Navigation Links
Congressional Leaders Urge HHS Secretary to Approve Coding for Advanced Lower Limb Prosthetic Device, Smart Pyramid™
Date:5/3/2011

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Congressman Norm Dicks, along with House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Congressman Adam Smith, senior House Ways and Means Committee member Congressman Jim McDermott, and Energy and Commerce Committee member Congressman Jay Inslee, sent a letter late on Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging the Department to approve coding for Orthocare Innovations' Smart Pyramid™ prosthetic device. Smart Pyramid™ is an advanced prosthetic device that analyzes forces in a prosthesis and recommends changes to prosthetic components to reduce injurious forces that typically result in skin breakdown, back pain, joint pain, osteoarthritis, and falls among prosthesis users.

Members writing to Secretary Sebelius communicated support by indicating that "... Smart Pyramid™ enables practitioners to assess prosthetic function and minimize the negative effects of suboptimal alignment, such as loss of balance, patient pain, and other safety risks. This data has the potential to reduce prosthetic misalignment and fit issues, allowing higher levels of activity, reduced morbidity, and cost savings from avoided refitting, socket replacements and preventing or mitigating secondary complications."

This communication follows on a prior bipartisan letter of support led by Senator James Inhofe, a senior Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with Republican Tom Cole of the House Budget and Appropriations Committees and Dan Boren of the House Committee on Armed Services Committee, expressing their support for a unique HCPCS code for Smart Pyramid™. In this letter, members communicated Smart Pyramid's benefits: "In addition to limiting unnecessary pain related to skin breakdown, osteoarthritis, walking instability and muscle activity, this device can result in medical cost savings for both the patient and Medicare as these complications are eliminated."

Currently, the fit of a prosthesis to the amputee's residual limb is attained by subjective trial and error, without the aid of objective measurement or data. Many amputees have phantom-limb pain and reduced tissue sensitivity, reducing their ability to sense or convey sub-optimal function to clinicians for correction. This combination of factors commonly results in the prosthetic socket applying unbalanced, and even injurious, forces to the residual limb. Use of the Smart Pyramidsolves these problems, enabling this vulnerable patient population to achieve normal and necessary function.

Smart Pyramid was developed under competitive, Small Business Innovations Research awards from the National Institutes of Health.

About Orthocare Innovations, LLC

Orthocare Innovations is a medical device research and product development company focused on bringing to market advanced, innovative technologies to improve clinical efficiency and enhance the quality of patient care services in the rehabilitation, prosthetic and orthotic markets. For more information, go to www.orthocareinnovations.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Orthocare Innovations
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Montana Medical Equipment Providers Back New Congressional Bill to Repeal Flawed Medicare Bidding Program
2. Michigan Home Medical Equipment Providers Back New Congressional Bill to Repeal Flawed Medicare Bidding Program
3. NovaSperse(SM) Nanoparticle Innovator, PharmaNova, Inc., Awarded Four Government Grants Toward Development of New Therapeutic Products Under Congressional Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Initiative
4. ARCADIS Jane Staveley to Moderate Congressional Briefing on Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water
5. U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood, Congressional Leaders and Jordin Sparks Join Allstate in Urging Americans to Stop Texting and Driving
6. Pew Statement on Congressional Hearing Regarding FDA Drug Safety Reforms
7. Congressional Sting Operation Uncovered By Coast IRB
8. Insmed CEO to Present at Congressional Briefing on Follow-On Biologics
9. April 16th Congressional Hearing on Hospital Infections
10. Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to Address a Congressional Briefing on Paralysis Research and the Spinal Cord Injury Community at Working 2 Walk in Washington, DC, April 13-15, 2008
11. Congressional Funds Awarded for Testing of Antimicrobial Copper Metals
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/10/2016)...  The ALS Association, in partnership with ALS Finding a ... a biomarker to track TDP43 aggregation. The successful team(s) with ... million investment. --> --> ... cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people ... movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... 2016 Puerto Rico Healthcare and Life ... Healthcare and Life Sciences Report 2016 . --> ... Rico Healthcare and Life Sciences Report 2016 . ... largest territory in the world for pharma manufacturing, a territory ... manufacturing, and more universities per square mile than anywhere else ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... 2016  Visage Imaging Inc. ("Visage"), a wholly ... announced that the American College of Radiology (ACR) ... the Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform as the ... Imaging SIMulation (SIM). SIM is the assessment component ... a multi-faceted and fully-integrated online assessment, education and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... ... Early this week, Team Iconic at J. Walter Thompson and Nestlé KITKAT ... global confectionery brand sourced from 100% sustainable cocoa. , The Nestlé Cocoa Plan aims ... activities that focus on better farming, better lives and better cocoa. In order to ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... PA (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... As ... offer two webinars in February 2016. Each webinar features a dynamic expert and ... to benefit their athletes, patients and facilities. Both events are free to attend, ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... ... Emergency rooms provide emergency care to stabilize critical health issues, but emergency ... emergencies at risk of losing a tooth or their smiles. Dr. Marine Martirosyan, ... emergencies include:, , Avulsed or knocked-out teeth , ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) , ... February 10, ... ... 11-14, 2016, in San Diego, will bring together more than 200 of the ... in healthcare for the future. , “The true benefit of the Forum is ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... ... AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management announced today ... as keynote speaker at the organization’s 2016 Spring Conference. Fox’s topic, Lead with ... with their own organizational staff and leadership. , “I am so excited ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):