The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Makes Preliminary Recommendation to Establish New HCPCS Billing Code Dedicated to Arch Therapeutics’ AC5® Advanced Wound System

Arch Therapeutics, Inc.
Arch Therapeutics, Inc.

A dedicated code would represent a key milestone for commercialization of AC5 Advanced Wound System in doctors’ offices and other outpatient settings

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Dec. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arch Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: ARTH) (“Arch” or the “Company”), a marketer and developer of novel self-assembling wound care and biosurgical products, today announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has made a preliminary recommendation to establish a dedicated Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (“HCPCS”) Level II billing code specific to AC5® Advanced Wound System (“AC5”). The preliminary recommendation was discussed at CMS’ First Biannual 2022 HCPCS Public Meeting, which was held on November 30, 2022. The HCPCS code would better enable providers to bill third party payors for AC5 that is used in doctors’ offices. Currently, providers report AC5 on claims using A4100 (Skin substitute, FDA-cleared as a device, not otherwise specified).

AC5 was cleared as a device by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for the management of partial and full-thickness wounds, such as pressure sores, leg ulcers, diabetic ulcers, and surgical wounds. AC5 is a synthetic self-assembling wound care product that provides clinicians with multi-modal support and utility across all phases of wound healing. Case studies demonstrating that AC5 can lead to improved outcomes, including limb salvage, even for patients who have not responded to alternative modalities, are available for review on the Company’s website here: https://www.archtherapeutics.com/technology/clinical-data.

“An AC5-specific HCPCS billing code would represent an important milestone in our commercialization efforts by opening a new vertical beyond government channels and hospital operating rooms. Although the establishment of a dedicated HCPCS code for AC5 does not guarantee coverage or reimbursement, a HCPCS code specific to AC5 would enhance our ability to work directly with payors as we expand access in outpatient settings and continue to advocate for clinically appropriate usage of our technology for patients in need,” stated Dan Yrigoyen, Vice President of Sales of Arch Therapeutics.

About Arch Therapeutics, Inc.
Arch Therapeutics, Inc. is a biotechnology company with a novel approach to stop bleeding (hemostasis), control leaking (sealant) and manage wounds during surgery, trauma, and interventional care. Arch is developing wound care and biosurgical products based on an innovative self-assembling peptide technology platform with the goal of improving healing outcomes for patients. Arch has received regulatory clearance to market AC5® Advanced Wound System in the United States and AC5® Topical Hemostat in Europe. Arch's development stage product pipeline includes AC5-G™ for endoscopic resection of gastrointestinal tumors, AC5-V® for hemostasis during vascular surgery and AC5 Surgical Hemostat™ for general surgical hemostasis, among others.1,2

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1 AC5-G, AC5-V, and AC5 Surgical Hemostat are currently investigational devices limited by law to investigational use.
2 AC5, AC5-G, AC5-V and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Arch Therapeutics, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

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