Orders and Paid Claims Increasing Since Rollout of Reimbursement Code
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Sept. 13, 2023 (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 provided a commercialization update on the Company’s first product, AC5® Advanced Wound System. Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) established A2020, a Level II Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (“HCPCS”) code dedicated to AC5, both orders and payments for submitted claims have accelerated.
Since the April 1, 2023 effective date of A2020, average monthly order volume for AC5 has grown significantly, increasing over four-fold when compared to average monthly order volume from the first calendar quarter. The Company can already confirm reimbursement through paid claims in various regions of the country and continues to make progress on its efforts to expand coverage and optimize payment policies with both commercial payors and contracting administrators for CMS.
While coverage and payment decisions by payor can vary, and total revenue remains modest relative to our long-term expectations, the increase in order volume, reimbursement trends, and the number of providers using AC5® in their respective practice settings exceeds management’s internal targets for this point in the process.
“The establishment of coverage and payment decisions from commercial payors and CMS contractors is an important element of our growth strategy for AC5. We expect to build on our recent sales momentum throughout 2023 and 2024,” stated Terrence Norchi, MD, President and CEO of Arch. “At any given time, there are more than 7 million challenging wounds in the U.S., with approximately 4 million new wounds emerging each year. Mitigating suffering, reducing the risk of amputation and death among patients living with these wounds, and potentially lowering the overall cost to the healthcare system related to treating these wounds, remain a driving force for the Company,” concluded Dr. Norchi.
AC5 is cleared by the Food and Drug Administration 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. Additional information may be found here:
About Arch Therapeutics, Inc.
Arch Therapeutics, Inc. is a biotechnology company developing a novel approach to stop bleeding (hemostasis), control leaking (sealant) and manage wounds during surgery, trauma and interventional care. Arch is developing products based on an innovative self-assembling barrier technology platform with the goal of making care faster and safer for patients. Arch has received regulatory authorization to market AC5® Advanced Wound System and AC5® Topical Hemostat as medical devices in the United States and Europe, respectively. Arch’s development stage product candidates include AC5-G™, AC5-V® and AC5® Surgical Hemostat, 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.