Medtech maker Spiracur was awarded 2 new Medicare reimbursement codes for its negative-pressure SNaP wound care system, a device which aims to help physicians heal wounds more rapidly for their patients.
The HCPCS codes G0456 and G0457, which were issued from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, are for clinical services using a mechanically-powered device, providing an effective, off-the-shelf solution for negative pressure wound therapy, Spiracur said.
"We are extremely pleased with CMS’ decision to release 2 codes to cover reimbursement of NPWT delivered by a mechanically-powered device in wound care clinics and physician offices," president & CEO Gary Restani said in prepared remarks. "This is particularly important for patients who receive their wound care therapy in their doctor’s offices or at a clinic, as it allows patients to be ambulatory instead of remaining in a home care setting. CMS previously did not have a mechanism to adequately cover NPWT procedures in these settings.
The SNaP system, a mechanically powered ultra-portable NPWT system, featured the company’s proprietary spring technology and gentle hydrocolloid dressing to maintain constant pressure. The system weights only 2.2 ounces, and is completely disposable, the company said.
Code G0456 applies to total wound surface area less than or equal to 50 square centimeters, and code G0457 applies to total wound surface area greater than 50 square centimeters, according to the press release.