to a few months! Yet, instead of taking full advantage of the technological advancements, physicians resort to opioids, and at least some insurance companies hide behind the archaic 160/7.
Don't you think we should do something about it?