Inspire racks up more coverage by private payers

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Friday, April 26, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS – Inspire Medical Systems has added 10.4 million covered lives with several new coverage policies. Two new Blue Cross Blue Shield Association plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan, also known as the Federal Employee Program, and BCBS of Tennessee have issued positive coverage policies for the Inspire therapy. Additionally, Medical Mutual of Ohio has issued positive coverage. There have now been 18 positive coverage policies issued by BCBSA healthcare plans, covering about 42 million members. “We are encouraged that to date, half of the 36 Blue Cross Blue Shield healthcare plans have issued positive coverage policies,” said Tim Herbert, president and CEO of Inspire Medical Systems. “Improving access to Inspire therapy for the many patients with obstructive sleep apnea is a key initiative for our team. Our focus is to build evidence to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the therapy and these strong patient outcomes are expected to lead to further improvements in market access through additional coverage policies.” In all, 29 coverage policies representing 72 million members now cover Inspire therapy. The therapy is an FDA-approved neurostimulation technology that provides a safe and effective treatment for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.