RTI Biologics Inc. (RTI) (Nasdaq:RTIX), the Florida-based processor of orthopedic, dental, hernia and other biologic implants, has entered into an agreement with Reimbursement Principles Inc. (RPI), a full service consulting group specializing in medical device reimbursement. The agreement between RTI Biologics and RPI includes the introduction of a toll-free hotline designed to assist hospitals and physician customers with day-to-day reimbursement questions as well as a Web-based service for the submission of requests.

“The launch of the hotline with RPI, a pre-eminent expert in the field of reimbursement, demonstrates RTI’s commitment to supporting our customers’ needs and provides a service that is very important given the complex reimbursement guidelines that exist today,” said Roger W. Rose, executive vice president for RTI.

The reimbursement hotline, staffed by qualified reimbursement specialists, can provide guidance to questions such as:
  • How should this procedure be coded?
  • How do we preauthorize this procedure with private payers?
  • Does Medicare require preauthorization?
  • What do we do in the event of claims denial and/or low payment?
  • What sort of documentation should be submitted with our claim?

While RTI cannot instruct surgeons on coding procedures and reimbursement, its representatives can provide product information to assist the facility in coding correctly and, where required, obtaining the appropriate approvals. In addition, RTI engaged RPI to develop a reimbursement guide, which is now complete and available to customers as a guide for coding procedures and services involving its sports medicine line of implants.

RPI is an independent contractor and is not an affiliate, agent or joint venturer of RTI Biologics. For more information, contact your local RTI Biologics representative or call (386) 418-8888.

About RTI Biologics Inc.

RTI Biologics Inc. is a leading provider of sterile biological implants for surgeries around the world with a commitment to advancing science, safety and innovation. RTI prepares human donated tissue and bovine tissue for transplantation through extensive testing and screening, precision shaping and proprietary, validated sterilization processes. These allograft and xenograft implants are used in orthopedic, dental, hernia and other specialty surgeries.

RTI’s innovations continuously raise the bar of science and safety for biologics – from being the first company to offer precision-tooled bone implants and assembled technology to maximize each gift of donation, to inventing validated sterilization processes that include viral inactivation steps. Two such processes – the BioCleanse® Tissue Sterilization Process and the Tutoplast® Tissue Sterilization Process – have a combined record of more than two million implants distributed with zero incidence of allograft-associated infection. These processes have been validated by tissue type to penetrate tissue, inactivate or remove viruses and a wide range of organisms using worst-case testing and maintain tissue biocompatibility and functionality.

RTI’s worldwide corporate headquarters are located in Alachua, Fla., with international locations in Neunkirchen, Germany, and Aix-en-Provence, France. The company is accredited in the U.S. by the American Association of Tissue Banks.

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