U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Expands Access to ReWalk Exoskeletons for Paralyzed Veterans with Revised National Policy
Updated VA policy provides expanded access for training to additional VA centers and private rehabilitation clinics through the Veterans Choice Program
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. and YOKNEAM ILIT, Israel, July 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ReWalk Robotics, Ltd. (Nasdaq: RWLK) (“ReWalk” or the “Company”) announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a revision to its national policy on exoskeleton medical device training and procurement for qualifying Veterans with spinal cord injury (SCI). The updated policy includes further guidance on the evaluation process and expands access to training program locations among the VA network and private rehabilitation centers through the VA’s Veterans Choice Program.
This policy, issued in June 2018, is an update to the original standard operating policy (SOP) issued by the VA in December 2015. The evaluation process will now have all Veterans flow through one of 24 designated spinal cord injury VA centers (SCI/D). Once a Veteran is determined to be qualified for training and procurement of his or her own exoskeleton system, the individual may be allowed to pursue training in one of three ways: at the applicable SCI/D hub center, at a qualified VA hospital designated by the VA’s “hub & spoke” program, or at a qualified private rehabilitation center through the VA’s Veterans Choice Program; a program through which Veterans can receive care from a community provider paid for by the VA.
The policy stipulates as follows:
“If a Veteran with SCI/D is unable or unwilling to travel to a VA Exoskeleton Training Center for training, case-by-case consideration will be given to enable the Veteran and companion to receive training at a VA facility that does not have an exoskeleton training program or at a non-VA facility.”
“This revised policy is a great step forward that will potentially help many paralyzed Veterans who simply seek to walk again,” said ReWalk CEO Larry Jasinski. “These significant SOP updates mean that numerous injured Veterans who have expressed an interest in obtaining a ReWalk, but have not been able to participate due to a lack of availability in their area, can now have access. We are pleased to see the VA build upon the SOP, taking into account the Department’s own extensive research and its ongoing national trial.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs is a leader in providing a national policy for the training and procurement of exoskeleton systems for qualifying beneficiaries. The SOP applies for any Veteran who has sustained a spinal cord injury, be that service or non-service related. ReWalk Robotics has been working with the VA since the policy was issued in 2015 to help provide training and devices nationwide to facilitate its implementation. Further, ReWalk has been advocating for use of the Veterans Choice Program for those qualifying Veterans who could not travel to their nearest SCI/D for training to obtain an exoskeleton system.
As a result of the revised policy, there are now 142 ReWalk certified private and VA SCI/D training centers across the US potentially available to train Veterans to use ReWalk. Furthermore, the network of VA SCI/D spoke sites may now be eligible to conduct training and provide additional opportunity.
For more information about the VA policy, or to learn about the ReWalk 6.0 system, please visit: www.rewalk.com.
About ReWalk Robotics Ltd.
ReWalk Robotics Ltd. develops, manufactures and markets wearable robotic exoskeletons for individuals with lower limb disabilities as a result of spinal cord injury or stroke. The Company’s mission is to fundamentally change the quality of life for individuals with lower limb disability through the creation and development of market leading robotic technologies. Founded in 2001, ReWalk has headquarters in the United States, Israel and Germany. For more information on the ReWalk systems, please visit www.rewalk.com.
ReWalk® is a registered trademark of ReWalk Robotics Ltd. in Israel.
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