Reimbursement Pathway for Fluorescence Imaging and Detection of Bacteria

Reimbursement Pathway
for Fluorescence Imaging
and Detection of Bacteria

The MolecuLight i:X® is the only point-of-care device that allows fluorescence wound imaging for bacterial presence, location, and load1,2. The reimbursement pathway for this procedure includes:

  • Physician work through two CPT® codes (Current Procedural Terminology – category III) issued by the American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Facility payment for Hospital Outpatient Department (HOPD) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) settings through an APC (Ambulatory Payment Classification) and ASC code, respectively, issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

These codes were issued by the AMA and CMS after critical review of the large body of supporting clinical evidence. Each recognized the medical necessity of this procedure.

These codes are active as of July 1, 2020.

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DISCLAIMER: Coding, coverage, payment, and billing information provided by MolecuLight Corp. is based on third party sources and is subject to change. MolecuLight Corp. cannot guarantee that the use of any particular codes will result in coverage or payment at any specific level. The information provided in this document does not constitute reimbursement or legal advice, and is not a substitute for detailed guidance from the patient’s third party payer. Providers are responsible for determining correct coding and for submitting accurate claims.

CPT® is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association.

1Release of 2 New Category III Codes for Real-time Fluorescence Wound Imaging to the AMA website (Dec. 30, 2019)
2CMS DHHS Pub 100-04 Medicare Claims Processing Transmittal 10166. July 2020 Update of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System. June, 2020
3AMA 2020 CPT Manual all rights reserved.
4CMS Physician relative value scale January 1, 2020.
5CMS OPPS Addendum B January 1, 2020.
6CMS Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Addendum AA Final Rule corrected Covered Surgical Procedures for CY 2020.
7CMS ASC Addendum BB July 1, 2020 update.