If you’ve been suffering with back pain for a long time then you may be wondering whether surgery would be helpful. The Centers of Excellence for Spine Care Program can help you determine whether surgery is the right choice.
Premera is focused on helping each member in the COE Program have a great treatment experience. We offer concierge service with experienced representatives to help guide you through your care including a comprehensive evaluation, and if appropriate, surgery and follow-up care.
You may receive treatment through the COE Program at low to no cost to you if you are a member of one of these plans: UMP Achieve 1, UMP Achieve 2, UMP Classic, UMP CDHP, UMP High Deductible
Note: For UMP CDHP and UMP High Deductible members, the evaluation, surgery, and related services are covered in full after you meet your annual medical deductible.
We recognize you have many options for spine care evaluation and surgery. You may still receive spine care through other providers using your UMP plan benefits. However, the COE Program offers 100% coverage (for UMP CDHP and UMP High Deductible members, after the deductible is met) for:
To help make sure members get the appropriate care, they must:
Note: The COE Program is not available to UMP Plus members or to members who have Medicare as their primary coverage.
Members with the following back conditions do not qualify for the COE Program, although they may need surgery for the spine:
If lumbar fusion surgery is recommended, the COE Program requires the following to ensure candidates’ safety and the best surgical results:
Read more about the Program's guidelines.
Find answers to our most frequently asked questions about this program.
Low back pain (English)
Spinal Fusion (Arthrodesis) (English)
Artrodesis vertebral lumbar (Español)
You and your care companion have a range of travel benefits to support your COE experience, including flights and hotel at no cost if you live more than 60 driving miles from the COE location.
Members with Medicare as their primary health coverage are not eligible for the COE Program.