(Data gathered in phone interviews on 1/12/11)
- Restorix Health is associated with the Restorix Research Institute, the Restorix Foundation and the Restorix Medical Group.
- The Research Institute is focused on advancing the uses of HBOT beyond the 14 Medicare approved indications.
- The Foundation receives grants and donations to fund double-blind, peer-reviewed research.
- The company opened its facility in Issaquah, WA on Dec 13, 2010, focused on advanced wound care research.
- A center opening in California will focus on infectious disease.
- The company plans to open other centers to focus on stroke, age-related degeneration and TBI.
- Tommy L. Lore is chief medical director of Restorix, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Doctor of Osteopathy. Serving 30 years of commissioned service, he was active in aerospace medicine and aviation medical research, emergency and trauma medicine, and hyperbaric wound care medicine. He was chief of hyperbaric medicine at Travis Air Force Base in California, one of the largest clinical hyperbaric medicine facilities in the U.S. He has published research papers in aerospace hyperbaric and wound care literature.
- This center does not have uninsured patient therapy – they treat the 14 covered conditions of the FDA – and bill insurance companies for it. The person on the phone stated that all insurance companies will cover the 14 FDA-approved conditions.
- If someone wants treatment for “off-label” conditions they are directed to the research department to see if any clinical studies are being undertaken for their condition, and the person does not pay for treatment.
- Their website lists the following “off-label” conditions they will treat: Sports injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, Lupus and other connective diseases, Stroke and TBI, Cosmetic Surgery (to shorten tissue recuperation), and Bisphosphonate-Related Osteonecrosis.
- They do treatments for “off-label” conditions and charge $200/hour. Most of their treatments for “off-label” conditions are for neurologic applications and although it does vary, the usual protocol is 40 treatments, so the average cost of one round of treatment is $8,000 out-of-pocket.
- Usually patients can successfully bill their insurance companies for the physician’s fee, which is extra.
H.O.P.E (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & Wound Care Center in S. Florida)
- Clinical director is Hope Fine, RRT, CHT. Medical director is Dr. Jack Olin.
- Facility opened in 2003.
- Website lists the following “off-label” conditions for treatment: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme Disease, Spinal Cord Injury, Near Drowning, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Sports Injuries, Pre- and Post-Cosmetic Surgery and Cancer, as well as Non-healing Wounds, Radiation Injury, and Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
- The most common “off-label” conditions treated are autism and stroke.
- Charges are $200/hr or $280 per 90 minutes and most treatment protocols are 20-40 sessions.
Northstar HBOT – Tuscan, AZ
- Medical director is Dr. Carol Henricks, a neurologists
- The center treats many “off-label” conditions but specializes in memory (including Alzheimer’s) and sleep disorder, epilepsy, and seizures
Hyperbaric Medical Center of New Mexico – Sante Fe
- Medical director is Dr. Kenneth Stoller; his specialty is pediatrics and autism.
- The center was opened in 2002.
Out-of-pocket costs are $225-275 per hour. Most treatment protocols are 40 treatments.