HIFU ablation of prostate tissue procedures have been assigned C-code 9747 - ambulatory payment classification (APC) 5376; the code will take effect July 1st, 2017. C-codes are unique, temporary pricing codes initially established for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). The C-codes are used on Medicare OPPS claims, and may also be recognized on claims from other providers or by other payment systems. The code is applicable to all procedures performed by the Company's HIFU devices, including whole primary whole gland prostate ablation, partial prostate ablation or whole and partial salvage ablation.
Mr. Ozachowski added, "I would like to thank Jerry Stringham, president of the reimbursement strategy consulting firm Medical Technology Partners for all of his hard work. Jerry has been instrumental in directing our efforts towards reimbursement. We look forward to continuing to work with his experienced team while we pursue additional reimbursement for HIFU procedures."