Tufts Health Plan is the First in the U.S. to Specify Reimbursement of ‘On-Label’ Total Ankle Replacement Procedures

Small Bone Innovations, Inc. (SBi) reported that Tufts Health Plan, covering approximately 936,000 members in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, is the first health plan in the nation to specify reimbursement for ‘on-label’ implantation of total ankle replacement (TAR) prostheses. According to Tufts’ current official policy document, “the (total ankle replacement) procedure is becoming the treatment of choice for patients, replacing the conventional use of arthrodesis, i.e. fusion of the bones. The relief of pain and restoration of range of motion is the key feature in favor of ankle replacement with respect to arthrodesis.”