The news was reported as part of the 2005 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS; Baltimore) update for hospital outpatient services. With the policy changes, the technology will be recognized under a newly assigned code.
NDO Surgical’s Full-Thickness Plicator is an FDA-cleared, endoscopic GERD treatment based on the principles of anti-reflux surgery. Through an outpatient procedure, the Plicator is designed to restore the normal anti-reflux barrier. Clinical studies have shown the Plicator procedure effective in reducing both symptoms and medication use associated with GERD, the company said.