News | November 14, 2014

Boston Scientific Subcutaneous ICD Receives Favorable AMA Coding, Payment Designations

New CPT Category I code facilitates processing for U.S. hospitals and physicians

November 14, 2014 — Boston Scientific Corp. announced that its subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD System) will have designated Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Category I codes by the American Medical Association (AMA), effective Jan. 1, 2015. The AMA CPT coding system provides United States physicians and hospitals with a uniform process for coding medical services. By definition, the CPT I category includes procedures that are widely performed and consistent with contemporary medical practice.

Also effective Jan. 1, 2015, the Medicare hospital outpatient payment rate for implanting the S-ICD System will increase by 23 percent. Additionally, Aetna recently joined several other private health plans by broadening its coverage for the S-ICD System to all patients who meet the criteria for an ICD and are not contraindicated.

"The S-ICD System is an advanced, less invasive option for patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest," said Michael Gold, professor of medicine and director of cardiology, Medical University of South Carolina. "The new CPT categorization establishes more predictable coding processes for hospitals and physicians when implanting the S-ICD System. This change should improve patient access to this important therapy."

The S-ICD System may offer certain groups of patients an alternative to more invasive transvenous ICDs. As the world's least invasive implantable defibrillator, the S-ICD System provides protection for patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest while leaving the heart and blood vessels untouched.

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