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Breakthrough AffloVest now reimbursed by Medicare and private health insurance
Date:9/10/2013

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AffloVest, the first-ever portable High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation (HFCWO) vest, is now approved for Medicare and private health insurance reimbursement.  Millions of Americans with respiratory disease can benefit from the innovative new airway clearance therapy vest that dramatically improves cough productivity and ease of breathing for chronic lung conditions such as severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chronic Bronchitis, Cystic Fibrosis and other related ailments.

The AffloVest recently earned FDA 510k market clearance in the United States and HCPCS reimbursement codes, according to David Shockley, President of International Biophysics Corporation (IBC), which developed and now markets the product in the U.S.

"With both Medicare and private health insurance reimbursement approved for AffloVest, this breakthrough technology is affordably available to millions of patients now," Shockley said.  "Other airway clearance vests tether the patient by an air hose to bulky machines that must be plugged into a wall.  The AffloVest is the market's first portable, battery-operated HFCWO vest. Users can move about freely – even travel – during treatments, or sit comfortably in any position, even while lying down," Shockley said. 

A recent clinical study — conducted by Dr. Konrad Schultz at the Bad Reichenhall Clinic in Munich, Germany — reveals that AffloVest substantially improves cough productivity, making it easier for patients to clear their lungs and breathe more easily through a productive cough.
The study concluded: 

"With every single patient, a dramatic improvement in cough productivit
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