Posted by: charityinfo | March 9, 2012

Steven Pinkert and CyberKnife

For the last decade, Steven Pinkert has served as Managing Partner of Pinkert and Marsh, PA (formerly the Pinkert Law Firm, PA). In this capacity, he works with a diverse range of clients in the areas of real estate law, civil litigation, immigration law, China market entry, and intellectual property rights. He also supports the efforts of the CyberKnife Coalition, Inc. (CKC) an independent advocacy organization (pending nonprofit recognition).

Formed in 2003 and formally incorporated in 2005, CKC has the central mission of promoting access to the CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system through adequate insurance reimbursement. The frameless suite of CyberKnife equipment provides a non-invasive alternative for patients requiring the removal of benign and malignant tumors, including cancerous growths.

The CyberKnife Coalition is an independent group representing the full spectrum of CyberKnife-related sites. The organization seeks resolutions to issues regarding administrative protocols, strategic reimbursement planning, competitive advantages, and clinical efficacy.

In the last nine years, CKC has helped to achieve a number of milestones with regards to CyberKnife treatment and coverage. In March 2009, Palmetto GBA reversed a negative coverage determination, accepting stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer treatment. This was followed by similar agreements by Highmark Medicare Services and First Coast Service Options in October 2009. In October 2011, CKC announced its support of the creation of the Registry for Prostate Cancer Radiosurgery (RPCR), which stands as the leading worldwide SBRT prostate cancer database. Trailblazer Health Enterprises agreed in January 2012 to cover SBRT prostate cancer treatments for patients enrolled in RPCR and similar clinical studies.

Steven Pinkert’s support of CyberKnife Coalition, Inc. extends from his position as Chairman of Signum U.S. Health Care, which is working in partnership with state-owned hospitals in China to develop state-of-the-art radiotherapy centers.

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