Torax Medical, Inc., a leader in therapeutic interventions for sphincter-related diseases, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), announced today the American Medical Association (AMA) has created a new Category 1 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Code for esophageal sphincter augmentation using the LINX® Reflux Management System effective January 1, 2017. The LINX device is placed with a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure and is intended to restore control of abnormal reflux.
“The AMA’s assignment of a specific code for esophageal sphincter augmentation not only validates the clinical need for the LINX® device, it also confirms the procedure has achieved the necessary level of utilization and clinical evidence to be included in the U.S. healthcare coding system. Support for the new code came from both Gastroenterological and Surgical Specialty Societies, whose members treat patients with GERD and recognize the need for better treatment options. Importantly, this code will provide surgeons who perform anti-reflux procedures a specific means to communicate with payers when performing the LINX® procedure,” stated Todd Berg, President and CEO of Torax Medical.