Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI) (Nasdaq: CSII) today announced new medical diagnosis and procedure codes for severely calcified coronary arteries. These codes will allow providers to track the costs of treating high-risk patients with severely calcified coronary lesions, which is the first step toward establishing specific reimbursement rates for this unique patient population. Severely calcified coronary lesions are often underestimated, even though they present unique challenges that existing treatment options cannot overcome. These lesions are more difficult to access, resulting in higher procedural complications and suboptimal stent placement. Calcified lesions are also associated with an increased risk of retreatment, heart attacks and even death. “High-risk coronary patients often require additional resources during treatment. In the past, these and other patients were combined under a single code, which prohibited providers from tracking costs associated with treating patients with more severe disease,” said David L. Martin, CSI president and chief executive officer. “Our goal is to understand and serve this high-risk group, improve outcomes and align reimbursement rates.” Dr. Jeffrey Chambers, Metropolitan Heart and Vascular Institute, Minneapolis added, “Of the 1.7 million patients treated annually via less invasive and surgical interventions for coronary artery disease, about 10 percent to 20 percent are afflicted with severely calcified arteries. Physicians and hospitals have long known it is more difficult and time consuming to treat patients with severely calcified coronary arteries. These patients also have significantly higher major adverse coronary events when treated with currently available technology. With the use of these new codes, we will have the ability to quantify the additional resources needed to optimality treat these patients.” Dr. Chambers is the principal investigator for ORBIT II, CSI’s pivotal trial for a coronary application. The ICD-9-CM Coordination Committee of the Department of Health and Human Services activated these new and revised codes: Procedural Codes
- Revised: Code 00.66, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
- New: Code 17.55, transluminal coronary atherectomy, directional atherectomy, excimer laser atherectomy, rotational atherectomy, that by laser, that by percutaneous approach, that by transluminal extraction
- New: Code 414.4, coronary atherosclerosis due to calcified coronary lesion; coronary atherosclerosis due to severely calcified coronary lesion, code first coronary atherosclerosis (414.00-414.07)
- Revised: Code 00.66 was modified to describe PTCA only instead of PTCA or coronary atherectomy
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