Kimberly-Clark's Cooled Radiofrequency Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain Now Health-Insurance-Reimbursed by New Jersey

Kimberly-Clark's Cooled Radiofrequency Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain Now
              Health-Insurance-Reimbursed by New Jersey Insurer

PR Newswire

ROSWELL, Ga., Aug. 27, 2012

ROSWELL, Ga., Aug.27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Kimberly-Clark announced today
that its SInergy Cooled Radiofrequency (RF) System, has become eligible for
reimbursement under a new sacroiliac joint denervation policy* adopted by
Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc., New Jersey's oldest and largest health
insurer. The policy, which provides coverage for sacroiliac joint denervation
for those patients diagnosed with chronic sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain,
temporarily destroys the nerve endings to the sacroiliac joint. The new policy
went into effect on July 28, 2012.

The SInergy procedure is a minimally-invasive treatment intended to target and
treat the pain-generating nerves in the lower back and buttock region that may
be responsible forSIJ pain. The treatment can significantly reduce low back
pain.

Approximately four out of five adults in the United States will experience
chronic axial low back pain, and SIJ pain accounts for between 18 and 30
percent. This number converts to Americans spending at least $50 billion each
year on low back pain, making it the most common cause of job-related
disability and a leading contributor to missed work[i].

"The impact of chronic SIJ pain can be profound. It can strip away a person's
independence making normal day-to-day activities such as sitting, standing or
walking incredibly difficult," said Lisa Kudlacz, general manager of
Interventional Pain, Kimberly-Clark Health Care. "We're pleased that Horizon
has made the determination to provide, under the appropriate clinical
condition, coverage for sacroiliac joint denervation to their members." 

According to recently-published articles, the long-term treatment of
musculoskeletal pain requires identification and treatment of a cause for the
pain accompanied by conservative therapy and lifestyle change. In appropriate
circumstances, nerve destruction procedures can play a supportive role.

Results of a study published in the March edition of Pain Medicine showed that
slightly more than half of patients treated with SInergy Cooled Radiofrequency
demonstrated significant improvements in pain, disability and quality of life
outcomes. The durability of the relief was also maintained at the nine-month
follow-up.

Kimberly-Clark in the Healthcare Environment

Around the world, medical professionals turn to Kimberly-Clark for a wide
portfolio of solutions that improve the health, hygiene and well-being of
their patients and staff. As part of their healing mission, caregivers rely on
Kimberly-Clark to deliver clinical solutions and educational resources that
they can depend on to prevent, diagnose and manage a wide variety of
healthcare-associated infections. This more than $1 billion global enterprise
of Kimberly-Clark Corporation holds the No. 1 or No. 2 market share position
in several categories, including infection control solutions, surgical
solutions, pain management and digestive health. And throughout the care
continuum, patients and staff alike trust Kimberly-Clark medical supplies and
devices, KLEENEX tissues, Kimberly-Clark professional skin care products and
SCOTT towels for day-to-day needs. For more information, visit
http://www.kchealthcare.com.

About Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of
life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the
world's population trust K-C's brands and the solutions they provide to
enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex,
Scott, HUGGIES, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No.
2 share positions in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C
news and to learn more about the company's 140-year history of innovation,
visitor http://www.kimberly-clark.com/.

*Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc.'s medical policies do not replace or
supersede a member's contract benefits. Although a service, supply or
procedure may be medically necessary, it may be subject to limitations and/or
exclusions under a member's benefit plan. Medical policies do not constitute
medical advice, authorization, certification, approval, explanation of
benefits, offer of coverage, contract or guarantee of payment. This press
release shall not constitute or imply an endorsement of Kimberly-Clark's
products or services by Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc.

[i]"Low Back Pain Fact Sheet." National Institute of Neurological Disorders
and Stroke. NIH Publication, 2003.
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/backpain/detail_backpain.htm

SOURCE Kimberly-Clark Health Care

Website: http://www.kimberly-clark.com
Website: http://www.kchealthcare.com
Contact: Stacy Nartker, Schwartz MSL Boston, +1-781-684-0770,
KCHC@schwartzmsl.com
 
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