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Health technology reviews

The HTA Program supports the independent Health Technology Clinical Committee (HTCC), which makes coverage decisions that apply to state purchased health care programs. The HTCC is composed of community health care practitioners. HTA develops scientific, evidence-based reports on selected medical devices, procedures, and tests. The HTCC uses the reports and considers other information to determine the conditions for coverage. State agencies that purchase health use these decisions in their programs to define covered services. 

Title Topic Date Topic Status Public Comment Period
Treatment of chronic migraine and chronic tension-type headache 5/19/2017 Review Open  
Varicose veins 5/19/2017 Review Open  
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy 3/17/2017 Review Open  
Pharmacogenomic testing 1/20/2017 Review Open 2/16 /17 -  3/1/17
Artificial discs 1/20/2017 Review Open 2/16 /17 -  3/1/17
Fecal microbiota transplantation 11/18/2016 Decision completed  
Negative pressure wound therapy 11/18/2016 Decision completed  
Autologous blood or platelet-rich plasma injections 5/20/2016 Decision Completed  
Bronchial thermoplasty for asthma 5/20/2016 Decision Completed  
Spinal injections 4/8/2016 Decision Completed  
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation 3/18/2016 Decision Completed  
Cardiac stents 1/15/2016 Decision Completed  
Novocure (tumor treating fields) 1/15/2016 Decision Completed  
Lumbar fusion for degenerative disc disease 11/20/2015 Decision Completed  
Tympanostomy tubes in children 11/20/2015 Decision Completed  
Bariatric surgery 5/15/2015 Decision Completed  
Imaging for rhinosinusitis 5/15/2015 Decision Completed  
Testosterone testing 3/20/2015 Decision Completed  
Appropriate imaging for breast cancer screening in special populations 1/16/2015 Decision Completed  
Functional neuroimaging for primary degenerative dementia or mild cognitive impairment 1/16/2015 Decision Completed  
Screening and monitoring tests for osteopenia/ osteoporosis 11/21/2014 Decision Completed  
Proton beam therapy 5/16/2014 Decision Completed  
Facet neurotomy 3/21/2014 Decision Completed  
Nonpharmacologic treatments for treatment-resistant depression 3/21/2014 Decision Completed  
Hip resurfacing 11/15/2013 Decision Completed  
Hyaluronic acid/ viscosupplementation 11/15/2013 Decision Completed  
Cardiac nuclear imaging 9/20/2013 Decision Completed  
Carotid artery stenting 9/20/2013 Decision Completed  
Catheter ablation procedures for supraventricular tachyarrhythmia (SVTA) including atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation 5/17/2013 Decision Completed  
Cochlear implants: Bilateral versus unilateral 5/17/2013 Decision Completed  
Cervical spinal fusion for degenerative disc disease 3/22/2013 Decision Completed  
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) treatment for tissue damage 3/22/2013 Decision Completed  
Stereotactic radiation surgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy 11/16/2012 Decision Completed  
Vitamin D screening and testing 11/16/2012 Decision Completed  
Intensity modulated radiation therapy 9/21/2012 Decision Completed  
Robotic assisted surgery 5/18/2012 Decision Completed  
Upper endoscopy for GERD and GI symptoms  5/18/2012 Decision Completed  
Bone morphogenic proteins for use in spinal fusion 3/16/2012 Decision Completed  
Sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment in adults 3/16/2012 Decision Completed  
Microprocessor-controlled lower limb prosthetics 11/18/2011 Decision Completed  
Osteochondral allograft and autograft transplantation 11/18/2011 Decision Completed  
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) syndrome 9/16/2011 Decision Completed  
Positron emission tomography (PET) scans for lymphoma 9/16/2011 Decision Completed  
Applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy for autism 6/17/2011 Decision Completed  
Glucose monitoring 3/18/2011 Decision Completed  
Vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and sacroplasty 12/10/2010 Decision Completed  
Knee joint replacement or knee arthroplasty 10/22/2010 Decision Completed  
Routine ultrasound for pregnancy 10/22/2010 Decision Completed  
Breast MRI 8/20/2010 Decision Completed  
Spinal cord stimulation 8/20/2010 Decision Completed  
Calcium scoring 11/20/2009 Decision Completed  
Electrical neural stimulation (ENS) 10/30/2009 Decision Completed  
Bone growth stimulators 8/28/2009 Decision Completed  
Vagal nerve stimulation 8/28/2009 Decision Completed  
Computed tomographic angiography (CTA) 11/14/2008 Decision Completed  
Arthroscopic knee surgery 8/15/2008 Decision Completed  
Implantable infusion pumps 8/15/2008 Decision Completed  
Discography 2/15/2008 Decision Completed  
Virtual colonoscopy or computed tomographic colonography (CTC) 2/15/2008 Decision Completed  
Upright/ positional MRI 5/18/2007 Decision Completed  

Contact

If you have questions about the Health Technology Assessment program, contact Christine Masters at: shtap@hca.wa.gov.