Decision Benefits Patients with Chronic Wounds

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia (November 21, 2013) – For Nebraskans with chronic, non-healing wounds, there’s significant news.

The Nebraska Medicaid Program, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), now provides coverage for the use of TheraSkin®, a real skin therapy that’s both clinically effective and economical, costing 50 to 70 percent less than bio-engineered, biologically active alternatives.

Nebraska residents with diabetic foot and venous leg ulcers now have access to cost-effective living cell therapy, says Kerry McCarter, CEO of Soluble Systems, LLC, which markets TheraSkin®. In clinical studies, TheraSkin® closed over 60 percent of previously “non-healing” diabetic and venous ulcers in just 12 weeks.

The DHHS decision could have a significant impact on patients and healthcare costs, as diabetes is on the rise statewide. A 2010 study showed 7.6 percent of Nebraska residents ages 18 and older were diagnosed with the disease, up from 4.9 percent in 2000.

This is not the first healthcare decision regarding TheraSkin® in Nebraska. In 2012, WPS Medicare, the Medicare Part A & Part B Contractor (A/B MAC) for Jurisdiction 5 (J5), approved coverage for TheraSkin® in the treatment of non-progressing chronic wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers.

A potent new weapon in the battle against rising healthcare costs, TheraSkin® saves patients and payers thousands of dollars per treatment and could save the United States’ healthcare system more than $1 billion over the next decade, according to McCarter.

About TheraSkin®

TheraSkin® is a biologically active cryo-preserved human skin allograft for non-responsive chronic wounds. Its fully developed extracellular matrix (ECM) and living cells provide an “at-ready” supply of human growth factors, cytokines and collagen to jumpstart wound healing. Like competing biologically active skin substitutes, TheraSkin provides necessary growth factors and cytokines to treat chronic wounds; it also provides a large quantity of essential human collagens in appropriate ratios to support healing.