SYLMAR, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:EYES) ("Second Sight"), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable visual prosthetics that are intended to create an artificial form of useful vision to blind patients, today announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its Medicare hospital outpatient payment rate of $122,500 for the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System (Argus II) procedure for calendar year 2018. The payment for the surgical procedure includes the cost of the Argus II.
“We sincerely appreciate CMS’ decision to establish the 2018 outpatient payment rate using their equitable adjustment authority. This payment rate will facilitate ongoing Medicare patient access to this life changing treatment, while we work to drive adoption at our Centers of Excellence. We look forward to continuing to work with CMS to establish a long-term stable payment rate for the Argus II procedure,” said Will McGuire, President and Chief Executive Officer of Second Sight.
About the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System
Second Sight's Argus II System provides electrical stimulation that
bypasses the defunct retinal cells and stimulates remaining viable cells
inducing visual perception in individuals with severe to profound
Retinitis Pigmentosa. The Argus II works by converting images captured
by a miniature video camera mounted on the patient's glasses into a
series of small electrical pulses, which are transmitted wirelessly to
an array of electrodes implanted on the surface of the retina. These
pulses stimulate the retina's remaining cells, intending to result in
the perception of patterns of light in the brain. The patient must learn
to interpret these visual patterns, having the potential to regain some
visual function. The Argus II was the first artificial retina to receive
widespread commercial approval, and is offered at approved centers in
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea,
Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Further information on the benefits and risks can be found in the peer
reviewed paper at:
About Second Sight
Second Sight's mission is to develop, manufacture and market innovative implantable visual prosthetics to enable blind individuals to achieve greater independence. Second Sight has developed, and now manufactures and markets, the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System. Enrollment has been completed in a feasibility trial to test the safety and utility of the Argus II in individuals with Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration. New hardware and software to improve the quality of the vision produced is underway. A clinical trial to study the Argus II in better-sighted subjects earlier in the disease was recently approved in Germany. Second Sight is also developing the Orion™ Visual Cortical Prosthesis to restore some vision to individuals who are blind due to causes other than preventable or treatable conditions. U.S. Headquarters are in Sylmar, California, and European Headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland. For more information, visit www.secondsight.com.
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