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National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Platelet-Derived Wound Healing Formula (270.3)

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Benefit Category
Drugs and Biologicals

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Item/Service Description

A platelet-derived formula containing growth factors intended to treat nonhealing wounds (e.g., Procuren) is provided through hospital-based outpatient facilities as part of comprehensive wound- care programs designed to treat patients with chronic nonhealing wounds. It is usually applied at first in the presence of a physician, with the patient continuing applications at home.

Indications and Limitations of Coverage

There is a lack of sufficient published data to determine the safety and efficacy of the platelet-derived wound healing formula (based on a technology review by the Public Health Service). Therefore, it is not covered under Medicare because it is not considered reasonable and necessary within the meaning of §1862(a)(1) of the Act.

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Revision History

12/1992 - Reflected noncoverage policy. Effective date 12/28/92. (TN 63)

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