Healthcare Industry News: ultrasound
News Release - February 25, 2019
INSIGHTEC Announces Expansion of Positive Insurance Coverage for MR-guided Focused Ultrasound to Treat Essential TremorCoverage will now include Medicare in 38 states and 19 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans
HAIFA, Israel and MIAMI, Florida, Feb. 25, 2019 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- INSIGHTEC®, a global medical technology innovator of incisionless surgery, today announced that Noridian has posted a positive Local Coverage Determination for MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) effective April 1, 2019. Medicare beneficiaries in 38 US states will now have coverage for the incisionless treatment for essential tremor that has not responded to medication.
"Continued momentum for insurance coverage is vital to ensure that the estimated 10 million Americans living with essential tremor have access to focused ultrasound," said Maurice R. Ferré MD, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of INSIGHTEC. "Incisionless brain surgery provides another option in the physician's armamentarium for patient care."
"Treatments that show durable tremor relief and do not require an open surgical procedure are appealing to patients," said Nader Pouratian, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of Functional Neurosurgery and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at UCLA. "Insurance coverage is an important force in making innovative treatment options available to patients."
Noridian coverage will include the following 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The status of additional LCDs is available on the Medicare Coverage Database on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website.
MRgFUS is currently a Medicare covered benefit in Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
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™ device is FDA-approved to treat medication-refractory essential tremor and tremor-dominant Parkinson's disease. 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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