NHA’s Advocacy Initiative

Hyperbaric medicine has been in existence for more than 100 years. And each day across the United States, thousands of patients safely receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy. However, thousands more will benefit when insurance coverage is expanded and the approved indications are increased beyond the 15 currently covered hyperbaric oxygen therapy indications.

  • Acute carbon monoxide intoxication
  • Decompression illness
  • Gas embolism
  • Gas gangrene
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia. HBO therapy is a valuable adjunctive treatment to be used in combination with accepted standard therapeutic measures when loss of function, limb, or life is threatened.
  • Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs
  • Progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis)
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts (not primary management of wounds)
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis, unresponsive to conventional medical and surgical management
  • Osteoradionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Actinomycosis, only as an adjunct to conventional therapy when the disease process is refractory to antibiotics and surgical treatment
  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities in patients who meet the following criteria:
    • Patient has type1 or type 11 diabetes and has a lower extremity wound that is due to diabetes
    • Patient has a wound classified as Wagner grade 111 or higher
    • Patient has failed an adequate course of standard wound therapy.
  • Cutaneous, decubitus, and stasis ulcers
  • Chronic peripheral vascular insufficiency
  • Anaerobic septicemia and infection other than clostridial
  • Skin burns (thermal)
  • Senility. (Vascular, Alzheimer’s or FTD)
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Acute thermal and chemical pulmonary damage, such as smoke inhalation with pulmonary insufficiency
  • Acute or chronic cerebral vascular insufficiency
  • Hepatic necrosis
  • Aerobic septicemia
  • Nonvascular causes of chronic brain syndrome
    • Pick’s disease
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Korsakoff’s disease
  • Tetanus
  • Systemic aerobic infection
  • Organ transplantation
  • Organ storage
  • Pulmonary emphysema
  • Exceptional blood loss anemia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Arthritic Diseases
  • Acute cerebral edema
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Stem Cell Recruitement
  • Stroke

A National voice for change

NHA will provide a national voice for hyperbaric clinics including: free-standing clinics that have no collective representation; hyperbaric professionals; and patients who would benefit from gaining access to hyperbaric treatment.

And we will reach out to our military members, veterans and first responders, who are disallowed, in many cases, from receiving hyperbaric treatment for off-label indications.

The National Hyperbaric Association will:

  • Unite providers, clinics and stakeholders to provide common ground for change
  • Ensure that outcomes are properly documented and used to promote treatment expansion
  • Help to refine best practices and protocols based on US and international research and outcomes
  • Create and deploy a national awareness campaign regarding the benefits of hyperbaric treatment