BRENTWOOD, Calif., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Halt Medical, Inc., a privately held medical device company developing minimally invasive, uterine-sparing solutions for women who suffer from symptomatic fibroids, announced today that Medicaid in five states has updated their medical policy to provide coverage for the Acessa System under Category I CPT code 58674. This code became effective January 1, 2017, and covers laparoscopy, surgical ablation of uterine fibroid(s), including intraoperative ultrasound guidance and monitoring, radiofrequency. Acessa is the only medical device that has a specific indication for the laparoscopic treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids.
"Medicaid of Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and D.C. join a growing list of leading-edge private insurers to provide coverage for the Acessa Procedure. These positive coverage decisions expand access to a population who may have otherwise been at risk for more invasive surgical procedures such as hysterectomy and myomectomy," said Kim Bridges, President and CEO.
Coverage decisions are made by insurance carriers after a thorough review of the published literature. To date, there are over 20 peer-reviewed publications that detail the safety, efficacy and durability of the Acessa Procedure and include both short and long-term patient outcomes.
Uterine fibroids are benign, muscular tumors in a woman's uterus that can cause heavy bleeding, painful periods, pressure, and distention of the abdomen . At least 70% of women in the U.S. will develop fibroids by the age of 50, with the prevalence even higher among African American women . As a result, they remain a major women's health issue with significant economic and reproductive impact. The NIH has determined that direct health care costs for the surgical treatment of fibroids is more than $2.1 billion annually . In a Nationwide Inpatient Sample, over half a million women underwent hysterectomy for benign gynecologic conditions  and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) state that 39% of all hysterectomies are due to fibroids . Over time, patients and gynecologists are turning to less invasive procedures and laparoscopic options are becoming more popular .
The Acessa Procedure is a minimally invasive, uterine-conserving, laparoscopic procedure that delivers radiofrequency energy to destroy the fibroids. After treatment, the fibroid is reabsorbed by the surrounding tissue. The procedure allows the surgeon to treat only the fibroids, while preserving normal function of the uterus. Patients typically go home the same day with minimal discomfort, and enjoy a rapid return to normal activities.
The company is focused on establishing a new standard of care for women with symptomatic uterine fibroids. The Acessa System is cleared by the FDA and has CE mark for use in percutaneous, laparoscopic coagulation and ablation of soft tissue, including treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids under laparoscopic ultrasound guidance. The Company is located in Brentwood, CA. For information about the Acessa System, please visit www.acessaprocedure.com.
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