SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company that pioneered the use of the iFuse Implant System ® ("iFuse"), a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device indicated for fusion for certain disorders of the sacroiliac (SI) joint, reported that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its 2017 Final Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) payment rule for MIS SI joint fusion. The final payment rule shows AMA CPT ® code 27279 has been assigned to APC 5116 and provides an increased Medicare national average hospital outpatient payment from $10,538 to $14,698, representing an increase of $4,160 or 40% over the current payment amount. In the ASC, the new Medicare national average payment will increase from $7,887 to $12,553, representing an increase of $4,666 or 59% over the current payment amount. The new payments will become effective January 1, 2017. "With these significant increases in facility payments, CMS continues to recognize the value of MIS SI joint fusion when billed using AMA CPT ® code 27279 and the importance of providing access to our procedure for all Medicare beneficiaries in the outpatient setting," said Michael Mydra, Vice President of Health Outcomes & Reimbursement at SI-BONE. "We believe that iFuse fits strategically with the overall goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by providing a safe and effective treatment of degenerative sacroiliitis and SI joint disruption, which has been demonstrated to improve pain, patient function and quality of life in a cost-effective manner." About SI-BONE, Inc.SI-BONE, Inc. ( San Jose, California) is a leading medical device company dedicated to the development, manufacture and commercialization of minimally invasive surgical devices for the treatment of patients with low back symptoms related to certain sacroiliac (SI) joint disorders. SI-BONE, Inc. first received 510(k) clearance to market its iFuse Implant System ("iFuse") from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2008. The CE mark for European commercialization was obtained in November 2010. The iFuse Implant System provides a minimally invasive surgical solution to fuse the SI joint using patented triangular titanium implants inserted across the joint from the ilium to the sacrum. The triangular implant shape combined with an interference press fit is designed to provide immediate fixation by minimizing rotation and joint motion. The implants' porous surface provides an ideal environment for bone ongrowth and ingrowth, facilitating long-term fusion of the joint. iFuse is the only commercially available SI joint fusion system in the United States with published evidence that demonstrates safety, effectiveness and economic benefits, including clinical results from three large multicenter prospective studies, two of which are randomized controlled trials. Currently, there are more than 45 peer-reviewed publications ( www.si-bone.com/results). It is the only SI joint fusion system with an FDA clearance recognizing demonstrated improvements in pain, patient function and quality of life following treatment.