Wright Medical Group N.V. Announces Update to Medicare Transitional Device Pass-Through Payment for AUGMENT® Regenerative Solutions

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, July 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wright Medical Group N.V. (NASDAQ: WMGI) today announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published an update to the reimbursement calculation used to determine the transitional pass-through payment for the device category applicable to AUGMENT® Regenerative Solutions, including AUGMENT® Bone Graft and AUGMENT® Injectable, originally implemented on January 1, 2020.  Based on this update, when hindfoot and ankle fusions are performed in the hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgical center settings of care, the facility will be paid for the incremental cost of AUGMENT, thereby facilitating Medicare beneficiary access to the advantages of AUGMENT by removing an economic barrier.

This update is made retroactive to January 1, 2020, and the existing transitional device pass-through code (C1734) may be used to bill for AUGMENT for hindfoot and ankle fusion procedures when used in treatment of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part B under the traditional Medicare program.

Robert Palmisano, president and chief executive officer of Wright, commented, “The update to the transitional pass-through payment in the outpatient setting will help ensure healthcare providers have access to AUGMENT Regenerative Solutions, which offer a clear patient benefit by eliminating the complications of the additional surgery required to harvest autograft that can result in site-specific complications and/or prolonged harvest site pain in some patients.  Wright has been dedicated to advancing the standard of care for hindfoot and ankle fusion, and we are proud that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the country’s largest payer for health care, recognizes the importance of our AUGMENT technology to its beneficiaries.”

Dr. Gregory C. Berlet of the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Westerville, Ohio, stated, “This transitional pass-through payment is monumental for my hindfoot and ankle arthritis patients who require a fusion procedure.  AUGMENT is already proven to offer clear patient benefit by enabling a healing rate and safety profile non-inferior to autogenous bone graft. Based upon the data showing more consistent fusion outcomes in patients aged 65 and older as compared to autograft, and the approval of the transitional pass through payment, I can now use AUGMENT in outpatient facilities for these patients as the economic concerns have been resolved.”

Transitional pass-through payments are intended to facilitate Medicare beneficiary access to the advantages of new and innovative devices by allowing for adequate payment for these new devices while the necessary cost data is collected to incorporate the costs for these devices into the procedure Ambulatory Payment Classifications rate. After rigorous vetting, the CMS concluded that AUGMENT is of great clinical utility in the outpatient setting and approved Wright’s application for transitional pass-through payment, which became effective January 1, 2020.  This marked the first orthopedic implant to secure pass-through payment approval in over a decade1, unlocking access to benefits for patients, physicians and facilities, including:

  • AUGMENT improves patient outcomes by eliminating chronic pain associated with the autograft harvest site, which was found to be clinically significant at 52 weeks in 8.8% of patients and 5.2% of patients at an average follow-up of 9 years.2,3
  • AUGMENT was found to provide two times the odds ratio for fusion success on CT compared to autograft in patients 65 years of age or older.4
  • AUGMENT eliminates medically significant surgical complications associated with the autograft harvest from a second surgical site, which were found to occur in 8.9% (15/167) of patients in the AUGMENT clinical trials.2,5,6

For additional AUGMENT Regenerative Solutions reimbursement support tools and information, visit

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About Wright Medical Group N.V.

Wright Medical Group N.V. is a global medical device company focused on extremities and biologics products.  The company is committed to delivering innovative, value-added solutions improving quality of life for patients worldwide and is a recognized leader of surgical solutions for the upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand), lower extremity (foot and ankle) and biologics markets, three of the fastest growing segments in orthopedics.  For more information about Wright, visit

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Julie D. Dewey                                                                                                         
Sr. Vice President, Chief Communications Officer
Wright Medical Group N.V.
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Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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