HistoSonics Makes Medicare Inroads for Tumor-Liquifying Tech

The technology is intended to treat cancer in the kidneys.

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HistoSonics, the manufacturer of the non-invasive Edison Histotripsy System and novel sonic beam therapy, announced today that the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) set a new payment rate for histotripsy of liver tumors procedures, increasing the payment rate to $17,500.

In their November 2023 rule making process, CMS utilized claims data from the #HOPE4LIVER Trial conducted in the United States to increase the outpatient payment rate for HistoSonics Category III Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Code 0686T, the non-thermal ablation via acoustic energy delivery of malignant hepatocellular tissue including image guidance, from $12,500 to the new national average rate of $17,500, assigning the novel procedure to Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) 1576. This payment rate supports hospitals and physicians using the non-invasive histotripsy procedure in the outpatient setting to destroy targeted liver tumors while existing Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) payment rates are applicable for patients who require hospital admission.

Additionally, the American Medical Association (AMA) has recently issued a new Category III CPT code for histotripsy of kidney tissue. This is significant as it provides patients and clinicians with the first automated external beam therapy using acoustic energy to mechanically destroy diseased kidney tissue without using incisions, ionizing radiation, or heat. The new CPT code will become effective on July 1, 2024, in the US at which time providers can utilize the code when performing histotripsy procedures on patients across the United States as part of the company’s sponsored Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) trial named the “#HOPE4KIDNEY Trial”.

CPT codes are granted and regulated by the AMA CPT Editorial Panel and are widely used by government payers, including Medicare and Medicaid, and commercial health plans to describe healthcare services and procedures for reimbursement. The release of this new code represents a major reimbursement milestone as hospitals across the US will be able to submit claims directly related to the service. Upon FDA marketing authorization for histotripsy of the kidney this new code will provide patients and physicians access to histotripsy as an option to treat kidney tissue non-invasively and without potential complications seen with conventional therapies like bleeding, infection, or pain from surgery.

The new Category III CPT code, X201T Histotripsy (i.e., non-thermal ablation via acoustic energy delivery) of renal tissue, will be released January 1, 2024.

The Edison System is investigational for use in the kidney and is only available for sale in the United States for its intended use in destroying liver tumors.

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