Insightec said today that it won Medicare benefit coverage for its MR-guided focused ultrasound system for the treatment of essential tremor in six new states, bringing the total number of states with Medicare coverage for its tech to 16.
The company’s system will now be covered under Medicare in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan and Missouri.
Insightec noted that additional Medicare Administrative Contractors have issued positive Draft Local Coverage Determinations, with the potential to bring the total number of states up to 38.
Eleven medical centers in the U.S. treat ET patients using Insightec’s MRgFUS system, according to the company.
“With Medicare coverage now available in 16 states, with that number poised to more than double, more patients than ever will now have access to Insightec’s innovative ET solution,” chairman & CEO Dr. Maurice Ferré said in prepared remarks. “We are confident that additional hospitals will be encouraged to offer our technology to improve patient lives, which is our ultimate goal.”
“Coverage in these six additional states will help treatment centers offer more patients access to the incisionless focused ultrasound treatment for ET,” Dee Kolanek, VP of reimbursement, added. “Millions of Americans suffer from essential tremor, which can impact a person’s ability to function in the workplace and live an independent and active lifestyle.”
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