Special conditions and requirements apply to workers who are considering having a lumbar fusion or lumbar intervertebral artificial disc replacement due to uncomplicated degenerative disc disease (referred to as lumbar surgery candidates as defined in WAC 296-20-12065
). Lumbar surgery candidates must successfully complete a SIMP to obtain authorization for a lumbar fusion or a lumbar intervertebral artificial disc replacement. Refer to WAC 296-20-12095
for referral and prior authorization information.