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Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Publication of U.S. CPT® Codes and Related Reimbursement Rates for XIAFLEX®
Date:11/2/2011

MALVERN, Pa., Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AUXL), a specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the payment rates for the 2012 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes last night that will be used with XIAFLEX® for the treatment of adult Dupuytren's contracture patients with a palpable cord beginning January 1, 2012.
The two new Category I CPT codes, issued by the American Medical Association (AMA) for 2012, are 20527 for the XIAFLEX injection procedure and 26341 for the finger extension or manipulation procedure, administered 24 hours following the XIAFLEX injection, as per the label.   The finger extension code payment will cover any additional patient follow-up visits up to 10 days after the extension. The CPT codes will apply to the procedures only, and leave in place the separate J code for reimbursement of the product.  Medicare payment rates for the CPT codes listed below in Table 1 are a national average and will vary based on geographical adjustments.

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CPT codes are the most widely accepted form of medical nomenclature used to report medical procedures and services under public and private health insurance programs in the U.S. The purpose of the CPT codes is to provide a uniform language that accurately describes medical, surgical, and diagnostic services. Physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers use CPT codes to report medical services to private and public health insurance systems for purposes of reimbursement. A standard system of coding also allows for reliable nationwide data collection. CPT is a registered trademark of the AMA, which first published
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