Spinal cord stimulation

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The report presents a summary of the reimbursement situation for use of spinal cord stimulation. Indications include neuropathic and ischemic pain.

Clinical scenarios include trial insertion of electrodes and external stimulator, permanent implantation of spinal cord stimulator, adjustment/programming of stimulator, removal of stimulator, and replacement of battery of pulse generation.

The only reimbursement within public / statutory health insurance systems is considered.

The report includes essential information about reimbursement, including:

  • Brief country-specific overview of reimbursement system
  • Procedure coding for technology
  • Diagnosis coding
  • Payment mechanism for technology
  • Reimbursement tariffs for technology
  • Restrictions on indications or scenarios for the use of technology
  • Policy considerations by payers and policy-makers about technology

Reimbursement information is provided for the following geographies:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • England (UK)
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

It is also possible to add analysis in Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Russia and Turkey.

Manufacturers of the spinal cord stimulation devices include:

  • Boston Scientific (Precision)
  • Nevro (Senza)
  • Stimwave (Freedom SCS)
  • Abbot Vascular (BurstDR: Proclaim, Prodigy MRI IPG, St. Jude Medical Invisible Trial System; Eon)
  • Medtronic (Intellis; SureScan: RestoreSenso, RestoreUltra, RestoreAdvanced, PrimeAdvanced)
  • Saluda Medical (Evoke SCS System)
  • Nuvectra (Algovita SCS)
  • Med-Ally (VersaStim IPG Platform)

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