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Medicare to Reimburse for the Bioness L300™ Foot Drop System for Spinal Cord Injury
Date:12/11/2008

Bioness Inc., a leading neuromodulation company, announced today that beginning January 1, 2009, the NESS L300 will be reimbursed by Medicare for incomplete spinal cord injury patients suffering from foot drop. The decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) establishes a new HCPCS code, E0770, for functional electrical stimulation (FES) devices including the NESS L300™ Foot Drop System. Based on this coding decision, Medicare carriers have issued billing instructions stating formally that the NESS L300 from Bioness will be covered for spinal cord injury patients with specific diagnosis codes who meet certain criteria.

VALENCIA, Calif. (Business Wire EON) December 11, 2008 -- Foot drop is a partial leg paralysis that prevents the foot from lifting, causing instability and making walking difficult for persons suffering from conditions such as incomplete spinal cord injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. The NESS L300 treats foot drop by stimulating the muscles and nerves that lift the foot. Medicare's decision highlights the importance of FES and the possible improvements in an individual's gait, increased range-of-motion and improved blood circulation that the NESS L300 may provide. The NESS L300 is the only adaptive, wireless neurostimulation device for foot drop offered in acute, in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation centers as well as for home use.

"In the U.S. there are approximately 250,000 spinal cord injury survivors and 11,000 new spinal cord injury incidents each year," said Evan L. Rosenfeld M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Bioness Inc. "This decision by CMS opens the door for many neurologically injured patients to receive FES-based treatment. The NESS L300 FES device may help patients regain lost mobility and increase their overall independence, which can ultimately help them to perform ever
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