Regretfully, we will stop accepting orders for new SwallowSTRONG Systems after November 15, 2017. We will, however, continue to support the SwallowSTRONG product line, including selling mouthpieces and spare parts and providing technical and clinical support, for as long as there is reasonable demand.
Swallow Solutions cares deeply about helping individuals with dysphagia. The company is backed by a passionate group of investors who are committed to supporting you and your patients. The company will continue to operate, with a focus on commercializing new innovations in dysphagia treatment. We hope to launch a new oropharyngeal strengthening device at some point in the future.
The clinical outcomes realized with the SwallowSTRONG System continue to be very positive. Unfortunately, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently informed us that they will not create product-specific billing codes for oropharyngeal strengthening devices. This decision, which follows more than two years of discussions with the agency, essentially prevents direct reimbursement for the product by any payers—Medicare or private insurance. Lack of reimbursement, in turn, means that the devices are not accessible to the majority of dysphagic patients. Under these conditions, it is not economically viable to continue manufacturing and selling SwallowSTRONG Systems.
There is no limit on the number of new SwallowSTRONG Systems that may be ordered between now and November 15. We encourage those of you who have experienced success with the SwallowSTRONG System to order more systems during this period. Again, we will continue to meet your future needs for new mouthpieces, technical support, and clinical support.
Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.
Eric H. Horler
President and CEO