Signifier Medical Technologies’ daytime therapy for sleep apnea, eXciteOSA, is now covered by South Carolina’s Healthy Connections Medicaid program. 

eXciteOSA’s non-invasive daytime therapy has shown greater than 80% adherence, and unlike other devices that are used while patients sleep, it’s the first commercially available device used while awake.

“We are thrilled that eXciteOSA is now covered by Medicaid in South Carolina,” says Akhil Tripathi, director and co-founder of Signifier, in a release. “This achievement represents a significant milestone in our mission to make high-quality sleep apnea care accessible to all individuals. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with Medicaid and healthcare providers to improve sleep health outcomes for patients across the state and the country.”

The decision by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to cover eXciteOSA therapy through its Medicaid program underscores the importance of accessible, effective treatment options for sleep-disordered breathing, according to a release from Signifier. 

eXciteOSA uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation to “exercise” the upper airway muscles, working the intrinsic and extrinsic tongue muscles to improve endurance and prevent airway collapse during sleep. 

eXciteOSA prescribing physician Joshua Lennon, MD, states in a release, “I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative impact this therapy has had on my patients struggling with obstructive sleep apnea. With Medicaid coverage now available in South Carolina, I’m thrilled to see more individuals gaining access to this innovative solution.”

Robby Kerr, director of Human and Health Services in South Carolina, adds in a release, “Adding coverage of this new therapy aligns well with our agency’s mission to be boldly innovative in improving health and quality of life for South Carolinians,” 

Signifier says in a release that it continues to work with healthcare providers, payers, and patients to support the adoption and implementation of eXciteOSA therapy.