HAIFA, Israel and MIAMI, October 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
Expansion of Medicare Coverage Gives a Growing Number of Patients Affordable Access
INSIGHTEC®, a global medical technology innovator of incisionless surgery, today announced Medicare benefit coverage by CGS Medicare and Palmetto GBA for MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) for the treatment of essential tremor (ET). This brings the total number of states who cover the Neuravive treatment for medication-refractory ET to 25.
With this announcement, patients are now covered in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. Earlier this year, INSIGHTEC announced Medicare coverage for the procedure in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan and Missouri.
"2018 marks the year of Medicare reimbursement for incisionless focused ultrasound treatment for essential tremor," said Maurice R. Ferré, MD, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of INSIGHTEC. "We're excited by this momentum and look forward to coverage for all Medicare patients in the U.S. in the near future."
"Focused ultrasound offers medication-refractory essential tremor patients tremor improvement with no incisions and minimal complications," said Dr. Vibhor Krishna, MBBS, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
In the United States, MR-guided focused ultrasound for the treatment of ET is available at the following institutions: Stanford University Medical Center (CA), Sperling Medical Group (FL), University of Maryland School of Medicine (MD), Brigham and Women's Hospital (MA), Mayo Clinic (MN), Weill Cornell Medical College (NY), NYU Langone Medical Center (NY), The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OH), Penn Medicine (PA), UVA Health System (VA) and Swedish Neuroscience Institute (WA).
The status of coverage is available on the Medicare Coverage Database on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website.
INSIGHTEC is a global medical technology innovator transforming patient lives through incisionless brain surgery using MR-guided focused ultrasound. The company's award-winning Exablate Neuro™ is used by neurosurgeons to perform the Neuravive™ treatment to deliver immediate and durable tremor relief for essential tremor patients. Research for future applications in the neuroscience space is underway in partnership with leading academic and medical institutions. INSIGHTEC is headquartered in Haifa, Israel, and Miami, Florida, with offices in Dallas, Tokyo and Shanghai.
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