Three new Category III codes have been established for Notal Vision’s home OCT system by the American Medical Association’s CPT Editorial Panel, according to a press release.
The CPT codes, 0604T, 0605T and 0606T, allow for billing for the device, set-up and patient education, as well as for the company’s diagnostic clinic, which provides technical support, data analyses and reports to physicians, the release said.
“This milestone marks the first step towards establishing physician and patient reimbursement for our home OCT pipeline technology,” Kester Nahen, PhD, CEO of Notal Vision, said in the release. “We applaud the AMA’s CPT Editorial panel for establishing codes for billing remote diagnostic services and patient home monitoring services. We believe that a home-based OCT will be the future of monitoring patients with wet AMD, one that allows doctors to individualize their patients’ treatment.”
The system allows patients with age-related macular degeneration to perform OCT testing at home, without the assistance of a technician. It sends reports that characterize quantitative changes in fluid to the patient’s physician.
With the CPT codes, practitioners will be able to bill for reviewing, interpreting and reporting data analyses every 30 days.
“Our next efforts will focus on proving the clinical relevance and providing valuation of our services to Medicare, Medicaid and payers,” Nahen said.