iCAD, Inc. (Nasdaq: ICAD), a leading provider of advanced imaging and radiation therapy for the early identification and treatment of cancer, today announced the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an improved payment policy for Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT), which is delivered by the Company’s Xoft® Axxent® Electronic Brachytherapy System®. In the 2013 Final Rule issued November 1, 2012, CMS unpackaged the IORT payment codes and assigned a distinct payment value for IORT treatment delivery. CMS assigned IORT treatment delivery to the same ambulatory payment classification as Stereotactic Radiosurgery, MRgFUS and MEG, Level 1.
The payment value for IORT treatment delivery in the Final Rule is more than twice the value included in the Proposed Rule released by CMS in July 2012. The 2013 Final Rule payment codes will take effect on January 1, 2013.
“The decision by CMS to unpackage IORT payments and increase reimbursement rates underscores the cost-effectiveness of this potentially life-saving radiation therapy option that can dramatically reduce treatment times, while providing more convenient and aesthetically desirable outcomes for women with early-stage breast cancer,” said Ken Ferry, President and CEO of iCAD. “We believe this ruling will provide greater access to IORT and accelerate the growing adoption of our technology by radiation oncologists and breast surgeons nationwide. It is noteworthy that IORT reimbursement was substantially improved in light of the overall streamlining of payments for radiation oncology services.”
About the Xoft SystemiCAD’s Xoft System delivers IORT for breast cancer in a single, prescribed, targeted dose of isotope-free radiation directly to the tumor cavity during surgery. This minimizes radiation to healthy tissue and organs and eliminates the need for a shielded treatment environment. Typical radiation therapy methods for breast cancer include whole breast radiation, which involves daily treatments for five to seven weeks, and partial breast irradiation where 10 treatments are delivered over a period of five days.