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New Group To Set Priorities for Medical Effectiveness Research
But That May Be The Easy Part
By Julie Appleby
Kaiser Health News
January 16, 2012
More than two years ago, studies found that injection of medical cement into compression fractures of the spine produced no better pain relief than "sham" injections.
Yet doctors continue to perform the $5,000-plus procedure and most insurers, including Medicare, still cover it.
The continued use of spinal cement injections is a cautionary tale for those who hope to slow the rise of health care spending by compiling evidence about what works and what doesn’t.