Cece wrote:There is this difference between treating us as individuals or as group members...as individuals, it's fine to receive the balloon angioplasty but as group members, it needs to be properly researched first...from what I understand from reading Dr. Sclafani's thread, this is not even discrimination, just the way it works.
Cece wrote:But what if an entire group (say, people with T.S.) present with hernias...and lets say hernias have been previously been believed to be acceptable abnormalities...what then?
fogdweller wrote:Three things IMHO are still open to question:
1. whether ballooning/stenting in CCSVI improves brain circulation. Evidence is pretty clear, but maybe you can still argue that.
2.If so, whether improving brain circulation provides medical benefit to the patient. Again, seems pretty self-evident but you can argue that;
3. Whether treating CCSVI improves MS. This one is entirely unproven with only antectodal evidence to date, but this one unestablished link is being used to justify refusal to diagnose/treat/cover any CCSVI related condition.
35476 Transluminal balloon angioplasty, percutaneous, venous
36012: Selective catheter placement, venous system:
second order or more selective, branch
75860 Diagnostic and Procedural Angiography, Venography, Angioplasty,
and Atherectomy except extremity, Radiological S&I.
Venography, sinus or jugular, catheter
75898 Angiography through existing catheter for follow up study for
transcatheter therapy, embolization.
75978 Transluminal balloon angioplasty, venous
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