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Hyperthermia payment boost

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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CMS proposes to raise reimbursement for procedure codes applicable to BSD Medical's cancer treatment systems by 86% in the 2008 hospital outpatient payment 1proposal released July 16, according to the firm. CMS will finalize the rates in November, to be effective Jan. 1. BSD markets hyperthermia systems, which kill cancer cells with focused heat and may improve the effectiveness of radiation and chemotherapy by increasing blood flow. The firm filed a response July 30 to questions FDA had on its March PMA submission for the BSD-2000 deep hyperthermia system, providing new data from a Dutch study with 12-year follow-up of patients treated with advanced cervical cancer (2"The Gray Sheet" Jan. 9, 2006, p. 15)...
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