Augustine Medical, Inc. Seeks Medicare Coverage for Warm-Up(R) Therapy; Warm-Up Therapy Could Save Medicare Millions in Treating Chronic Wounds

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Augustine Medical, Inc.

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Minnesota-based Augustine
 Medical has recommended to the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) new
 HCFA Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding for its Warm-Up therapy
 product.  HCPCS codes will allow providers to bill Medicare for use of Warm-Up
 therapy on patients.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010419/WARMUPLOGO )
     Warm-Up therapy received FDA clearance in 1997 and has been successfully
 used to heal thousands of chronic ulcers, including venous, pressure and
 diabetic wounds.  Chronic wounds, which affect approximately six million
 Americans annually, are commonly treated for months, or even years, often
 without success.  In ten clinical studies, Warm-Up therapy has repeatedly
 demonstrated that it can heal wounds faster than traditional therapies, often
 in just a few weeks.
     Paul Johnson, Director of Reimbursement for Augustine Medical commented,
 "We believe that this therapy has a real solid chance for reimbursement.  It
 has been proven effective in clinical research, it is easier and faster than
 currently-available technologies and it is cost-effective.  It offers
 everything that government payers should look for in a medical product."
     Warm-Up therapy is the only noncontact normothermic wound care system
 available today.  The system consists of a sterile wound cover, an infrared
 warming card and a battery-operated controller that delivers regulated warmth
 to the wound.  Augustine Medical is seeking Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
 HCPCS codes for each component.  At current pricing levels, Warm-Up therapy
 could save the Medicare program million of dollars in healing chronic wounds.
     Augustine Medical, Inc., a privately-held medical device company, develops
 products that provide innovative, practical solutions to common medical
 problems.  Founded in 1987, the company pioneered the concept of perioperative
 temperature management using forced air warming with its Total Temperature
 Management(R) system, which includes the Bair Hugger(R) forced-air warming
 system and the Ranger(R) blood/fluid warming system.  Today, Bair Hugger
 therapy is the most commonly-used perioperative patient warming therapy in the
 world.  For more information on Warm-Up therapy, see http://www.warmup.com
 
     Warm-Up, Bair Hugger, Total Temperature Management and Ranger are
 registered trademarks of Augustine Medical, Inc.
 
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    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Minnesota-based Augustine
 Medical has recommended to the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) new
 HCFA Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding for its Warm-Up therapy
 product.  HCPCS codes will allow providers to bill Medicare for use of Warm-Up
 therapy on patients.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010419/WARMUPLOGO )
     Warm-Up therapy received FDA clearance in 1997 and has been successfully
 used to heal thousands of chronic ulcers, including venous, pressure and
 diabetic wounds.  Chronic wounds, which affect approximately six million
 Americans annually, are commonly treated for months, or even years, often
 without success.  In ten clinical studies, Warm-Up therapy has repeatedly
 demonstrated that it can heal wounds faster than traditional therapies, often
 in just a few weeks.
     Paul Johnson, Director of Reimbursement for Augustine Medical commented,
 "We believe that this therapy has a real solid chance for reimbursement.  It
 has been proven effective in clinical research, it is easier and faster than
 currently-available technologies and it is cost-effective.  It offers
 everything that government payers should look for in a medical product."
     Warm-Up therapy is the only noncontact normothermic wound care system
 available today.  The system consists of a sterile wound cover, an infrared
 warming card and a battery-operated controller that delivers regulated warmth
 to the wound.  Augustine Medical is seeking Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
 HCPCS codes for each component.  At current pricing levels, Warm-Up therapy
 could save the Medicare program million of dollars in healing chronic wounds.
     Augustine Medical, Inc., a privately-held medical device company, develops
 products that provide innovative, practical solutions to common medical
 problems.  Founded in 1987, the company pioneered the concept of perioperative
 temperature management using forced air warming with its Total Temperature
 Management(R) system, which includes the Bair Hugger(R) forced-air warming
 system and the Ranger(R) blood/fluid warming system.  Today, Bair Hugger
 therapy is the most commonly-used perioperative patient warming therapy in the
 world.  For more information on Warm-Up therapy, see http://www.warmup.com
 
     Warm-Up, Bair Hugger, Total Temperature Management and Ranger are
 registered trademarks of Augustine Medical, Inc.
 
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